The Stone Hill Center


THOMAS BRANCHICK    Director; Conservator of Paintings / Dept. Head

ANNIKA ADMUNDSON     Assistant Conservator of Objects and Textiles
MARGARET BARKOVIC    Assistant Conservator of Paintings
MARY CATHERINE BETZ     Conservator of Paintings
RACHEL CHILDERS    Pre-program Paper Intern
ROB CONZETT    Office Manager
HÉLÈNE GILLETTE-WOODARD    Conservator of Objects / Dept. Head
HUGH GLOVER    Conservator of Furniture and Wood Objects / Dept. Head
MATTHEW HAMILTON    Photography Technician
TERRY HASKINS    Accounts Manager / Assistant to the Director
MARY HOLLAND    Paintings Apprentice
REBECCA JOHNSTON    Conservator of Paper
HENRY KLEIN    Conservation Technician
MONTSERRAT LE MENSE    Conservator of Paintings
ERIC MALLET    Office Assistant / Technician
LESLIE PAISLEY    Conservator of Paper / Dept. Head
CHRISTINE PUZA    Associate Conservator of Furniture and Wood Objects
MICHELLE SAVANT    Conservator of Objects / Atlanta
LARRY SHUTTS    Conservator of Paintings / Atlanta



SHEILA M. STONE    (President), Co-Chair of Williamstown Theatre Festival GUILD, consultant to Williamstown Youth Center, Williamstown, MA   
TAMMIS GROFT    (Vice President), Executive Director, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY  
BRUCE GRINNELL    (Secretary Clerk), Grinnell Law Partners, Williamstown, MA
RUSS HOWARD    (Treasurer), High Peaks Venture Partners, Williamstown, MA   

ANNA D'AMBROSIO   Director and Chief Curator, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, NY
DAVID DEMPSEY   Associate Director for Museum Services, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
JOE FINNEGAN    Berkshire Fairfield Financial Services and Insurance, Williamstown, MA
SARAH FOEHL    (Co-Chair, FRIENDS Group), Appointed to the Williamstown Conservation Board, Williamstown, MA
STEPHEN HANNOCK    American luminist artist, Williamstown, MA
KATHERINE HART    Senior Curator of Collections/Curator of Academic Programming, Hood Art Museum, Hanover, NH
MARTIN MAHONEY     Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
PAUL NEELY     Retired Publisher of the Chattanooga Times, Trustee of the Clark, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Scottsdale, AZ/Williamstown, MA
DR. HEATHER NOLIN     Yale University Art Gallery, Assistant Director of Exhibitions, Programming and Education, New Haven, CT
OLIVIER MESLAY     (Ex-Officio), Director, Clark Art Institute, MA
RICHARD SAUNDERS    Director & Walter Cerf Distinguished College Professor, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT
ALFRED SCHIAVETTI    Rumson Capital Partners, Fairhaven, NJ
KATIE HAZLETT SCHMIDT    Trustee of MASS MoCA, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Board Member of Destination Williamstown, Pownal, Vt     
JOHN SKAVLEM    Associate Director, Institutional Relations, Clark Art Institute, MA, former WACC president     
DIANE TAYLOR    Owner of Berkshire Innovations, Williamstown, MA
JUDITH WALSH    Art Conservation Department, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
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EMPLOYMENT positions available


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Position Summary: The Full-Time Conservator develops and implements conservation treatments for the Center’s 59 member institutions. The work performed has a direct effect on the preservation of priceless works of art requiring application of excellent judgment to produce superior results. The incumbent is expected to participate fully in the work of the Center to fulfill its mission and to maintain the highest standards of professional practice in the field.

Duties of this full-time position include:
1. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and implements strategies pertaining to the care of paper and photographic materials for the Center's Members. Implements condition surveys and assessments; develops and prioritizes treatment and rehousing plans including time and cost estimates. Develops protocols and environmental and material standards for the display, handling, storage, and transport of paper/photographic materials.

2. Reports to the Director of the WACC. Manages two Paper Conservators, Recruits/hires, trains, and supervises staff, students, and interns as necessary to accomplish the Center’s objectives. Designs and implements training and mentoring programs. Sets priorities, direct workflow, monitor quality and productivity.

3. Examines paper/photographs presented for acquisition, travel, study, and exhibition. Performs condition examinations and prepares outgoing condition reports.

4. Performs analysis, and a wide range of conservation treatments, including single-item and groups of objects, where applicable.

5. Maintains current awareness of conservation principles and best practices. Leads and participates in research and educational programs with partner institutions, professional organizations, artists, and other conservators to foster proper preservation practices and advance scientific and historical scholarship related to the study and conservation of photographic materials.

6. Collaborates in a team-based work organization to develop policies, guidelines, project plans, and budgets.

7. Works with the Director and others to maintain excellent communication about the Center with the community, comprised of artists, critics, dealers, curators, scholars, conservators, professional organizations, and collectors, as well as with Board members and supporters of the Center. The incumbent must be an exceptional advocate for the field.

8. Teaches in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. (Earns additional income from each class taught).

9. Works with the Director and staff personnel in the preparation and monitoring of grant proposals and applications.

10. Maintains an environmental monitoring program for relative humidity, temperature, and illumination levels to limit detrimental effects on paper and photographs in the Center's care. Reviews and develops handling policies and procedures for staff, develops the emergency response plan as it pertains to the paper/photo lab.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Master's degree in conservation from a recognized conservation training program.

2. At least five years relevant experience as a Conservator demonstrating a record of expertise in the analysis, documentation, conservation treatment and preventive care for all types of paper/ photographic materials following ethical standards for professional conservation practice.

3. Experience leading and managing preservation projects and working with large, diverse collections.

4. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to carry out responsibilities and assignments collaboratively with artists, scholars, scientists, curators, archivists in a team based organization.

5. Strong organizational and supervisory skills, including ability to establish priorities; achieve goals; train, supervise, and evaluate staff; encourage team work and staff development; plan, organize and direct work flow; develop and manage budgets; plan and organize physical space.

6. Demonstrated willingness to learn or adapt existing expertise with evolving practice and standards in conservation.

7. Preference given to applicants with a demonstrated knowledge of history of photography and the evolution of historical and contemporary photographic techniques as demonstrated through academic coursework and/or work experience.

8. Record of achievement that would allow appointment at Full Conservator level. This can be demonstrated by publication in professional journals and/or books, invited participation in peer-reviewed conferences, the provision of workshops and seminars globally, as well as active participation in professional conservation organizations.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Experience in scientific research. Skills in the use of non-destructive examination analysis of paper and photographs using ultraviolet light, infrared light, color spectrophotometry, energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopic examination.

2. Experience using and creating documentation about art objects using a collection management system designed for museum collections, as well as an ability to work with Filemaker databases, word processing, and other computing tools that staff is expected to use daily.

3. Broad knowledge of museum practices in the related fields of collections management, outreach, marketing, and development and external affairs.

4. Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in an active work environment.

5. Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse people to achieve institutional objectives.

6. Experience writing and/or implementing successful grant applications.

Salary Information: benefits include annual research allowance, health, dental, and life insurance, retirement; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; access to campus cultural and recreational activities. Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Contact: Thomas Branchick, Director, or Leslie Paisley, Paper Conservator/Department Head

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