Employment Opportunities at the Carter

Curatorial and Faculty Fellow in the History of Photography

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art and Texas Christian University invite applications for a shared three-year postdoctoral Curatorial and Faculty Fellow in the History of Photography, to begin July 1, 2015. ABD required; PhD. Preferred.

The successful candidate will work half-time with the Senior Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum, and, in collaboration with other museum staff, on activities relating to the presentation and interpretation of the museum’s photography collection with special scholarly emphasis on its six artist archives. The candidate will teach three classes each year in art history, serve on MA thesis committees (as needed), and attend art history divisional meetings at Texas Christian University. The fellow will represent the museum and the university and their missions to museum members, students, and the public at large. The position includes full benefits.

A full list of responsibilities and required qualifications follow

To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three confidential references, and a writing sample (approximately 25 pages: an article, dissertation or book chapter) to Human Resources, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 fax (817) 665-4315, email human.resources@cartermuseum.org. EEOC. The museum is smoke free. Review of applications will begin January 8, 2015.

AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART AND TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position: Curatorial and Faculty Fellow in the History of Photography
Reports to: Amon Carter Museum of American Art Senior Curator of Photographs and Texas Christian University Art History Division Coordinator and School of Art Director
Classification: Three-Year Temporary Position; Non-Tenure Track

Work with the Senior Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (ACMAA), and in collaboration with other museum staff on activities relating to the presentation and interpretation of the museum’s photography collection with special scholarly emphasis on its six artist archives. Teach classes, serve on MA thesis committees (as needed), and attend art history divisional meetings at Texas Christian University (TCU). Represent the museum and the university and their missions to museum members, students, and the public at large.

Responsibilities

  1. Organize and present permanent collection exhibitions in collaboration with a cross-departmental team, from inception to installation, including conceptual outline, selection of objects, research, writing, interpretation, and implementation with special attention to recent acquisitions and rarely displayed works.

  2. Teach three classes each year at TCU (generally two and one), including the general Introduction to Art History, the History of Photography, and a specialized upper-level undergraduate course and/or graduate seminar built on applicant’s area of expertise and using the museum’s holdings; courses to be coordinated with TCU and the museum.

  3. Develop and upgrade illustrated introductions to key subcomponents of the museum’s photography collection for presentation on the museum’s web site.

  4. Prepare for publication a significant scholarly article based on one of the museum’s six artist archives that moves beyond a retrospective or biographical treatment.

  5. Lecture on the ACMAA photography collection, including gallery talks, docent training, and outreach presentations.

  6. Attend the art history faculty’s divisional meetings. Serve as necessary on student committees and MA thesis committees.

  7. Assist with general museum curatorial outreach activities as needed including, but not limited to, fielding outside inquiries; assisting outside researchers; and conducting tours for special groups and individuals.

  8. Assist with general museum internal curatorial activities as needed, including, but not limited to, conducting object cataloguing; drafting acquisition proposals; assisting with the drafting of annual budgets; and assisting with oversight of interns and volunteers.

  9. Participate in pertinent professional organizations; present papers, and publish as time permits.

  10. Maintain confidentiality regarding all sensitive museum and TCU information.

  11. Other duties as needed.

Qualifications
• Advanced degree in art history with specialization in the history of photography, and scholarly focus on American photography before 1970; ABD required; Ph.D. preferred.
• Advanced knowledge of research methods in American art and photography.
• Experience teaching at the university level.
• Record of published scholarship and/or public presentations on photographic topics.
• Minimum of one year curatorial experience with American photography collection.
• Knowledge of theoretical and standard museum practices.
• Knowledge of preservation practices; familiarity with conservation practices; experience handling photographs from all time periods.
• Proven ability to manage projects and meet deadlines; highly developed organizational and interpersonal skills.
• Proven ability to balance teaching load and museum duties.
• Experience with cataloguing works of art and automated collection management systems.
• Demonstrated writing ability for general and scholarly audiences.
• Demonstrated computer, editing, and proofreading skills.
• Demonstrated public speaking skills.

