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Subject: Position at National Gallery of Art

Position at National Gallery of Art

From: Michael Skalka <m-skalka<-a>
Date: Thursday, July 14, 2005
Supervisory Museum Specialist (Art)
Paper Conservation Laboratory
National Gallery of Art
Washington DC

Duties: Incumbent serves as the Head of Paper Conservation on the
staff of the National Gallery's Conservation Division.  Provides
administrative oversight of the paper conservation staff and carries
out examination and treatment of collection objects. Maintains
collections of photographs both in the Department of Photography and
the thousands of rare archival objects in the Library Image
Collections, as well as rare books in the Library's collections.
Oversees the condition assessment and the treatment analysis of
various objects under consideration for purchase, donation, or loan.
Conducts research in the history, materials and technology of works
of art on paper and develops methods and materials of conservation
as they pertain to the Gallery's collections.  Shares findings with
colleagues and in scholarly meetings and publications, representing
the National Gallery in academic, professional, and trade matters
related to the Gallery's collections and paper conservation issues.

Qualifications: Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards
Handbook requirements for GS-1016-14 or GS-1016-15. Specialized
experience in professional paper conservation is required.  This
includes the examination, analysis, and treatment of works of art on

Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements
will be evaluated against these factors to determine the
best-qualified candidates. Applicants must describe their possession
of each of these factors separately in a one to two page supplement
to their application.  Failure to provide a detailed description of
relevant experience/education will automatically disqualify the
candidate from employment consideration.

Major Evaluation Factors

    1.  Skill in performing treatment procedures involved in the
        restoration and maintenance of works of art on paper
        including mending, filling major losses, humidification
        methods, drying techniques and consolidation of flaking
        paint (Selective Factor)

    2.  Knowledge of environmental factors associated with works of
        art on paper such as recommended methods of storage,
        handling, and illumination levels (Selective Factor)

    3.  Skill in performing non-destructive examination and material
        analysis of works of art on paper utilizing ultra violet and
        infrared light, beta radiography, energy dispersive x-ray
        fluorescence, spectroscopy, thin layer chromatography, and
        scanning electron microscopy (Selective Factor)

    4.  Knowledge of the history of art, especially Western art from
        the 15th century to the present (Selective Factor)

    5.  Ability to manage a museum paper conservation operation
        including oversight of budget, personnel, and technical
        equipment resources


Applicants intending to apply for this position must visit
<URL:> to obtain complete
instructions.  You will be directed to
<URL:> where you can search for
this National Gallery of Art employment opportunity.

The information provided here is abbreviated and does not constitute
the official vacancy announcement.  Visit the website and apply in
accord with the instructions in the announcement 05-45.  For general
information about the position you may contact

    Michael Skalka
    Conservation Administrator
    m-skalka<-a t->nga< . >gov

for an e-mail reply.  This recruitment is for one position only but
is considering candidates at two pay grade levels GS-14 ($88,369)
and GS-15. (103,947) Applicants must follow instruction carefully
and provide two applications in order to be considered for both pay
grades. Evaluation of education and experience will determine which
pay level meets a candidate's qualifications.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:6
                   Distributed: Sunday, July 17, 2005
                        Message Id: cdl-19-6-033
Received on Thursday, 14 July, 2005

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