The Chief, Conservation and Technical Research is responsible for actively contributing to the planning and production of all programming at the Canadian Photography Institute. This includes leading the technical research on photographs and related materials, and ensuring that the production of technical content for the purposes of exhibitions, publications and the web is of the highest quality.
As a parallel responsibility the Chief, Conservation and Technical Research manages the Prints, Drawings and Photographs section of RCL by establishing guidelines, conducting special examinations and conservation treatments, and directing the section to ensure the proper handling, care, and safety of works.
• Post-graduate degree in conservation and restoration, with a specialization in photographs
• Minimum ten years’ experience in carrying out complete examination, documentation, and restoration/conservation treatments on photographs
• Minimum five years’ experience as a supervisor in a conservation context
• Administrative experience, preferably in an art museum
• Demonstrated record of collaborative research
• Demonstrated publication record and experience as a public speaker
• Exceptionally good speaking and writing skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills, high degree of initiative, creativity, accountability, judgement, discretion and flexibility
• Demonstrated capacity to work under pressure in a complex and demanding environment
• Thorough knowledge of occupational health and safety practices in a conservation facility context
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Condition of Employment
This position requires function in both French and English.
Reliability Status – this factor is not used at the pre-selection stage.
• A variety of assessment tools may be used to assess candidates;
• The National Gallery of Canada is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily in their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group;
• The Gallery is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environment. Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation are available upon request;
• Candidates are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice.