Oct 12, 2023

J. Paul Getty Trust

Los Angeles, CA

The Opportunity

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks an Associate Interpretation Specialist in the Interpretive Content Department. Reporting to the Interpretation Specialist, this position is responsible for: representing audience needs and DEAI goals related to exhibitions and permanent installations; reviewing exhibition proposals and didactic texts; contributing to exhibition content briefs and outlines; advising regarding content, hierarchy, and structure of in-gallery interpretive materials and strategies; and developing in-gallery didactic materials and interactive spaces for specific audiences as required. The Associate Interpretation Specialist is part of a team of museum staff that produces exhibitions, installations, and displays to meet audience, content, and curatorial goals.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • As a core member of the project team, works with curators and subject matter experts to refine the content of the exhibition, identifying and challenging the significance of the narrative, objects and contextual information, and developing the exhibition or installation interpretive structure
  • Liaises closely with internal stakeholders, including Curatorial, Conservation, Design, and Education staff
  • Represents DEAI and audience needs and goals throughout the exhibition development process and across museum collection areas; Is an advocate for audience(s); strives to create a positive, inclusive experience for all
  • Contributes to exhibition brief and didactic outlines which identify key messages and objects, text and didactic panels as well as scope for digital media and other interpretive modalities
  • Advises and makes recommendations regarding strategies and tools which will advance the interpretive goals
  • Reviews hierarchy, structure, and content of interpretive materials in relation to the interpretive goals and Getty accepted interpretive guidelines
  • May spearhead didactic sections of exhibitions/installations/rotations
  • May develop in-gallery didactic materials and interactive spaces for specific audiences
  • Provides audience- and community-related data and expertise throughout the development process
  • Review, assist, and provide feedback (as needed) on exhibition/installation proposals


  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in museum education, art education, art history, or closely related field strongly preferred
  • 3‐5 years of relevant art museum or educational experience
  • Foreign language skills preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Project management experience
  • Research, writing, analysis, and presentation skills
  • Proven experience in negotiating creative solutions and to build consensus among stakeholders
  • Knowledge of DEAI policies and best practices
  • Knowledge of curatorial, education, and museum practices
  • Advanced knowledge of art and art history, audiences, and communities
  • Excellent organizational, research, and writing skills
  • Ability to manage simultaneous projects in a fast-paced work environment
  • Must communicate effectively: exceptional interpersonal skills, diplomacy, judgment, and discretion
  • In-depth knowledge of the collecting areas of the J. Paul Getty Museum

Compensation: 58,944 – $75,147 (Annually)

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 Apply, visit here by November 20, 2023 with a cover letter, resume, and references.