The Director of Conservation is responsible for the care and treatment of the Menil's collection with
advanced knowledge of profession-wide ethics, principles, and methods used in the conservation, preservation, and restoration of cultural heritage. The Director of Conservation occupies a vital role in institutional initiatives and research projects and provides strategic and administrative leadership for the department.
The Director of Conservation supervises a staff of trained conservators and related professionals for a broad range of activities, including conservation assessment and treatment of the collection, support for ambitious exhibition and loan programs, collections research projects, disaster planning and response, and environmental monitoring.
As a senior leader within the museum's administration, the Director of Conservation works cooperatively with the Director and members of the Menil's Executive Team on institutional planning, policy development, and special initiatives. The Director of Conservation actively represents the Menil to a broad range of external constituencies, including the conservation profession.
1. Manages the day-to-day operation of the Conservation Department.
2. Develops policies and oversees practices related to the care and safety of the collection and works on loan to meet or exceed recognized and accepted professional standards.
3. Directs and participates in research related to the collection.
4. Develops and manages departmental operating, project, and program budgets.
1. M.A. from a recognized conservation training program, or the equivalent, with a minimum of ten years of experience as a practicing conservator.
2. Demonstrated leadership experience at a senior level with high responsibility and accountability.
3. Comprehensive knowledge of conservation methodologies and the resources needed to support the care and treatment of the collection.
4. Experience motivating and leading experienced conservators and mentoring entry- and mid-level professionals in the field.
5. A demonstrated history of publishing in conservation literature.
6. A sustained interest in working with and interviewing artists.
7. Advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience with conservation treatments of painting, paper, photographs, textiles, and/or three-dimensional objects.
8. Advanced knowledge of chemical and physical properties of conservation materials and deterioration processes.
9. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of a foreign language is a plus.
10. Ability to work with collection management databases; TMS is preferred.
11. Ability to read, analyze and interpret scientific and technical journals, construction documents, financial reports, and legal documents.
12. Ability to write reports and business correspondence, effectively present information, and respond to inquiries and requests from museum staff, outside organizations, and the general public.
13. Ability to generate and manage project and operational budgets.
The position comes with a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation and sick time, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, AD&D, and LTD coverage. Employees may also participate in the Menil's 401(k) plan and receive an employer contribution equivalent to 5% of wages earned after one year on the job.
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Menil Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks diversity in its workforce. The Menil is committed to attracting, retaining, developing, and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.