Head of Conservation
National Museum of Qatar
Role purpose : The Head of Conservation is responsible for the planning and management of all activities for the Conservation Section at the new National Museum of Qatar. The Head of Conservation will oversee all aspects of the conservation, care and preservation research for the collection, as well as the design and implementation of both temporary and permanent laboratory facilities. This position requires close collaboration and planning with the Curatorial, Collections Management, and Exhibitions teams on temporary and core exhibitions to bring the new museum to opening.
- Develops and implements consrevation and collections care policies and procedures in collaboration with curators, Collections and Documentation Team, and registrars
- Supervising and monitoring all conservation projects. May perform conservation work for incoming, outgoing, and in-house exhibits including conditioning and overseeing installation
- Working closely with the Curatorial and Collections and Documentation Team to prepare disaster, emergency and security plans.
- Prepares annual conservation plan along with the required budget.
- The Head of Conservation will be responsible for a planned team of conservators, conservation consultants, as well as developing a training program for Qatari conservation assistants and student interns.
- Surveys collections in collaboration with curators and Collections and Documentation Team to assess the condition of objects and specimens and
- determine preservation and treatment needs
- Documents, examines, and performs conservation treatments and procedures on objects and specimens in the collections.
- Provides conservation guidance to Collections and Documentation Team, Exhibititions and Curatorial to establish, monitor, and maintain proper environmental conditions in storerooms, exhibits, and work areas as well as to
- prescribe, review, and upgrade methods and materials used for the storage and packing of objects and specimens
- Assesses, recommends, and provides treatment of objects and specimens for outgoing loans to borrowing institutions for exhibitions and research. Provides guidance on exhibition mounts.
- Conducts research leading to improved methods, materials, and procedures for conservation, storage, and exhibit of specimens; disseminates results in academic settings and for public programming in Qatar.
- Attends professional meetings, workshops, and other activities to be updated in the field of conservation and enhance professional knowledge and skills
- Responsible for managing the daily operation of the conservation laboratories including the organization, maintenance and ordering of equipment and supplies
- Performs other conservation and collections-related activities as assigned
- Initiate and maintain important relationships with other institutions, both in Qatar and internationally.
- Broad knowledge and experience in the conservation of general museum collections including metalwork, archaeology, ethnographic, natural history, and textile collections
- Experience with state-of-the-art technologies and standards for the preservation, routine care, storage, and exhibition of collections
- Technically adept with photography, databases and electronic conservation record keeping
- Solid understanding of museum collecting and research ethics.
- Excellent written, communication, presentation, and negotiation skills.
- Excellent budget and project management skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, database software (Filemaker Pro preferred).
- Minimum Master’s Degree in Conservation from an internationally recognized conservation program
- Minimum five years management experience in a museum conservation setting; minimum 10 years solid experience in conservation practice