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  • Vice President of Programs
  • Conservator-in-Residence, Beijing, China
  • Archives Intern
  • 2020 Graduate Intern - Modernism Program

Overview

Since World Monuments Fund (WMF) was founded over half a century ago, it has been a groundbreaking organization conserving in an innovative way the world's irreplaceable treasures — architectural and cultural sites that span the history of human civilization.

Cultural heritage sites are under constant attack by time, neglect, natural forces, and human actions. Preserving this heritage has from the beginning been the principal mission of WMF—working with local partners around the globe to provide financial and technical support for preservation, restoration, and long-term sustainability of these sites.

In continuing this legacy of a pioneering, entrepreneurial, and ambitious spirit, WMF seeks a new Vice President of Programs to craft and implement forward looking projects, identify emerging trends, explore new frontiers in heritage, and create opportunities for communities around the world through preservation of iconic sites and monuments.

Our Activities as executed:

Physical Conservation
WMF is dedicated to working at the highest international standards to conserve exceptional works of historic architecture and cultural heritage sites. Our goal is to ensure that endangered sites have a long-term future and that these places are fully integrated into the social fabric of their local communities.

Responding to the Unexpected
Earthquakes. Floods. Wars and revolutions. Whether natural or man-made, disasters cannot be predicted or foreseen. But once they occur, WMF is prepared to respond quickly and decisively to assess damage to sites that are iconic to communities, undertake emergency conservation, and help develop plans for recovery in coordination with our local partners.

Generating Awareness, Inspiring Action
As much as WMF has accomplished, more remains to be done to act as a voice of vigilance around the world. WMF advocacy programs such as the World Monuments Watch raise awareness of the importance of heritage preservation for people around the globe, today and in the future.

Fostering Sustainable Communities
WMF works with local partners to help foster the economic, technical, and social infrastructures necessary to create opportunities for the present and preserve sites well into the future. When local resources are lacking, WMF assembles teams of international specialists to conduct pilot projects, develop training programs, and plan for the long-term stewardship of sites.

Sharing Knowledge, Teaching Skills
Many of the skills that were used to build the world’s treasures are also in need of preservation. There is a widespread and growing need for craftspeople and professionals who can both revive lost arts and apply modern methods. By incorporating capacity building training programs into many of our projects, we seek to ensure longevity and stability.

Strategic Direction
For this newly-created position, WMF seeks a compelling leader who will bring the mission to new prominence and a rigorous thinker who can champion excellence and execute on that vision.

WMF is at the forefront of forging the nexus of conservation and social impact. Heritage is a dynamic element of the built and social fabric of communities and plays a role in advancing the quality of life of communities surrounding it.

Through cultural heritage, WMF and its local partners address some of the most important issues of our time: the impact of climate change, human migration, encroaching urbanization, and violent conflicts. By creating new programs around the world that preserve monuments and culturally important sites at the highest standards, WMF aims to create empowering opportunities for local communities.

Responsibilities
Vice President of Programs will report to Bénédicte de Montlaur, CEO. He/she is responsible for directly managing a New York-based staff of six and an international staff of nine, supplemented by local hires, consultants, and institutional partners, depending on the projects.

Strategic Leadership 

  • Develop with the CEO a curatorial vision for all initiatives, conservation projects, and advocacy efforts to ensure an inspiring and cohesive program mix that sends a powerful message about WMF to the public, funders, and partners in the field. 
  • Create and foster relationships with academia, local governments, project partners, and key organizations in the heritage field, but also beyond it, including institutions focused on the environment, community development, and public education.
  • In close cooperation with the development team, help to identify new funding sources and strengthen relationships with current donors in the United States and internationally.
  • Explore ways to advance WMF’s educational and thought leadership role, building on the experience acquired through WMF’s field projects. 
  • Work closely with the CEO, VP of Development, and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer in advancing WMF’s goals and contributions. 
  • Initiatives 
    Assure, with the CEO and senior management, that the organization executes a long-range strategy that makes consistent and timely progress toward fulfilment of mission. 

  • Provide leadership in developing conservation initiatives, including identifying opportunities and assessing them with rigor, creating programs, selecting projects, and overseeing the day-to-day implementation of all initiatives to the highest standards. 
  • Develop and execute criteria for project selection and evaluation to make sure that our projects encourage and build upon an understanding of the past that ultimately makes the world a better place for local communities, today and in the future.
  • Maximize the demonstrated potential of the World Monuments Watch and other WMF programs. 
  • Management and Administration 

  • Manage, train and empower staff and consultants to maintain a high degree of excellence. 
  • As a member of the senior management team, work closely with the CEO and the entire development team to achieve funding objectives. 
  • Maintain sound financial practices and controls. 
  • Work with staff in New York and in the field to prepare and adhere to project and annual budgets. 
  • Location and Compensation 

    WMF is located in New York City (NYC). The successful candidate is expected to work in the NYC offices and to travel as the job requires. It is anticipated that an attractive compensation package including competitive salary, health coverage, contribution to a 403(b) and four weeks of vacation will be offered.  Legal authorization to work in the United States is required.

    The Successful Candidate 

    He or she is likely to have: 

  • A broad and informed point of view about the importance of cultural heritage and the new directions this field is taking. 
  • Ten years’ experience in implementing complex international preservation projects.
  • Keen execution skills with proven ability to deliver in time and within budget. 
  • Vision and imagination, coupled with proven team and project management experience.
  • A consultative leadership style, proven ability to manage change, and patience with people and process. 
  • A refined understanding of the workings and needs of mission-driven organizations. 
  • Skillful and sophisticated oral and written communications abilities, as well as experience engaging a wide range of audiences: board members, stakeholders, funders, partners, experts in the field, as well as the general public. 
  • Tech-savvy (able to work without an assistant) and continuously open to new approaches. 
  • A master’s degree is expected in a related field. 
  • Experience in and comfort with working in international settings. 
  • Proficiency/fluency in one or more foreign languages is a plus. 
  • For Confidential Consideration: 

    Kindly email a letter of interest and resume to JOBS@WMF.ORG

     

    This position is a 12-month appointment located in Beijing – ideal start date February 1, 2020 but flexible.

    CRAFT (Conservation Resources for Architectural Interiors/Furniture, and Training)

    CRAFT is a training program with an emphasis on the conservation of fine furniture and historic interiors developed and jointly administered by the Palace Museum (PM) and Tsinghua University (TSU) in Beijing. It was established by the Palace Museum and World Monuments Fund as part of a collaborative program to conserve the Qianlong Garden (QLG) located in the Forbidden City with the goal of teaching modern conservation methodology and techniques, while also supporting traditional hand skills. China has a long history of furniture making and related craft work, and understanding this history is important to the conservation approaches taught at CRAFT.

    The program admits a class of 10-14 students every two years. The current class began their studies in fall 2019. CRAFT students include selected staff members of the Palace Museum, Tsinghua University master’s degree candidates, other Tsinghua University students, and mid-career conservators from other Chinese museums with furniture collections and historic interiors. Students who participate as a part of the two-year master’s program at TSU earn a master’s degree in Architectural Conservation for Wood Structures and Historic Interiors. CRAFT students who are staff members of the Palace Museum or other Chinese museums receive a certificate of completion.

    Overall Goals, Tasks and Responsibilities

    Recruited from senior experts in the conservation field, the CIR will act as a liaison and educator for four key CRAFT audiences: enrolled students; visiting international faculty (1-2 per semester teaching intensive week-long seminars); craftsmen working on restoring the QLG; and the Qianlong Garden Task Force/management of the Palace Museum who are dedicated to advancing the conservation capacity of the Museum. The CIR will apply his/her knowledge and expertise to the conservation of furniture and historic interiors from the Qianlong Garden, and will create a learning environment conducive to training, mentoring, and supporting a new generation of conservators in China. The CIR will enhance an understanding of traditional Chinese craftsmanship with modern conservation practices and approaches, including applied conservation science, documentation, and imaging techniques.

    To help maximize the expertise the CIR has to offer, the CIR will work with and mentor a PM-appointed local Conservator who will serve as a protégé for the CIR position. The local Conservator will also help the CIR to translate and document the CIR’s educational/academic activities described below and will work with the CIR to expand CRAFT’s conservation library.

    The CIR will help advance the primary goals of CRAFT:

    CRAFT Students

    • To assist in the development and implementation of the hands-on (“studio”) portion of the CRAFT curriculum: CRAFT offers project-based learning that aims to advance hand-skills and conservation techniques that are needed for the care and conservation of Chinese furniture and historic interiors.
    • To provide or supervise weekly studio training of CRAFT students in the Palace Museum CRAFT studio.
    • To act as a mentor and resource for the CRAFT students in their individual work, always promoting the most appropriate conservation techniques for each situation.
    • To supervise, evaluate and advise student performance with other faculty, including periodic examination and evaluation of CRAFT students.

