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Senior Paper Conservator

Working under general supervision, is responsible for the physical care, preservation, and conservation treatment of manuscripts, photographs and works of art on paper in the Library and Art Divisions collections. Supervises 2 FTE paper conservation staff; works closely with other Library and Art Division staff. Reports to the Head of Preservation and Conservation.

- Supervises 2 FTE paper conservation staff. This includes hiring, training, reviewing work for quality, and planning/monitoring workflow.
- Works closely with department head and curatorial staff to set treatment priorities for paper materials.
- Examines, analyses, and performs both basic and complex conservation treatments for a broad range of paper-based library and fine art materials including printed material, unbound manuscripts, photographs, parchment, and works of art on paper, in accordance with AIC guidelines. Provides full written and photographic documentation of treatments in accordance with AIC guidelines.
- Contributes to permanent and rotating exhibits including reviewing materials, making recommendations, and performing treatment. Reviews and prepares materials for incoming and outgoing loans.
- Prepares condition assessments, conducts surveys, and provides other written reports as necessary.
- Working with other Library and Art Division staff, develops and implements preservation and treatment strategies at the collection level. Participates in departmental activities such as educational programs, emergency response, and environmental control.
- Provides leadership, in collaboration with other senior conservation staff, on the general organization, maintenance, and management of conservation laboratory. Researches and recommends laboratory equipment and supplies.
- Conducts or assists with workshops, seminars, and other training. Supports Cal-OSHA safety compliance.
- Participates in a team oriented environment where collaboration and shared ideas are the norm.

Other Functions --- Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications ---
- Master’s degree with an advanced certificate in conservation, or equivalent combination of education and training.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Thorough knowledge of conservation theory and practice, and materials science as it applies to paper-based materials.
- Excellence in performing complex conservation treatments on a broad range of paper-based materials as demonstrated through a portfolio.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills; demonstrated computer and related technology skills.
- Evidence of professional activity, most typically through membership and participation in AIC.

Experience ---
- Six years professional experience in the conservation of paper-based materials, working with rare and special collections materials in an institutional setting.
- Supervisory experience preferred.
- Exhibit experience preferred.

Working Conditions ---
- Office and laboratory environments.

Additional Information ---
- Please attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae to your online application.
- First consideration will be given to applications received by November 16, 2017.

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