Associate Conservator / Conservator of Works of Art on Paper

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Friday, 6 October, 2017

Note: This is a re-posting of the position to encompass applicants with a wider experience range. Prior applicants will remain in consideration

Reports to: Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper
Supervises: Participates in supervision of Associate/Assistant Conservators of Works of Art on Paper, Conservation Fellows, Interns, Pre-Graduate Trainees and Technicians
Classification: Full-time, exempt

Reporting to the Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, the Conservator strives to preserve works of art on paper in the Museum's collections to the highest professional standards. The Conservator handles all aspects of preservation and conservation of works of art on paper, including methods and materials for treatment, safe storage, exhibition, and those aspects of framing, packing and shipping that affect the condition of works of art on paper and their long-term preservation.

* Examination and treatment of works of art on paper in the Museum collection, including prints, photographs, drawings, paintings on paper or board, oversize objects, and Asian scrolls and screens.
* Researches methods and materials as they relate to treatment, manufacture or the history of a work of art, working with conservation scientists as necessary to perform instrumental analyses.
* Prepares written condition reports, treatment proposals and treatment records.
* Works with curatorial and registration staff to prepare condition reports for individual loans and special exhibitions.
* Performs technical examinations to determine condition and treatment needs and performs technically challenging treatments in consultation with supervising conservator(s)
* Examination of works of art on paper for loan and in-house exhibition as well as examines and prepares written reports on works of art on paper proposed for loan by curators.
* Advises on selection of materials and furniture for storage and display, on packing and travel restrictions, on proper procedures for handling, and on appropriate environment.
* Works with the matter/framer to design special housing for exceptional display or storage problems.
* Takes densitometer readings of selected photographs.
* Monitors light levels and relative humidity for the PMA, Perelman, and any off-site facilities and assists in the review of facilities reports of borrowing institutions for climate control and light levels.
* Serves as courier for transportation of fragile artworks, U.S. and abroad.
* Helps supervise, train and works with interns, technicians, and more junior conservators.
* Conducts presentations on proper handling and housing for museum personnel or related groups.
* Participates in professional forums, conferences and educational opportunities.
* Identifies media at curatorial request and for monthly authentications day.
* Reviews pest monitoring data.
* Assistance in administrative activities and in coordination of other paper conservation laboratory activities.
* Helps order and maintain equipment and supplies.
* Helps coordinate and assists in treatment by contractual conservators.
* Contributes to the annual report for the section.
* Carries out conservation surveys as they are needed.
* Responds to public queries.

* Academic credentials from a recognized conservation training program and a minimum of two years specialized experience beyond the degree in the study, care, and treatment of works on paper
* Significant museum experience in the typical range of conservation activities involved in optimal preservation and presentation of a large and varied paintings collection
* Involvement in the support of active loan and exhibition programs
* Experience working cooperatively with staff at large to meet departmental and institutional goals

Institutional Requirements
* Upholds the professional standards of his/her field and always acts in a manner that is consistent with the best interests of the museum and will protect and enhance its reputation and standing within the community of museums.
* Adheres to the museum's code of ethics and avoids any real or perceived conflicts of interest.
* Shows respect for co-workers and visitors and an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of the museum's staff, volunteers, and audiences.
* Aspires to excellence in all aspects of his/her work and serves as a model for others.
* Maintains confidentiality.
* Adheres to all PMA protocols, procedures, rules, and policies.
* Is able to remain seated for extended periods of time, to utilize computers and other office equipment required of this job, to perform physically administrative duties in a typical interior office environment, gallery or exhibit space, and to access all public and staff areas of the Museum campus, with or without accommodation.
* Must successfully complete post-offer pre-employment background check, including review of any criminal records.

Physical Requirements
* Minor lifting and bending (lifting of up to 10 pounds).
* Fine motor skills/manual dexterity.
* Ability to sit for up to seven hours.
* Able to regularly set up, adjust, and operate a computer/keyboard and other office equipment used to generate work/transmit data.

Other Requirements
* Successful completion of post-offer pre-employment background check consisting of a criminal history.

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