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Media Arts Assistant

Deadline to apply: Jan 09, 2018, 5PM

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Responsible for the production of the media products of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center.


  • 1. Serves as Editor for Media Arts Productions. Edits exhibition videos, highlight reels, PSAs, and other content. Assists MAC staff with editorial needs. Creates motion graphics. Transcribes interviews when necessary.
  • 2. Provides Digital Videography and Photography for Life History Interviews and Exhibitions. Sets up and films interviews, b-roll and other documentation. Photographs museum collections when necessary.
  • 3. Documents Public Programs. Documents programs on weekends and occasional weeknights. Works with other departments and AV techs to ensure proper coverage of events.
  • 4. Assists in Web-related Video Production. Uploads content to YouTube,, other social media platforms. Works with other JANM departments to fulfill their web video content needs. Livestreams public programs. Finds ways to increase traffic/engagement with web video offerings.
  • 5. Manages Media Arts Archive. Maintains searchable list of all MAC digitized footage. Manages archive of analog formats (MiniDV, Beta, VHS, etc.). Locates footage for researchers and licensing requests. Organizes drives and projects for storage utilization and ease of access. Burns DVDs/Blu-rays, digitizes archival footage or transfers to new formats.
  • 6. Provides Exhibition Multimedia Support. Works with other JANM departments to fulfill exhibition technical needs (ie. media devices). Troubleshoots multimedia issues during run of exhibition (iPads, smartTVs, USB players, Blu-ray players, projectors, etc.). Prepares externally produced media for galleries. Communicates and works with curators, artists, staff.
  • 7. Provides inter-departmental support. Troubleshoots Apple devices. Provides tech support to Special Events, Education, Public Programs.
  • 8. Assists in the supervision of contractors, volunteers and interns.
  • 9. Staff members must be able to work with visitors of all ages to support the various events sponsored by the National Museum. Each staff member will be expected to work on a minimum of three museum-wide events per year: a. National Museum’s Gala Dinner and Silent Auction - (off-site) typically held in the Spring (April-May) b. National Museum’s Family Festival Day- Oshogatsu Family Day (January) or Natsumatsuri Family Festival (August) c. JANM Family Free Days – Free Admission Family Days held quarterly on select Saturdays.

This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. Incumbent will perform related duties as assigned.


Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education: Bachelors degree required.

Experience/Knowledge: At least 3 years of film/video production experience. Willingness to learn and apply new skills. Ability to multi-task and prioritize. Ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines. Excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented. Strong verbal skills. Ability to work in a team-environment, be a self-starter. Demonstrate commitment and flexibility at all times in order to ensure high quality service. Flexible hours are a must (especially Saturdays and occasional weeknights). AV experience (mix boards, projectors, microphones) a plus. Knowledge of Japanese American history and culture a plus. Filmmaking Skills: Knowledge of lighting, audio recording, digital cameras (Sony FS7, Canon 5D, Panasonic AG130), camera supports (stabilizers, sliders, etc.)

Communication: Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Ability to read and comprehend documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals. Ability to write reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group format.

Computer: Computer literate, Internet savvy, Familiarity with Gmail and experience with Apple Macintosh systems and software (Final Cut Pro, AfterEffects/Motion, Photoshop, Compressor) and MS Word and Excel. Knowledge of file formats and codecs for a variety of display devices. Knowledge of color correction and sound mixing.

Math: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning: Act on own initiative. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Perform successfully when juggling and re-prioritizing multiple assignments in a fast-paced, changing work environment. Reliable follow-through on assigned projects in a complete, well conceived and timely manner.

Physical: Requires occasional offsite travel (car and valid CA driver's license with proof of insurance required). The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Reports to: Director of Media Arts Center
Positions supervised: None

The Japanese American National Museum reserves the discretion to change this job description at any time.The Japanese American National Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.



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