Assistant Conservator, Media

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The Art Institute of Chicago
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Wednesday, 30 November, 2022 - 00:00

Reporting to the Director of Photography and Media Conservation, the incumbent will have the following specific responsibilities:

• Participates in all departmental activities, including acquisition, preparation of works for exhibition, collection care, loans, and research.
• Performs technical examination, documentation, and treatment of media works, including but not limited to, audio, film, video and software. Prepares reports as required, and develops individualized preservation plans for TBM artworks.
• Responsible for detailed record keeping of all treatments and examinations performed on works of art.
• Performs evaluation and preparation of objects for loans to other institutions. Makes recommendations on objects considered for purchase by the curatorial departments.
• Assists with the daily operation of the Museum’s digital repository, including ingesting of digital artwork material, collaborating with the ongoing development, and other repository related tasks.
• Engages the expertise and collaborates with various constituents both inside and outside the museum, to ensure the institution is equipped for the purposes of documenting, examining, maintaining, preserving, and repairing media works.
• Assists with the maintenance of the media conservation lab, including researching, maintaining, and updating both equipment and software.
• Conducts research on the materials and techniques of artists represented in the collection.
• Occasionally supervises interns with other staff conservators.
• Supports the museum in its commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution; treats colleagues and visitors fairly and respectfully, recognizing the value that diverse backgrounds and perspectives bring to our organization.

Graduate degree in conservation or commensurate experience, with two years of post-graduate experience in a museum setting or equivalent preferred.
Proven expertise in the treatment and preservation of media works, with adherence to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the American Institute for Conservation.
Strong interpersonal and written communication skills. Ability to work cooperatively on projects and to work independently on treatments.
Must be proficient at project prioritization and value collaboration.

Candidates must submit a letter of interest, a CV, the name and contact information of three references, a portfolio of recent treatments and their documentation, and a writing sample. Documentation should be saved as a single document and uploaded as a single file.