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Digital Manager / Systems Coordinator (March 23, 2016)

RIPM (Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals / Répertoire international de la presse musicale) is the publisher of major online tools for the study of music and musical history: The Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1760-1966), the Retrospective Index with Full-Text, the RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals, and, forthcoming, RIPM Jazz Periodicals. A not-for profit organization based in Baltimore, RIPM works with a network of institutions, libraries, and individuals in Europe and the Americas and functions under the auspices of two international scholarly societies. For more about RIPM, see www.ripm.org.

RIPM is seeking a sharp and organized person to manage technical aspects of its operations at its Baltimore office. As a small organization with big data (50+ TB) and large goals, this position offers a unique opportunity to work at the intersection of data and cultural history. Responsibilities include: (i) organizing and managing data workflow from ingestion to publication, (ii) implementation and management of technology platforms, both software and physical (hardware), (iii) ensuring reliable backup and recovery procedures, and (iv) analyzing current systems for efficiency and simplification of procedures. As a small and flexible organization, this position can grow with individual talents.

A bachelor’s degree in music, computer science, or a related area with sufficient knowledge or work experience is required; graduate-level studies in musicology or library science are a plus. The successful candidate should have experience in a number of technical areas, such as server and network administration, SQL, image capture systems, metadata schemas, scripting languages, or be willing to accept a steep learning curve. Creative problem solving, excellent communication skills, and flexibility are required. Reading ability in one of more foreign languages, though not required, is desirable.

Hours: Full time (35 hours per week). A one-year contract is required.

Salary: commensurate with experience and skills, and similar to that offered by non-profits and universities.

Contact: info@ripm.org with CV and cover letter.