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The Getty has launched a major new initiative: Ancient Worlds Now. This initiative promotes a greater understanding of the world’s cultural heritage and its value to global society, including far-reaching education, research, and conservation efforts.   As part of this initiative Getty Digital is looking for an AR/VR Lead to coordinate our efforts for enthusiast audience engagement through immersive digital technologies, with an emphasis on virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experiences.   Under the direction of the Enterprise Software Architect, working with the leadership team at Getty Digital, this individual will be responsible for coordinating our effort to create a field-leading series of engagements. These projects will help promote, contextualize, and evangelize the broader Ancient Worlds Now initiative, demonstrating the impact of the initiative to people both physically at the Getty and around the world through technology. It will also require understanding the full scope and impact of the Ancient Worlds Now initiative, ensuring that these engagements enhance and build upon the other aspects and engagements underway across the Getty and the world.   The Getty is among the most prestigious cultural heritage organizations in the world, dedicated to furthering the study of the history of art. You will work on an amazing campus amongst fabulous art, architecture, and archives, collaborating with world-class scientists, curators, librarians, archivists, and academics. We offer 4 weeks of vacation a year, every other Friday off, excellent benefits, and a very strong commitment to balancing work and personal life.
Requisition Number
2019-3535
The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks a motivated and knowledgeable archivist to process the papers of Claes Oldenburg, one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, and critic, art historian and artist Coosje van Bruggen, who collaborated with Oldenburg on more than 40 public sculptures over three decades. Comprising 450 linear feet, the archive covers every period of both Oldenburg’s and Van Bruggen’s careers, including their independent work as well as their collaborations. The archive contains more than 2,000 sketches and collages, 450 diaries and notebooks, and extensive correspondence, photography, ephemera, and audiovisual materials, as well as plans and templates related to projects.   Reporting to the Manager of Special Collections Cataloging and Processing, the Archivist’s duties will include physically processing and arranging the material according to archival best practices; creating an online finding aid in compliance with national standards; consulting regularly with colleagues throughout the GRI as appropriate; writing blog posts and participating in outreach activities related to the collection. The Archivist II will supervise a Library Assistant assigned to help with the processing for one year of the project.   This is a limited term position for 3 years.   Located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their histories. Serving an international community of scholars, the Research Library is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world, with holdings of more than one million books and periodicals, rare books and journals, rare photographs, prints dating from the 15th century to the present, architectural drawings and models, audiovisual recordings, digital content, and extensive archives and manuscript collections.
Requisition Number
2019-3526
The Getty Museum seeks a Manager, Audience and Interpretation to inform and shape our ambitious program of exhibitions, collection display, and media.   The Manager will lead a team of interpretation staff tasked with maintaining standards of excellence in written and media interpretation of our art collection and exhibitions. They will develop and lead a program of research into audience needs and use those audience insights to establish and deliver best practices for interpretation. Together, we will make interpretation recommendations to our curatorial teams and inform content decisions with measurable audience data, creating content that connects with our audiences emotionally and intellectually and is inclusive by design. Our aim is to support and expand a real-world, diverse audience in ways that enhances their experience of art and their visit to the museum.   The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in audience and market research, including the synthesis of data into actionable insights and an ability to translate it into effective educational communication both in-gallery and online. They will have exceptional written and verbal communication, strong editorial skills, and the ability to effectively advocate for inclusivity and the needs of diverse audiences.   This position is based in Los Angeles and is part of the museum’s Education, Public Programs, and Interpretive Content division.
Requisition Number
2019-3515
The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks an experienced individual for a full-time position of Associate Registrar to secure images and reproduction rights for exhibition-related publications and promotional materials. The successful candidate will have 3-5 years publications or registration experience; experience in negotiating rights for image reproduction; knowledge of different types of digital and photographic materials and imaging software; experience with an automated collections management system and/or digital asset management systems; a solid understanding of license agreements and copyright law; and strong administrative skills to handle paperwork and meet deadlines. Excellent verbal and written communication skills along with editorial and proofing experience required. Must be detailed-oriented, flexible, and able to work on several complex projects at once.
Requisition Number
2019-3503
The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks an Associate Interpretive Content Specialist to support our ambitious display and exhibition program. This permanent position within the division of Education, Public Programs, and Interpretive Content will serve a pivotal role crafting our interpretation from draft to public presentation. Directly supporting our mission to “inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts,” you will shape our content narrative, strategy, and language for audience and platform needs through thoughtful writing, editing, and communication. Are you passionate about art and the stories it tells? Do you believe in the beauty and power of precisely crafted language? Can you bring an optimistic and collaborative attitude to our team each day? Collaborating across Curatorial, Exhibitions, Design, Interpretive Content, and other departments, the Associate Interpretive Content Specialist is a central part of the content development for both permanent collection displays and exhibitions. You will serve as a key editorial authority over public-facing didactic and interpretive texts. You will bring to bear our collective passion, knowledge, and research to develop inventive content that engages diverse audiences both in-gallery and off-site. With the project team, you will review the hierarchy, structure, and content of interpretive materials in relation to the exhibition/installation interpretive goals, audience needs, and Getty accepted guidelines. You will recommend or execute changes to wording, sequencing, and design; you will identify strategies and tools to advance interpretive goals; and you may advise or spearhead didactic sections of exhibitions or other content platforms.
