Senior Conservator for Abu Dhabi project (based in NYC)

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Guggenheim Museum
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Thursday, 1 September, 2022 - 12:00

Working independently, under the guidance of the Deputy Director and Chief Conservator, the Senior Conservator will take an active role in supporting the day-to-day directives of their supervisors. The Senior Conservator will work closely with collection care staff members in Cologne, curatorial project staff in Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim conservators in New York and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT). Collections, The Senior Conservator will advise on Guggenheim Abu Dhabi acquisitions, oversee conservation due diligence for all works acquired through North American vendors, and recommend/oversee contract conservators, liaising with DCT as needed. Apply here:

Minimum of 10 years post-graduate experience working in museums.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing priorities.
Excellent attention to detail with ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment a must.
Ability to be proactive, use independent judgment and initiative.
Computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
Exceptional interpersonal verbal and written communication skills
Proven project management experience
Strong background in Modern and Contemporary art conservation
Excellent hand skills and in-depth knowledge of philosophical issues in contemporary art conservation
Expert documentation methodologies
Experience with oversight of large and complex installations.
Ability to liaise with architects and engineers.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Recommend and liaise with and recommend contract conservators with diverse areas of expertise to assess new acquisitions and treat collection works
In dialogue with Chief Conservator and Conservators, develop treatment proposals and budgets, including staffing, space requirements, and timelines
Examine, analyze, and treat works in the Guggenheim collection adhering to the highest standards
Provide written and photographic documentation to record condition of objects, treatments proposed, and treatments performed according to the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
Prepare detailed installation instructions for objects on loan
Work with artists or artist studio assistants to document all aspects of the artwork.
Prepare loan evaluations, attend exhibition and loan meetings, and examine new acquisitions
Oversee installations and travel as courier when necessary
Consistent communication with Chief Conservator, and curatorial colleagues on research, historical documentation, and treatment protocols
Work with technical teams, exhibition design, curatorial and registrar to prepare objects for inaugural exhibition and future loans
Work in collaboration with future colleagues in Abu Dhabi to encourage the exchange of knowledge.

Ability to travel globally as required to perform the above duties
Occasional work may be conducted outdoors with exposure to varied weather conditions.
Ability to work nights, weekends, holidays on occasion.
Ability to lift at least 25 lbs.

Graduate level degree in Conservation, with a preference for specialization in Objects and/or or Time-based Media


REPORTS TO: Deputy Director and Chief Conservator

LOCATION: Midtown West New York, NY

WORK SCHEDULE: 40 Hours per Week, Schedule TBD

POSITION TYPE: Full-time, Exempt

In accordance with the NYC Mandate, and Guggenheim policy, all Museum employees are required to show proof of fully vaccinated status (including booster) in order to work except for those with very limited legally-permissible exemptions (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, sincerely held religious belief, or pregnancy, or because you are a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sex offenses).

The Guggenheim is dedicating itself to creating paths that lead to a more inclusive and diverse institution. We encourage inquiries from applicants who will reflect the plurality of our culture and our global audience. The Guggenheim does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin or disability status.