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BAVC Media’s Preservation department seeks a part-time contract (approx 20 hours per week) Project Manager to manage two national programs and perform outreach and development tasks for BAVC’s Preservation department.

BAVC Media was founded when a group of media makers and activists met in January of 1976 to devise practical ways to encourage independent video-making in the Bay Area. In 1994, in partnership with the Getty Research Center, BAVC’s Preservation Department was created. BAVC Preservation works with museums, artists, and cultural institutions around the world to reformat, archive and make accessible seminal creative and cultural significant works on video and audiotape, as well as community-based works that are broadly used in academia, research, and other media projects. Today, BAVC’s Preservation work represents one of the nation’s longest-standing nonprofit audiovisual preservation programs. With current and past funding from various government and philanthropic foundations including NEA, NEH, Mellon, Rockefeller, and Knight, BAVC Preservation has implemented practices and services that helped define the field of video preservation. BAVC Preservation continues that work today by pursuing a range of field-building initiatives and services.

The Preservation Project Manager will work closely with the Preservation Department, and will be the Primary Investigator for BAVC Media’s national preservation programs, focused on video preservation education and training and surveying the archival field. These programs involve working with a number of remote locations and overseeing a number of tasks such as shipping materials between BAVC and the remote locations, asynchronous courses, a nationwide survey, interviews, site visits and more. The Preservation Project Manager will be introduced to BAVC Media’s nationwide contact network, but ideal candidates are expected to be well established within the field of archival preservation and have their own contacts as well. The Preservation Project Manager will also work closely with BAVC Media’s Development Department in order to fundraise and expand BAVC Media’s partner and funder network. This is a two-year contracted role, with the potential for extension or renewal depending upon funding.


  • Provide BAVC staff with technical advice to on preservation challenges
  • Ensure the successful implementation and completion of BAVC Media’s preservation programs
  • Develop initiatives and foster partnerships to promote BAVC Media’s preservation programs
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for host sites partnered with BAVC media through the education and training program.
  • Advise host sites with scheduling and troubleshooting as needed
  • Edit outreach and publicity materials, website copy, and metadata to promote the
  • BAVC Media’s preservation programs for potential partner organizations, funders, and clients
  • Represent BAVC Media at professional conferences and meetings
  • Oversee the application and hiring process for BAVC’s Preservation Fellow program
  • Assist in the completion of grant applications, reports, evaluation, and deliverables
  • Perform administrative and project management duties
  • Provide additional support for the Preservation staff and facility in general, when needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Degree or certificate from a moving image archival training program, or equivalent professional experience
  • Demonstrated project management, oversight, or coordination experience
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, schedule and coordinate complex projects
  • Demonstrated knowledge of audiovisual archiving practices for libraries and archives
  • Experience performing outreach at a national level
  • Experience conducting workshops or other educational programming
  • Knowledge of audiovisual archiving practices
  • Knowledge of analog and born-digital audio, video, and data preservation issues and standards
  • Knowledge of current archival issues and trends
  • Excellent physical and digital organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion through your work, your lived experience or both


  • Proficiency with project management practices and software
  • Proficiency with scheduling software and platforms
  • Proficiency with Google Drive and Google Docs applications
  • Experience with fundraising and development
  • Experience with grant application and reporting processes for federal funders
  • Experience with online learning platforms
  • Knowledge of analog and digital video and audio formats and their associated playback environments
  • Familiarity with the cleaning, handling and storage of reels, cassettes, discs and digital storage media
  • Familiarity with broadcast video equipment, including patchbays, VTRs, time base correctors, scopes and switchers


  • On-site work can be performed at BAVC Media facilities located in Oakland and San Francisco, California, if desired
  • Bay Area applicants will be preferred, but fully remote candidates will be considered and expected to travel to the Bay Area at least twice a year


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks


  • May have exposure to noise > 80dB TWA

TIMELINE AND HOURS: 20 hours per week for two years, or a total of 2080 hours.

COMPENSATION: $45 to $55 per hour commensurate with experience and skills. Annual independent contract (1099), with subsequent contracts dependent upon available funding. This position is open until filled and begins immediately.

BENEFITS: This is a contract position, with no benefits offered.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume to with the job title in the email subject line.

ACCESSIBILITY: BAVC Media’s facilities are wheelchair accessible. In addition, we are committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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