Head of Conservation & Preservation Getty Research Institute

Getty Research Institute
Job location: 
Los Angeles
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Job Summary
The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks an experienced conservator and preservation professional to serve as Head of Conservation and Preservation for the Research Library. The ideal candidate will provide leadership in planning and managing the conservation program for special collections, general library collections, and institutional archives. The Head will lead a team responsible for a broad range of conservation and preservation activities including conservation assessment and treatment; exhibition, loan and digitization support; disaster planning and response; environmental monitoring; and facilities planning support. Working closely with colleagues throughout the GRI, the Head will ensure the smooth integration and timely completion of conservation and preservation activities.

Major Job Responsibilities
• With a focus on special collections, plan, perform and document complex conservation treatments for a broad range of materials in accordance with the AIC Guidelines
• Collaborate with registrars, curators, archivists, librarians, and exhibition coordinators to establish priorities
• Administer and oversee staffing, performance planning and review, and staff development; may also mentor interns and volunteers
• Coordinate workflows and manage daily operation of the conservation laboratory
• Prepare condition assessments of items and collections; advise on conservation needs and options
• Make recommendations regarding objects proposed for exhibition and loan, including review of facilities reports from borrowing institutions
• Train and provide guidance for GRI staff in materials handling, preservation decision-making, physical care workflow
• Coordinate preventive care, including pest management and environmental monitoring programs
• Maintain an effective disaster/emergency response and recovery plan; may lead recovery activities
• Ensure compliance with industry standards and best practices
• Maintain program metrics, prepare reports, and contribute to funding applications
• Oversee research, evaluation, recommendation and procurement of specialized equipment, supplies and services, including vendor negotiations
• Contribute to space planning and collection storage initiatives
• Remain current in conservation practices and trends in the profession
• Perform advanced scholarly research in the conservation field
• Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with local, national, and international colleagues
• Serve as a member of the library management team and as a resource for the GRI

• MA in conservation or equivalent degree
• Minimum 7 years of experience in conservation
• Minimum 2 years of supervisory experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate and direct teams
• Advanced knowledge of chemical and physical properties of conservation materials and deterioration processes
• Expert knowledge of conservation history, ethics and methodology
• Advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience with complex conservation treatment of paper or photographs
• Advanced knowledge of preservation issues in cultural institutions preferred
• Demonstrated accomplishment in conservation research and writing preferred
• Expert knowledge of emergency preparedness and emergency response procedures
• Experience with emerging technologies in conservation practice preferred

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Getty Research Institute

Posted Date: 8/30/2017
Requisition Number: 2017-3026
Position Status: Regular Full-Time
Salaried/Hourly: Salaried
Category: Conservation
Getty Location: Getty Research Institute
Department: GRI - 0418-Conservation and Preservation