The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks an experienced conservator to lead conservation and preservation for the Research Library. The Head of Conservation and Preservation will be responsible for the care and treatment of the library’s special and general collections. In collaboration with colleagues at the Getty and in the broader conservation community, the Head will assume a vital role in institutional initiatives and research projects. In addition to strategic and administrative leadership, the Head will provide expert conservation of collection materials.
The Head will supervise a staff of 6 FTE responsible for a broad range of activities including conservation assessment and treatment of collections, support for ambitious exhibition, loan and digitization programs, disaster planning and response, and environmental monitoring. Reporting to the Head, Special Collections Management within the Research Library, the Head of Conservation and Preservation will work closely with staff throughout the GRI to ensure the smooth integration and timely completion of conservation and preservation activities.
Located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their histories. Serving an international community of scholars, the Research Library is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world, with holdings of more than one million books and periodicals. Special collections consist of rare and unique materials documenting art history and visual culture: rare books and journals, rare photographs, prints dating from the 15th century to the present, architectural drawings and models, audiovisual recordings, and extensive manuscript collections and archives.