Housekeeper, part-time

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art seeks a qualified individual to clean and maintain the museum buildings, grounds, and vehicles to ensure a healthy and pleasant experience for visitors and to provide a safe, clean work environment for staff and the museum’s collections. Housekeeper reports to the Housekeeping Supervisor.

Responsibilities

  1. Working under the direction of the Housekeeping Supervisor, clean assigned areas of the museum facility, grounds, central plant, and offsite warehouse facility. Cleaning duties include: sweeping, mopping, waxing, vacuuming, dusting, trash removal, break room cleanup, and washing windows. Complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  2. Operate vacuum cleaner, buffer, floor polisher, floor scrubber, and pressure washer safely, using prescribed methods and cleaning chemicals.
  3. Maintain the museum facility to ensure all areas are clean and free from slip, trip, and fall hazards; report maintenance needs to the Housekeeping Supervisor.
  4. Check email and work-order system for special cleaning assignments during each shift.
  5. Cleaning areas immediately that are soiled due to accidents, and assist with flooding hazards, oil or chemical spills, etc.
  6. Assist with evacuation and emergency procedures as needed.
  7. Operate dishwasher, load/unload; stock kitchen supplies.
  8. Weekend duties are required. In addition to routine cleaning, also perform weekend inventory audit and submit to the Housekeeping Supervisor.
  9. Maintain confidentiality of museum non-public information.
  10. Perform other duties as requested and as time permits.

Qualifications

• High school diploma or equivalent required trade school training a plus.
• Experience in building maintenance or janitorial work required.
• Ability to work congenially with museum staff, visitors, volunteers, and vendors.
• Ability to move items up to 25 lbs.; mobility over large areas. Ability to climb and work from a step ladder.
• Operate power equipment including power washer, buffing machine, carpet cleaning machine, etc. according to established procedures and in a manner that ensures the safety of persons and objects.
• Must be responsible and flexible; able to use good judgment.
• Must be able to write, understand, and to follow written and spoken English.
• Must be able to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as necessary. Must be available for overtime work when necessary.
• Ability to understand safety procedures; must exactly follow safety regulations, which include lock-out/tag-out procedure, hazard communication program, and bio-hazard procedures.
• Be proficient with computers, able to read and print email (MS Outlook) and work order system, complete and update inventory lists.

Must be available for work any day as scheduled between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. May be requested to assist with museum evening events as needed. Satisfactory completion of drug and background screens required. The uniform is provided. To apply, email cover letter, resume and references to human.resources@cartermuseum.org or send to HR Manager, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 - fax (817) 665-4315. EEOC. (No walk-ins). The Carter Museum campus is smoke-free.

Post-graduate Fellowship in Conservation of Works on Paper

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art (ACMAA) is pleased to offer a two-year advanced training fellowship in the conservation of works on paper beginning fall 2015.

Provide examination, documentation, analysis, treatment and research on the Amon Carter Museum of American Art collection of works on paper; two-year fellowship.

Responsibilities
· Assist with examination, documentation, analysis, treatment and research priorities in consultation with the Conservator of Works on Paper.
· Assist with maintenance of the conservation laboratory including acquisition of equipment and supplies.
· Conduct research on the permanent collection to contribute to the field of paper conservation, history, and technology. Present and publish results of research.
· Perform detailed examination of works on paper to facilitate process identification for cataloging; identify storage and treatment needs.
· Write treatment proposals and reports for treatments of works on paper under the direction of the Conservator of Works on Paper.
· Assist with inspection of permanent collection works on paper proposed for exhibition, publication, or loan and make recommendations regarding condition and handling.
· Inspect works proposed for acquisition.
· Observe standards for housing and environment.
· Consult and collaborate with curators, preparation staff and conservators (including those on contract to the museum), and regional colleagues.
· Become familiar with procedures for safe artwork handling under normal and emergency conditions.
· Maintain confidentiality
· Other duties as requested.

Skills and Requirements
· Strong organizational skills; the ability to establish priorities and achieve goals.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write specifications, document treatments, and prepare reports.

