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Position at Gilcrease Museum

From: Steven Charles <scharles<-at->
Date: Monday, June 17, 2013
Chief Conservator
Gilcrease Museum

Under general supervision of the Executive Director, the Chief
Conservator is responsible for coordinating the Gilcrease Museum's
collections care program including overseeing the conservation of
the Museum's collections and managing day-to-day activities in the
Conservation Lab and Department.  The Chief Conservator is
responsible for ensuring that the Museum follows the AIC Code of
Ethics and Guidelines for Practice in its care and conservation of
artistic and historic material.

The Chief Conservator works with Museum staff to preserve and
conserve collections objects, and will be specifically responsible
for the conservation of art, artifacts or documents in his or her
particular specialty in the Museum's collection; will interact with
the public and museum professionals regarding proper care of
cultural property; be an active advocate for art conservation and
will periodically teach a course for the University's Master's
degree program in Museum Science and Management.  Working
environment is primarily indoors and requires the use of various
hand tools and equipment as well as exposure to paints, solvents,
resins and other chemicals in a lab environment.  Hours are Monday
to Friday, 8 a.m.  until 5 p.m.  and occasionally evenings or
weekends may be required.

Physical requirements include:  fine motor skills to conduct
detailed conservation treatments, arm and hand dexterity, and the
ability to lift, and occasionally carry, up to 60 pounds; may be
subject to standing, sitting, reaching, balancing, bending, and
smelling and other physical motions in the course of normal
activity; vision sufficient to perform essential tasks and to
communicate effectively is required.

Characteristic Duties:

    Examines, documents, and conducts treatment of art, artifacts or
    documents in his or her particular specialty; conducts technical
    examination and analysis

    Consults and collaborates with other conservators, curators, and
    other staff as necessary during examination, treatment, or

    Inspects and determines condition of art considered for loan;
    prepares art, artifacts or documents in his or her particular
    specialty for exhibit and loan

    Advises on preventive conservation measures for paintings,
    sculptures, documents, and artifacts including handling,
    storage, packing, and exhibition of collection material to
    ensure its safety and care

    Carries out monitoring and other preventive treatment activities

    Retains accessible documentation regarding conservation
    activities and administrative tasks performed

    Administers the Emergency Management and Response Plans for
    collection materials

    Supervises full-time, part-time and project staff, as well as
    volunteers and interns

    Works with staff conservators and others to provide training for
    Gilcrease staff and other museum professionals and to conduct
    public programs

    Responds to public inquiries regarding conservation

    Assists in the preparation of grant applications and funding
    proposals for collection related needs in conjunction with other
    Museum and University staff

    Prepares and uses chemicals, resins, adhesives, paints, and
    other relevant materials as needed

    Responsible for safe use of paints, organic solvents, and other
    chemicals as specified by safety regulations

    Periodically teaches a course in the University's Master's
    degree program in Museum Science and Management.

    Performs duties in accordance with the AIC Code of Ethics and
    Guidelines for Practice

Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in Art Conservation with
specialization in paintings, objects or paper from an accredited
university and three (3) years of postgraduate experience;
competency in the treatment of art, artifacts or documents in his or
her specialty including excellent hand skills, familiarity with
historic and current treatment practices and materials, and superior
decision-making ability; general knowledge of current museum
practices in storage, handling, and environmental standards and
controls as well as museum and conservation ethics and practices for
art, artifacts, and documents; competency with basic scientific
instrumentation, computers, and digital media; ability for
leadership as well as teamwork; ability to courteously,
professionally, and effectively communicate with staff, supervisors,
other members of the organization, and the public while giving and
receiving information, in person and in writing.

Preferred Qualifications: Professional Associate or Fellow status
membership in the American Institute for Conservation of Historic
and Artistic Works (AIC); academic study in art history,
anthropology, archaeology, chemistry or American history;
demonstrated understanding and ability to appropriately apply the
latest techniques and technologies in conservation, stabilization,
and restoration of works of art; demonstrated ability to communicate
with colleagues and experts on innovative approaches to
conservation.  Teaching experience at the postgraduate level.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, copy of transcripts and
certifications, and the name, address, and phone number for three
references to:

    The University of Tulsa
    Office of Human Resources
    800 S. Tucker Drive
    Tulsa, OK 74104
    Fax: 918-631-3543

The review of applications will commence May 7, 2013 and will
continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:3
                 Distributed: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Received on Monday, 17 June, 2013

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