Visual Resources Coordinator


The Newseum seeks an enthusiastic, full-time Visual Resources Coordinator to help the Photography and Visual Resources department with researching, acquiring, cataloging and licensing images for the Newseum, as well as managing collections of photographs from photojournalists and photographers in the Newseum’s permanent collection.

The images processed by the Photography and Visual Resources department relate to current news, the history of the news around the world and the First Amendment. They are used in exhibition and education content development, marketing efforts and other Newseum projects, and also serve as tools for public outreach and as a resource for the journalism community, scholars and the public.


· Conduct photo research, and acquire and license images from stock agencies, libraries, museums, news organizations and online sites.

· Cataloging images into a digital asset management system. This includes the input of technical, photographic and descriptive metadata; linking image files to existing database entries; and maintaining accurate records of source and credit information.

· Assist in management of digital assets throughout exhibit and production work flows, and develop efficient processes to share visual materials during image presentations.

· Assist in coordination of scanning, resizing, quality check, proofing and delivery of images exhibited in and for the promotion of the Newseum.

· Manage the Ted Polumbaum image collection. This includes fulfillment of photo research requests, preparation of research copies of requested materials, generation of licenses and coordination of research and license payment.

· Processing and archiving of digital files and photographic prints, including labeling, housing and filing of photographic prints and digital media.

· Organize research documents for future use and maintain library system records for referencing and retrieving materials as needed.

The Freedom Forum offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits and is Metro accessible.

  • Bachelor’s degree and equivalent experience or MLS/MLIS.

  • Two + years’ work experience or educational training in library or archives, museum photographic department, or photo research environment.

  • Experience with photo research techniques and sources.

  • Experience with photo licensing and digital assets trafficking.

  • Experience working with digital asset management systems or photographic databases.

  • Experience classifying and cataloging images and keywording using controlled languages.

  • Strong computer skills, including experience with both PC and Macintosh platforms; image editing, organization and display programs (Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, Bridge and Photo Mechanic); and organizational spreadsheet tools such as Excel.

  • Strong knowledge of digital imaging work flow, production tools and software.

  • Knowledge of standards and practices for preservation and management of archival collections, including digital archives.

  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks. Ability to work on multiple tasks and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Strong organizational skills, self-motivation and attention to detail.

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the photography and visual resources staff, Newseum personnel, fabricators and other vendors.

  • Must successfully pass pre-employment background screenings.


  • Work experience or educational training as a photographer.
How to Apply

Please send resumé and letter of interest by October 26 to:

Human Resources


555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20001

Posted on October 21