The Getty

Assistant Curator of Manuscripts

Requisition Number
2022-3991
Type
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Program/Department
Museum - 0309-Manuscripts
Category
Curatorial
Salaried/Hourly
Salaried
Targeted Hiring Range
$66,156 - $86,015 Annually
ERRP Eligible
No
Salary
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

Our Mission

 

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting, and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance and is one of four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust.  The Museum operates two sites, the Getty Villa in Malibu, which exhibits its collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, and the Getty Center in Brentwood, which displays its collections of European art: Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, drawings to 1900, and photography to the present day (including non-European works).  The Museum mounts approximately 25 temporary exhibitions a year across its two sites; maintains an annual permanent gallery improvement program and offers wide-ranging and ambitious programming for its visitors.

 

The Opportunity

 

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks an Assistant Curator of Manuscripts to become a vital member of a team working with one of the foremost collections of medieval and Renaissance (ca. 800-1550) illuminated manuscripts in the United States. The Assistant Curator will play an instrumental role in supporting the collection and its many publics through acquisitions, exhibitions, original research, and innovative interpretation. The department is currently engaged in developing programming that is engaging and meaningful to diverse, contemporary audiences. The successful candidate will bring creative ideas and fresh perspectives, key attributes for our ongoing work to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, both through our internal work and our public-facing programs. Many of the duties of the Assistant Curator will revolve around the Manuscripts Department’s schedule of 3-4 exhibitions per year, the primary means by which the collection is presented to the public. The Assistant Curator will have the opportunity to conceive and develop these exhibitions and to work with other curators on larger exhibition projects that seek to advance the field through new research, engaging interpretation, and international collaboration.

 

The Assistant Curator will contribute to the ongoing work of cataloguing the collection for the museum website, including updating information and writing descriptions of individual objects. The Assistant Curator will support the department’s administrative functions, including processing loans, overseeing the study room, and supervising photography of the collection. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with exceptional organizational skills and experience managing projects in an iterative, fast-paced environment. A natural consensus-builder, the candidate understands how to collaborate successfully in a team with other curators in the department, as well as with colleagues across the campus, including Conservation, Design, Exhibition, Education, Interpretive Content, Imaging Services, Preparators, and Registrars.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Applies advanced knowledge of art history and art education to curatorial assignments of moderate complexity
  • Performs scholarly research
  • Conceives and executes smaller exhibitions
  • Verifies value and authenticity of potential acquisitions and participates in the preparation of acquisition proposals
  • Travels and networks domestically and internationally to develop/maintain relationships with other colleagues and institutions
  • Publishes and lectures in area of specialization
  • Administers incoming and outgoing loans
  • Updates information in collection management system and writes collection entries for the website
  • Participates in photography of the collection
  • Monitors the reading room
  • Contributes to the on-line presence of the manuscripts collection
  • Supports scholarly visits and requests

Qualifications


  • Master’s degree in art history, art or art education OR 2-4 yrs of curatorial experience OR Ph.D.

  • Fluency in at least one foreign language (modern or ancient) required

  • Competent to work in most curatorial functions

Requirement

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

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and collaborate with teams across disciplines
  • Excellent writing and proofing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Working knowledge of collection management databases, preferably The Museum System(TMS)
  • Demonstrated experience with art historical research and writing
  • Proven experience dealing with confidential information
  • Specialty in Italian art (ca. 1300-1500) preferred

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.