Job Posting: Objects Conservator – Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH)

Objects Conservator
The Cleveland Museum of Art is currently seeking candidates for a Full Objects conservator to join a dynamic team of 10 full-time conservators and 5 support staff. The conservator will report to the Chief Conservator and will lead the museum’s Objects lab in the Eric and Jane Nord Family Conservation Suite.  The conservation facilities, completed in 2008, comprise a total of 135,000 square feet and include paper, painting, textile and Asian painting labs as well as an analytical lab and imaging and conservation preparatory studios.
The successful candidate will work with various departments and staff members within the institution to care for the Museum’s 3-Dimensional collection–a comprehensive range of materials from all periods. Close collaboration with the curators and other members of the conservation department is essential.
The Objects Conservator is responsible for the preservation, examination, documentation, and treatment of the Museum’s vast and diverse object-based collections, in accordance with the AIC code of ethics. S/he oversees all activities in the objects lab including examination and analyzing objects in the collection to determine if treatment is required, making treatment recommendations, carrying out and supervising conservation treatments.  This person is responsible for the conservation and preservation of three-dimensional objects and sculpture in the museum and assists with related collections such as furniture and modern and contemporary art. The successful candidate will have travel opportunities as they relate functions of the department and will participate in museum wide preservation activities including gallery monitoring and collection maintenance.  The successful candidate may be responsible for supervising junior staff members and fellows/interns.

  • Bachelor’s degree and completion of a graduate-level course of study in Conservation, or equivalent education and training
  • At least ten years of post-fellowship experience in objects conservation
  • Broad knowledge of museum practices and collections management
  • Familiarity with the types and materials represented in the museum’s collection of three-dimensional works of art, and a strong record of achievement in the field
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as successfully with others, e.g., Museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies to achieve institutional objectives and fulfill the mission of the museum.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with databases, word processing, and other computing tools that the staff is expected to use on a regular basis

 About the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever.” We strive to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world’s great art while honoring the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards.
We are proud to be one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of northeastern Ohio’s principal civic and cultural institutions.
Application Procedure: Cover letter, resume or CV, and three references
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