Education Specialist

Company Name: 

The J. Paul Getty Trust


1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Contact Name: 

Zenna Hassen




Job Description: 

Job Summary

The J. Paul Getty Museum is seeking an experienced educator with a passion for engaging younger audiences with innovative and ambitious projects. The Education Specialist for Youth Development Programs leads a small team within the Education division of the Education, Public Programs, and Interpretive Content Department. This position oversees a broad slate of youth programs, many centered on creative photography, and involving extensive collaboration with other divisions of the department, other departments across the J. Paul Getty Trust, and with organizations across Los Angeles that provide programming or services to young audiences. The successful candidate will be dynamic and experienced at managing programs with creative content and complicated logistics, with knowledge of best practices in Project-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Youth Development programming, and 21st century skill building. A background in youth development with a focus on underserved and at-risk audiences is helpful.


As part of the Education department and under minimal supervision this individual develops, implements and assesses teen programs and projects to foster engaging experiences with art, from art production to teaching about works of art, and across multiple subject areas. Collaborates and leads cross-functional teams to achieve educational programming goals. Monitors budget/spending and provides project management for the team. Successful candidates will have a track record demonstrating their passion for working with youth and audiences traditionally underserved by museums. May teach, train and supervise on a regular basis.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Ensures a quality museum experience online, on-site and off-site for teen audiences through project and program development, including managing teams of educational advisors, content specialists, and contractors
  • Develops goals and objectives and implements projects using museum engagement strategies to meet the needs of teens
  • Manages projects; determines priorities and action items; prepares and manages project budget; provides supporting documentation and updates as necessary; collaborates across departments as required
  • Plans resources, curricula, budgets, promotional materials, and production/project schedules
  • Communicates and collaborates extensively with internal and external experts in various fields, including teens, youth organization administrators, curators, museum educators, and artists
  • May train educators and educational support staff, observe and assess programs, and supervise staff
  • May develop and teach gallery classes for educational audiences
  • Works to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by working with teen audiences
  • Coordinates program and project logistics on-site and online
  • Collaborates on the creation of resources for teen audiences
  • May conceive and implement training and professional development opportunities for teacher audiences
  • Monitors daily operations and provides direction to project staff and external vendors according to established guidelines, procedures, and policies
  • Negotiates, contracts and liaises with external experts and artists
  • May teach with the collection and serve as a resource for teaching staff
  • Manages material inventories and classroom spaces
  • Serves on collaborative project teams to advise and develop current and future Education Department initiatives
  • Provides leadership to project staff and/or work group members


  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in museum education, art education, art history, or closely related field strongly preferred
  • 5-8 years of project/process management and subject area experience
  • Foreign language skills


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong written and editorial skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge of current museum and art education practices, and curriculum development
  • May require knowledge of visual arts practice, local artists and creative resources
  • Ability to think creatively and use new technologies to expand outreach and program impact
  • Ability to succeed within a collaborative work environment
  • Ability to accurately prioritize concurrent projects
  • An understanding of technical needs related to area of expertise, such as audio, lighting, film and video and variety of software to support department's work
  • Ability to assign resources, delegate, and juggle shifting priorities
  • Knowledge of marketing and social media practices
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Experience planning and managing a budget
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Fluency in a language, other than English