Associate Conservator, Paper

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

The Cantor Arts Center seeks an Associate Conservator of Paper to join the Museum’s Conservation Department. The Associate Conservator of Paper will be responsible for conservation assessment, treatment, and documentation of the Cantor’s paper-based fine art collections, including prints, drawings, and photographs. The Associate Conservator should have advanced knowledge of profession-wide principles and methods used in the preservation, restoration and conservation of paper-based objects.


Duties in this full-time position include treatment, examination and preventative care of the permanent PDP (Prints, Drawings, and Photographs) collections as well as participation in the planning and installation of exhibitions and loans. The Associate Conservator of Paper will provide input into exhibition and acquisition processes; is expected to research and work toward the development of improved understanding of the collection and methodologies for its long-term preservation; is required to remain current with research and advances in the conservation field. The position will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum. The ability to work on several projects simultaneously is essential.

Core Duties:

  • Examination, study, and treatment of artworks in the Museum’s PDP collections

  • Performance of conservation treatments to highest current standards including development and research toward best practices

  • Preparation of comprehensive conservation documentation of objects’ condition and conservation activities

  • Development and maintenance of standards for handling, storage, installation, packing and shipping of collections, including loans

  • Advise on preventative care and storage solutions

  • Participation in the planning and installation of exhibitions; management of complex projects

  • May advise the curators and other staff on technical issues related to collections and potential acquisitions

  • Collaboration with department colleagues, curators, and other departments on complex projects

  • Communication with professional colleagues on a regular basis and participation in professional organizations; remains current in conservation practices

  • Develop and maintain collaborations with other institutions and professionals

  • May assist in the administration of the department

  • May hire and oversee contract conservators

  • Other duties as assigned.

About us

Cantor Arts Center boasts a proud and venerable history. Conceived with the founding of Stanford University in 1891, the museum opened in 1894, serving the University and the broader community. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the museum, necessitating its closure to the public. In 1995 groundbreaking for a major new wing and restoration of the historic building began in earnest with the revitalized museum opening in 1999 as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts. The Cantor offers approximately 50,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as classrooms and other study spaces for students and faculty. The Cantor’s collection spans 5,000 years and includes more than 38,000 works of art from around the globe. Collections include art from Europe and America, both historical and contemporary; Asia, primarily Japan and China; Africa; Oceania; historical works from Mexico, Central America, and South America; the Stanford Family Collection; and public sculpture on the Stanford campus.

  • MA in conservation or equivalent degree

  • 4-6 years of practical experience in conservation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated abilities in the examination, analysis, documentation and treatment of paper-based objects

  • Advanced knowledge of chemical and physical properties of paper and photographic materials, conservation materials and deterioration processes

  • Expert hand skills including manual dexterity, color acuity, and sensitivity for objects

  • Familiarity and experience with institutional preventative conservation practices for collections and exhibition conservation are required

  • Advanced knowledge of analytical techniques and a record of successful conservation treatments

  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines

  • Strong interpersonal skills including written, verbal and listening skills

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and direct teams across disciplines and to build long‐term relationships

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Creative Suite

  • Knowledge of EmbARK desirable

  • Advanced knowledge of preservation issues in cultural institutions preferred

  • Demonstrated accomplishment in conservation research and writing preferred

  • Experience with emerging technologies in conservation practice preferred

  • Knowledge of art history preferred

How to Apply

Qualified applicants may apply online.

Posted on January 31