Associate Conservator, Fashion Institute of Technology – Museum at FIT (New York, NY, USA) – PASSED DEADLINE

About Fashion Institute of Technology
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, of the State University of New York, invites nominations and applications for a Associate Conservator for the Museum at FIT.

Job Description
Under the direction of the Museum’s Senior Conservator, the Associate Conservator is responsible for implementing, facilitating and assisting with the physical care, display and conservation of the Museum’s comprehensive costume, accessory and textile collection. The candidate will be responsible for a full range of conservation activities within a museum that maintains a very active acquisition, fashion exhibition, photography and loan schedule, including any special projects as required.

Working closely under the supervision of the Museum’s Senior Conservator, primary responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

  • Examining and documenting costume, accessory and textile objects with both condition and treatment reports in the TMS museum collections management system.
  • Performing object treatments, mounting and installation of both historic and contemporary fashion artifacts in support of the Museum’s robust exhibition and publication photography program.
  • Documenting and performing material and scientific analyses and research of objects as required.
  • Documenting, preparing, couriering and installing of both international and domestic loans.
  • Developing and implementing a written Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan for the Museum, including but not limited to evaluation, coordination and documentation of pest management activities. Coordinating with FIT’s pest control service provider to support and maintain the IPM program.
  • Implementing and maintaining preventive conservation housekeeping methods and practices throughout the Museum’s physical space.
  • In the absence of the Senior Conservator and in co-ordination with the Senior Registrar, attend to any matters relating to Facilities and Security within the Museum.

In the absence of the Senior Conservator, manage day-to-day activities in the conservation department and coordinate the management of conservation staff with the deputy director and other department heads

This is a general description of duties and is not to be construed as all inclusive.


  • Master’s Degree in conservation or museum studies, with a minimum of 5 years related professional experience working with a fashion costume and textile collection in a museum setting.
  • Must have strong knowledge of costume and design history and terminology, as well as a demonstrated knowledge of museum and conservation procedures for both costume and textiles.
  • Proficiency in laboratory methods and the use of scientific instruments for examination, analysis, and treatment of costumes, accessories and textiles.
  • Knowledge and proficiency of garment construction and sewing techniques used in textile conservation.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to make sound decisions and utilize proper judgement when couriering museum loans.
  • Excellent attention to detail, the ability to plan work and meet deadlines without compromising the quality of work performed, and excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong ability to work on numerous projects with various staff members required.
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills and a familiarity with and/or ability to learn the TMS museum collections management system.
  • Ability to learn, adapt and keep current with the latest developments in the conservation practice.

Additional Information

  • This is a bargaining unit position grade 93
  • 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Application Instructions
In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • A list of three references with telephone numbers and email addresses

To apply online, please visit:

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

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