Job Posting: Director of Conservation – Winterthur's Conservation Department (Winterthur, DE)

JOB TITLE: Director of Conservation
SCHEDULED DAYS/HOURS: Full Time- 35 hours/week                       
Job Description: The Director of Conservation will lead Winterthur’s Conservation Department comprising 19 full-time conservation, scientific, and allied professionals in establishing regional and national prominence in conservation and scientific research and practice.  S/he will provide leadership for the documentation, analysis, conservation treatment, and preventive care of Winterthur’s museum, garden and library collections.  S/he will enhance the support and visibility of the department and its associated professional partnerships through advocacy and development. The Director of Conservation will provide strategic support and direction to the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, a Master’s-level graduate program co-sponsored by Winterthur and the University of Delaware. This positon offers a unique and exciting opportunity in conservation leadership and education in the midst of a pre-eminent collection of 89,000 objects made and used in the North American colonies and the United States and over 500,000 documents, books, manuscripts and images in Winterthur’s research library.  The facilities include paper, furniture, objects, textiles, library and archival materials, and paintings conservation laboratories, a photographic documentation studio, a well-equipped scientific analytical laboratory, and a student workshop.
Job Requirements:  A Master’s degree in conservation combined with eight years of effective conservation management and leadership experience is required.  A Ph. D. in preservation studies or a related field is preferred.  Demonstrated teaching and scholarly achievement, including evidence of original research, publications, or other projects that demonstrate intellectual ability, innovation, and accomplishment in a relevant field, is mandatory. The Director of Conservation is expected to be adept in grant writing and overseeing grant-funded projects.  S/he is to be committed to engaging in conservation on an international level.  The successful candidate will demonstrate (1) excellent interpersonal and communication skills with staff, students, museum and university colleagues, donors, and the general public (2) creative thinking and solutions-based problem-solving, and (3) superior organizational abilities with a high attention to detail.  A proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently while managing multiple tasks simultaneously is required.
Salary will be commensurate with experience. To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample and three professional references familiar with your conservation experience to: Deadline for applications: January 22, 2016.