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Preservation Specialist

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia is seeking a Preservation Specialist. This is a full-time, salaried, 1-year contract position, with the potential for renewal. The Preservation Specialist contributes to the mission of CCAHA through conducting institutional assessments and assisting with institutional preservation planning; supporting educational programs; and providing technical information to libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions. This position will work on Preservation Services Initiatives including the Philadelphia Stewardship Program and Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) Program. The position is located in CCAHA’s Philadelphia office and requires frequent travel.

Major Responsibilities

  • Conducting on-site preservation needs assessments and risk assessments with written reports for libraries, archives, museums, and other organizations
  • Assisting institutions to develop preservation plans, emergency plans, and collections management policies
  • Maintaining familiarity with preservation literature

Additional Responsibilities

  • Presenting lectures and prepares both in-person and webinar programs for professional and lay audiences to promote awareness of preservation concerns and practices 
  • Providing technical information via telephone, e-mail, and in print on preservation topics 
  • Assisting in updating and expanding the range of technical literature available through CCAHA; writing articles for publication
  • Participating in conferences and other public programs on a local, regional, and national level

Desired Qualifications

  • MLS (or equivalent), MA in Museum Studies, or MS in Conservation and a minimum of two years experience working in a cultural institution 
  • Training in and a thorough understanding of preservation principles, practice, and issues, including issues in digital preservation
  • Experience in conducting and writing preservation assessments and other planning documents for cultural institutions
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Talent in teaching and public speaking
  • Ability to work independently

Compensation

This is a full-time, salaried, 1-year contract position with potential for renewal. Position is currently guaranteed through March 31, 2021. Medical, dental, & vision benefits are included. Salary range is $42,000 - $52,000.

About CCAHA

CCAHA was founded in 1977 and has grown to be one of the largest nonprofit conservation centers in the country. Its wide array of services, sophisticated treatment facilities, innovative approaches, and highly trained and experienced staff have earned it a prominent and respected place in the conservation field. We serve nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations in the preservation of works on paper, archival documents, photographic materials, and books through conservation treatment, collection surveys and consultations, housing & framing, and digital imaging services. Our preventive conservation and preservation services staff focuses on capacity building for collecting institutions through fundraising support, strategic planning and assessment projects, emergency planning and response initiatives, and in developing educational programs and conferences. CCAHA’s mission is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world's cultural heritage.

CCAHA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff and our clients.

To Apply

Upload letter of application, resume, and writing sample (preservation assessment if relevant) addressed to Ms. Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services at https://ccaha.freshteam.com/jobs/Md1ufWVBa18R/preservation-specialist.

Position is open until filled; applications received by February 25 will receive priority review.