Digital Imaging and Rights Specialist, Whitney Biennial 2022

  • United States
  • Temporary
  • Mid Level

The Digital Imaging and Rights Specialist is responsible for the management of digital image assets and image rights clearances for the Whitney Biennial 2022. The role works closely with stakeholders across the Museum. The position is part-time temporary from January 2022 through June 30, 2022.


  • Research rights for images for the 2022 Biennial, including identifying and locating rights holders, negotiating usage and licensing agreements on behalf of Marketing, Press, Digital Content, Education, and other departments as needed, and documenting rights status and use
  • Provide guidance to staff regarding image permissions and serve as point person for images used for cross-departmental efforts, including website promotion and educational materials, social media, email newsletters, marketing campaigns, and physical signage
  • Gather, proof, organize, and distribute image files via digital hosting and transfer protocols, including providing image captions
  • Ensure images are optimized for use for both digital and print outputs, including resizing, color profile conversion, color correction, cropping, and retouching
  • Establish and maintain best practices for file-naming, image metadata, version control, and archiving of assets related to exhibition and programming
  • Upload images to digital asset management system, ensuring appropriate metadata is embedded and file-naming conventions are applied for the effective and efficient re-use of digital materials by colleagues 
  • Other relevant tasks as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 years’ professional experience in rights clearances, image management and editing
  • Sensitivity to image editing considerations specific to works of art essential
  • Familiarity with content management systems (CMS), digital asset management systems (DAMS), databases, project management software (Asana preferred), and image editing software (Adobe Creative Suite preferred); knowledge of Adobe actions and batch file processing a plus
  • An understanding of digital assets and their associated metadata, as well as processing and cataloguing digital materials
  • Extremely organized, proactive, and efficient, with superb attention to detail
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Diplomatic, able to communicate effectively with colleagues and external rights holders
  • Interest in modern and contemporary art and culture a plus


Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.


About the Whitney:

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement:

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

COVID guidelines:

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.



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