The Getty

  • Curatorial Assistant

    Posted Date
    3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Requisition Number
    LT Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    Museum - 0310-Sculpture and Decorative Arts
    Targeted Hiring Range
    $24.19 - $30.24 Hourly
    Commensurate with experience and internal equity
  • Job Summary

    The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks a limited-term Curatorial Assistant to work in the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, whose collection is devoted to European sculpture and decorative arts dating between around 1200 and 1900, with a small group of modern outdoor sculpture ranging from 1910-1980. Under the supervision of the Senior Curator, the Curatorial Assistant is responsible for performing research-oriented duties in support of routine curatorial tasks, collection management, exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and other projects.

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Applies knowledge of art history to routine curatorial assignments
    • Documents objects and may perform basic fact finding to support curatorial research efforts (bibliography, provenance history, exhibition history)
    • Assists with updating the paper files and database records for items in the collection
    • Assists with preparation of objects lists and Powerpoint presentations
    • Assists with writing labels and other didactics, and may provide content for social media platforms



    • 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

    • Experience with art historical research and writing
    • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Photoshop)
    • Good working knowledge of TMS (The Museum System)
    • Reading fluency in at least one modern foreign language preferred (German highly desired)
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required