Harvard University Assistant Frames Conservator in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University

Harvard Art Museums


Job Function

Time Status

Straus Center for Conservation

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities:
Reports to the Paintings Lab Head, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies.

Please note: This is a part time, two year term position with the possibility of renewal.

• Performs condition reports, surveys, examinations, and treatments for frames for the Harvard Art Museums and University Loans. Priorities are determined by the Museum Approvals Process and directed by the Paintings and Paper Lab Heads.
• Prepares accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions.
• Manages and executes preventive care for frames, including advising on and researching housing, framing, handling, storage, and environmental needs.
• Participates in advising on and monitoring appropriate environments for frames, including environmental parameters, travel, and security needs.
• Participates in collections emergency response.
• Accompanies frame-related collections on courier trips as necessary.

• Assists in planning and preparing budgets for frame conservation, exhibitions, and special projects.
• Tracks time spent on all projects.
• Collaborates with and maintains good working relations with conservation scientists, conservators, curators, and other museum staff.
• Along with other conservators, maintains lab and photo studio, including supplies, records, and equipment.
• Attends weekly lab and quarterly all-staff meetings.
• Practices and promotes the Guidelines for Practice and Code of Ethics as established by the AIC.

• Stays current with professional philosophies, procedures, and practices in the conservation field through membership in professional organizations, publications, and attendance at meetings, workshops, and seminars.

• May participate in teaching, including undergraduate and graduate courses on the materials and techniques, and the technical examination of art.

• Works with and provides content for Communications, the Division of Academic and Public Programs, Curatorial, and Institutional Advancement, and other departments as needed.
• Presents occasional public gallery talks.

Basic Qualifications
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
• A minimum of three years restoring frames in a museum setting and MA, MS, or Certificate in Conservation from a university program or equivalent (three years) work experience.

Additional Qualifications
• Experience restoring frames in a museum setting strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated experience with casting missing molding, gilding, inpainting, and structural work on frames.
• Proficient computer skills, including image editing and management using Adobe Photoshop and other imaging software, and experience with The Museum System (TMS).
• Ability to work while standing, and on occasion in non-studio, on-site locations. Ability to climb and work on a ladder and scaffolding.

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EEO Statement
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