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Chief Object Preparator - Conservation/Object Preparation Department

Assistant Collection Manager - Department of Photography


 

Chief Object Preparator - Conservation/Object Preparation Department

 

Job Title: Chief Object Preparator

Department: Object Preparation

Reports To: Taina Meller, Conservator-in-Charge

Status: Full time

Start Date: Immediately

Overview:

Coordinate, handle and prepare all collection and non-collection materials for George Eastman House exhibitions, traveling exhibitions and loans.  Supervisor Object Preparation staff.  Collaborate with Manager of Exhibitions to schedule gallery preparation and installation support by the Object Preparation staff.  Assist with exhibitions as possible and needed.

 

Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborate with Curators and Conservators to prepare collection and non-collection materials for exhibition, travel and storage.
  2. Condition report collection and non-collection materials for George Eastman House exhibitions, traveling exhibitions and loans.
  3. Supervise other preparators, technicians, students, interns and volunteers in all aspects of their duties in the Object Preparation Department.
  4. Schedule and assign work for Object Preparation staff.
  5. Collaborate with Manager of Exhibitions to schedule gallery preparations and installation support by the Object Preparation staff.
  6. Collaborate with exhibition team in the plan, design and implementation of exhibitions.
  7. Collaborate with exhibitions team on aesthetic choices (matting, framing, etc.) for exhibitions as requested.
  8. With Conservation Manager, record, track and report on Object Preparation related expenses.
  9. With Manager of Exhibitions, record, track and report on exhibition related expenses.
  10. With Registrar’s Office, record, track and report on loan related expenses.
  11. Inspect and maintain department facilities and equipment.
  12. Maintain an inventory of framing and installation supplies, ordering as needed.
  13. Maintain a clean and organized work area.
  14. Arrange for temporary storage of collection materials.
  15. Instruct Preservation Housing and Framing classes for the students of the Photographic Preservation and Collection Management Program.
  16. Participate in loan committee, program committee, department and all staff meetings.  Other duties, projects as assigned by the Conservator-in-Charge.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Requires a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, Art History or related field or equivalent experience.
  2. Requires 2 - 3 years of experience working with museum collections and exhibitions.
  3. Requires 5 years of experience handling photographs and other objects.
  4. Must have thorough knowledge of preparing, matting and framing exhibition materials.
  5. Demonstrated ability to fabricate various housing for exhibition and storage.
  6. Thorough knowledge of conservation quality materials and standard Museum practices, protocols and ethics.
  7. Previous experience with frame-making preferred.
  8. Previous experience in condition reporting preferred.

 

The duties of this position regularly require standing, walking, sitting, lifting/carrying, pushing/pulling, balancing, reaching, handling, seeing and repetitive motions.

Please submit your cover letter and resume for consideration to Taina Meller, at tmeller@geh.org

George Eastman House is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Assistant Collection Manager - Department of Photography

 

Job Title: Assistant Collection Manager

Department: Photography

Reports To: Collection Manager

Status: Full time

Start Date: Immediately

Posting Dates: March 27, 2015 - April 24, 2015

Overview:

Support the Collection Manager in the care, organization, preservation, cataloging and access to the Photography Collection of George Eastman House. Facilitate access to and provide information about the collection to GEH staff and visitors.

Responsibilities:

  1. Organize, catalog according to museum standards, house appropriately, and track the movements of all works in the care of the Department of Photography (DOP), including acquisitions, temporary loans, long-term loans, and related materials.
  2. Assist Collection Manager in monitoring and making recommendations for proper environmental conditions for the storage of materials in DOP's care. Compile data using hygrothermographs, dataloggers (PEM2) and eCimateNotebook and provide to appropriate staff. Make recommendations to other DOP staff.
  3. Assist Collection Manager in maintaining Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system in Department of Photography, including compiling data and providing information and recommendations to appropriate staff.
  4. Maintain stock of and order supplies. Maintain list of common supplies used and vendors.
  5. Create and maintain records in TMS for all works in DOP's care.
  6. Respond to internal and external requests for information about and access to the collection.
  7. Schedule and supervise visits to the Gannett Foundation Photography Study Center. Visitors include classes from school and university students, academic researchers, and members of the public, as well as GEH staff, interns, students, and volunteers.
  8. Assist Collection Manager in presenting lectures and demonstrations about collection materials and their care. These may occasionally fall outside of regular business hours.
  9. Assist Collection Manager and DOP curators in evaluating, refining, and enhancing the GEH Photography Collection.
  10. Work with the Museum Photographer to photograph works in the GEH Photography Collection. Manage the resulting digital images in the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) and attach them to TMS.
  11. Collaborate with Conservation Department on the maintenance and preservation of the collection.
  12. Assist Collection Manager in overseeing and implementing the care, organization, and maintenance of the DOP storage areas.
  13. Offer assistance and training in the handling of collection materials to staff, interns, students and volunteers as needed.
  14. Perform additional responsibilities/projects as assigned by Collection Manager and Curator-in-Charge, Department of Photography.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Requires an Advanced degree in the history of photography, collections management, museum studies, or a related field.
  2. Requires 1 - 2 years' of related experience.
  3. Must have knowledge of preservation protocols, history of photographs and proper handling of collection items.
  4. Must also have knowledge of standard Museum practices, protocols and ethics.

 

The duties of this position may require standing, walking, sitting, lifting/carrying (40lbs), pushing/pulling (40lbs), balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching crawling, reaching, speaking, hearing, seeing, depth perception, color vision, repetitive motion.

Please submit your cover letter and resume for consideration to Ross Knapper, at rknapper@geh.org

George Eastman House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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