JOB: Harvard Photo Conservator (Bah-ston) :)

The Paul M. & Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator manages a productive photograph preservation program, responsive to the needs and priorities of the Harvard Library community. The senior conservator performs complex treatments on photographs and refines treatment protocols for staff and contractors. He/she reports to the Head of the Weissman Preservation Center and works in the special collections conservation laboratory of the Weissman Preservation Center.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Supervises and manages all photograph preservation staff members in the WPC, including photograph conservators, technicians and cataloger. Supervises and coordinates the work of other Harvard staff, interns, Fellows, or contractors working on relevant photograph conservation projects. May supervise and manage other WPC conservation technicians as necessary
In consultation with librarians, curators, and archivists, examines, develops treatment specifications for, and treats photographic materials in the Harvard library collections
Prepares condition and treatment reports including photo documentation
Conducts condition surveys and assessments, analyzes results, and develops action plans
Contributes to the development of conservation policies, guidelines, project plans, and grant proposals
Advises curators and librarians regarding the preservation of photographic materials
Utilizes material analysis techniques and provides recommendations for analysis to be contracted
Participates in educational program activities
Serves on Library Collections Emergency Team
Serves on the Preservation Liaison team
Contributes to the overall goals of the department as appropriate

Basic Qualifications:
Extensive training in the conservation of photographs as evidenced by a master’s degree in conservation with specialization in photograph conservation, or equivalent training
A minimum of eight years of professional experience in a recognized conservation facility
Supervisory experience required; management within a combined union and non-union staffing environment preferred
Demonstrated excellence performing a broad range of complex conservation treatments
In-depth knowledge of history of photography and photographic materials required
Working knowledge of chemistry and materials science required
Ability to write specifications, document treatments, and prepare reports and working knowledge of Microsoft Office required

Additional Qualifications:
Experience working in a research library setting preferred
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including in public speaking, teaching, and training; and contributions to the professional literature
Ability to initiate and adapt to change, to analyze and solve problems, and to be flexible and work collaboratively
Strong organizational skills, including the ability to establish priorities and achieve goals
Job requires ability to handle sharp tools, to lift up to 30 lbs., and to escort materials from one building to another. Some tasks involve exposure to dust, mold, or solvents

Additional Information:
Founded in 1636, Harvard University is preeminent among the world’s research universities. Harvard has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 6,600 undergraduate students, over 14,000 graduate students, and an additional 2,000 part-time students. Over 16,000 people work at Harvard, including approximately 2,100 faculty members. An additional 10,000 individuals have faculty appointments in Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals.

In the course of 375 years, Harvard’s Library has grown from a single collection of 400 volumes to a 73-unit library system whose holdings include nearly 17 million volumes, more than 21 million digital files, 10 million microforms, 8 million photographs, and an estimated 400 million manuscript items.

For additional information visit the Harvard Library web site at:

Pre-Employment Screening:
Application Information
Contact: Please submit your resume and cover letter on line:
Harvard University Online App. Form


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