Assistant Conservator of Paintings

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The Cleveland Museum of Art
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Monday, 15 March, 2021 - 00:00

The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 "for the benefit of all the people forever." We strive to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world's great art while honoring the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards.

The Museum seeks a full-time Assistant Conservator of Paintings for the conservation and preservation of paintings in the museum's vast and diverse collections. The Assistant Conservator takes part in all activities in the paintings lab, which include examinations for acquisition, loan, and treatment, proposing recommendations for conservation treatments and carrying out those conservation treatments following guidelines established by the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) code of ethics. They lead individual treatments and research initiatives, as well as contribute to collaborative efforts led by the Head of the Paintings Lab and Chief Conservator. The Assistant Conservator of Paintings plays a critical role in the successful functioning of the CMA's conservation department that includes labs and preparatory areas for objects, textiles, Western Paintings, East Asian paintings, works on paper, frames, and scientific analysis.

• Bachelor's degree and completion of a graduate-level degree in Conservation; or equivalent experience, education, and training.
• At least one year of post-graduate or post-training experience in paintings conservation.
• Demonstrated broad knowledge of artist's materials and techniques represented in the museum's collection of paintings and the materials and procedures used to conserve them.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and successfully with other conservators, museum staff, and diverse constituencies, to achieve the full mission of the museum.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work with collection databases, Microsoft Office Suite, and other computing and imaging programs used by the conservation staff.
• Demonstrated experience in the technical study of paintings obtained through scientific analyses.

• Communicates regularly with the Head of the Paintings Lab to ensure workflow is on track and that the highest museum standards are being followed in the care of the museum's collections.
• Examines paintings, prepares condition assessments for acquisition, loan, and treatment. Prepares proposals for treatment. Carries out treatments and supplies detailed reports for those treatments.
• Assists in the general operation of the paintings lab. Aids in the mentoring of interns and fellows. Provides advice to curators on the care of their collections.
• Conducts research in the field of paintings conservation with a focus on the CMA's collection of paintings. Presents those results in form of public lectures and publications.
• Educates the public on the field of conservation. Assists in conducting classes, tours, and Case Western Reverse University (CWRU) faculty to augment their course curriculum and the joint graduate program in art history.

Full-time Benefits include, but are not limited to:
• Medical
• Dental
• Vision
• Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
• Voluntary Life
• Short Term Disability
• Long Term Disability
• 401(k) with company match
• Accident Insurance
• Critical Illness Insurance
• ID Theft
• Legal Services
• Pet Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program
• Free Garage Parking
• Your employment relationship with the museum qualifies you for free or discounted admissions to other cultural institutions such as the Natural History Museum, Botanical Gardens, The Cleveland Zoo, etc.

Salary: $55,000

Application period is open until filled.
The Museum is seeking candidates who can begin in spring 2021 but later dates may be considered.
To apply please submit a letter of interest, resume, digital portfolio and contact information for 3 professional references to the online portal:

The Cleveland Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer.