The Getty

Designer II

1 month ago(12/14/2017 2:23 PM)
Requisition Number
Position Status
Regular Full-Time
Museum Operations
Getty Center
Museum - 0333-Design

Job Summary

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks a creative and strategic thinker to join the award-winning design team.  Come create exceptional interactions and experiences with our collection at both sites: the Getty Center, Los Angeles, and the Getty Villa, Malibu. Reporting to the Head of Design, the Designer II is responsible for design and production of the visitor experience from gallery installations, special exhibitions and wayfinding, to promotional graphics, fixed position interactive kiosks, and mobile device experience.

• Under moderate supervision develops moderately complex design concepts and solutions to facilitate public engagement and interaction with works of art, the campus, both in public and staff-only spaces
• Collaborates across departments and with outside entities to define project goals, context, scope and strategy. Works closely with project teams and other participants to develop solutions
• Creates accurate plans, prototypes, pilots, models, drawings, samples and specifications and suggests methods, materials and techniques throughout the project process

NOTE: When applying, you will be prompted to upload your resume. Please upload your cover letter, resume, and samples from your portfolio as a single PDF.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Applies knowledge of design to moderately complex tasks in area of specialization
  • Under direction creates concepts and prepares presentation materials to communicate design ideas
  • Works on multiple projects concurrently
  • Develops, maintains and archives appropriate project documentation including vendors, materials, specifications and technologies
  • Maintains style standards, drawing package templates, object libraries and furniture inventories for CAD specification
  • Maintains print and digital proof templates
  • Communicates extensively about project progress
  • Prepares information for scheduling and budget quotes
  • Oversees work of outside contractors assigned to projects
  • Working collaboratively, may create graphic communication designs for exhibitions and permanent collection gallery installations including: labels, signs, didactic materials, site enhancements and wayfinding
  • Oversees the production of graphic designs in large and small environmental applications, print and digital forms
  • Working collaboratively and under direction creates and maintains architectural environments, furnishings, and fixtures for the presentation of art and ideas in the gallery, exhibition, and related public, private, program and commerce spaces
  • Working collaboratively unites colleagues behind a single design plan and visual identity
  • Under direction may create designs for store products
  • Under direction supports the creation of storyboards, scripts and the production of A/V environments, and rich media interpretations and experiences to supplement design projects goals
  • Under direction supports the creation of plans, wireframes and architect digital interactive experiences to meet digital signage or interpretive project goals
  • Under direction supports the creation of documentation for standards and guidelines in areas of architectural design, exhibition furniture, interpretive materials, digital communications, micro brands and institutional brand


  • Bachelor's degree in Design
  • 3-5 years of design experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Skilled in software application use in areas of graphic design, 3D design including: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge, Acrobat, FontExplorer, VectorWorks and SketchUp
  • Skilled in business software including: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Competent with software for rich media production including: Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and HTML
  • Competent with FilemakerPro
  • Knowledge of professional printing and construction methods, and familiarity with standard production materials and processes
  • Skilled in hand-sketching, drafting, model-making, and basic printing, laminating, and trimming
  • Knowledge of industrial design and architectural practices, including life/safety and ADA regulations
  • Knowledge of museum conservation needs and practices
  • Ability to organize and plan projects from start to finish and communicates ideas to a group
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, of different scope, and at various stages of development, in a deadline driven work environment
  • Ability to apply best practices in design work
  • Knowledge of art history

NOTE: When applying, you will be prompted to upload your resume. Please upload your cover letter, resume, and samples from your portfolio as a single PDF.