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Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator
Department Ctr for Creative Photography (2538)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator is expected to advance the vision and mission of the CCP’s internationally-recognized collections, scholarship, and outreach programs by a). overseeing a comprehensive preservation program to ensure the longevity of CCP’s photographic collections; b). managing the Arthur J. Bell Endowment along with securing and managing external funding in support of preservation program objectives and projects; c). actively contributing to new scholarship on photographic materials, and conservation science; and d). engaging with students and the public through outreach programs that enhances CCP’s visibility and reinforces UA’s position as an arts/culture destination.

The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography (CCP) is the premiere research collection of American photographic fine art and archives, promoting creative inquiry, dialogue, and appreciation of photography’s enduring cultural influence. Established in 1975, CCP’s collection currently contains more than 5 million archival objects encompassing over 250 archival collections and greater than 90,000 fine art photographs representing over 2,200 photographers from around the world. CCP’s art, archival, and research collections, combined with its experienced staff, provide an unparalleled resource for students, educators, scholars, museums, publishers, and the public. Located on the University of Arizona campus, CCP’s public gallery, auditorium, print viewing room, research study center, conservation lab, and ancillary facilities support an active program of academic engagement, interdisciplinary research, community outreach, exhibitions, publications, and loans to museums worldwide. CCP also partners with the Phoenix Art Museum and has a loan program with other venues to exhibit CCP’s vibrant photography works to the broader communities.

CCP is one of three University arts and cultural institutions that report to the office of Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) as part of the UA interdisciplinary arts, culture and society academic enterprise. Under RDI leadership, the cultural institutions work in coordination with academic programs to leverage their intellectual resources and strengthen UA’s position by advancing collaborative research, scholarship, and engagement at the local, regional, national, and international levels. RDI provides a rich set of resources to support these responsibilities, including Research Development Services (grant writing assistance), Strategic Business Initiatives (corporate engagement), Global Research Alliances (international partnerships), RDI philanthropy division (external and donor relations), Arizona Research Laboratories (the University’s core and shared user research facilities), University Research Communications, Research Analytics and the RDI Business Center.

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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

- Oversee the CCP Conservation Laboratory including workflow, project and budget management, as well as the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of conservators, technicians, fellows, and interns.
- Work collaboratively with CCP leadership/staff to implement CCP’s strategic plan to optimize existing programs and activities, identify emerging needs, opportunities, and audiences, and advance its national and international impact.
- Collaborate in a team-based work environment to develop and implement overall CCP priorities, policies, guidelines, project plans, and external funding proposals.
- Collaborate with CCP leadership and RDI units to identify, develop, and secure external funding support for preservation program objectives and projects. Manage externally funded projects including oversight of specific scope tasks, budget management, and final deliverables.
- Participate in activities that foster interdisciplinary collaboration among UA museums, collections, and allied academic programs to synergize efforts, optimize infrastructure, and develop coordinated programs.
- Work with the CCP Director, RDI leadership, and others to maintain excellent communication about the CCP with the photography community, including donors, artists, critics, dealers, curators, scholars, conservators, professional organizations, and collectors, as well as with CCP Partners and other supporters.

Collection Work
- Develop and implement short- and long-term goals and policies to ensure the preservation of CCP’s collections including preventive conservation, exhibition preparation, conservation treatment, and collections management.
- Expand the preservation program to address current needs and future opportunities to leverage CCP’s internationally recognized conservation expertise.
- Oversee and implement CCP preservation policies, procedures, practices and protocols in compliance with professional standards including: a). environmental monitoring and collections care/use for the display, handling, storage, and transportation of collection materials; b). examining photographs identified for acquisition, travel, study, and exhibition; c). preparation of condition assessments and reports; d). performing chemical and materials analysis, and a wide range of conservation treatments.
- Oversee the CCP collection emergency/disaster response plan.

Research & Engagement
- Maintain current awareness of photograph conservation principles and best practices, and be an active member of the photograph conservation community nationally and internationally.
- Conduct research and publish peer-reviewed articles to advance scholarship and professional knowledge related to the study and conservation of photographic materials.
- Participate in educational programs with CCP staff and partner institutions to foster proper conservation practices to student, professional, and public communities (e.g. classes, workshop, etc.).
- Develop collaborative partnerships with UA museums and academic programs to advance conservation professional practices, outreach activities, and scholarship opportunities at CCP.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

— Master’s degree in Art Conservation with specialization in photographic materials, or equivalent education.
- Demonstrated record of expertise in conservation of paper-based materials.
- Demonstrated record of museum conservation experience.
- Demonstrated record of scholarship in conservation or related field.
- Demonstrated record of grant writing and project administration.
- Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in art conservation including (2) years in arts-related organizations (museums, collections, non-profits), or position-relevant field.

Preferred Qualifications

- Recognized knowledge of Modern American photography
- Demonstrated record in fundraising.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 hours per week
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21566
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Carrie Stusse

Open Date 03/28/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 05/15/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have a master’s degree in Art Conservation with specialization in photographic materials, or equivalent education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents