Preventive Conservation Specialist 7335BR College of Art and Design
Detailed Job Description Please note-this position requires a willingness to travel frequently - be able and willing to fly as needed, both nationally and internationally
Provides on- and off-site consulting services and advice to collecting institutions on preventive conservation, preservation standards, managing the environment for preservation, and sustainable preservation practices. Provide environmental management advice and technical support to IPI staff, customers and colleagues.
Conducts original research on preventive conservation and the preservation of cultural heritage materials, with lead responsibility for discrete components of large, complex projects and serves as the project manager or principal investigator on small grant funded projects.
Outreach activities including the development and presentation of educational and written material related to IPI's environmental research and activities, preventive conservation and risk management, and sustainable preservation practices.
Prepare articles for both peer-reviewed journals and practical educational publications.
General IPI activities including meetings, project planning and documentation, and training activities.
Develop a working knowledge of mechanical system functions and operation and sustainable mechanical system operation.
Development of expertise in the use of environmental loggers, IPI's Preservation Metrics, eClimateNotebook data management software, and environmental data analysis methods.
Collection, organization, and development of appropriate project documentation and the preparation of detailed final reports.
Other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all.
Department/College Description THE DEPARTMENT: The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is a research center in the College of Art and Design dedicated to supporting the preservation of cultural heritage collections in libraries, archives, and museums around the world. IPI achieves its mission through applied research, the development of practical preservation resources and tools, professional-level education and training programs, and through consulting and materials testing services. IPI resides in a 7,000 square foot space in the Gannett building of the College of Art and Design and staff members include preservation research scientists, environmental management specialists, a materials testing researcher, web application and publication designers, and business operations personnel, https://www.imagepermanenceinstitute.org/.
THE COLLEGE: RIT's College of Art and Design is the university's creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect in our 200,000+ sq. ft. facility. We are a dynamic and professional arts and design community comprised of 1,900 students (UG and Grad), nearly 140 full-time faculty, 60 creative staff, and a number of professional part-time faculty, all of whom contribute to our Colleges ecosystem. The Colleges four schools offer programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Photographic Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design also takes full advantage of RITs opportunities in technology, STEM, engineering, sustainability, and entrepreneurism programs, as well as our global campuses, https://rit.edu/artdesign.
Masters degree in Conservation, Preservation Administration, Library Science, Archives Management, or Museum Studies.
Have training and experience in the field of preservation and a strong interest in preventive conservation, managing the environment for preservation, and sustainable preservation practices.
Five years of relevant work experience in a museum, library, archive, or other cultural institution focused on collection management, preservation, or conservation.
Ability to work with and understand the role of collection management, preservation, facility management, and administrative staff in small to large cultural institutions, and to be a liaison between these groups as necessary.
Teaching and presentation, writing project reports and publications, and project management skills
Expertise in preventive conservation, which can include the role of environment in preservation, material deterioration and response to environment, appropriate collection handling, storage and housing solutions, and integrated pest management.
PLEASE NOTE: The individual hired for this position will be required to have a pre-employment Motor Vehicle check, and the Motor Vehicle Report must clear RIT's Safe Driving Policy. (see Page 4)
Professional Area: Employment Category: Fulltime Staff Job Function:Wage Band: 118A
Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the worlds leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 'Great Colleges to Work For.' RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition and www.rit.edu.
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