Copyright and Permissions Specialist
Harvard University - Somerville, MA

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Primary administrator for licensing of the Harvard Art Museums’ collections, including agreements with third party licensing entities and digital libraries. Utilize established automated system for obtaining image permissions linked to collections reproduction. Handle client requests, licensing, and copyright of 20 th and 21 st century works of art. Assess special case requests, determine and collect appropriate fees, and ensure timely delivery of content to clients. Research, develop, and negotiate intellectual property and/or licensing agreements with new strategic partners as appropriate. Coordinate permissions research and rights documentation between museums departments for special projects, exhibitions, publications, web use, etc. Work closely with the Office of General Counsel to guide staff on intellectual property issues. Stay current on copyright laws. Actively acquire copyright permissions/agreements for artworks in the collection, including on-going contemporary art acquisitions. Oversee permissions and distribution of content generated by guest lecturers, students, faculty, and other visitors. Consult with Visitor Services on product development and merchandising opportunities. May oversee work of support staff, students, and temporary workers.

Basic Qualifications
BA degree; 5+ years of related experience.

Additional Qualifications
Degree or advanced degree in the field of intellectual property; thorough understanding of electronic copyright law related to fine art, museums, and higher education; proficiency with computer applications such as FileMaker Pro and TMS (The Museum Systems).

Knowledge of art and art history; excellent communication and writing skills; meticulous organizational skills; ability to multitask, prioritize, and complete tasks in a timely manner; must be able to work independently as well as collegially and without supervision.

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