Assistant Conservator of Paintings (Faculty, Salaried)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Conservator of Paintings to join the Conservation and Collections Department in the long-term conservation and preservation of the VMFA’s paintings collection.

Duties include: 

Working collaboratively with other departments across the museum, the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Assistant Conservator will be involved in all operations related to the examination, documentation, treatment, display, technical analysis, and conservation research of the two-dimensional paintings in the permanent collection. The Assistant Conservator will employ the highest conservation standards and ethics in order to preserve the integrity as well as the aesthetic and historic significance of each work.  They will work in collaboration with other conservation specialists as needed and advise on the maintenance and preventive care of the collection including environmental control, storage, packing, handling, and requirements for exhibition. The Assistant Conservator will also have in-person and online public engagement and educational responsibilities such as leading laboratory tours, speaking to visiting groups, responding to public inquiries, presenting conservation projects and activities to museum visitors, and supervising interns.

The annual salary range for this position is $48,000 to $55,000, commensurate with experience.  This is a restricted funding position.

This salaried, exempt, faculty position offers Commonwealth of Virginia employee benefits such as 12 paid holidays, health benefits and more. This position also offers various VMFA employee benefits such as free admission to special exhibitions, previews of special exhibitions, employee pricing for select museum programs and classes, as well as discounts in Amuse Restaurant, the Best Café and the VMFA shop.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all. As one of the world’s finest museums and one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States, the VMFA is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of currently acceptable conservation methods for treatment of a wide variety of paintings.

Knowledge of art history and historic methods of fabrication for works of art from a wide range of cultures and time periods.

Demonstrated ability to perform historic and materials research.

Demonstrated ability to perform condition assessments, develop conservation treatment proposals, and execute treatments to a high degree of competency and efficiency.

Demonstrated ability to convey information in a clear, succinct, and accurate manner.

Demonstrated ability to perform analytical and examination techniques frequently used in conservation. Experience in interpreting test results.

Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and in concert with others, and to be professional, diplomatic, and discreet.

Experience in supervising interns.

Experience with common computer software programs.

Knowledge of safe methods for handling chemicals and hazardous materials based on OSHA standards.

Ability to wear a respirator.

Preferred Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university preferably with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Art Conservation, or from a recognized conservation training program, or a combination of relevant experience, training, and education.

Minimum of 3 years of postgraduate experience or equivalent experience, education, and training.

Special Requirements: 

Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.

Special Instructions for Applicants:

Online applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on July 5, 2020.

Please contact the HR office by phone at (804) 340-1485 if you need assistance. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an EEO/AA, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer.

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