Media Researcher/Archivist - Toronto, ON | TVO | | 12/04/16
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Media Researcher/Archivist full-time

Location: Toronto, ON
Salary: $48,648.60 - $60,678.80
Company Name: TVO ()
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As the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning.

TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit


The Media Researcher/Archivist is responsible for the effective and timely research, organization, indexing, description, and preservation of TVO’s digital media assets in the Digital Asset Management System (DAM) according to business needs and set standards. The Media Researcher/Archivist is also responsible for sourcing, negotiating, and clearing rights for visual elements for TVO productions and ILC programs/modules across all media platforms.

Key Responsibilities

  • Describe, maintain, and preserve archival print, audio-visual, film, electronic and digital media assets according to archival policies and TVO and ILC objectives.

  • Index content in the Digital Asset Management System (DAM). Enter new and edit existing metadata consistently and in a timely manner based on user needs, TVO policies, and industry standards to support searches, promote accessibility, and content repurposing according to business objective

  • Conduct research to enhance content descriptors, captured as meta-data in the (DAM), for particularly rare and/or high profile content

  • Contribute to on-going initiative to broaden access to archival material through the creation of finding aids and digitization based on archival policies and procedures as well as organization’s needs

  • Assist (internal and external) stakeholders with searches and provide training and support to end users of the DAM. Develop intimiate familiarity with TVO's collection to facilitate searches

  • Research, screen, evaluate the suitability of, and obtain multimedia, photographic and video material for programming, publications and promotional purposes as required by internal and external stakeholders. Confers with internal clients about requirements, costs, and deadlines

  • Support and ensure adherence to TVO Journalistic, Programming and Outside Communication Content standards to achieve high level of journalistic credibility and safeguard against bias, prejudice, or conflict of interest

  • Negotiate rates with external agencies and clear rights for the use of video clips, images, and stills in adherence to production budgets as required

  • Research and obtain copyright clearance for visual material and provide general guidance to staff on copyright law and related procedures. Record copyright clearances for visual material and prepare required documents for approval

  • Assist with special projects as required. Work coopertively and in respectful manner with co-workers and manager

  • Back-up and fill in for the staff as required and in the event of both planned and unplanned absences


  • University degree a in Library and Information Science (with emphasis on Archival studies preferred). Equivalent post graduate certification or professional 5+ years experience in related field accepted

  • 3-4 years' recent experience working in a television broadcast/production media library with archival, cataloging principals and preservation knowledge

  • Demonstrated 2-3 years’ experience in visual research (ie. stock footage/stills, multimedia, or print material) in a film and/or television production environment preferred

  • Solid organizational and time management skills and experience working well under deadline pressure. Solid research skills/strategies, detail-oriented and stickler for accuracy
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, prioritizing and decision-making skills. Proven negotiating skills and experience working diplomatically and with tact with all stakeholers, internal team and especially with outside vendors

  • Experience working with digital asset management system, and must be fluent with a wide variety of analog and digital formats. Experience working in a media environment with a digital, file-based workflow

Human relations skills:

  • Solid contributor  to a positive and collaboarative team environment with emphasis on adaptability/cooperation with peers and superiors to help create positive synergy
  • Must be able to establish priorities, have excellent time management skills and work effectively under pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Self motivated and proactive professional. Must be high energy and a quick study, capable of working independently and cohesively as part of a team
  • Skilled communicator with good listening skills, ability to follow direction, exceptional grasp of the English language and good writing skills

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a current resume by the stated date and time.

For Additional information about TVO please check out our website at to access all of our web properties.

TVO is an equal opportunity employer and will endeavour to accommodate potential applicants with disabilities through the Talent and Engagement office. Upon request, all job postings will be made available in alternative format.

TVO is committed to achieve a skilled workforce reflective of the population of Ontario.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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