The Getty

Head, Engineering & Maintenance

Posted Date
4 months ago(7/21/2020 1:20 PM)
Requisition Number
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Trust - 1460-Plant Engineering
Targeted Hiring Range
$123,401.20 - $160,411.68 Annually
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

Job Summary

The J. Paul Getty Trust seeks a seasoned and collaborative engineering professional to serve as Head of Engineering.


The J. Paul Getty Trust ( is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Through the collective and individual work of its constituent programs—the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute—it pursues its mission in Los Angeles and throughout the world, serving both the general interested public and a wide range of professional communities with the conviction that a greater and more profound sensitivity to and knowledge of the visual arts and their many histories are crucial to the promotion of a vital and civil society.

Major Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Facilities, the Head of Engineering is the senior facilities manager leading engineering operations, planning and projects for J. Paul Getty Trust, which includes the both the 1.6 million square foot Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the 500,000 square foot Getty Villa in Malibu. The Head of Engineering supervises a team of over 55 FTE and is responsible for developing and overseeing the engineering operations, budget planning and forecasting, leading the engineering infrastructure renewal, overseeing emergency response, day or night, as well as energy management and utilities. The Head of Engineering serves as the point of contact for Getty conservation, collections, and scientific professionals and the building performance including HVAC standards.


The successful candidate will be a collaborative and creative leader who is an accomplished senior manager, committed to building a team-oriented organizational culture; strategic thinker; able to provide clear direction; customer-focused; innovative; focused on continuous improvement; committed to promoting a diverse workplace; excellent communicator; and will demonstrate integrity, openness, sound judgment, and a commitment to transparency.


In addition, this position requires progressive experience in a large, complex organization, preferably in a world-class cultural organization, university, pharmaceutical, and/or medical center; a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or related field; a Master’s degree preferred; a Professional Engineer license and demonstrated senior-level administrative experience in facilities engineering management and a minimum of ten years’ supervisory experience.  Technical proficiency in facilities engineering operations that includes a high-level of experience with managing complex central plant systems, fire protection systems, building controls which strictly regulate building environmental conditions and high-rise experience preferred.


The Getty has retained Opus Partners to support this recruitment.  Katie Dean, Associate Partner is leading the search.  Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be submitted by e-mail to Katie (

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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