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Senior Project Specialist (Managing Collection Environments, limited-term)

Company: The J. Paul Getty Trust
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Job Description:

Senior Project Specialist (Managing Collection Environments, limited-term)

Job Family

Scientific and Conservation


LT Full-Time

Position Status

Getty Center

Workplace Type

Hybrid/Partially Remote



Hiring Pay Scale

$109,945 - $145,671 Annually


Commensurate with experience and internal equity


Conservation Institute - 0632-GCI Collections

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

We are seeking a conservation professional with high-level experience and expertise in preventive conservation and a keen interest in education to fill a four-year limited-term Senior Project Specialist position in the Getty Conservation Institute's Collections Department. In this role, you will be an integral team member of the multidisciplinary Managing Collection Environments Initiative, which conducts research, education, and field activities that address technical and practical issues pertaining to the sustainable control and management of collection environments in museums, libraries, and archives.

This job will begin in the office full-time. The opportunity to request a telework schedule may be available after an initial period of training and orientation and will be discussed and approved by your supervisor. Typically, staff with approved telework schedules at the Getty Conservation Institute are in the office more than half of the time.

Getty Conservation Institute works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts-objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, field projects, and disseminating information. In all our endeavors, we create and deliver knowledge that contributes to the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Leverage your deep expertise to lead projects that address new challenges and recognized needs of professionals working in collections care, with a focus on sustainable strategies.
  • Develop and carry out research related to risk management, access to collections, monitoring of environments and collections, and collections' values.
  • Develop and implement courses, workshops, and other educational activities to engage and inform professionals who care for collections in museums, historic houses, archives, libraries, and storage spaces.
  • Lead the organization of expert meetings to explore sustainable tools, protocols, and guidance for collections on display, on loan, and in storage.
  • Maintain a large professional network and develop strong collaborative relationships with local, regional, and international individuals and institutions; collaborate with them to develop solutions to challenges encountered by collections care professionals.
  • Implement and manage projects and activities, which includes leading multidisciplinary teams, establishing tasks and timelines, developing contracts, supervising and providing direction to staff, graduate interns, and consultants, and managing deliverables and deadlines.
  • Act as an advisor to staff to resolve technical and operational problems.
  • Publish findings in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at professional conferences.
  • As part of the Getty Conservation Institute's Collections department, you will contribute to planning of project goals and the establishment of departmental priorities. As a senior member of the department, you will demonstrate strategic vision, identify links and bridges between existing projects, and develop thematic areas of departmental work.
  • Your participation in professional development opportunities is encouraged and supported through on-the-job learning, specialized training courses, and participation in professional meetings and workshops.


    * Graduate degree in conservation, museum studies, archaeology, science, or a related discipline
    * Post-graduate qualifications (Masters+) in cultural heritage conservation (ideally, preventive conservation or museum studies) or equivalent practical conservation experience
    * Minimum of 7-15 years of international project management experience in cultural heritage conservation (ideally, collections care or preventive conservation)

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of current research and practical issues related to collections management and environmental, social, and financial impacts.
    • Demonstrate strategic vision in addressing collections care in an international context, taking into consideration cross-cultural sensitivities and practices.
    • Proven competency in the development, planning, management, budgeting, and implantation of project.
    • Critical thinking regarding the challenges of environmental control on buildings and collections.
    • Excellent research and writing skills and demonstrated experience authoring reports, articles, and/or peer-reviewed publications.
    • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to lead multidisciplinary teams and with colleagues and partners from a variety of countries and cultures.
    • Adaptable, creative-problem solver, able to prioritize.
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
    • Fluency in a language in addition to English is valuable in this position.
    • Must be available for frequent international travel.
      All candidates must apply online for this four-year limited-term position. Please be prepared to upload your cover letter and CV/resume when prompted to do so by the online application system. Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message via email. If you have questions about this position or the recruiting process, please write to gcistaffing@getty.edu.

      Deadline for applications is February 27, 2024

      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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