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The Newark Museum of Art is seeking a full-time Conservator to oversee all conservation activities of the Museum’s collections, one of the larger and finest collections of art and science in the United States. The Conservator will develop and oversee the implementation of best practices for the safekeeping, presentation, proper installation, and conservation of all works in the Museum’s permanent collection (approximately 300,000 works). This is a new position for the Museum and will collaborate with the Registrar and CEO on the direction that conservation will take at the Museum.The Conservator is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and overseeing the work of consultants, outfitting a laboratory, reviewing current handling procedures, and offering best practice suggestions to the Registrar and Collections Manager. The conservator works closely and collaboratively with the Registrar, Collections Manager, Curatorial,

and Exhibitions departments as well as with colleagues throughout the Museum, and. must possess the ability to build successful partnerships. The Conservator is active in the conservation field and keeps abreast of changes that will affect the Museum. The Conservator reports to the Registrar.


 Manages all conservation projects

 Performs conservation treatment within their area of expertise

 Manages consulting conservators

 Maintains accurate records of work performed on Museum objects

 Develops and maintains a conservation laboratory

 Reviews all material requested for loan or exhibition regarding their physical condition, as well as potential treatment and recommendations and/or oversight of appropriate packing/crating

 Provides expert opinion about the condition of proposed acquisitions

 Trains and oversees preparators’ work on objects for loan and exhibition

 Helps develop and review art moving projects and storage upgrades including object re-housing

 Condition reports as needed during exhibition installation

 Responds to incidents

 Works with facilities department to keep the Museum environment at standards

 Works on collection maintenance and grant projects as required

 Assigns staff to projects as needed

 Other activities as directed


 Master’s Degree from an accredited conservation training program

 Five years’ experience as a Conservator

 Knowledge of materials and ability to advise on collections care and treatment strategies

 Experience with the housing and storage of museum collections

 Familiarity with budget development and maintenance, grant supervision, and general office administration

 Strong communication and managerial skills and ability to collaborate with all museum departments.

 Knowledge of MS Office suite including but not limited to Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint

 Knowledge of TMS database a plus. Museum background a positive.

How to Apply

Salary range: $55,000 - $60,000

Send letter of application and resume to:

Human Resources

The Newark Museum of Art

49 Washington Street

Newark, NJ 07101

Fax#: 973-642-0459


Posted on November 27