The Getty

Communications Specialist

Requisition Number
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Trust - 0114-Communications
Targeted Hiring Range
$64,872 - $84,336 Annually
ERRP Eligible
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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Job Summary

As Getty’s Communications team continues to grow, the News and Media Relations team seeks a Communications Specialist who has a knack for unearthing compelling stories, has experience working with journalists, and is interested in a wide range of topics, including art, theater, antiquities, technology, and conservation.

Getty Communications oversees public relations, public affairs, marketing, and digital communications programs for Getty, including the Getty Research Institute, Conservation Institute, Foundation and Museum.  The department seeks to inspire joy and insight by sharing art and the scholary output of Getty.  We seek to increase global, national, and regional awareness of Getty and its impact as a prominent global institution advancing visual art and cultural heritage. Through creative content development, digital communications, media relations and advertising efforts, we expand access to Getty content and engage both professional and public audiences.

The Communications Specialist is responsible for various communications projects related to the Getty Center and Villa Museums, including assisting the Communications Manager with drafting press releases, press outreach and relationship development, media research, contributing to Getty’s news platform, and developing communications strategies. Position will also manage media outreach and communications planning for Getty Museum exhibitions, working in partnership with the Digital and Marketing teams.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Communications Manager.


Note: Los Angeles residency required.  This position is NOT fully remote and consists of a hybrid in-office and WFH schedule.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Communications Manager, develops strategic, proactive communications and media plans related to Getty news and projects
  • Develops, executes, and oversees written communications of moderate complexity, including press releases, specialized pitch letters, presentations, talking points, and digital stories
  • Works closely with internal clients to position exhibitions and activities accurately and compellingly to the media
  • Proactively identifies and pitches news stories within areas of responsibility to local, regional, national, and international media
  • Strategically targets media to receive press materials, develops comprehensive press lists, and strategically pitches members of the press in accordance with communications plans
  • Receives, assesses, and processes image/information/interview requests from the media
  • Plans press previews and press visits to the Getty Center and/or Getty Villa as needed


  • Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications, Art History, or related degree 
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience preferably in the visual arts


All employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Note: Los Angeles residency required. This position is NOT fully remote and consists of a hybrid in-office and WFH schedule.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written communication skills; experience writing press releases
  • Experience working with the media, preferably arts media
  • Excellent planning and/or project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to write and synthesize materials and communicate information effectively across print and digital platforms
  • Ability to be self‐directed and take initiative
  • Ability to partner with internal and external contacts at all levels
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working with a variety of audiences
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Design Suite, MailChimp and/or related tools, Cision and/or related media databases

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.