The J. Paul Getty Museum is seeking a creative and strategic thinker to manage its education team and programs. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Education, Public Programs, and Interpretive Content (EPPIC), the Head of Education is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Education team and has primary oversight of all educational programs and content. In partnership with the Assistant Director of EPPIC, this individual will play a leadership role in formulating visitor centered education strategy and making key contributions to the interpretation of the Getty’s permanent collection and special exhibitions for a diverse public audience.
The Head of Education will establish strategies and priorities for the team, develop and implement educational programs on-site and offsite, develop and manage education curricula, oversee donor relationships and create reports, manage budgets and day-to-day operations, guide the operation of the docent program with clear values, vision, and standards, establish metrics for success and modes of evaluation for teaching excellence across all of our educational programs.
The Head of Education is a member of the Museum’s EPPIC team. He or she will oversee or participate in all activities directly related to the Museum’s educational programming and guest experiences at the Getty Center and Getty Villa. This individual will also broadly and directly work with, and actively collaborate with, peers across the EPPIC team as well as with curators, conservators, exhibitions staff, docents, and administrators.
The department of Education at the J. Paul Getty Museum has established a national reputation for its comprehensive array of education programs for children, students, families, and adults. The 28-person Education Department manages a thriving docent corps of roughly 600 volunteers who lead tours for approximately 150,000 students and 170,000 general public visitors every year across two sites. The Education team also manages; partnerships with and programs for K-12 institutions and colleges; a robust suite of teen programs; and collaborates with pro-social agencies, institutions and foundations.
The department’s mission is to engage the diverse community of Los Angeles both intellectually and emotionally through outstanding educational content and experiences. The department positions the learner as the active agent in all of its programs, and leverages the dialogical approach in object-based learning, using both the Getty collection and temporary exhibitions as the foundation for investigation. The ultimate aim is to bring the Museum’s various audiences into direct experiences with works of art and art making, and to offer a broad range of educational programs appealing to a diverse audience.
The ideal candidate will be a recognized leader in the field with a significant background in developing lively, creative, and innovative education programs that engage a diverse community. This person should have the capacity to serve as a catalyst within the institution, responding to individual, corporate, and foundation donor needs to further the Getty’s role as a leader in its field.