The Getty

  • Curatorial Assistant

    Posted Date
    3 months ago(3 months ago)
    Requisition Number
    LT Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    Museum - 0309-Manuscripts
    Targeted Hiring Range
    $24.19 - $30.24 Hourly
    Commensurate with experience and internal equity
  • Job Summary

    The J. Paul Getty Museum is seeking a limited-term Curatorial Assistant for the department of Manuscripts.  The successful candidate will conduct research on the permanent collection of over 230 objects in the manuscript’s collection contributing to the development of the online catalog, with a specific focus on provenance and collecting history, bibliography, and exhibition history. As part of a team, he/she will develop descriptive content, enter data into TMS (The Museum System) database, review historical documentation, undertake bibliographic searches, perform editorial functions to assure accuracy and consistency, and engage in various aspects of collection documentation management. Assists staff and scholars on accessing the collections, responds to reference inquiries, and participates in curatorial projects as needed. May offer public gallery tours and contribute to academic publications.

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Applies knowledge of art, research procedures, and online resources and databases to the documentation of the permanent collection
    • Prepares reports on research results and may prepare in-house reports
    • Performs basic collection management and editing functions


    • Bachelor’s degree in art or art history required; Master’s preferred
    • 0-2 years art historical or museum experience
    • Competent to work in basic curatorial functions
    • Reading fluency in at least one foreign language (modern or ancient) required

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Reading fluency in German perferred
    • 2-3 years similar research experience preferred
    • Proven ability to collaborate in teams across disciplines and build relationships
    • Experience with art historical research and writing