Conservator, Objects (Regular Full-time) Conservation Center

Job details:
Expiring Date: 27 February 2019
Date: 29 December 2018
Sector: Visual Arts
Function: Curator/Assistant Curator
Contract: Full Time, Permanent
Salary: Salary according to the experience
Place of work: United States (Los Angeles)

Job Description

Reporting to the Senior Conservator, the Objects Conservator will oversee the objects lab and supervises junior objects conservation staff, fellows and interns. This position works collaboratively with other staff members to manage departmental responsibilities related to the preservation and conservation of LACMA’s encyclopedic 3-D collections. Core functions include object examination and treatment, technical research, vetting acquisitions, exhibition and gallery installations, and loan processing. Within the department, the Objects Conservator will work closely with the Conservation Imaging Specialist, the Senior Scientist, mountmakers, designers, and fabricators to implement these core functions. In addition,this position will collaborate with Curatorial, Registrars, Collections Management, and Exhibition & Design to achieve museum-wide strategic goals in exhibition, loan, gallery installations, and acquisitions.

Some duties include: under minimal supervision, provides high-level conservation of works of art in the Museum’s collection, objects on loan or objects related to special projects in adherence to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the American Institute for Conservation; undertakes research and scientific analysis to determine the compositions and conditions of materials to inform the development and implementation of conservation protocols and appropriate treatment procedures; provides written and photographic documentation for all conservation treatments, technical information for database entries, labels, publications, and authentication; manages the objects conservation studio and staff determining priorities, goals, and scheduling; assists in the building and management of a cost-effective budget; supervises and mentors junior staff, graduate fellows, interns and volunteers in the care handling and treatment of objects and assist with their training and development as required; reviews and edits written reports of junior staff as necessary; assesses, prepares, writes condition reports, and oversees packing of incoming and outgoing loans; collaborates with other members of the museum to provide designs for mounts and various display requirements, including materials testing and microclimate requirements; acts as a courier, accompanying LACMA artworks to and from borrowing venues world-wide; participates in the improvement of department and museum-wide processes, procedures and communication; ensures best practices for preventative conservation and implementation in the use of materials chosen for exhibition, storage, and transit; undertakes condition reporting of incoming and outgoing loans for three-dimensional objects, evaluating potential loans with regard to treatment needs, environmental specifications and other special requirements; advises curators on technical issues related to potential acquisitions or objects in the permanent collection; participates in all lab activities such as maintaining the cleanliness of the lab, keeping equipment maintained and up-to-date, and ordering supplies; stays up-to-date on current conservation practices; attends conservation conferences such as AIC, WAAC, and/or IIC to deliver lectures related to current projects and contributes to the conservation literature; responds to inquiries from colleagues, scholars, and the general public regarding conservation matters; and conducts laboratory tours and gives lectures.

The qualified candidate will have a Master’s degree in art conservation from a recognized conservation-training program with a specialty in objects and a minimum of seven to ten years of related professional experience. Record of professional activities including publications, conference presentations, continuing education, outreach and advocacy is required. The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of museum care and preservation, essential to gallery display and storage environments and knowledge of artists’ materials and techniques used to create three-dimensional artwork. Knowledge about emergency preparedness and integrated pest management is essential. Ability to multitask to meet deadlines, work simultaneously on multiple projects in a highly demanding and fast-paced environment while exercising sound judgment and decision making is key.

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