Chief Conservator (Indianapolis, IN, USA) - UPDATED

By Paid Job Ads posted 10-23-2019 15:30


The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields seeks a dynamic senior conservator to lead an award-winning conservation department comprised of specialties in paintings, textiles, paper, and objects conservation. This director level position oversees the care of a vast collection of works spanning 5,000 years with significant holdings of African, American, Asian, European, and contemporary art, as well as a growing collection of design arts in a 152-acre cultural campus featuring art galleries, beautiful gardens, historic homes, performance spaces, a nature preserve and sculpture park. The Chief Conservator will supervise, mentor, and facilitate work for a highly-motivated staff, and continue the department’s long-standing commitment to excellence in conservation, pre-program and graduate training of emerging conservators, and community-outreach and arts education.

The Chief Conservator will have an opportunity to refine existing conservation processes and procedures and work with other departments to ensure the Collections Division continues functioning efficiently and collaboratively. This creative thinker will be inclined to confront the challenges faced by the field of conservation in an evolving museum landscape by advocating for and representing conservation within the museum, local arts community, and on the national and international stage. As an expert communicator, the successful candidate will network with colleagues and donors as well as write and implement grants to promote and sustain the department.

The conservators at the IMA serve on international boards and AIC committees, are recipients of local and national awards, and regularly contribute to the profession through presentations and publications. The department’s leader will support this well-established conservation lab’s work with the museum’s state-of-the-art scientific research laboratory.

The Chief Conservator will also hold the title of Senior Conservator in their area of expertise. As such, the successful candidate will collaborate with a collegial team of conservators and scientists in the study and preservation of the museum’s encyclopedic collection. The Chief Conservator will be actively involved in reinstallation of the IMA’s collections over the next decade.

The successful candidate will have a degree from a recognized graduate conservation program with a minimum of ten years of museum experience. Excellent project management, written, verbal and interpersonal skills are required as is experience with supervision of conservation and contract staff, and graduate and pre-program interns. A demonstrated ability to prioritize, delegate, and work in collaboration with other museum staff to meet deadlines on multiple projects is essential. The successful candidate will report to the Chief Operating Officer. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

The salary range for the Chief Conservator is $90,000 – $100,000. A generous benefits package includes health insurance, unlimited paid vacation, 12 weeks paid parental leave (mothers, fathers, adoptive or foster parents), and paid volunteer days.

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