Conservation Manager – Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah

Open Date 09/23/2019
Requisition Number PRN22013B
Job Title Conservator
Working Title UMFA Conservation Manager
Job Grade D
FLSA Code Administrative
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary M-F 8-5
VP Area Academic Affairs
Department 00073 – Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 31,600-45,000 DOE
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Summary Ready to expand your career in art museums? The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah is looking for a highly motivated, well-organized, and experienced professional to support the Collections and Exhibitions team while working closely with colleagues across the Museum in an energetic, creative, and supportive environment. The UMFA is committed to diversity and equal opportunity and encourages applications from people who self-identify as minorities or members of underrepresented groups. The Conservation Manager will help to advance the UMFA’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) across all aspects of the Museum’s work, and to being a museum where our communities find themselves represented, welcomed, engaged, and heard.
Under the supervision of the Director of Collections and Exhibitions, the Conservation Manager’s primary responsibility is to oversee and ensure the safety, well-being, and care of objects within the Museum’s permanent collection and on loan. The position supports Museum-wide strategic objectives by overseeing a preventive conservation program, as well as supporting colleagues in the Collections and Exhibitions department to facilitate internal and external access to the Museum’s permanent collection. As the UMFA strives to become a more inclusive and welcoming institution, its priorities are increasingly focused on access to its collections through exhibitions, programming, collaboration, and scholarship. The Conservation Manager supports these institutional priorities through adherence to best practices and balancing the need for excellence in preventive conservation and standards of care with an increased demand for access to objects as well as a dynamic gallery rotation and exhibitions schedule.
Responsibilities • Preventive Conservation:
o Assessment: The Conservation Manager conducts general and object-specific condition assessments and in consultation with curatorial and other staff establishes treatment priorities for objects within the collection and/or being considered for acquisition. S/he/they is responsible for object condition reporting, assessing, and determining requirements when objects are requested for loan.
o Treatment: When possible and deemed necessary, the Conservation Manager may perform conservation treatments in accordance with their credentials and training, and that are within the capabilities of the facility and in keeping with the AIC code of ethics. S/he/they is the Museum’s representative and liaison for conservation treatments performed by conservators on contract to the Museum.
o Monitoring: Responsible for environmental monitoring and integrated pest management in the Museum. Serves as primary liaison with University of Utah Plant Operations.
• Exhibitions and Gallery Rotations:
o Preservation: Responsible for all aspects of exhibitions-related preservation planning, including condition assessment, intended use, exhibition duration, and other applicable criteria. S/he/they works closely with the Objects Preparator to plan specific modes of presentation, and with other staff to implement standards for the preservation and security of objects on view.
o Planning and logistical support: Under the direction of the Director of Collections and Exhibitions, S/he/they performs an integral role in the staging, installation, and deinstallation of exhibitions as a member of the Collections & Exhibitions department. S/he/they assists with the physical packing, unpacking, condition-reporting, and staging and movement of works of art for exhibitions.
• Engagement and Professional Development:
o Foster collection-based relationships with various groups, individuals, colleagues, and other University departments and utilize Museum facilities and assets to further learning and understanding among staff, faculty, students and public about the care and management of museum objects.
o Provide professional mentorship and knowledge sharing through participation in and/or organization of workshops and other educational programs intended to connect and compliment other UMFA learning and engagement endeavors.
• Administrative:
o Emergency planning – S/he/they is the Museum’s authority and provides training to staff in various aspects of emergency preparedness, salvage, and recovery.
o Object handling – S/he/they is the Museum’s authority and provides training to staff on various aspects of object handling.
o Documentation – S/he/they sets standards and implements all aspects of documenting the conditions of objects.
o Procurement – S/he/they is responsible for sourcing and purchasing materials and supplies required for activities and projects pertaining to the duties outlined in the job description and in accordance with strategic goals set at the department and the Museum level.
o Staff and Team Representation – S/he/they is a member of the Collections and Exhibitions department. S/he/they contributes to the development of the departmental budget, scheduling, and planning, and may be asked to consult on selected project budgets for exhibitions and programming. S/he/they participates in weekly department meetings as well as cross-departmental exhibitions teams and staff committees as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in History, Art, Humanities, Library Science, related field or equivalency plus one year directly relatied experience required. Knowledge of conservation and preservation principles; ability to implement proper preservation packing and shipping procedures; experience supervising, teaching and training others is also required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are required in order to effectively work with volunteers, employees and the public.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences Additional Minimum Qualifications:
• Advanced skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs.
• Able to easily lift at least fifty pounds from floor to approximately fifty inches.
• Able to safely carry at least fifty pounds for thirty feet.
• Able to climb a twenty-foot ladder.
• Operate power tools requiring two hands.
• Pass a criminal background check.
• Have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
• Operate a delivery vehicle with a fifteen-foot box.
• Have excellent vision or vision that can be corrected to excellent with glasses or contacts.Additional/Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s degree from a reputable conservation program.
• Objects specialization.
• Museum experience as a preventive conservator.
Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
Additional Information
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:
The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a related Bachelor’s degree or equivalency? (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education)
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a Master’s degree in a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How many years of directly related work experience do you have?
    • Less than 1 year
    • 1 year or more, but less than 2 years
    • 2 years or more, but less than 5 years
    • 5 years or more, but less than 8 years
    • 8 years or more
  4. * What is your level of experience with museum environmental conditions that pose a risk to collections? Please select the extent of your professional experience.
    • None.
    • I am familiar with what the risks are.
    • I am knowledgeable of the risks and have collected data.
    • Additional to collecting data I have managed data in tracking software.
    • I have collected, managed and analyzed data and assisted in offering recommendations for mediation.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents

  1. Addendum to the University of Utah – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  2. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
  5. Applicant Document – Other

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