The Getty

  • Curatorial Assistant

    Posted Date
    3 months ago(7/26/2018 11:11 AM)
    Requisition Number
    LT Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    Museum - 0311-Photographs
    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 Photographs.  This one-year limited term position is responsible for completing and/or reviewing for accuracy the essential cataloging documentation for objects in the Department of Photographs. The position is under supervision by the Research Associate for Collections ManagementResponsibilities include handling artwork, gathering data related to the maker, title, date, medium, dimensions, inscriptions, and credit line for each object, and entry of this data in the TMS (The Museum System) database. Additional research related to provenance, exhibition and publication history, and copyright and privacy rights may be required. Preparation and submitting of imaging requests for the cataloged material to be digitized and made available through the Open Content program may also be required. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are essential.

    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

    • Proven ability to collaborate in teams across disciplines and build relationships
    • Experience with art historical research and writing
    • Knowledge of photographic media or the history of photography

    • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds