Head, Collections Department

The Getty Conservation Institute is seeking a Head, Collections Department


The Getty Conservation Institute


Los Angeles

Job type

Full-time, Permanent


$142,647.44 - $192,561.20 Annually

Posted on

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The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, field projects, and the dissemination of information. In all its endeavors, the GCI creates and delivers knowledge that contributes to the conservation of the world's cultural heritage. 

Inclusive Workplace

Getty is committed to an inclusive workplace and we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome all individuals and encourage those from traditionally underrepresented groups, who are inspired by our shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others, to join us.

We are 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. 

Position Overview

We are looking for an experienced professional in the field of collections care and conservation to lead our Collections department, whose work is focused on cultural objects and collections housed in all sizes and types of repositories worldwide. As a Department Head, you will lead a team engaged in research, field activities designed to test new methodologies in real-world settings, education and training in the form of courses and workshops, and the creation of materials for dissemination.

Reporting to the director of the Conservation Institute, you will be a member of the GCI’s senior leadership team, planning our strategic priorities and implementing programs in the context of overall institutional objectives. As a Department Head, you will have responsibility for the management, direction, vision, long-range planning, projects, operations, and budget of a department with a staff of approximately 10 people. Departmental staff include conservators, experts in the art and science of teaching, and administrative professionals—together they have strengths in collections care, preventive conservation, conservation of modern and contemporary art and decorated surfaces, and project administration and management.

Major Job Responsibilities

You will work with departmental staff to develop and implement programs and new areas of work that address current and emerging challenges in the field of conserving movable heritage and build upon departmental strengths, as well as oversee continued implementation of existing initiatives. Together, you will conduct research, case studies, education and training in a variety of forms, and create and disseminate information from didactic materials to technical guidelines and policy documents. You and departmental staff will work collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects with colleagues in other GCI departments, across the Getty, and in the conservation community. As a Department Head, you will represent the GCI in the international conservation community and forge relationships with institutions to ensure that our activities respond to challenges encountered by conservation professionals worldwide.

Working closely with other members of our senior leadership team, you will contribute to longā€range organizational planning and the establishment of strategic priorities.  You will actively oversee and manage departmental operations, budgets, and staff to ensure that administrative policies, practices, and guidelines are followed


A post-graduate degree (e.g. Master’s degree, PhD) in conservation or related discipline is required.  A minimum of 15 years of professional project management experience related to movable cultural heritage conservation, including a minimum of 10 years of experience managing budgets and supervising people, are required. Authorship of multiple publications relating to cultural heritage conservation research is required.    

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • An accomplished contributor who has demonstrated strategic leadership in the field of collections care and conservation
  • Broad theoretical and practical knowledge of the field
  • Adheres to international standards for best practices in the heritage field
  • Ability to envision, develop, and execute new initiatives, approaches, and techniques for cultural heritage
  • Ability to develop and lead a successful team with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, mentor colleagues, build strong professional relationships, and motivate and retain staff
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and commitments at highest level
  • Decision-making and prioritization
  • Success aligning project and institutional goals
  • Innovative and strategic thinking
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of individuals and disciplines in a variety of institutional and cultural settings
  • Budget development and monitoring, staff resource planning, contract management
  • Effectively able to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English is valuable in this position

An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience and internal equity will be provided.

All candidates must apply online. 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 [email protected].  The deadline for applications is April 30, 2021.