The J. Paul Getty Trust: GCI Project Specialist (Managing Collection Environments)
The Getty Conservation Institute’s Collections Department is seeking a conservator with a background in preventive conservation and a keen interest in education to fill a five-year, limited-term position: Project Specialist (Managing Collection Environments). The Project Specialist will be an integral member of the cross-disciplinary project team for the Managing Collection Environments Initiative (MCE). MCE combines research, education, and field activities that address technical and practical issues pertaining to the sustainable control and management of collection environments in museums, libraries, and archives.
Major Job Responsibilities
Working under the supervision of the MCE Senior Project Specialist, the Project Specialist will be responsible for running a series of established education activities, including continuation of the GCI’s “Preserving Collections in the Age of Sustainability” course. The Project Specialist will also assist in the development of new courses, workshops, and expert meetings; in collaboration with the Senior Project Specialist, he/she will create curricula, identify course instructors, and develop case studies and relevant teaching resources. Courses, workshops and other project activities occur both within the United States and internationally, in collaboration with one or more partners.
The Project Specialist will communicate with colleagues and educational institutions active in preventive conservation teaching, project partners, and former course participants. The Project Specialist will also work with MCE colleagues to disseminate the outcome of the initiative’s research, education, and field activities through all appropriate media and venues.
Working with other team members, the Project Specialist will participate in field work and experimental studies aimed at developing sustainable environment management solutions that will inform MCE’s educational activities.
A Bachelor’s degree in conservation or a closely related discipline is required; a Master’s degree in conservation is preferred. In addition, the Project Specialist must have 3-7 years of project management experience working in cultural heritage conservation. The ideal candidate should have experience in and an aptitude for education and teaching; and experience in planning, developing, and implementing practical conservation solutions within collection-holding institutions, either as a member of staff or in a consulting capacity. Practical work experience in preventive conservation and the design of training projects is strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The successful candidate will be adaptable, a creative problem-solver, and outcome-oriented. He/ she should have excellent interpersonal and verbal skills and be comfortable working with multidisciplinary teams. He/she will have strong research and writing skills and the ability to contribute to and write technical reports and papers. Must also be adept at handling multiple activities at once within a fast-paced and highly visible project. He/she must be available for travel internationally, including for trips that may be several weeks in duration.
An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided. This position is limited-term (five years).
All candidates must apply online. Please prepare a cover letter and curriculum vitae in a single PDF file. Note: When prompted by the online application system to identify or select your “resume” the first time, please upload your cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single PDF file. Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message. If you have specific questions about the Project Specialist (Managing Collection Environments) position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is October 12, 2019