Education Specialist for K-12 School Communities

Company Name: 

The Getty


1200 Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Job Description: 


Our Mission

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance and is one of four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust. The Museum operates two facilities, the Getty Villa in Malibu, which exhibits its collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, and the Getty Center in Brentwood, which displays its collections of European art: Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, drawings to 1900, and photography to the present day (including non-European works). The Museum mounts approximately 25 temporary exhibitions a year across its two sites; maintains an annual permanent gallery improvement program, and offers wide-ranging and ambitious programming for its visitors.


The Opportunity

The Education Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum seeks an Education Specialist for K-12 School Communities to oversee and manage the Museum's onsite, virtual, and digital K-12 school initiatives and Title 1 bus program. As a member of the Education and Public Programs Department, the Education Specialist for School Communities will have broad knowledge of K–12 and museum education best practices, curriculum development, and diversity, equity, access, and inclusion values, as well as familiarity with educational ecosystems. This position is accountable for administering the Getty's Arts Access program, which is one of the largest K–12 school visit programs in the country. The individual in this role will oversee complex daily school programs at the Getty Center and oversee the significant bus transportation funding program for under resourced Title 1 schools. In a post-COVID closure environment, a successful candidate will have experience creating digital and asynchronous art museum content for a segmented audience. This individual would be able to demonstrate innovation in virtual and remote learning and help the team to conceptualize new models for digital learning strategies. Under minimal supervision, the Education Specialist supervises an Associate Education specialist and oversees a team that includes two School Program Coordinators, work study students and interns throughout the year, and reports to the Head of Education.


  • With oversight from the Head of Education, this position is accountable for executing the Getty's strategy and suite of content for students and teachers that fulfill strategic learning outcomes of the K-12 school visit program both online and off site.
  • Develop K-12 program material for internal and external distribution, including but not limited to pre and post field trip visit and planning documents, online presence, grant proposals, reports, etc.
  • Supervise an Associate Education Specialist and two School Program Coordinators who coordinate onsite and virtual visits: communicate with schools, teachers, and chaperones.
  • Work with docent program and gallery teaching staff to coordinate, train, and observe school-group docents.
  • Oversee the allocation of the museum's Title I bus fund initiative: analyze and report budget to management on a quarterly and annual basis.
  • Cultivate professional relationships and partnerships with relevant institutions and individuals to ensure the vitality and diversity of the Education department.
  • Assist with preparation of an annual budget with the Head of Education and Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs; budget oversight tracking and reporting of all department spending.
  • Contribute to and help design a quality museum experience online and on-site for teacher audiences through project and program development, including managing teams of educational advisors, content specialists, community organizations, and consultants.
  • Assist in developing goals and objectives and implement projects using museum engagement strategies to meet the needs of students and classroom teachers.
  • Manage K-12 digital and curriculum projects; establish priorities and action items; prepare and manage project budget; provide supporting documentation and updates as necessary; collaborate across departments as required.
  • Work to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, museum engagement and the visual arts by working with student and teacher audiences.
  • Collaborate on the creation of digital content and resources for student and teacher audiences that impact the quality of the onsite and virtual visit experience.
  • Effective networking with and benchmarking against school communities at cultural institutions around the country.
  • Rapid communication and collaboration with internal stakeholders, including but not limited to Security, Visitor Services, Logistics, and Operations to ensure the success of the overall onsite K-12 visit program on a daily basis.


  • 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


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