The Getty

  • Special Collections Archivist II

    Posted Date
    6 months ago(12/14/2017 3:46 PM)
    Requisition Number
    Regular Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    GRI - 0420-Collections Management
    Targeted Hiring Range
    $54,992.08 - $68,745.04 Annually
    Commensurate with experience and internal equity
  • Job Summary

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks a motivated and knowledgeable archivist to process and catalog special collections with an emphasis on archives related to modern and contemporary art, including the archives of artists, collectors, dealers and critics. The GRI is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their histories. The Research Institute’s special collections contain rare books, prints and drawings, rare photographs, 20th-century art multiples, extensive audiovisual material, and more than 25,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts. Reporting to the Manager of Special Collections Cataloging and Processing, the archivist will work closely with colleagues throughout the Research Institute, and may supervise interns, student workers and project staff. The archivist may also contribute to scholarly and social media activities related to special collections.

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Surveys collections of advanced-to-high complexity
    • Develops and implements processing plans
    • Arranges, processes, and re-houses collection materials
    • Creates and enhances finding aids and bibliographic records based on current standards, best practices, research, and analysis
    • Applies advanced knowledge to edit, aggregate, enhance, transform, and disseminate existing metadata
    • Identifies conservation concerns and performs basic preservation practices
    • Maintains knowledge in standards, best practices, and specialized subjects, formats and systems
    • Tests new processes and procedures
    • May train and supervise others or revise the work of others 
    • May answer reference questions
    • May research, write, present, and publish about collections and work activities
    • May contribute to outreach activities
    • Undertakes special projects as assigned


    • Graduate degree in Library and Information Studies from an ALA-accredited library school, Art History, or a related discipline

    • Minimum 2 years of professional experience

    • Requires advanced subject, language, and/or technical expertise

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Demonstrated subject knowledge in art history, modern and contemporary art preferred
    • Strong reading knowledge of at least one foreign language
    • Strong writing and communication skills
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
    • Ability to work in team-based and collaborative environments
    • Ability to lift and move 40 pounds
    • Ability to climb ladders
    • Knowledge of standards such as DACS, EAD, MARC, and RDA preferred
    • Experience with ArchivesSpace or other collection management systems preferred
    • Familiarity with digital materials management and transformation preferred