    Local Conservator

    • To supervise or team teach with the local conservator specific techniques and concepts in both a studio and lecture format, core to the curriculum.
    • To ensure that the sequence, coordination, and content of the courses systematically teaches the CRAFT curriculum, both at the Palace Museum and at Tsinghua University.
    • To act as mentor to the local conservator teaching and assisting with the implementation of best practices in the studio as well as in the curriculum.

    Craftsmen working on restoration of Qianlong Garden to transfer CRAFT solutions to QLG project

    • To develop, as requested, conservation solutions/suggestions for sites or objects from the QLG as part of the CRAFT training program.
    • To ensure that conservation standards taught at CRAFT are connected with the conservation work of external professionals working on the restoration/conservation of the furniture and interiors of the QLG. Because the CRAFT training program uses objects from the QLG for project-based learning, the CIR and students will adhere to best practices in the field, and to the highest possible conservation protocols and standards. The CIR will discuss conservation protocols with the responsible PM or PM QLG Task Force Staff and, if needed, guide outside craftsmen involved with the conservation work of the QLG.

    Qianlong Garden Task Force/ Palace Museum Management

    • To provide, as requested, an assessment to the Qianlong Garden Task Force of the work being undertaken by outside conservators/restorers/craftsmen working on the QLG. To make suggestions for ways to improve their work or make their work more compatible with international standards.
    • To provide WMF/PM/TSU with suggestions on how to improve the CRAFT training program in the future and how to further develop the CIR position.

    Anticipated Workload Description

    • Two days a week dedicated to teaching and instructing CRAFT participants at the CRAFT studio in the Palace Museum or occasionally at TSU according to decisions made by the local CRAFT office. Individual student meetings and tutorials to be included as needed.
    • Two days a week dedicated to working with the local conservator to plan current and future course work.
    • Assist the local conservator with QLG conservation projects including CRAFT students whenever possible.
    • In partnership with the local conservator, advise on the work of outside craftsmen/restorers on current best practices in the field and standards of work.
    • Provide feedback to the Palace Museum on the quality and effectiveness of outside craftsmen’s work and suggestions for improvements as needed.
    • Provide a brief monthly status report to WMF/PM/TSU on their work with the local conservator and the CRAFT training program with suggestions for any changes or improvements that will make the program more effective.

    Stipend and Other Support

    World Monuments Fund will provide the Conservator-in-Residence the following financial support:

    • Stipend: Consultant fee for two academic semesters, paid to the CIR or his/her institutional employer and based on the level of experience
    • Transportation: RT economy-plus airfare between CIR’s home city and Beijing, including visa fees
    • Transportation: RT economy airfare to Hong Kong to meet Chinese visa requirements
    • Lodging: One-bedroom apartment with kitchen, or the equivalent, in Beijing at TSU faculty housing including utilities and Wi-Fi connection; a larger apartment will be available for CIR’s bringing their family.

    In addition, WMF provides the following support on-site in Beijing:

    • Local Conservator, as mentioned above.
    • Translation as needed for classroom and studio instruction
    • Weekly meetings with WMF’s country representative, and Assistant Dean for CRAFT
    • Reasonable local travel and petty cash funds for site visits to other local museums or training sites and for supplies and materials when needed.

    Applicant

    The successful applicant will be a well-trained, practicing hands on conservator. They will have a full understanding of furniture making and the materials involved. They will be able to teach basic woodworking.

    They will have a deep knowledge of conservation science and conservation best practices and the ability to apply that knowledge to conservation challenges. They will be knowledgeable about structural repairs, surface cleaning, consolidation and loss compensation. They will be able to reach preventative conservation, documentation and photography. They will be familiar with microscopy and wood identification. They will enjoy teaching and mentoring young people. They will be collaborative with colleagues and able to adjust and adapt quickly to changes in the workplace and possess creative problem-solving skills. They should be adventurous and eager to learn as well as teach. Knowledge of Chinese a plus, but not required.

    Organization

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@wmf.org. Those applicants who are being considered will be contacted, no phone calls please.

    World Monuments Fund is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.

