The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks a Senior Conservator of Paintings to lead the department of Paintings Conservation, which is responsible for the long-term study and care of one of the finest collections of Old Master and nineteenth-century European paintings in the United States. The Senior Conservator oversees an active program of study and treatments, including technical and materials analyses, and supports an ambitious program of loan exhibitions. The Senior Conservator is a respected member of the profession who represents the institution in the negotiation of joint projects with other institutions while advancing its reputation as a leader on conservation matters internationally. He/she also oversees department staffing, hiring, performance reviews, staff development, and the budget.
The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree, ten years’ experience as a paintings conservator, a record of successful treatments and professional publications, and proven ability as a manager. The Senior Conservator of Paintings will recommend treatments, assess potential acquisitions, and propose research and collaborative projects and will contribute to researching, developing, and overseeing innovative methodologies for long-term preservation of paintings in support of the Getty's leadership role among museums and cultural institutions. The Senior Conservator reports to the Associate Director for Collections and works closely and collaboratively with the Senior Curator of Paintings, as well as with other conservators and with colleagues across the Getty campus.
The Senior Conservator supervises a conservation department of four conservators (one specializing in frames), one Senior Staff Assistant, and one Graduate Intern. She/he will nurture staff development and review staff performance as well as setting broad departmental and individual goals. The Senior Conservator is responsible for managing the department’s budget and for insuring that all safety procedures are followed. She/he will play a leadership role in overseeing the activities of the Paintings Council. The Senior Conservator works collaboratively with Museum curators, scientists and staff of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), colleagues across the two Getty campuses, and internationally to further the programs and mission of the J. Paul Getty Museum under the auspices of the Getty Trust.