International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

Assistant Conservator, Photography

Employer: The Art Institute of Chicago
Job location: Chicago, IL
The Art Institute is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time permanent position of Assistant Conservator of Photographs.

Position summary
The Assistant Conservator, with varying degrees of supervision, carries out examination, research and treatment of objects in the permanent collection, providing ongoing care to photographs of all provenance and times. Assists with preparation, installation, and documentation of gallery rotations, exhibitions and loans, and serves as a courier with artwork as needed. Assists with monitoring temperature, relative humidity, light exposure, and air quality in the galleries, exhibitions, the laboratory, and storage. Collaborates in the planning and day-to-day workflow in the photography conservationdepartment. Is encouraged to research and publish on the materials, methods of making, and on the preservation of the collection. Is committed to and actively engaged in fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment.

Graduate of a recognized conservation training program or commensurate experience.
Minimum of 2 years of post-graduate experience preferred.
Proven expertise in the treatment and preservation of photographs.
Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by publications and presentations.
Must be proficient at project prioritization and value collaboration.

Application should include a cover letter, a CV, the name and contact information of three references, a portfolio of recent treatments and their documentation, and a writing sample. Documentation should be saved as a single document and uploaded as a single file.