Digital Content Manager, Austin PBS

Austin PBS seeks a Digital Content Manager to manage and preserve 50 years of television production materials.

About Austin PBS

At Austin PBS, we do meaningful work with a small team of passionate coworkers dedicated to public dialogue, civic engagement, and positive community exchange. Austin PBS showcases PBS’s family-friendly national programming and creates innovative local content that reflects and celebrates Austin with programs like Central Texas Gardener and Austin City Limits. With digital-first initiatives like Decibel and ATX Together, Austin PBS is committed to addressing community issues through first-person storytelling and meaningful dialogue.

About the Austin PBS Archives

The Austin PBS archives include contemporary production materials, analog and born-digital audiovisual assets, photographic materials, technical and descriptive metadata, production and administrative records. Austin PBS understands the value of preservation and the need to make all station materials, new and old, more widely discoverable and accessible to the producers at our station, the PBS ecosystem, and beyond.

The Archive team is responsible for preserving and providing access to both contemporary and legacy assets in a broadcast production environment. Ongoing work includes an audio tape digitization project and the implementation of a media asset management system (CatDV), which will be used in all aspects of station operations from automated production and digital asset preservation workflows to metadata management. CatDV and other integrated systems will be an integral part of our data-driven approach to providing improved services to our communities and meeting our station’s mission.

What you will be doing:

Working with the Director of Archives, you will take a hands-on, user-centered approach to the strategic implementation, administration, and management of our media asset management system (CatDV) which will include audiovisual recordings, audio, photographs, scanned documents, the associated metadata and other digital content. Future projects are likely to include other legacy media digitization projects and planning for the preservation of unprocessed assets including photographic materials and paper production records.


Media Asset Management (85%)

  • Work closely with other Austin PBS staff across departments to document departmental workflows and streamline those workflows into CatDV and integrated systems
  • Develop cataloging processes and other relevant workflows for ingesting, describing, managing, and preservation of digital assets
  • Gather, organize, and normalize legacy data from multiple systems for import into CatDV Review and clean newly created user and staff created metadata
  • Research and verify data across multiple legacy and contemporary systems and sources
  • Advise on metadata standards and supervise workflow development and implementation Develop and document procedures for using CatDV and integrated systems
  • Assist and train Austin PBS staff on the use of CatDV
  • Administer CatDV system, including user management and permissions Project management as agreed upon by the Director
  • Delegate tasks and supervise other project staff in a non-management role

Preservation Projects (10%)

  • Assist in the planning, design, and implementation of mass audiovisual, digitization and scanning projects
  • Manage the quality control, ingest, and description of newly digitized audiovisual assets
  • Maintain relationships with outside organizations for the long-term preservation of Austin PBS assets

Other (05%)

  • Participate in professional development and skill building opportunities as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Studies, Computer Science, related degree, or equivalent direct experience setting up and working with MAMs or DAMs
  • Advanced experience gathering and structuring metadata
  • Some practical experience working with large sets of data and media
  • Some practical understanding of the identification of video codecs and other digital formats
  • Advanced applied experience working with spreadsheets (Google Sheets, Excel)
  • Familiarity setting up and working with CatDV or other DAMs or MAMs

Required Skills:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines and change course as appropriate
  • Ability to follow detailed verbal and written instructions to meet complex specifications
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Experience working across teams and departments to understand institutional operations Strong interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively with vendors and internal stakeholders.

Additional Experience (nice to have):

  • Familiarity working with EIDR, PBCore
  • Working with metadata in a digital repository setting
  • Managing large media files and associated data
  • User research and user-centered design
  • Writing or contributing to grant applications
  • Using spreadsheet formulas, programming, or scripting languages Experience working with legacy audiovisual media formats
  • Experience working in broadcast production environments

Physical requirements:

  • This job may include sitting for long hours doing repetitive tasks

This is a full time salaried position that is currently hybrid. Annual starting salary of $65K + commensurate with experience. Benefits

To apply, please apply via Austin PBS LinkedIn page or submit your resume and cover letter to with subject 'Austin PBS Digital Content Manger'.