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Subject: Position at Ringling Museum of Art

Position at Ringling Museum of Art

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

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in its affiliation with
Florida State University, is one of the largest museum/university
complexes in the nation. Located on an impressive 66-acre Sarasota
bay front estate, it preserves the legacy of John and Mable
Ringling, educating and enabling a large and diverse audience to
experience and take delight in a world-renowned collection of fine
art and special exhibitions; Ca d'Zan, the Ringling historic
mansion; the Circus Museums; the Tibbals Learning Center; the
Historic Asolo Theater; and historic architecture, courtyard,
gardens and grounds overlooking the Sarasota Bay. The Visitors
Pavilion serves some 350,000 guests annually. An Education Building
houses our library, conservation facility, classrooms, and staff
offices. For more information, please visit


Anticipated Salary Range: Salary is negotiable and commensurate with
education and experience.

Faculty Information: This is a non-tenure track faculty position


    Master's degree from a recognized conservation program and 5
    years related museum experience including planning and managing

    Excellence in performing complex conservation treatments as
    demonstrated through a portfolio.

    Excellent communication and organizational skills.

    Experience managing others.

    Strong technical knowledge for oversight in all disciplines of
    conservation, including those which are not the applicant's

Background Check Requirements: This position requires successful
completion of a criminal history background check to include

Confidentiality Policy: This position requires compliance with
University confidentiality policies.


    PhD with 8 years of conservation experience.

    Area of expertise in painting or works on paper.

    Teaching experience strongly preferred.


    Overview: The Chief Conservator is responsible for overseeing
    and managing day-to-day activities in the Ringling Museum
    Conservation Lab, and ensuring that the Museum follows the AIC
    Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice in its care and
    conservation of artistic and historic material.

    Incumbent works with Museum staff to preserve and conserve
    collection objects, interacts with the public and museum
    professionals regarding proper care of a multifaceted
    collection, serving as an active advocate of art conservation,
    including giving lectures to non specialist audiences and may
    periodically teach college-level classes in conservation
    practice and materials and may be responsible for managing
    conservation internships.

    This position is a non-tenured faculty position with Florida
    State University and is based at the John and Mable Ringling
    Museum of Art in Sarasota. Position reports to the Head of
    Collections of The Ringling.

    Responsibilities: In concert with Museum staff, develops
    conservation policies relating to the acquisition, exhibition,
    care, and preservation of The Ringling's collections, historic
    house and architecture. Inspects, determines condition, and
    prepares condition reports for objects considered for
    exhibitions and loans, incoming and outgoing. Conducts
    specialist examination, analysis of specific works of art,
    interpreting the results of the analysis, recommending proposed
    conservation treatments and carrying out such treatments for
    multi venue museum with extreme environmental considerations.

    Assess, prioritize, and create conservation/restoration plan for
    paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and artifacts, and
    advises regarding measures including handling, storage packing,
    and exhibition of collection material to ensure its safety and

    Supervises Conservation lab staff. May oversee volunteers and
    interns. Works with staff conservators and others to provide
    training for Ringling and other museum professionals and to
    conduct public programs.

    Assists in the preparation of grant applications and funding
    proposals for collection related needs in conjunction with other
    Museum and University staff, Develops departmental budget and
    identifies, in conjunction with museum priorities, on operating
    expenditures within the approved budget framework.

    Required to travel (nationally and internationally) to serve as
    a Museum courier. Assignments are based on the needs of the

    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. Works with Health and Safety Coordinator on
    creating and maintaining a safety protocol for the Lab.

If qualified and interested in a specific vacancy as advertised,
apply to Florida State University at

    "Browse Job Openings" "Advanced Search"

or at


Applicants are required to complete the online application with all
applicable information. Applications must include work history and
all education details (if applicable) even if attaching a resume.

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact

    Ringling Human Resources
    941-359-5700 ext. 2605

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:3
                 Distributed: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
                        Message Id: cdl-27-3-034
Received on Monday, 17 June, 2013

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