Job Opening: Harry Ransom Center (Univ. of Texas at Austin)

Associate Director – Associate Director and Head of Preservation and Conservation

Purpose
To provide leadership and direction for conservation initiatives of the Harry Ransom Center, to manage its conservation and preservation activities, to oversee three labs dedicated to book, paper, and photograph conservation, as well as a preservation unit, and to serve on the senior leadership team of the Center.

Essential Functions
Manage the Ransom Center Preservation and Conservation Department of approximately nine staff members, oversee departmental activities, and manage the departmental budget and grant administration. Consult with the Ransom Center curators, librarians, and archivists to establish conservation priorities, balancing institutional priorities with the needs of the active exhibition and loan program of the Center. Investigate new strategies and technologies to address challenges to long-term preservation and access. Maintain an effective disaster recovery plan and conduct periodic training and drills to ensure preparedness for a variety of threats to the collections of the Center. Train and educate the staff of the Center about proper handling of collection materials. Serve on the Ransom Center senior leadership team. Conceive of and develop funding proposals for project-based initiatives that further the collection care goals of the Center. Advise the Ransom Center Director and the Building Manager on maintaining an optimum preservation environment for the diverse formats of materials housed by the Center. Represent conservation priorities in long-range space planning and capital improvement projects. Cultivate a culture of innovation and continuous improvement and foster the ongoing growth and professional development of the highly skilled conservators of the Center.

Required qualifications
ALA-accredited MLS or Master’s degree in conservation of library and archival materials. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. Five or more years experience leading a conservation lab or program with evidence of increasing responsibilities, including managerial experience. Demonstrated knowledge of conservation principles, practices, and procedures and knowledge of standards and systems for recording and managing conservation documentation. Demonstrated ability to use excellent interpersonal communication skills to work collaboratively with curators, librarians, or archivists and other colleagues. Record of successful service within the national conservation community. Record of giving presentations to diverse, public audiences. Excellent oral and written presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications
Eight or more years of experience as a book, paper, or photograph conservator. More than five years of experience managing a conservation department and hiring and supervising staff. Demonstrated experience developing successful funding proposals. Demonstrated experience building relationships with donors. Experience training or educating interns. Experience developing or participating in the development of a conservation program or lab.

The full description including salary and application information can be found online at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/150504010385

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