The Getty

Senior Publications Designer

Requisition Number
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Publications - 1303-Publications Design and Production
Targeted Hiring Range
$66,156 - $86,015 Annually
ERRP Eligible
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion at Getty

Getty believes diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are essential to our excellence and to the execution of our mission. The Getty community values differences in the pursuit of inquiry and knowledge, mutual understanding, respect, trust, transparency, and cooperation. We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Individuals of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Design and Production Manager, the Senior Designer will work closely with Getty staff, freelancers, and vendors to produce a wide range of high-quality illustrated art books, including exhibition catalogues, academic monographs, trade titles, and children's books for both print and digital formats.


Getty Publications produces award-winning books that result from or complement the work of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The approximately 35 books published each year cover the fields of art, photography, archaeology, architecture, conservation, and the humanities for both the general public and specialists. Most books are published in print, and an increasing number are published digitally as well.


Getty Publications offers a collegial, family-friendly, and collaborative work environment where work-life balance is prioritized. We support a hybrid work schedule with some days at our Getty Center offices and some telework days. Staff members can participate in Getty-sponsored community service and serve on committees on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) and on mentorship and community building.


Please submit resumes by July 31, 2022. All applications should include samples of your work - please provide a link or upload with your resume (10MB max. file size).

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the book team to manage the design process, including preparation of full layouts, typesetting, type and design corrections, reviewing final artwork through to supply of print-ready files to production, and adhering closely to budget and schedule commitments.
  • Work alongside the digital team to produce cover designs for our short-run digital and print-on-demand titles.
  • For select projects, supervise the work of outside vendors for typesetting, type corrections, creation of technical illustrations, and diagram/chart/map preparation.
  • Work closely with production colleagues on the physical aspects of each project, discussing materials and collaborating on color proofing as required. Examine and understand technical production issues that impact the design approach, collaborating to find practical and cost-efficient solutions.
  • Work in partnership with editors and authors to evaluate and understand the unique needs of each project and research book content for design and layout direction. Develop design treatments and/or refine design templates to conceptualize and present appropriate and creative design solutions for publication projects.
  • Keep informed of new and updated design software and trends in book and cover design and production.


  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design (BA or BFA) or related field
  • 5+ years of experience designing illustrated books and other materials for print, including experience managing complex books and multiple projects.


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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong understanding of typography, design, and complex page layout.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Good at prioritizing workload, making decisions, working to deadlines, and being attentive to details.
  • Solid computer design skills with high proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite CC (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat)
  • Sound knowledge of print production
  • Capable of working independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong interest in bookmaking; knowledge of art history a plus.
  • Commitment to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and welcoming team environment.

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.