Key Characteristics/Traits
· Working knowledge of chemistry and materials science
· Demonstrated commitment to the profession of conservation and scholarly development.

Qualifications/Education
· Graduate of a recognized graduate-level program in conservation or equivalent skills and knowledge through work/life experience.
· Portfolio of treatment and research projects required.
· Experience with current conservation equipment, including analysis using ultraviolet light, polarizing light microscopy, infrared light, and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy helpful.

Application Information
Applications will be considered until April 6. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest, resume and two letters of recommendation to Human Resources, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 fax 817.665.4315 or to human.resources@cartermuseum.org. EEOC.

Note: Candidates selected for interview will be required to provide an electronic portfolio of treatments and research projects.

Visitor Services Representative

Under the supervision of the Visitor Experience Manager, the Visitor Services Representative ensures that all museum visitors feel welcome, assists them with their needs, and provides information on museum services and programs and the Cultural District, Fort Worth, and North Texas area. The Visitor Services Representative is often visitors’ first contact when they enter the museum, so his or her role is crucial to providing visitors with a positive, memorable experience at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Responsibilities

  1. Welcome patrons to the museum, demonstrating a friendly, courteous attitude toward all visitors; offer exhibition and collection information, as well as a museum map.

  2. Provide assistance on questions related to the museum, Cultural District, Fort Worth, or North Texas area; know the answers to frequently asked questions and be able to find the answer to other queries when asked; know information about various museum events, functions, and programs, including dates, times, audience, location, and museum contact.

  3. Exhibit excellent visitor service in handling all questions and comments; maintain a log of issues and/or needs related to the museum and communicate them to the Visitor Experiences Manager or other appropriate staff member as soon as possible.

  4. Serve as the museum’s ambassador for its programs and resources, such as exhibitions and programs that may be of interest to visitors, membership opportunities, docent-guided tours and art carts, and Museum Store sales and specials.

  5. Understand the building’s layout and accessibility, and help guide visitors to the easiest routes based on their needs; help with visitor services, such as checking umbrellas, coats, and bags and providing wheelchairs; assist Security with weather-related evacuation procedures when necessary.

  6. Provide visitors with information about local services, such as transportation, hotels, museums, and restaurants; perform Internet research when needed to assist visitors; print directions and maps.

  7. Maintain the assistive listening devices, ensuring they are charged and available, know how to operate them, and promote them to visitors for programs and tours; report problems with devices as soon as possible to the Visitor Experiences Manager.

  8. Help explain, interpret, and enforce museum policies and offer security for the facility in terms of what is brought into and what is removed from the building; contact Security when necessary.

  9. Maintain the appearance of the Information Desk and restock brochures at the desk and in the galleries.

  10. Attend scheduled trainings on new exhibitions and programs to increase knowledge about the Amon Carter’s collection, exhibitions, and history.

  11. Maintain confidentiality regarding all sensitive museum information; other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

• High school diploma; college and/or art background preferred.
• Friendly, courteous, engaging presence with all museum visitors, including children, families, and adults of all ages.
• Ability to provide excellent customer service whether in person, through written correspondence, or over the telephone.
• Outgoing personality willing to approach visitors without hesitation.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, and listening skills for working with the public and museum staff.
• Ability to be prompt and dependable, behave in a mature, professional manner, and be able to use good judgment and initiative.
• Ability to inform visitors about museum polices in an educational, friendly, and non-antagonistic manner.
• Must present a neat, professional appearance.
• Ability to read and follow instructions exactly and work congenially with staff, patrons, and supervisors.
• Able to use basic Internet and MS Office functions.
• Attention to detail and the ability to work both independently and in a team.
• Ability to work flexible hours as needed, which includes weekends, evenings, and some holidays; complete all training as required.
• Familiarity with Fort Worth, the museum, and the Cultural District preferred.

To apply send cover letter, resume, and employment references to HR Manager, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 fax (817) 665-4315, email human.resources@cartermuseum.org. EEOC.