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Information Technology Asset Specialist

At ARA, we strive to hire valuable colleagues with not only the right skills but also demonstrate our core values of passion, freedom, service, and growth. As an Information Technology Asset Specialist on our team, you are the backbone of our strategic initiatives within the DTRIAC program and will be responsible for managing the maintenance of the DTRIAC media collection critical to the success of our projects as well as national security.

Applied Research Associates (ARA), Inc. is seeking a knowledgeable expert with a background in Defense Threat Reduction Information Analysis Center (DTRIAC) Core Support in Media Collections/Data Scientist for our Algorithms, Modeling, and Assessments Division (AMA). The successful candidate will support a variety of operational functions for supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency countering weapons of mass destruction. The individual will need in-depth knowledge of DTRIAC and its nuclear Scientific and Technical Information (STI) collection program out of Kirtland AFB/Albuquerque, NM.

Successful candidates will have the aptitude and eagerness to perform research using classified and open-source resources to create comprehensive and accurate descriptions for the photo, film, video, and digital image collection. This position is responsible for cataloging and leading a team of cataloguers to successfully determine bibliography, keywords, and other metadata information of various forms of multimedia in an archived collection to be entered into digital cataloging software.

The Information Technology Asset Specialist must be able to supervise support staff and track employee performance. Assure that staff is trained/cross-trained in various areas of cataloging, digital imaging, film transfer, and technical inquiry requests. Provide services for the operations of DTRIAC and the CENTER, to preserve and expand the knowledge base; support the safety, integrity, and security of the CENTER. Continuously improve the efficiencies and effectiveness of DTRIAC internal and external processes and workflows Interact with technical and subject matter experts, researching and responding to technical inquiries; Coordinate transfers of various orphan collections consisting of several different forms of media into the DTRIAC Collection. Managing multiple tasks that is running concurrently to preserve and digitize all of-a-kind historical films of which many are exhibiting signs of deterioration and ensure that all milestones and deliverables are met.

Information Technology Asset Specialist Required Experience & Skills:
Due to the work you’ll perform and interactions with the intelligence community and DoD programs you need to have an active Top Secret Clearance and SCI eligibility.   
• Bachelor’s degree in Library Information Science, Knowledge Management, Data Science, or Records Management with 8+ years of relevant work experience
• Experience working with DoD Components
• Experience with media preservation
• Ability to oversee a staff of 5 or more people
• Experience working with, and ideally facilitating, multiple stakeholder groups to reach consensus decisions
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Experience with cataloging media-related data
• Experience with collecting and organizing metadata into data systems
• Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, SharePoint)
• Able to obtain and maintain DoD Suitability

Preferred Experience & Skills as an Information Technology Asset Specialist:
Above all, we value passion, a desire to learn, and teamwork. We are confident that if you possess the right attitude, work ethic, and skill set you could succeed in the role. 

In addition to the experience and skills above, if you have any of the following you will be able to accelerate your effectiveness and impact.
• Master’s Degree with 5-7 years of experience 
• Familiarity with the specific preservation of photo, film, video, and digital image collections
• DTRA familiarity
• Active DoD Suitability
• Ability to communicate applicable laws, regulations, directives, and policies to personnel for administrative work
• Experienced with collection and dissemination of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requested materials
• Configured web and database servers for Information Assurance accreditation
• Familiarity with Data Science tools

About Us:
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software, and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA also prides ourselves on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

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Experience Required
• 8 year(s): Relevant Work Experience

Education Required
• Bachelors or better in Library Information Science or related field

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)