Technical Specialist, Media Installation - Oakland Museum of California

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Technical Specialist, Media Installation - Oakland Museum of California



The Technical Specialist of Media Installation works independently and as part of a team to install, troubleshoot, maintain, and de-install media-based artwork and interpretive media in the Museum’s core galleries and in temporary exhibitions. The position also manages the specifying and purchasing of new equipment, catalogues and maintains inventory, and develops and tracks annual media budgets for core gallery and temporary exhibition projects in collaboration with Project Teams and Preparator Supervisors.


Media Installation and Maintenance

●        Maintain the media-based artwork and interpretive media in the Museum’s core galleries and temporary exhibitions.

●        Work closely with designers and exhibition project teams, as well as outside contractors and vendors, on strategies for displaying media, providing technical and operational input as needed.

●        Work with artists to attain specifications for artworks and ensure their proper installation.

●        Manage the flow of new equipment purchases, and catalogue and maintain spare inventory and consumables.

●        Partner with Information Technology team to assure technical compliance with existing and emerging systems.

●        Partner with Information Technology and Registration to archive media-based artwork and interpretive media.

●        Work with Preparators to design and build fixtures and plan installation to allow for ease of operations.

●        Provide technical expertise, consultation and support for users in the use of A/V equipment and software and in development of multimedia and A/V presentations in galleries.

●        Knowledge of and adherence to personal and workplace safety procedures.


Project Management

●        Work with Preparator Supervisors and Project Managers to develop media budgets for core gallery and temporary exhibition projects.

●        Coordinate and train Visitor Services staff in the operation of gallery media.

●        Oversee the condition and storage of media hardware and supervise repairs or service contracts for equipment and interactive media in the core galleries.

●        Ability to lead a team in planning and execution of media installations during periods of peak production.



●      Ability to display and encourage visitor and internal customer service,take and share responsibility and treat others with respect.

●        2-3 years related experience.

●        English language proficiency in both spoken and written form.

●        Knowledge of signal flow for audio and video installations.

●        Familiarity with a wide variety of equipment for exhibition needs, including but not limited to: video projectors and monitors; touchscreens and other electronic components for interactive media installations; large multi-component sound systems; networked media controllers (such as BrightSign).

●        Knowledge of current technologies and capacity to research developing technologies appropriate for a Museum setting.

●        Familiarity with construction standards for media equipment mounts and enclosures.

●        Competency with Mac OS, Linux and Microsoft Windows, and software such as FileMaker, Adobe Creative Suite, VLC Media Player, Quicktime.

●        Familiarity with a variety of media production, programming, and editing software such as Adobe. Premiere and Media Encoder, Max MSP, and QLab is a plus.

●        Ability to adapt content for appropriate and available media platforms.

●        Familiarity with file and codec formats for video (.mov/.mp4) and audio (.mp3/.wav)

●        Ability to read and draw schematic plans.

●        Effectively discern color differences in video presentations for editing purposes, and distinguish sounds in audio presentations for editing purposes.

●        Ability to problem-solve, suggest alternatives and value-engineer given assignments.

●        Excellent communication skills, with the ability to work independently and as a flexible, collaborative, and supportive team member.