We're Hiring: DHPSNY Preservation Specialist Position

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 14:04

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia is seeking a Preservation Specialist for the Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) program.  

The DHPSNY Preservation Specialist conducts preservation surveys, assists with archival and preservation planning, develops and presents educational programs, and provides technical assistance to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other organizations across New York State.  


Candidates must reside in New York State or the greater Philadelphia area. This position requires frequent travel within/to New York State. 

Major Responsibilities 

  • Conducting assessments, both in person and virtually, including coordinating communication, planning, data collection, and report writing.  
  • Developing and presenting educational programming through in-person workshops, online courses, and webinars.  
  • Maintaining familiarity with preservation literature.  
  • Presenting lectures and preparing both in-person and webinar programs for professional and lay audiences to promote awareness of preservation concerns and practices.   

Additional Responsibilities 

  • Providing technical information via telephone, e-mail, and in print on preservation topics.   
  • Representing DHPSNY at conferences and other public programs and participating in professional associations on a local, regional, and national level.  
  • Contributing to DHPSNY communications and social media strategies as needed. 

Desired Qualifications 

  • MLS in Archives (or equivalent) or MS in Conservation and a minimum of two years' experience working in a library, archive, museum, or historic site.  
  • Training in and a thorough understanding of preservation principles, practice, and issues.  
  • Experience in conducting and writing preservation assessments and other planning documents for cultural institutions.  
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.  
  • Talent in teaching and public speaking.  
  • Ability to work independently. 


This is a full-time, salaried position. Medical, dental and vision benefits are included. The salary for this position is $58,455. 

To Apply 

Send letter of application, resume, writing sample (preservation assessment if relevant), and three references via email with the subject line “DHPSNY Preservation Specialist Application” addressed to Ms. Amanda Murray, DHPSNY Program Manager, to

Position is open until filled; applications received by December 21 will receive priority review.

About CCAHA 

CCAHA was founded in 1977 and has grown to be one of the largest nonprofit conservation centers in the country. Its wide array of services, sophisticated treatment facilities, innovative approaches, and highly trained and experienced staff have earned it a prominent and respected place in the conservation field. We serve nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations in the preservation of works on paper, archival documents, photographic materials, and books through conservation treatment, collection surveys and consultations, housing & framing, and digital imaging services. Our preventive conservation and preservation services staff focuses on capacity building for collecting institutions through fundraising support, strategic planning and assessment projects, emergency planning and response initiatives, and in developing educational programs and conferences. CCAHA’s mission is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world's cultural heritage.  

CCAHA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff and our clients. 

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