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CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS
The Williamstown + Atlanta Art Conservation Center seeks a qualified and motivated paintings conservator at the assistant or associate level to join our team at our Stone Hill Center location in Williamstown, MA.
The Williamstown + Atlanta Centers are non-for-profit regional conservation centers that provide conservation expertise and treatment for collections belonging to member institutions, organizations, nonprofit and corporate collection stewards , and private individuals that do not have their own conservation resources. Our state-of-the-art conservation facility in the Berkshires was designed by Pritzker Prize architect, Tadao Ando, and is located on the campus of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, adjacent to Williams College campus.
You would be joining a team of three multi-disciplined conservators that work on a wide range of paintings, from the 14th century to modern and contemporary in the paintings conservation laboratory where you would work closely with colleagues in our paper, objects, furniture, and analytical departments for a cross-discipline, collaborative approach to treatment and collection care. The staff is supported by our in-house imaging specialist, conservation technician, and a talented administrative team. Our analytical laboratory and relationship with the Williams College Chemistry Department provides the opportunity to integrate technical analysis into our conservation methodology. Please see past issues of our Art Conservator publication to see what our community of conservators has been working on and the scope of projects that come through the Center.
Education and professional development is integral to our mission as a regional center. Our conservators teach in the graduate art history department at Williams College, provide mentorship to graduate and pre-program conservation interns, and host a variety of preventative conservation workshops. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest and experience in preservation outreach and education.
DUTIES OF THIS POSITION:
- Design and carry out examination and conservation treatment on a wide range of paintings from the 14thcentury to the 21st century
- Design and perform a range of collection surveys, institutional assessments and consultations
- Collaborate with other conservation and collections professionals in developing and performing treatments and preventive care activities
- Communicate with collection stewards regarding inquiries and projects, in coordination with W+AACC’s administrative staff
- Interact professionally with a broad range of people concerning conservation and preservation, both in person, over the phone, and via electronic communications
- Conduct research to understand objects and to support recommended treatment protocols
- Perform onsite work which may involve organizational assessments, collection surveys, examinations, treatments, and consulting
- Participate in interdepartmental projects, acting as lead conservator on projects as needed
- Work with colleagues in other specializations and oversee interns and volunteers as needed
- Manage and oversee subcontractors as needed
- Actively participate in W+AACC’s education programs – teaching, lecturing, and leading tours including sessions of Williams College graduate art history class (ART508).
- Represent W+AACC in meetings with potential clients, donors, and other professionals
- Participate in staff meetings and in hiring new staff
- Stay current with theoretical discourse, best practice, and innovation in the field
- A Master’s degree in conservation OR equivalent educational experience
- 7+ years of post-graduate conservation experience is required to be considered at the associate level
- Active membership in the American Institute for Conservation
- Demonstrated versatility in the performance of techniques and materials used to treat a wide variety of paintings
- Demonstrated experience with structural repair, including lining
- Demonstrated experience with the use of the Modular Cleaning Program and/or methodology for the cleaning of unvarnished surfaces (i.e. modern oil or acrylic)
- Experience with integrating technical analysis into treatment methodologies
- Excellent communication, time management, and interactive skills for frequent collaboration on projects with other departments and member professionals
- Ability to travel to onsite projects in the surrounding region and beyond, as required
- Ability to work on scaffolding indoors and out, stand for prolonged periods, lift 40lbs., have a valid driver’s license, and be legally able to work in the United States
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
COMPENSATION + BENEFITS:
- Starting salary for the assistant level is $46,000, commensurate with experience
- Starting salary for the associate level is $55,000, commensurate with experience
- A competitive benefits package is offered including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, 403b with 5% employer match, holidays, vacation sick, personal, and research days.
- A professional development allowance of $1,000 is provided towards workshops and conferences and support for half of the membership dues in the American Institute for Conservation is provided.