Director of Conservation

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) seeks a senior level conservator with specialization in paper, book, or photograph conservation to serve as the Director of Conservation for our laboratory in Philadelphia, PA.  The Director of Conservation will manage, maintain, develop and strengthen CCAHA’s conservation services while working externally to advance the Center’s position as a national leader in the documentation, treatment, and preservation of cultural heritage. We seek a strategic thinker with a willingness to embrace innovation in advancing CCAHA’s goals and manage multiple priorities.

The Director of Conservation is part of CCAHA’s highly collaborative leadership team and heads a dynamic team of conservators, senior level conservation assistants, conservation and housing technicians, and post-graduate fellows.  The Director of Conservation has both internal and external facing responsibilities and interacts regularly with Board members, clients, community partners, and funders.  She or he must maintain awareness of trends and best practices in the field of conservation and also have an interest in and familiarity with the needs of our museum, library, and archives clientele. 

The Director of Conservation’s responsibilities include managing the Center’s conservation lab; assigning and scheduling treatments; working with clients to develop and execute conservation treatment, preservation housing, digitization, and consulting projects and communicating throughout the process; acting as a mentor and consultant to conservators and technicians during conservation treatments; reviewing and approving reports; maintaining the departmental budget; taking an active role in business development; and representing CCAHA with external partners via conference presentations, educational events, and meetings.

The ideal candidate will have a Master's of Arts or Science degree in art conservation or Master’s degree in library science, art, or art history plus a certificate of advanced study in conservation accompanied by significant experience working in the field of conservation.  She or he will have a desire to work as part of a team, have prior supervisory experience, and a willingness and ability to travel to meet with clients and represent CCAHA at conferences.

The salary is commensurate with experience.  CCAHA offers an excellent benefits package. Preference will be given to applicants eligible to work in the United States.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to and reference Director of Conservation Search in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled, with preference given to candidates that submit their application package by January 21, 2019. 

If you would like to discuss the position or have questions, please contact Laura Hortz Stanton at