Senior Staff Assistant

Job Family
Administrative and Support Staff
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Workplace Type
Hiring Pay Scale
$22.80 - $27.93 Hourly
Commensurate with experience and internal equity
Museum - 0310-Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Requisition Number
ERRP Eligible

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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 facilities, 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's curatorial department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts seeks a highly organized, responsible and flexible individual to provide administrative support for the department.  The successful candidate will be proficient with Microsoft Office applications and data systems, have strong administrative, communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills, be meticulous in their approach to daily business tasks, and exercise discretion in dealing with information about the collection.


Duties require largely independent execution, including: coordinating meetings, events, and domestic and international travel; composing and tracking a wide range of documents, including foreign language correspondence, and preparing reports; drafting, processing and monitoring contracts and payments for outside consultants. Undertakes editorial, research, and administrative projects and conducts data analysis.  Regularly performs a variety of routine accounting, budget tracking and forecasting, expense reporting, data entry, filing, desktop computer support, mailing, and other clerical tasks.  Anticipates departmental administrative needs and develops efficiencies to minimize workflow disruptions.  Handles complex written and phone inquiries and interacts with all levels of internal personnel and outside colleagues and guests. 

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Performs administrative duties associated with scheduling and coordinating meetings and planning events. Manages the calendar of the department head. Assist in the organization of travel plans and itineraries. Arranges with external vendors for services, prepares agendas, gathers and organizes supporting information, and oversees production and distribution of related materials. Attends functions to ensure satisfactory outcome.
  • Responds to inquiries and requests for information requiring knowledge of department/program activities, policies and procedures.
  • Serves as internal resource to department/program staff on Getty policies and procedures. Researches information and relays official interpretations. Stays up to date on organizational policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates the preparation, development and production of major documents, such as presentations or proposals.
  • Researches and gathers data for department/program reports. Conducts preliminary evaluation of data and recommends report content and format to display findings most effectively.
  • Administers contracts. Interacts with Procurement and Finance Departments to provide information and resolve issues.
  • Prepares budget materials. Tracks and monitors budget expenditures and reports on variances and forecasts year-end expenditures.
  • Oversees day-to-day office operations. Implements changes or enhancements to procedures to improve productivity and efficiency.


  • High school diploma/GED; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 3-4 years related experience


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

  • Proficient computer skills and demonstrated experience with office software and email applications - Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio), Zoom, email applications (Outlook), financial applications (PeopleSoft preferred) and Adobe Acrobat 
  • Genuine desire to meet the needs of others, to be proactive and create a positive experience for others
  • Demonstrate ability to follow through and complete assigned tasks in a detailed-oriented manner
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent customer service/interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Reading or conversation skills in one or more foreign languages preferred
  • Familiarity with TMS preferred
  • Working knowledge of art history preferred

Benefits and Perks

Here are just some examples that Getty offers/provides for full-time employees:


  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance coverage, starting on date of hire. Getty pays 75%-95% of the premium, depending on the plan selected.
  • 403(b) Employee Investment retirement plan – with up to 5% Getty Match
  • Getty contribution of 6%, on behalf of employee, to 401(a) retirement account
  • Educational Assistance and professional development
  • Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Days
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Many positions have bi-weekly Off-Fridays
  • On-Site Fitness Center at Getty Center
  • Community service opportunities


To learn more about our comprehensive benefits and long list of perks, go to Getty HR.  

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.