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Subject: Position at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Position at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

From: Tracy Pon <tpon>
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Conservator, Paintings Specialist
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco offers an exciting opportunity
for an experienced paintings conservator to conserve and restore
Asian works of art in this world-renowned collection.

The incumbent will perform skilled conservation work in the
preservation and restoration of works of art on cloth and paper
including, but not limited to, screens, scrolls, banner paintings,
Indian miniatures, Japanese woodblock prints, album leaves, photos,
and contemporary artworks from various Asian countries.

In order to perform the highest level of complex treatments on
important works of art, the incumbent must have an in-depth
knowledge of the physical properties and aging characteristics of
the materials, and the effects of past and future restorations.

The nature of this highly skilled work requires manual dexterity,
intense concentration, and aesthetic sensibility in addition to
excellent organizational skills. The incumbent, serving as a lead
professional in the Conservation Laboratory, must have the ability
to prioritize work, coordinate with preparators and other museum
staff, and sequence projects in order to meet agreed upon deadlines.

Minimum Qualifications

    Master of Arts Degree in Art Conservation from a recognized
    college or university, OR  Master of Arts Degree in Art History
    with a Certificate in Conservation from a recognized
    Conservation Training Program;  and

    Five (5) years of verifiable conservation experience, beyond the
    degree or certificate, with the techniques, materials and
    equipment used in the conservation of works on cloth and paper;
    or an equivalent combination of education, training, and

    Knowledge of the technology and materials of Asian works on
    cloth and paper and of the chemical and physical processes of
    their deterioration.

    Knowledge of the procedures relating to the examination and the
    preventative and corrective treatment of works on cloth and

    Knowledge of the environmental requirements and of controls for
    handling, storage, exhibition, and travel of works on cloth and

    Ability to write technical reports in an understandable, clear,
    and concise manner, utilizing appropriate punctuation and

    Ability to examine works of art and determine their current
    state of preservation for new acquisitions, loans, and

    Ability to provide sound advice and recommendations regarding
    the design of facilities to ensure the proper display, storage
    and treatment of works of art on paper.

    Ability to make clear oral presentations to the general public
    as well as to technical specialists.

    Ability to maintain ongoing effective working relationships with
    museum staff, colleagues in the field, and the public;
    demonstrate good judgment, flexibility and resourcefulness;
    negotiate for the benefit of the art.

    Ability to give direction to subordinate conservation personnel,
    and administer and supervise the department in the absence of
    the Head of Conservation.

$57-69K annually with excellent benefit package.
Please note: this position is represented by SEIU 1021

Apply online at <URL:> or

Send a letter of interest and resume immediately to:

    Human Resources
    Asian Art Museum
    200 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Fax: 415-861-2359

The Asian Art Museum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 21:34
               Distributed: Wednesday, December 12, 2007
                       Message Id: cdl-21-34-036
Received on Tuesday, 11 December, 2007

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