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Head of Objects Conservation

Full time, Exempt, Benefits Eligible Position


ICA seeks a mid to senior level objects conservator to head its objects conservation laboratory, located in Cleveland’s revitalized, lakeside, near-west neighborhood of Ohio City. The conservator will examine and treat of a wide variety of objects both at the ICA facility and off site. S/he will participate in the implementation and oversight of conservation projects which involve staff colleagues and subcontractors and will manage departmental affairs, an assistant objects conservator, and several technicians. The conservator will interact professionally with board members, all ICA staff, clients, and the public and will agree to abide by current AIC standards. The Head of Objects Conservation will report directly to the Executive Director of ICA.

Conservation Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Carry out examinations and conservation treatments on works from the collections of public institutions, corporations, government agencies, and private collectors
  • Conduct research to gain an understanding of objects to inform recommended treatment and care
  • Prepare time and cost quotes for conservation projects
  • Perform consulting, examination, and treatment on and off site
  • Participate in and/or act as lead in interdepartmental projects
  • Supervise staff (assistant conservator, technicians, preparators, interns, volunteers)
  • Manage and oversee subcontractors for commercial and industrial processes
  • Assemble bids for Request for Proposals (RFPs) and materials for grant applications
  • Coordinate with the Registrar to communicate with clients
  • Stay current with theoretical discourse and best practice through literature review and attendance at presentations and conferences

Education and Outreach Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interact professionally with a range of individuals concerning conservation and preservation in person, over the phone, and in writing
  • Collaborate in the creation of education materials and programs
  • Participate in ICA’s educational programs, teaching learners of all ages and levels.
  • Represent ICA in meetings with potential clients, donors, collection stewards, and others

Qualifications Duties and Responsibilities:

  • A Masters’ degree from a conservation training program or equivalent experience
  • Significant experience working in the field either in an institutional or private practice setting.
  • Experience leading a conservation lab and supervising others
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required, Adobe Photoshop preferred
  • Travel to onsite projects in surrounding region is required

The salary will be commensurate with experience; there is an excellent benefits package.  The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will begin in early June 2018.

Please send a cover letter and CV to: or ICA-Art Conservation, 2915 Detroit Road, Cleveland, OH  44113. To discuss the position, contact Julie A. Reilly at 216-658-8700, at the email address above, or at the 46th Annual AIC Meeting in Houston May 30th to June 3rd.



Pre-Program Internships

Internships of this type are required before students can apply to one of the three graduate programs in fine arts conservation in the United States.  The ICA periodically, and as appropriate projects allow, accepts a pre-program intern. Please note: the ICA does not offer full-time pre-program internships.  Interns generally work only a few hours each week in one of the conservation departments.  No stipends or relocation assistance monies are available.

Final-Year Graduate Conservation Internships

Final year students in fine arts conservation graduate programs are required to complete an internship. The ICA periodically, and as appropriate projects allow, accepts final year graduate interns. To inquire if a final year internship is currently available, contact us.

Two-Year Advanced Training Fellowships

As funding permits, the ICA accepts recent graduates of conservation programs in the fields of paper, paintings, and object conservation. This type of post-graduate work experience is required of a conservator before s/he assumes a professional placement. Positions are highly competitive and applications are accepted from the United States and abroad.



About ICA-Art Conservation

For over sixty years, ICA has provided exemplary professional conservation and preservation services to organizations and individuals throughout the region and around the world. Today, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, ICA serves museums, libraries, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, corporations, and private individuals to conserve and preserve our artistic and cultural heritage. Each year ICA undertakes over 350 conservation projects ranging from treatment of old masters from major art museums to keepsakes from small town historical societies. ICA undertakes both large projects, like a current campaign to conserve the many murals in the Missouri State Capitol, and small projects from families and individuals.

In addition, ICA reaches out annually to more than 2,000 children and adults through our educational programming for heritage professionals, students, collectors, and the general public. We offer regular programming including workshops, lectures, and specialized services (site surveys, disaster response, and grant assistance), and free educational opportunities for students, pre-kindergarten through post-graduate students.

ICA’s mission and vision is to be the leading professional conservation service provider, educator, and advocate to museums, libraries, public institutions, and private individuals in our community ensuring the preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage throughout the region.



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