Associate Conservator of Photographs

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J. Paul Getty Museum
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Los Angeles
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Wednesday, 24 May, 2023 - 23:45

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks an Associate Conservator of Photographs to join the Department of Paper Conservation at the Getty Center. With the Department Conservators and Mountmakers, this position shares responsibility for the care and study of the Museum’s large holding of fine art photographs with an active exhibition, publication, and loan program. Located in Los Angeles, California, the J. Paul Getty Museum is dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of works of art. Conservation is an integral part of the core activities of the museum and the broader J. Paul Getty Trust.

Duties in this full-time position include treatment, examination and preventative care of the permanent collections as well as participation in the planning and installation of exhibitions and loans. The Associate Conservator will provide input into exhibition and acquisition processes; is expected to research and work toward the development of improved understanding of the collection and methodologies for its long-term preservation; is required to remain current with research and advances in the conservation field. The position will report to the Senior Conservator and work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum and other Trust programs, including direct involvement with the scientific staff of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). The ability to work on several projects simultaneously is essential. Experience working with modern and contemporary photography is desirable. In addition, a general knowledge of paper conservation is required.

Major Job Responsibilities
• Demonstrated abilities in the examination, analysis, documentation, and treatment of photographs and general knowledge of works on paper.
• Performance of conservation treatments to highest current standards and preparation of comprehensive documentation of objects’ condition and conservation activities.
• Participation in the planning and installation of exhibitions, and management of complex projects.
• Development and maintenance of standards for handling, storage, installation, packing and shipping of collections, including loans and courier responsibilities.
• Advise the curators and other staff on technical issues related to collections including acquisitions, loans, exhibition labels, and publications.
• Collaboration with department colleagues, scientists, curators, exhibitions, preparations, and other departments on complex projects.
• Assessment and prioritization of the long-term needs and preventative care of the collection including environment and light exposure monitoring, maintenance and planning of cold storage, integrated pest management, and emergency response.
• Publication and presentation of research, including contributions to exhibitions, collection catalogues, and online content.
• Contributes to the day-to-day workflows of the Department of Paper Conservation including administrative activities and assisting the Manuscripts and Drawings laboratories with conservation needs.
• Supervision of interns. Providing training to staff, professionals, and the general public as needed.
• Communication with professional colleagues on a regular basis and participation in professional organizations; remains current in conservation practices.

• MA in conservation or equivalent degree
• 5-7 years experience in conservation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrated abilities in the examination, analysis, documentation, and treatment of photographs and works on paper in general
• Advanced knowledge of chemical and physical properties of photographic materials, conservation materials, and deterioration processes
• Expert hand skills including manual dexterity, color acuity, and sensitivity for objects
• Experience with exhibitions planning and preparations
• Familiarity and experience with institutional preventative conservation practices for collections and exhibitions conservation
• Accomplished in art historical, scientific and conservation research and writing with an interest in disseminating to the field and the public
• Knowledge of analytical techniques and scientific instrumentation with the ability to operate analytical and technical equipment
• Interest in training and mentoring
• Dedicated to furthering DEAI
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Creative Suite. Knowledge of TMS desirable
• Strong organization skills including the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
• Strong interpersonal skills including written, verbal, and listening skills
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate and direct teams across disciplines and to build long-term relationships
• Creative thinking and solutions-based problem-solving abilities
• Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team
• Knowledge of personal safety equipment and standards

Hiring Pay Scale: $78,111 - $101,547
Salary: Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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