    World Monuments Fund’s mission is to preserve the world’s architectural heritage of significant monuments, buildings, and sites. In partnership with local communities, funders and governments, WMF seeks to inspire an enduring commitment to stewardship for future generations.

    Position Summary

    Do you love history and travel? Are you a self-starter and highly organized? Do you have a creative eye and enjoy telling powerful stories through photography? If so, we encourage you to apply for World Monuments Fund’s Archives Intern position.

    World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the leading private organization dedicated to saving cultural heritage sites and empowering the communities around them. We believe that when we come together to protect historic places, we’re also standing up for unheard voices, forgotten stories, and untapped potential.

    Since our founding more than 50 years ago, WMF has helped conserve more than 600 sites and advocated for the protection of more than 800 treasured places. We are seeking an Archives Intern to help us design and implement systems to organize the large amount of photography, videography, publications, and other assets that have stemmed from those projects. The intern will assist with the digitization and distribution of multimedia materials and process archival collections. The Archives Intern may also be tasked with other communications duties as needed.

    This internship is based in WMF’s New York City office and is ideal for graduate or undergraduate students in their junior or senior year who are interested in library and/or archival studies. World Monuments Fund (WMF) Internships are paid, 20 hour per week, temporary work placements to help students, people early in their careers and career changers to gain entry-level skills and experience in the field.

    Session Date: January to June (application deadline 12/15/2019)

    The selected intern must be able to commit to at least 3 days per week, 10:00-5:00 (M-F)

    SKILLS/REQUIREMENTS

    • Knowledge of photography, ability to determine the quality/resolution of existing files
    • Knowledge of Adobe Bridge or other digital asset management software essential
    • Familiarity with photo and image asset research, archiving, and license policies
    • Archival knowledge of digital media
    • Great attention to detail and highly organized

    REPORTS TO

    • Director of Communications

    SALARY

    • $20/hr  (no fringe benefits)

    ORGANIZATION

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@wmf.org.  Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted.  No phone calls please.

    World Monuments Fund is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.  WMF is an at-will employer.

    2020 GRADUATE INTERN – WMF/KNOLL MODERNISM PRIZE AND MODERN ARCHITECTURE INITIATIVE

    The 2020 Graduate Intern will provide administrative, research, and program support for the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize and the Modern Architecture Initiative.

    In 2008, WMF launched the WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize with support from founding sponsor Knoll Inc., spotlighting exemplary projects which have preserved and restored modern buildings. Since then the Prize has been given five times, and is entering its sixth cycle. The primary responsibility of the Graduate Intern, reporting to the Program Manager, will be to provide support for the 2020 Prize process, working with other Program, Development, and Communications staff as needed for the development of materials related to the Call for Nominations for the 2020 Prize. In addition, the 2020 Graduate Intern will support WMF staff in the organization’s broader initiative to advocate for and conserve modern architecture.

    This is a full-time, paid internship for a currently enrolled student. The duration of the internship will be 20-24 weeks, during January-June 2020 (some flexibility in start and end dates is possible).

    This is not an entry-level position at World Monuments Fund, nor intended to lead to one.

    World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization devoted to saving the world’s treasured places. For 50 years, working in 100 countries, its highly skilled experts have applied proven and effective techniques to the preservation of important architectural and cultural heritage sites around the globe. Through partnerships with local communities, funders, and governments, WMF seeks to inspire an enduring commitment to stewardship for future generations.

    Duties:

    • Research and help identify new partnership opportunities for WMF’s Modern Architecture Initiative;
    • Maintain, update, and help augment a database of contacts for the program;
    • Help prepare the public launch of a Call for Nominations for the 2020 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize;
    • Carry out other administrative and communications tasks related to the program.

    Skills and other qualifications:

    • Exceptional research and writing skills;
    • Demonstrated interest in cultural heritage conservation and/or allied fields (the arts, architecture, art history, urban planning, social studies, history, anthropology, international development);
    • Currently enrolled students in a graduate degree program strongly preferred;
    • Knowledge of foreign languages preferred;
    • Attention to detail, organization skills, and work management skills;
    • Ability to carry out tasks as assigned and communicate effectively with supervisor.

    How to apply:

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and one research/writing sample (examples: research paper, bibliography, studio project, poster) as e-mail attachments to jobs@wmf.org by 5 pm (EDT) on December 20, 2019. Cover letter length: one page strongly recommended.