The Getty

Assistant Curator

3 months ago
Requisition Number
Position Status
LT Full-Time
Getty Center
Museum - 0308-Drawings

Job Summary

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles is seeking a highly motivated, self-starting individual for a full-time, limited-term position (three years) of Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings. Develops, administers, oversees, and interprets the drawings collection through exhibitions, original research, and publication in collaboration with Museum colleagues. Uses scholarly background to serve as a resource to visitors and staff and to advise in the development, execution, and/or supervision of art education and information programs.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Applies advanced knowledge of art history and art education to curatorial assignments of moderate complexity
  • Performs scholarly research 
  • Coordinates rotation exhibitions from the collection and assists development of larger exhibitions 
  • Safely handles and considers framing and conservation of the collection 
  • Participates in the preparation of acquisitions proposals and makes acquisition recommendations to the senior curator 
  • Shares in the administration of incoming and outgoing loans
  • Participates in major push to catalogue the collection fully and bring it online
  • Participates in photography of the collection 
  • Shares in monitoring study room 
  • Assists with activities and maintenance of the Disegno Group, the Drawings Department council 
  • Contributes to the on-line presence of the department through social media
  • Travels and networks internationally to develop relationships with other professionals
  • Publishes and lectures in area of specialization and gives presentations and exhibition tours to visiting groups 
  • Supports scholarly visits and requests


  • Master’s degree in art history, art or art education OR 2-4 yrs of curatorial experience OR Ph.D.
  • Fluency in at least one foreign language (modern or ancient) required
  • Competent to work in most curatorial functions

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Deep knowledge of western art history
  • Specialty in German drawings preferred
  • Reading skills in two or more modern foreign languages preferred
  • Conversational skills in one or more foreign languages preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in team-based and collaborative environments
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines
  • Experience with Windows-based software and database systems; TMS proficiency preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide range of staff and outside professionals
  • Project management abilities