Requisition Number
2019-3467
The J. Paul Getty Trust is looking for an enthusiastic Senior Semantic Engineer, with the experience and passion to design and lead the execution of data oriented projects to support, connect, enrich and ensure the persistence of the institution's cultural heritage knowledge bases. Our aim is to provide a deeply connected and consistent experience for scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts as they explore the complex information held across the organization, and your participation is crucial for that to be successful.    You will report to the Enterprise Semantic Architect, and interact with software engineers, data engineers and content specialists in the cultural heritage programs. Your work will improve the quality, reliability, connectedness, and consistency of our data by designing ontologies and models to represent the institution's broad knowledge, configuring Linked Open Usable Data (LOUD) platforms. You will have a hands on role with both content specialists in the programs and with the wider community, and be responsible for working with both to understand data requirements and then ensure those requirements are correctly represented and able to be easily implemented.    The Getty is among the most prestigious cultural heritage organizations in the world, dedicated to furthering the study of the history of art. You will work on an amazing campus amongst fabulous art, architecture, and information systems, collaborating with world-class scientists, curators, librarians, archivists, and academics.  We offer every other Friday off, excellent benefits, and a very strong commitment to balancing work and personal life.
Requisition Number
2019-3444
The J. Paul Getty Trust is looking for an enthusiastic Data Engineer, with the experience and passion to carry out the execution of technical projects to enhance the institution's cultural heritage knowledge bases, through the application of machine learning and other data transformation techniques. Our aim is to provide a deeply connected and consistent experience for scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts as they explore the complex information held across the organization, and your participation is crucial for that to be successful.    You will report to the Enterprise Semantic Architect, and interact with software engineers, data engineers and content specialists in the cultural heritage programs. Your work will improve the quality, reliability, connectedness, and consistency of our data by engineering project-specific data pipelines to produce new knowledge from existing internal and external data sources. You will have a hands-on role with content specialists in the programs, and be responsible for working with them to understand data requirements and then implement those requirements in software.    The initial focus of this role is to assess and gather the necessary data to apply computer vision tools to a collection of more than half a million digitized photographs of paintings, drawings and prints. The aim of this work is to enhance our descriptions of these objects with high confidence metadata generated without expert curatorial intervention. The use of computer vision is a high priority in the institution's digital strategy and the success of this work will lead to further exciting projects that put the developed skills, transformation workflows and systems to good use.   The Getty is among the most prestigious cultural heritage organizations in the world, dedicated to furthering the study of the history of art. You will work on an amazing campus amongst fabulous art, architecture, and information systems, collaborating with world-class scientists, curators, librarians, archivists, and academics.  We offer paid vacation, personal and sick leave plus every other Friday off, excellent benefits, and a very strong commitment to balancing work and personal life.
Requisition Number
2019-3440
Supports director of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) by facilitating research and/or assisting with research projects, exhibitions, and publications. The ideal candidate will be a graduate student with a strong working knowledge in Spanish and a background in Pre-Columbian art history and/or archaeology.  
Requisition Number
2019-3380
Coordinates and directs facilities planning, renovation, and relocation projects for the Getty. Develops space requirements and design criteria with architects to ensure efficient space management and operation and to anticipate long- term needs and technological developments. Analyzes space, logistical requests and solutions for conformity with the Getty’s overall goals. Ensures that design, processes, and specifications align with Getty needs and goals. Establishes project budgets and timetables, monitors expenditures and schedules and coordinates meetings with outside contractors, consultants, and personnel affected by the projects. Monitors the progress of work in the field in order to ensure adherence to program and budget. Researches problem areas and recommends cost effective solutions that meet program requirements. Performs complex project management work including all aspects of project management during development, planning, design, construction, and final close-out. This position is required to interface with a variety of departments, including staff, administrators, curators, LA Department of Building and Safety, LA Fire, various professional consultants, contractors, and vendors, etc.  
Requisition Number
2019-3370
At Getty Digital, we're re-imagining how we can use software to provide a, connected, user-centered experiences for visitors and art enthusiasts as they explore the rich information at the Getty, both on site and online.   We are looking for a developer to join a team of software engineers focused on the narrative, interpretive, and visitor-focused experiences across the Getty.  This team of four is responsible for the core Getty.edu website, as well as exhibitions, digital publications, and other initiatives, including a full redesign of the Getty’s core digital properties.   As a Sr. Software Engineer, you’ll report to the team lead, and will be responsible for working with them and the rest of the team to help estimate, plan, and execute major software initiatives across the Getty, as well as supporting existing applications and projects.  You will also be responsible for collaborating with and sharing expertise with a talented team of software developers, helping to set an example of best practices. You will work with subject matter experts, UX researchers, designers, and other software developers, collaborating to build experiences that help share the information shared across the Getty with the larger world.   Our software stack is Vue.js on the front end, with backend implementations in Python, data and content provided via APIs, and custom search interfaces using ElasticSearch.  Our applications are hosted via AWS and built within Docker containers.    The Getty is among the most prestigious cultural heritage organizations in the world, dedicated to furthering the study of the history of art. You will work on an amazing campus amongst fabulous art, architecture, and archives, collaborating with world-class scientists, curators, librarians, archivists, and academics.  We offer every other Friday off, excellent benefits, and a very strong commitment to balancing work and personal life.
Requisition Number
2019-3342