Job Title: Preservation Technician
PVN ID: VU-1708-001974
Category: Research

Job Description

General Description

The Preservation Technician will perform fully supervised preservation transfers of archival audiovisual content for an ongoing project. This position will also be responsible for inventory, preparation, and treatment of said collection, support of restoration efforts, management of collection metadata, and creation of specified derivatives. This position will work primarily with audio formats (such as ¼” audio reels, audio cassettes, and DAT tapes).


This is a temporary position for a one-year appointment

Other Duties

• Inventory and preparation of archival audiovisual recordings
• Audiotape and videotape digitization to preservation standard specifications
• Fulfill descriptive, technical and preservation metadata requirements
• Generate restoration masters of digitized audio recordings as needed
• Audiovisual processing to create access files, logs, checksums
• Maintaining comprehensive and detailed transfer logs
• Quality control


• Knowledge of current archival best practices in relation to audiovisual preservation
• Experience working with and/or maintaining legacy audiovisual technology
• Understanding of signal flow
• Familiarity with analog audiovisual workflows
• Excellent written and communication skills
• Ability to work independently
• Knowledge of audiovisual digitization, audio quality control
• Extensive interest in audiovisual technology and preservation
• Ability to lift 40lbs.

About the Research Foundation

The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) was established as a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1963. RFCUNY supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award).

RFCUNY stands between CUNY’s principal investigators (PIs) and the sponsors who support them and strives to fulfill its essential responsibilities to both groups. Working closely with individual PIs and Grants Officers on the campuses, RFCUNY oversees employment, accounting, audit, reporting, purchasing, and special responsibilities that include management of a planned giving program; liaison with governmental agencies and foundations; negotiation of agreements; facility construction and renovation; protection and commercialization of intellectual property; and compliance with applicable standards in research involving human subjects, animal care, environmental and radiological safety, and conflicts of interest.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer. It is the policy of the Research Foundation of CUNY to provide equal employment opportunities free of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, criminal conviction history, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Key Features

CUNY Television
Part Time
Pay Range
Hour(s) a week
Closing Date
Sep 15, 2017 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit