Associate Conservator, Objects

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Associate Conservator, Objects🔍School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford, California, United StatesNew📁Administration📅6 days ago Post Date📅89066 Requisition #Job Title: Associate Conservator, ObjectsJob Code: 4121 (Administrative Services Administrator 1)

Grade: H = $77,500 ($62,900–113,400)

Exemption: Exempt

Schedule: Full-time

Employee Status: 1 year fixed-term

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description.

Job Purpose Administer, support, and manage programs or functions under general supervision. The Associate Conservator’s primary role is to undertake a Detailed Condition Assessment of SUAC’s archaeology and ethnography artifact collections using museum-approved methods.

The Stanford Archaeology Center seeks a full-time objects conservator to join the Stanford University Archaeology Collections for a one-year grant funded detailed conservation assessment project. The Associate Conservator will be responsible for conservation assessment, documentation, reporting, and preventive care of SUAC’s cultural collections, which include archaeological and ethnographic art and artifacts. The Associate Conservator should have advanced knowledge of profession-wide principles and methods used in the preservation, restoration, and conservation of cultural objects. Duties include examination, condition reporting, documentation, assessment, and preventative care. The Associate Conservator is expected to contribute to the development of improved understanding of the collection and methodologies for its long-term preservation and is required to remain current with research and advances in the conservation field.

About UsSUAC’s collections span 700,000 years and include more than 100,000 archaeological, ethnographic, and artistic items from California and around the globe. SUAC advances Stanford’s role as a purposeful university by promoting collections-based scholarship as a core disciplinary competency and mode of interdisciplinary intellectual inquiry. We support the mission of the Stanford Archaeology Center by modelling best practices in the ethical stewardship of cultural heritage collections on campus and beyond. SUAC exhibits collections at the Stanford Archaeology Center and in its classroom/study space, undertakes loans for research and exhibit, accessions collections, and supports education and outreach.

  • Position is under the management of the Collection Manager and will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and collaborators.
  • Undertake and report on a Detailed Conservation Survey of a portion of SUAC’s collections.
  • Examination, study, care, and treatment of SUAC collections.
  • Preparation of comprehensive conservation documentation of objects' condition and conservation activities.
  • Development and maintenance of standards for handling, storage, installation, packing and shipping of collections, including loans.
  • Advise on preventative care and storage solutions.
  • Performance of preventive conservation to highest current standards including development and research toward best practices.
  • May advise the curators and other staff on technical issues related to collections.
  • Collaboration with department colleagues, curators, and other departments on grant-related issues.
  • Communication with professional colleagues, remaining current in conservation practices.
  • Develop and maintain collaborations with other institutions and professionals.
  • May assist in the administration of the department.
  • May direct and/or oversee contract conservators or other collections staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Core Duties
  • Independently implement, administer and evaluate day-to-day activities of the unit, function or program by identifying and executing tasks and objectives, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and assigning resources to achieve the goals of the program.
  • Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function.
  • Analyze and interpret policies; develop, revise and implement procedures for program or function.
  • Represent the program or function as the key contact and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school. Commit resources and provide information and/or training. May also represent the program or function to external/internal stakeholders and constituencies.
  • Organize and/or participate in outreach activities that may include developing communications and training, planning/promoting events and/or conferences.
  • May participate in development of budgets, monitor, and approve expenditures. May perform limited forecasting and provide recommendations that determine the budget.
  • May direct staff to perform various tasks and assignments. May also supervise staff.
Education & Experience:Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Preferred Education & Experience
  • MA in conservation or equivalent degree
  • 4–6 years of practical experience in conservation
  • Preference given to a degree in museum studies, conservation, archaeology, anthropology, or a related field, as well as to collections-based training (example, participation in an MA and/or certificate program in museums) or the equivalent experience with material culture collections.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated abilities in the examination, analysis, documentation and treatment of objects.
  • Advanced knowledge of chemical and physical properties of materials, conservation materials and deterioration processes.
  • Expert hand skills including manual dexterity, color acuity, and sensitivity for objects
  • Familiarity and experience with institutional preventative conservation practices for collections and exhibition conservation are required.
  • Advanced knowledge of analytical techniques and a record of successful conservation treatments.
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including written, verbal and listening skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and direct teams across disciplines and to build long-term relationships.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to work standing up for long periods of time, bend, stretch, lift 30 pounds, climb up and down ladders, and work with historic cultural items using standard protective equipment.

Preferred Skills
  • Advanced knowledge of preservation issues in cultural institutions preferred.
  • Demonstrated accomplishment in conservation research and writing preferred.
  • Experience with emerging technologies and standards in conservation practice preferred.
  • Knowledge of cultural heritage collections (archaeology/ethnography) and issues preferred, including Indigenous cultural collections.
  • Knowledge of PastPerfect or other collections management system preferred.

Physical Requirements*
  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, seated work, and use light/fine grasping.
  • Frequently perform work under bright lights, work under magnification.
  • Stand, walk, and write by hand, lift, carry, push/pull objects that weigh up to 30 pounds. May be required to lift/carry/push/pull heavier objects up to 50 pounds.
*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions
  • May work extended or non-standard hours, weekends and holidays based on business needs.
  • May work in areas with exposure to dust, paint, chemicals, and other toxins.

Work Standards
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford University Archaeology Collections is committed to developing a diverse candidate pool.

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4121
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: H
  • Requisition ID: 89066




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Job No:
Posted: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 6/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time