Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA
Salary: USD 103,690 -134,798
Contract type: Full-time, Permanent
Application deadline: Tuesday, 8 June, 2021
The Library of Congress is seeking to fill the Head, Collections Conservation Section position. This position is located in the Conservation Division and carries out the preventive conservation of the Library's Special Collections. Preventive conservation work in the Library includes, but is not limited to, conducting condition surveys, performing environmental monitoring and analysis, planning and implementation of preventive conservation activities related to storage and relocation, completing a range of treatments and customized housings, and reviewing of materials safety and suitability in storage furniture, exhibition cases, housings and treatment. The Head of the Collections Conservation Section manages a staff including an Objects Conservator, Preservation Specialists and Conservation Technicians.
The Collections Conservation Section works closely with all custodial (curatorial) divisional representatives to develop, establish, coordinate and carry out a comprehensive, Library-wide Special Collections program appropriate to preservation requirements and intended use. In developing such programs, the incumbent considers the following factors: knowledge and understanding of the latest preventive and collections conservation practices and techniques, housing and treatment priorities established by each custodial division; and the strategic goals of the Preservation Directorate. All activities are undertaken by the Section as part of the Division's annual work plan. The incumbent integrates and coordinates activities with the four other Conservation Division Sections to provide a comprehensive, efficiently run conservation program for the Special Collections of all formats. These diverse collections number in the many millions of items, are in varying states of deterioration, and present a variety of complex preservation problems requiring sophisticated problem solving abilities and solutions.
In addition to consistently working with the custodial divisions, the incumbent works closely with other divisions outside the Conservation Division including those responsible for facility maintenance, building renovation and new construction, and preservation research. The incumbent will have excellent communication skills to effectively bridge substantial differences in professional expertise and successfully collaborate to complete projects and program actions that stabilize or improve the condition of the Library's collections.
When applying, you might notice that the job series defined for this position is Librarian. However, please note that there are no Library or Information Science education requirements associated with this position. We are seeking candidates with strong backgrounds in preventive conservation, well-developed planning abilities, and exceptional communication skills. If you are excited about working with the Library's extraordinary collections in an institutional environment where the conservation program is well-supported we encourage you to apply:
Please contact Elmer Eusman at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you might have about the position of the application process.