Photograph Conservator

CCAHA is seeking a Photograph Conservator for a full time, permanent position. The candidate should have demonstrated ability in treating both fine art and archival collections of 19th and 20th-century photographic materials.  Additional treatment experience with paper-based artifacts is preferred. Ability to work with peers and support staff in a collaborative environment is essential, as is the capability to independently plan and structure one's time to meet deadlines and billable goals.

Conservators write condition reports and treatment proposals, are responsible for estimating hours for their proposals, and carrying out treatments in accordance with AIC's Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. The Photograph Conservator will build relationships with clients, meeting with them to discuss treatment options and goals, while also working with our Housing and Imaging departments and Preservation Services department to articulate other services offered by CCAHA. There will also occasionally be travel for onsite projects, survey assessments, and opportunities to participate in presenting talks and workshops. Participation in CCAHA subcommittees and other lab duties will be requisite and matched to one's interests and skills.

The candidate should be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program, or have equivalent experience, with a specialization in photographic materials and a minimum of five years of professional experience. In addition to hand skills, excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills are vital. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is necessary. A thorough understanding of preventive conservation principles and familiarity with designing and conducting assessment and planning projects with cultural institutions is desirable. The exceptional candidate will also have experience in treating paper-based artifacts.

Application Process
Salary will be commensurate with experience.  CCAHA offers an excellent benefits package that includes health and dental coverage, short-term and long-term disability coverage, paid time off, retirement plan, and professional development funds. Applicants that are not US citizens must have a valid work visa. 

Priority will be given to applications received by May 31, 2019. Informal meetings to discuss the position with the Director of Conservation at the AIC conference are possible. Please send a letter of interest, CV / résumé, and three sample treatment reports to:

Jessica Silverman
Director of Conservation
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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