Senior Conservator - Head of Book Lab, Preservation and Conservation

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Senior Conservator - Head of Book Lab, Preservation and Conservation Hiring department Humanities Rsch Ctr Monthly salary $4,583 - $5,000+ depending on qualifications Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM Posting number 18-09-20-01-0614 Job Status Open FLSA status Exempt Earliest Start Date Immediately Position Duration Funding expected to continue Position open to all applicants Location Austin (main campus) Number of vacancies 1 General Notes None provided

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Additional Information Purpose To develop and manage programs for the preservation, conservation of all bound collections at the Ransom Center for storage, loan, exhibition, and handling. To provide treatments of all levels of complexity for the Center's bound collection materials, from incunabula to scrapbook formats to current-day bindings.

Essential Functions Manage and supervise the division's Book Conservation Lab. Perform conservation treatments on a wide range of bound formats, providing full written and photographic documentation. Apply appropriate research techniques, including use of instrumental methods, in the examination and analysis of bound materials. Supervise, train, and manage Book Conservation Lab interns and volunteers in appropriate treatment, housing, and exhibition techniques. Assign collection items for treatment and/or housing; review all book conservation treatment documentation; and monitor and evaluate the progress of lab workflows. Liaise and collaborate with curators, collection managers, exhibition staff, and other Ransom Center staff with regard to the handling, housing, treatment, and exhibition of bound collections. Work closely with curatorial staff to establish annual treatment and housing priorities for each fiscal year, including collection assessments. Work closely with Exhibition staff and Registrar to ensure the timely assessment and treatment of items going on in-house exhibition or out-of-house loan. Participate as part of the division's senior management team to strategically plan for the ongoing care of the Ransom Center's collections. As member of the Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Team, assist with emergency planning and training; lead the planning for and recovery of bound collections. Participates actively in the Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance network. Take a leadership and educational role in all activities and programs of the Ransom Center's Preservation and Conservation Division, and similarly support other areas of the overall institutional preservation endeavor. Pursue independent studies and engage with professional opportunities, representing the Ransom Center in local, national, and international forums as appropriate.

Marginal/Incidental functions Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications Master's of Arts or Science degree in art conservation or Master's degree in library science, art, or art history plus a certificate of advanced study in conservation. A minimum of five years of post-graduate experience applying book conservation and preservation practices in museums, libraries, special collections, and/or archives. Extensive knowledge of the materials and technologies encountered in the creation and conservation of the range of book and bound objects. Demonstrated ability to conduct conservation research and to analyze book materials to identify and/or determine their condition and material composition. Knowledge of and experience with exhibition standards, building environment systems, disaster planning and response, conservation trends, and collection surveys. Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication. Demonstrated successful project management and organizational skills, including the ability to train, supervise, and assess work. Experience working with conservators, curators, scientists, and other allied professionals in a team environment. Strong record of professional engagement. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications More than five years of post-graduate experience in documentation, conservation treatment, and preventive care of books and bound objects. Research and publication record on conservation topics. Knowledge of and experience in use of collection management systems for documenting and tracking collections. Experience with mass collection moves in preparation for building renovations.

Working conditions Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished) May work around standard office conditions May work around chemicals Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Lifting and moving

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

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Posted: 10/4/2018
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