Manager of Housing & Framing

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia is seeking a Manager of Housing & Framing.


Under the general supervision of the Director of Conservation, this position is responsible for providing essential support for the conservation laboratory and laboratory staff through coordinating and executing housing and framing services, with an understanding of the complementary role of these activities in the future preservation of objects. This position will help develop and coordinate the housing and framing services of the Center by working with clients, staff, and vendors. The Manager of Housing & Framing supervises Housing Technicians.


This position is in Philadelphia. Due to the nature of the work performed by this position, applicants must be prepared to work at least 80% on-site at CCAHA.

Reports to:

The Manager of Housing & Framing reports to the Director of Conservation.


  • The position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the housing and framing section, from development through completion of housing and framing projects to the highest possible standards and with regard to deadlines and priorities.
  • Coordinating operations of the housing section includes estimating costs for clients, writing reports, scheduling, and assigning housing jobs to housing technicians.
  • Consulting with conservators on object housing and framing and assisting conservators with the design of special housing. When needed, this position will research and develop techniques to always provide the best possible housing techniques and options to our clients.
  • Consulting with clients on housing and framing choices and questions. The position should advise clients on the best possible housing design, consult on framing choices, and communicate with them about the housing and framing process.
  • Constructing object housing and framing for both "housing only" and after conservation treatment. The position will train and work with technician(s) assigned to execute the housing and framing designs developed in consultation with the clients and conservators.
  • Develops and maintains a high level of housing and framing services available through the Center. This includes stocking and display of various samples and seeking out and working with various vendors. Working with vendors occasionally involves obtaining estimates from and coordinating with a frame conservator.
  • Engages in ongoing professional development to maintain knowledge of current advances in the discipline. The position is supported by opportunities to research new techniques and materials within the fields of housing and framing.
  • When appropriate, provide training to institutional clients in the housing and framing techniques used by the Center.
  • Orders frames, stocks and inventories housing supplies, keeping pricing up to date. Performs routine laboratory maintenance.


  • High school diploma/GED required, college degree with background in Fine Art or Art History preferred
  • Framing experience with experience matting and housing works on paper required
  • Experience with a manual mat cutter required, along with experience using a wall mounted material cutter and board shears
  • High degree of manual dexterity, creativity and ability for precise execution required
  • Solid background of customer service experience
  • Frame consultation experience
  • Experience managing staff preferred
  • Experience with Office 365, as well as project management software required


This is a full-time, nonexempt position. A generous benefits package that includes paid time off, medical, dental and vision, FSA and retirement matches are included. The salary range is $56,365 - $60,590.

To Apply

Email your resume and cover letter addressed to Jessica Silverman, Director of Conservation, to

Priority will be given to applications received by November 29. Interviews will begin the week of December 5.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. We are currently not offering sponsorship.


CCAHA was founded in 1977 and has grown to be one of the largest nonprofit conservation centers in the country. Its wide array of services, sophisticated treatment facilities, innovative approaches, and highly trained and experienced staff have earned it a prominent and respected place in the conservation field. We serve nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations in the preservation of works on paper, archival documents, photographic materials, and books through conservation treatment, collection surveys and consultations, housing & framing, and digital imaging services. Our preventive conservation and preservation services staff focuses on capacity building for collecting institutions through fundraising support, strategic planning and assessment projects, emergency planning and response initiatives, and in developing educational programs and conferences. CCAHA’s mission is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world's cultural heritage.

CCAHA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff and our clients.