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Digital Media and Archives Coordinator

Department: Communications


The San Francisco Symphony, one of America's most forward-looking arts organizations, presents over 220 concerts each year, creates leading edge media initiatives such as Keeping Score on PBS television and its own Grammy-winning record label SFS Media, and serves its community with one of the most extensive education and community programs of any orchestra in the country. Led by its innovative Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the SFS continues to set the highest possible standard for excellence in orchestral performance and to shape the cultural life of the Bay Area.


This position reports to the San Francisco Symphony Archivist and coordinates the preservation of the Orchestra’s digital heritage and A/V media. The Digital and Media Archives Coordinator works closely with the Archivist and is responsible for migration of obsolete media into archival formats, digitization projects that promote access and use of analog text and image collections, and long term preservation of born-digital heritage in all formats. This position will work across departments to preserve the Symphony’s Library of Recorded Sound Collection, SFS Media Collection, and other department-generated content of enduring value to the Symphony and the public. The Digital and Media Archives Coordinator will be the key figure in creating and implementing digital preservation and curation strategies for born-digital content created across the organization.


  • Working closely with the Archivist and each content-generating department, plans and implements digital preservation and digital curation strategies for born-digital content
  • Oversees migration of at-risk media to archival formats, including materials currently on obsolete media from the Library of Recorded Sound and analog video collections
  • Manages physical storage and care of original analog audio and video collections, including reel to reels, DATs, CDs, cassettes, Beta tapes, and VHS tapes from the Library of Recorded Sound, SFS Media, and the Archives.
  • Identifies unique and valuable recordings in the Library of Recorded Sound Collection
  • Prepares and digitizes recordings for streaming projects under the SFS Media umbrella
  • Selects, digitizes, and catalogs photographs, programs, posters, documents, and other content from archives holdings for access in the Symphony’s Digital Asset Management System


  • Masters in Library and Information Science preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with archival and digital preservation best practices
  • Knowledge and experience with born-digital collection management
  • Knowledge and experience with preservation reformatting of audio and video
  • Knowledge of records management best practices
  • Knowledge of recorded sound and video history and formats
  • Knowledge and experience with Digital Asset Management Systems preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with Digital Audio Workstations, non-linear editing and workflow, and audio signal flow preferred
  • Strong computer and database management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong people skills, including collaboration and teamwork
  • Basic knowledge and interest in classical music
  • Ability to lift and shift boxes weighing up to 15 pounds


The mission of the Archives is to serve the San Francisco Symphony staff, musicians, subscribers, donors, and general public by identifying, preserving, organizing, and making accessible the institution’s historical records of enduring value. The goals of the Archives are: to be an historical and administrative resource for the staff and artists who work for and with the Symphony; to document the heritage of the Symphony and its continued presence in the cultural life of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to document the evolving nature of the Symphony; and to provide subscribers, donors, and the community with information on the history of the Symphony through exhibitions and other forms of outreach, as well as traditional research.


To apply, please visit our website at  Under the About Us tab and search for this job.  Click on “Apply for this Position” to submit your resume, cover letter, and application.

The San Francisco Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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