Conservator in Charge - Paper Conservation

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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New York
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Wednesday, 1 March, 2023 - 00:00

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The Conservator in Charge of the Department of Paper Conservation, one of the museum's five conservation departments (Objects, Paintings, Photographs, Textiles), has the academic and administrative responsibility for the conservation and preservation of works of art on paper in accordance with the highest standards of the profession and leads a team (currently) of five conservators, and other staff. They should have deep experience in the treatment and technical examination of drawings and/or prints, and a distinguished record and reputation in the field. The Conservator in Charge is expected to work closely with all curatorial departments that house works on paper (reflecting the Museums' encyclopedic collections) to identify the conservation needs of their collections, to establish priorities for treatment, preservation, and the technical study of objects. Similarly, the Conservator in Charge will organize and oversee the examination of works on paper that enter the museum through acquisition, gift, and loan, including loan exhibitions. It is expected that under their guidance, the department will remain a center for teaching and a training ground for students and next generation of conservators. They will be involved in decisions relating to the Museum environment, installations, capital projects, exhibitions and storage that involve the installation of works on paper.


Oversee the work of 5 (current) conservators, plus a preparator and administrator, fellows, and interns

Responsible for future staffing plans, project allocation, professional development, and operating budgets

Responsible for the preservation of works on paper throughout the museum's collections

Undertake treatment and study of works in their areas of specialization

Coordinate the examination of works on paper for the Museum's extensive loan and exhibition schedule

Coordinate and enhance the department's donor programs (Visiting Committee)

Encourage and support research, publishing and innovative approaches that reflect the latest advances in the field

Liaise with all other relevant departments, including Curatorial, Exhibitions, Registrar, Digital, Publications, Education

Other related duties as assigned.


Experience and Skills:

Minimum of ten years’ experience in the conservation of works of art on paper including experience with a major museum collection

Strong leadership and Administrative skills along with proven ability to manage staff and resources and to communicate with professionals within and outside the field

Excellent record in conservation treatment and methods and the use of analytical instrumentation required

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Broad recognition within the field, including internationally

Liaise with other relevant departments, including Curatorial, Education, Digital, Registrars, Imaging, Publications

Encourage and support research, publishing and innovative approaches that reflect the latest advances in the field

Knowledge and Education:

Master's degree in art history and conservation, or the equivalent, with an emphasis on the examination and treatment of objects

Demonstrated achievements in conservation treatments, independent research, and publications relating to the preservation of objects, artist's materials, and techniques

Compensation Range:

Pay Range: $185,000 - $210,000

The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The advertised pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.

Cover letter is required for all applications.

Benefits Offerings

The Museum provides competitive compensation, and generous benefits and perks for all eligible employees. Note: Benefits Offering may differ based on Employee Status.

Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
403(b) basic retirement plan and optional matching retirement plan with an outstanding employer match
Considerable paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and 13 Museum holidays
Long-term disability coverage
Flexible Spending Accounts & Health Savings Account (pre-tax income for eligible health care expenses)
Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for parking or mass transit expenses)
Free financial-planning services
Financial assistance for relevant coursework, seminars, and training programs
25% discount for staff in Museum shops
A subsidized staff cafeteria
Access to the Museums Council pass, which grants free admission to various museums and cultural institutions
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