As Head of Conservation, s/he will be responsible for coordinating and supervising the conservation treatment of the entire collection of 210,000 objects.

Supervises operation of the Textile, Paper and Object Conservation Laboratories and other object handling spaces in the Museum’s facilities, as well as oversee any contract conservators who are hired by the Museum.
Performs range of preservation treatments in a variety of media in their area of expertise on objects in the collection, including projects of the most difficult and complex nature.
Performs object treatments and develops, prepares, and supervises the preparation of written proposals for object treatments, including selection of treatments procedures, methods and techniques, and materials to be used.
Performs general supervision of the Conservation department work in progress to ensure that schedules and standards are being met, that appropriate methods and techniques are being used, and reviews completed work and treatment reports for quality and accuracy.

One year of specialized experience (equivalent to grade 11) that includes knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of conservation and preservation treatments to oversee and lead a team of conservators responsible for conservation treatment damaged, fragile, or deteriorated museum objects such as works on paper, textiles and/or decorative art objects (be sure to address this within your resume).

The applications that meet the basic qualifications (above) will be evaluated further against the following criteria (be sure to address each of the following within your resume):

Knowledge of principles, concepts, and methodologies requisite to lead, train and develop conservators in textile/paper/object conservation treatments, e.g., chemistry, material technology and deterioration, and art historical and technological understanding of artifacts such as works on paper, textiles and/or objects.
Knowledge of conservation and collection maintenance techniques and procedures to examine and house damaged, fragile, or deteriorated museum artifacts that include one of the following textiles, works on paper and decorative objects.
Ability to perform material testing of contemporary archival materials for use in storage and exhibitions (Oddy test) and to perform material identification through microscopy, XRF, and micro-chemical testing.
Ability to work as a senior conservator to oversee all conservation aspects of a museum collection to meet and exceed deadlines for exhibitions.

401k with matching funds + federal pension plan
Group Life Insurance
Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Long Term Disability
Health Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Free Transit/Commuter Benefits (up to $3,060 commuter costs paid per year)
Annual Leave (13 days) increasing after 3 years (20 days)
Sick Leave (13 days)
Federal Holidays (10 days)
Family Friendly Leave Family Friendly Workplace
Telework Policy
Historic and landmark offices and garden
92Y Fitness Center
Free Entrance to Museums and Galleries
Design Library
Curatorial Talks and Tours (Cooper Hewitt)
Employee Assistance Program
Smithsonian Network
Tarallucci e Vino Museum Café (employee discount)
Cooper Hewitt Museum Shop (employee discount)
Admission to NYC museums and galleries (free)
General Employee Discounts

Application Deadline extended: Friday, June 23, 2017. Resumes cannot be submitted past the deadline.

Please note this is a federally funded position. In order to be considered for this job, you must set up an account at USAJOBS and apply on line at this website at:

Federal employees should apply at this address:

Submit a detailed resume addressing all qualification requirements. Unofficial transcript(s) also required.

Thank you!