The MET are seeking a 'Conservator in Charge'

October 6 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York are hiring a 'Conservator in Charge' for Painting Conservation.

According to the job description:

The Conservator in Charge of the Department of Paintings Conservation, one of the museum’s five conservation departments (Objects, Paper, Photographs, Textile) has the academic and administrative responsibility for the conservation and preservation of paintings throughout the Museum in accordance with the highest standards of the profession and leads a team (currently) of twelve staff members.  You should have deep experience in the treatment and technical examination of paintings, and a distinguished record and reputation in the field.  You will work closely with all curatorial departments that house paintings (the American Wing, European Paintings and Modern and Contemporary are the principal departments, but numerous others house collections), to identify the conservation needs of their collections, to establish priorities for treatment, preservation, and the technical study of objects.  In addition, you will organize and oversee the examination of paintings that enter the museum through acquisition, gift, and loan, including loan exhibitions.  You will be involved in decisions relating to the Museum environment, installations, capital projects, exhibitions and storage that involve paintings. Importantly, they will supervise efforts regarding the movement, storage, and treatment of paintings as part of the capital plan to build the Tang Wing for Modern and Contemporary art over the next years.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this job is that it comes with an annual salary of $220,000 - $270,000 per annum (!)*

Applications must be in by 1st December 2023.

Good luck if you're applying!

* - UK institutions, take note!

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