Senior Editor

Job Family
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Workplace Type
Hybrid/Partially Remote
Hiring Pay Scale
$78,941 - $104,590 Annually
Commensurate with experience and internal equity
Publications - 1305-Publications Editorial
Requisition Number
ERRP Eligible

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

Getty Publications is seeking a full-time Senior Editor to join the staff of its Editorial department. The Senior Editor will work closely with authors, designers, production coordinators, and other Getty staff and freelancers to produce a wide range of high-quality illustrated art books, including exhibition catalogues, collections-based titles, 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 titles published each year cover the fields of art, photography, archaeology, architecture, conservation, and the humanities for both the general public and specialists.


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


Under broad direction from the Editor in Chief, the Senior Editor performs all editorial functions—including developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading—for publications on a variety of topics and with different levels of complexity, from concept to finished product. The Senior Editor works as part of a book team, project managing alongside staff from Rights, Design, and Production, and overseeing freelance contractors. Assists with the training and development of junior staff in the department and of the freelance pool. As appropriate and with supervisor approval, may also recommend and develop projects for acquisition.


Note: Los Angeles residency required. This position is not fully remote and operates on a hybrid in-office and work-from-home schedule.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Provides editorial project management for print and digital publications in a wide range of genres and of various levels of complexity.
  • Collaborates closely with colleagues in Design and Production as well as Rights to establish schedule and track progress against schedule and budget.
  • Ensures high quality of work performed by all consultants, including peer reviewers, translators, project editors, copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers.
  • Maintains project records and reports on project status.
  • Under broad direction from supervisor, guides peer review process: solicits and contracts reviewers, evaluates reviews, and works with authors to address concerns.
  • Under broad direction from supervisor, negotiates contracts with all consultants.
  • Works closely with Rights Coordinators to ensure that illustrations can be acquired according to schedule.
  • May serve as a resource for development of budget and publications specifications in book project approval process.
  • Subject to approval of supervisor, may generate book ideas, working with potential authors to develop viable project proposals and prepare sample materials.


  • Bachelor's degree in the humanities (preferably in English or Art History); MA preferred.
  • At least 7 years of relevant publishing experience, preferably including 4 years in either a museum or university press environment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Copyediting and proofreading skills; excellent knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style
  • Microsoft Office
  • Reading knowledge of, or familiarity with, one or more European languages
  • Familiarity with art history
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

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.

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