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Subject: Position at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Position at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

From: Katherine Holbrow <kholbrow<-a>
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Assistant Project Conservator
Paintings Specialist
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Fixed-Term, One year Position: January 2-December 31, 2009

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco offers an exciting opportunity
for a paintings conservator to research, examine, and treat Asian
works of art from this world-renowned collection

The Assistant Project Conservator will assist the Conservator of
Paintings in the conservation of Thai and Burmese paintings from the
Duke Collection for a major exhibition in the fall of 2009.

The position requires the ability to perform skilled conservation
work in the preservation and restoration of works of art on paper by
preparing condition reports, performing treatments, and completing
all necessary documentation to the standard of the American
Institute for Conservation?s Code of Ethics.

The work may also include conservation assistance with other Asian
paintings, and participation in day-to-day museum conservation
activities such as support for exhibitions, loans, and collections

The nature of this highly skilled work requires manual dexterity,
intense concentration, and aesthetic sensibility in addition to a
background in paintings conservation. The incumbent must have the
ability to prioritize work and sequence projects in order to meet
agreed upon deadlines. Equally important is the ability to take
direction, and work well as part of a team.  Because the project
offers research possibilities, research experience is a plus.


    *   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

    *   One year of verifiable conservation experience, beyond the
        degree or certificate, with the techniques, materials and
        equipment used in the conservation of Asian paintings on
        paper; or an equivalent combination of education, training
        and experience.

    *   Knowledge of the technology and materials of Asian paintings
        on paper and of the chemical and physical processes of their

    *   Knowledge of the procedures relating to the examination and
        the preventative and corrective treatment of paintings on

    *   Knowledge of the environmental requirements and of controls
        for handling, storage, exhibition and travel of paintings on

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

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

    *   Ability to maintain ongoing effective working relationships
        with Museum staff, colleagues in the field and the public;
        demonstrate good judgment, flexibility and resourcefulness.

Compensation: $20.20/hr. (annualized equivalent is $42,016) with
excellent benefit package*

Please note: this position is represented by SEIU 1021

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume,
contact information for three professional references, and examples
of three conservation projects that best display the candidate's
abilities and experience to:

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

Please view information about the collection and the museum at


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

                  Conservation DistList Instance 22:23
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