The GCI’s Collections Department is relaunching a search for a conservator with a strong background in preventive conservation to fill the position of Project Specialist (Managing Collection Environments). The Project Specialist will be an integral member of the cross-disciplinary project team for the Managing Collection Environments Initiative (MCE). MCE combines research, education, and field activities that address technical and practical issues pertaining to the sustainable control and management of collection environments in museums, libraries, and archives.
Working under the supervision of the GCI’s Head of Collections and operating within the framework of a diverse project team, the Project Specialist will be responsible for implementing a series of field activities that will develop and test environmental management strategies for collections in challenging or non-traditional contexts. Working as part of a cross-disciplinary team that may include architects, engineers, curators and other museum personnel, the Project Specialist will use his/her expertise in preventive conservation to carry out risk assessments, condition surveys, environmental monitoring and data collection and interpretation. In conjunction with other team members, the Project Specialist will develop technical solutions and environmental management protocols tailored to particular climate, building, and/or collection typologies. Duties may also extend to carrying out field testing and pilot studies intended to test new GCI research advances and practical methodologies in collection settings. Several of these field projects will take place outside the United States, in collaboration with international partners. In addition to field activities, the Project Specialist will assist in the development of courses and workshops, expert meetings, and online didactic resources. The Project Specialist may also teach in some MCE courses and workshops.
With other MCE team members, the Project Specialist will assist in maintaining communications with a broad range of professionals involved in aspects of preventive conservation, both within and outside the GCI. He/she will be responsible for overseeing the work of consultants as well as interns or fellows assigned to the project. He/she will be responsible for planning his/her field activities in conjunction with other team members; developing scopes of work for agreements and contracts; managing deliverables and deadlines, and undertaking project evaluations. The Project Specialist will also work with MCE colleagues to disseminate the outcome of the initiative’s research, education, and field activities through all appropriate media and venues.
A Bachelor’s degree in conservation or related discipline is required. Post-graduate qualifications in cultural heritage conservation or equivalent practical conservation experience is required; a Master’s degree in conservation is preferred. In addition, the Project Specialist must have 3-7 years of practical experience in preventive conservation; experience in project management at an international level would be an asset.
The ideal candidate should demonstrate: a broad knowledge of current research and practical issues related to the control and management of collection environments; practical experience in planning, developing, and implementing preventive conservation solutions within collection-holding institutions, either as a member of staff or in a consulting capacity; and the ability to work as a member of a diverse professional team.
The successful candidate will be adaptable, a creative problem-solver, and outcome-oriented. He/ she should have excellent interpersonal and verbal skills and be comfortable working in a range of institutional and cultural settings. He/She will have strong research and writing skills and the ability to contribute to and write technical reports and papers. Must also be adept at handling multiple activities at once within a fast-paced and highly visible project. He/she must be available for travel internationally, including for trips that may be several weeks in duration. Fluency in at least one foreign language is preferred. International candidates welcome. An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided.
All candidates must apply online. Please prepare a cover letter and curriculum vitae in a single PDF file. Note: When prompted by the online application system to select or submit your “resume”, please upload your cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single PDF file. Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message from “email@example.com”. If you have specific questions about the Project Specialist (Managing Collection Environments) position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The period to apply has been re-opened and applications will be accepted through October 19, 2018.