Vice President for Communications and Community Engagement

Job Family
Senior Level Management
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Workplace Type
Hybrid/Partially Remote
Hiring Pay Scale
$500,000+ Annually
Communications - 0114-Communications
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 welcoming workplace that reflects the various backgrounds of the communities we serve and includes individuals who bring a diversity of values and experiences. Individuals of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Summary

The J. Paul Getty Trust, one of the world’s most influential cultural and philanthropic institutions dedicated to advancing access to visual arts, is currently seeking a Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement (VP). Reporting to and working closely with the Getty’s President and CEO, the VP will lead and oversee the development and execution of communication and marketing strategies, ensuring that the entire range of Getty’s identity is communicated effectively and that messages are well-received and in a global context, align with diverse cultural norms. Leading a team of 44, the VP will manage public relations efforts, incorporating awareness of geopolitical events and trends; maintain Getty’s brand domestically and internationally, and across diverse markets; and oversee Getty’s digital presence and social media strategies that resonate locally, nationally, and globally.


Additionally, the VP will lead and expand Getty’s engagement with the Los Angeles community, working in collaboration with colleagues to build positive relationships that support Getty’s goals and further the institution’s connections with the diverse local community as well as with other cultural and education organizations and institutions.


**Getty has engaged executive search firm Howe-Lewis, International for this role. Interested and qualified persons should visit this link to submit their candidacy materials. Only individuals who express interest on the Howe-Lewis site will be considered for this search.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Manage and protect Getty’s brand identity and reputation.
  • Review/enhance existing—or develop new—crisis communication plans and protocols to ensure effective communication during challenging situations. Anticipate, manage, and lead crisis communications.
  • Lead and manage a team of professionals responsible for various aspects of communications and community engagement, creating and maintaining an environment that fosters a high-performing learning culture, providing guidance, support, and mentorship to team members.
  • Provide leadership in building and maintaining a diverse workforce, ensuring an environment of inclusivity and belonging.
  • Plan and ensure execution of outreach programs that engage diverse community groups and promote Getty’s initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities for community involvement and collaboration to enhance the organization’s reputation and impact.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization, representing its values and mission to external stakeholders and the public.


  • Intellectually curious with a genuine interest in/passion for Getty’s mission and values.
  • Prior experience, including at least 5 years at an executive level in corporate/organization/university communications and community engagement or closely related roles, with a track record of success in building strong community partnerships.
  • A graduate degree in a relevant field.
  • An inspiring leader able to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the principles and practices of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Track record of developing and implementing multifaceted strategic marketing and communication plans that position and elevate the perception of a complex institution.
  • Full understanding of the content creation process from creative conceptualization to fulfillment, including expert knowledge of traditional and new media and the latest tools for social media outreach.

**Los Angeles area residency is required.**

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience and outstanding abilities in strategic leadership, operational management/administration including managing budgets and resources, and skilled at developing effective working relationships within a complex environment as well as with external partners.
  • Demonstrated ability in managing and developing a team—attracting, retaining, and growing talent through performance management, goal setting, and accountability.
  • Knowledge of community development principles, best practices, and current trends.
  • Familiarity with cultural arts and/or educational not-for-profit organizations is preferred.
  • Strong work ethic and the willingness and ability to regularly participate in evening and weekend events, as required.

**Getty has engaged executive search firm Howe-Lewis, International for this role. Interested and qualified persons should visit this link to submit their candidacy materials. Only individuals who express interest on the Howe-Lewis site will be considered for this search.

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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