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Bureau Video Librarian, Kyiv, Ukraine

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Please quote vacancy number: MLTB009-1801

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty seeks a Bureau Video Librarian to support the growth and development of the RFE/RL Digital News Library and Archives. The Bureau Video Librarian will report directly to the Manager of the Digital News Library in Prague and manage archive and library content at the Service’s Bureau. The Bureau Video Librarian will help to develop and build the Local Bureau Library and play a role as part of the team of Bureau Video Librarian-Archivists across the RFE/RL Services and Channels. In conjunction with the Prague Video Archives, the Bureau Video Librarian will establish, test, implement and provide ongoing maintenance of Library Archive tools and workflows at both the Bureau and the Prague Archive. This role will organize and describe select video assets in the Bureau for permanent retention, selecting from both Broadcast and Web news products based on RFE/RL News Archives Collection Policies. The Bureau Video Librarian will catalog in both English and the native language(s) of the Service. The Bureau Librarian must be familiar with local and global news subjects relevant to the RFE/RL Services, with a direct focus on local Bureau and Regional topics and languages. The Bureau Video Librarian will be employed by the local bureau, which will administer scheduling, pay, time and attendance.


  • The Bureau Video Librarian is responsible for selecting, cataloging and delivering for archive all Bureau and regional hub video, utilizing existing and future technology to track, document and describe video assets to be archived at the Bureau and in Prague Archives.
  • The Bureau Video Librarian will demonstrate excellent news judgment in accordance with RFE/RL editorial standards and practices in determining metadata, how video is described and which video is saved as an historic and legal record.
  • The Bureau Video Librarian will create original catalog records in expert-level English and the non-English native language of the Bureau.
  • Works with other Librarians to strengthen and unify RFERL Library and Archive policies and workflow across all Bureaus.
  • Communicates Library policies and procedures to Bureau personnel in conjunction with Prague Archives.
  • Actively coordinates with managers and journalists in other regional bureaus to build video archive to ensure that hub bureaus adhere to established workflow, editorial standards and best practices.
  • Under direction of the Prague Library and Archive team, the Bureau Video Librarian will contribute to developing and maintaining existing and future Archive file delivery technology, cataloging and archive protocols, while continuously harmonizing Bureau practices with those developed at Prague Headquarters.
  • Maintains an awareness of the Video Librarian responsibilities across the RFERL Service network.
  • Works effectively to build video Archive Collection with non-Archive teams and stakeholders at the Bureau and in Prague without being incumbent to any one group.
  • Assists in compiling and reporting data on Library operations and activities.
  • Assists RFE/RL customers with search requests as time allows.

Qualifications & Competencies

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) required in Library Science, Information or Records Management, Archives Management, or related field.
  • Experience in information services (1-3 years).
  • Demonstrated experience with digital media metadata.
  • Demonstrated education and/or experience in taxonomies and thesauri, relational databases, indexing, controlled vocabulary, name and subject authorities.
  • Ability to critically research, analyze, extract, and compile data across systems; and to output and present data in an organized and formatted manner.
  • Familiarity with Media/Digital Asset Management systems.
  • Journalism experience or familiarity in International Relations and current regional events (preferred).
  • Experience working in a video news or media content production company (preferred).
  • Ability to effectively communicate, carry out directives, lead groups and professionally maintain client-customer relationships in a diverse, inclusive, multi-lingual work environment.
  • Highly organized with keen attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated project management and team leadership experience.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to quickly anticipate, trouble-shoot and resolve problems.
  • Basic video editing skills.
  • Experience with MS Office and Office 365 Products (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Share Point).
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed.
  • Ukrainian Language, native to near-native (Mandatory).
  • English language, advanced (Mandatory).
  • Russian language, native to near-native (Preferred).

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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Candidates for these positions must reside within commuting distance of the specified city, or be willing to relocate there at their own expense. Salaries for employees in RFE/RL's broadcast regions are competitive, based on prevailing local conditions. Employee benefits in RFE/RL's broadcast regions are in accordance with the local labor law specific to the country.
Note: In response to changing operational requirements, RFE/RL retains the discretion not to make an appointment, or to modify the job specifications for a particular vacancy.

By replying to this advertisement or sending your CV and/or other personal data to RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, you are agreeing to having your data saved and managed by employees of the HR department of the company for possible future reference in full accordance with the law (no. 101/2000 Sb. regarding personal data protection). This agreement may only be withdrawn by a written revocation and remains valid until that date. However no longer than 5 years.
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