Head, Conservation and Preservation

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Canadian Centre for Architecture
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Sunday, 27 February, 2022 - 00:00

Job title: Head, Conservation and Preservation
Division: Collection
Service: Conservation and Preservation
Supervisor: Associate Director, Collection
Status: Permanent, full time (35h/week)
Salary Range: $62,310 to $103,850 annually

About the CCA and the Collection
Strengthened by its extensive Collection (archives, prints & drawings, photography and library holdings) and based on its exhibitions, programs, and research opportunities, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening the debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today. The guiding purpose of the Collection is to make these comprehensive and integrated genres of material available for advanced, interdisciplinary research in order to reveal the changing character of thought, culture, and intellectual circles of the past, and point to the future of architectural thinking and practice.

Job Summary
The responsibilities of this job include providing leadership in planning and managing the Conservation and Preservation activities and the team. The incumbent leads a team responsible for a broad range of conservation and preservation activities including conservation assessment and treatment; exhibition, loan and digitization support, acquisitions; disaster planning and response; environmental monitoring; and facilities planning support. Working closely with colleagues throughout the CCA, the incumbent ensures the smooth integration and timely completion of conservation and preservation activities.
The CCA's Collection is largely a paper-based collection, with a significant component of architectural models, toys and miniatures, audio-visual and born-digital material.

Key responsibilities
Conservation and Preservation
• Plans, reviews, analyzes and supervises Conservation and Preservation programs and strategy and priorities, in collaboration with the Head Collection Management and the Associate Director, Collection
• Establishes and ensures the maintenance of appropriate standards and procedures for preventive conservation, storage, travel, display, manipulation and consultation of the Collection
• Sets priorities, policies, and standards, supervises, and conducts the examination and conservation treatment of Collection objects
• Supervises and participates in installing and de-installing objects in exhibitions, in collaboration with the Production Manager, Exhibitions and the Head, Collection Management
• Coordinates preventive care, including pest management and environmental monitoring programs
• Acts as a courier to accompany objects that travel for external exhibitions or loans
• Maintains an effective disaster/emergency response and recovery plan; may lead to recovery activities, in collaboration with Head, Collection Management
• Conducts and disseminates research, and initiates, approves and reviews Conservation and Preservation staff research on specific conservation challenges
• Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with local, national, and international colleagues and keeps abreast of advances in the field that are relevant to the care of the Collection

• Sets objectives and priorities for the Conservation and Preservation team
• Supervises permanent and contractual staff, and interns
• Develops and manages the budget
• Compiles statistics and prepares activity reports

Required qualifications
• Education: Master's degree in art conservation, or equivalent
• Number of years of relevant work experience: 5 to 7 years
• Excellent knowledge of spoken and written French and English, or willingness to learn
• Knowledge of architecture and related fields
• Managerial experience an asset

Please submit your application (resume and cover letter, in English or French) by email to rh@cca.qc.ca to the attention of People and Culture division of Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 rue Baile, Montreal (Quebec) H3H 2S6. The application deadline is 27 February 2022. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Please do not call.

The CCA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity. The CCA invites anyone having the qualifications listed in the job posting to apply.

For all CCA existing job opportunities, visit: https://www.cca.qc.ca/en/opportunities