Alfred Flechtheim Director of Engagement, Conservation and Collections Care

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Employer: 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Job location: 
New York
NY
Contract type: 
Full-time
Permanent
Application deadline: 
Monday, 1 March, 2021 - 00:00

The Guggenheim Museum and Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate for the Alfred Flechtheim Director of Engagement, Conservation and Collections Care. A new hybrid position, this person will work across departments to raise the profile of conservation and educate the public on the importance of the preservation of cultural heritage. They will create innovative programs, facilitate social media access, and organize educational programs to support accessibility and dialogue around preservation and stewardship. This position aims to foster outreach and form community partnerships as part of a museum-wide effort to expand access and inclusion at the Guggenheim. Working closely with staff across departments, the Director will explore the connections between art, science, and technology, utilizing the collection to elucidate broader philosophical and ethical issues related to long-term care and sustainability. This endowed position is funded by a 2015 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by Dr. Michael R. Hulton and Mrs. Penny R. Hulton, heirs of Alfred Flechtheim.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods. The Guggenheim realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and partnerships. The Foundation is committed to nurturing an equitable, inclusive, and accessible work culture and promoting diversity among staff and visitors. With nearly three million annual visitors worldwide and an expanded digital footprint, the Guggenheim and its network is one of the most visited cultural institutions in the world. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.

Key Responsibilities:

• Collaborating with various departments across the museum, such as Curatorial, Education, Archives, and Advancement, to highlight the preservation of contemporary culture and to incorporate educational initiatives around collections care into Guggenheim programming.
• Create a dynamic space where artists, educators, conservators and curators participate in dialogue around stewardship and accessibility of the collection.
• Reach out to diverse communities, designing experiential activities that highlight behind-the-scenes work at the museum and making the conservation field more transparent for the public.
• Explore the philosophical framework of preserving cultural heritage and the science/art connection that is integral to the field of conservation, and disseminate this knowledge to teens, undergraduate and graduate students, and the general public through specialized programs.
• Propose innovative means to create interdisciplinary spaces, providing access to works in the collection, and designing programs that utilize and showcase ongoing conservation/preservation projects and collection acquisitions.
• Working closely with conservation staff, IT and archives, they will enhance the media preservation lab to enable scholars and the public to access our rich collection of digital artworks and learn about methods for preserving computer-based works as well as obsolete analogue and digital video formats.
• Create a materials library related to the collection that will provide resources for conservators, artists, and material scientists. This dynamic working lab will serve as a vehicle for engaging various community stakeholders in the important research that occurs behind the scenes of a museum.
• Work interdepartmentally on programs specifically tailored to youth and adults from various communities in the five boroughs, including internship and professional development opportunities related to the multiple areas of collection care and preservation, with a purposeful orientation to the physical object, materials science, obsolescence and long-term preservation of concepts and materials alike.

Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree or higher in conservation or conservation science, although other unconventional applicants may be considered if they have a strong knowledge base in materials and preservation strategies.
• A deep knowledge of conservation and scientific techniques.
• Knowledge of social media platforms, contemporary art preservation, and proven presentation skills.
• Excellent communication skills, a spirit of innovation, and a desire to test experimental solutions for engaging audiences throughout the global Guggenheim.
• Awareness and respect for racial, gender, sexual orientation and cultural differences.
• Teaching experience is a plus.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

Qualified candidates can apply online at http://www.guggenheim.org/careers