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.
To fulfill this mission, the Museum continues to build its collection through purchases and gifts, and develops programs of exhibitions, publications, scholarly research, public education, and the performing arts to engage our diverse local and international audiences. All of these activities are enhanced by the stunning architectural and garden settings of the Museum’s two renowned venues: the Getty Center and Getty Villa. Admission is free at both the Getty Center and Getty Villa, which together welcome nearly two million visitors a year from all over the world.
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The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks an experienced individual to lead their Interpretive Content department and work collaboratively with curators, educators, designers, and exhibition specialists to develop in-gallery and digital content for the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions across its two campuses (Getty Center in Los Angeles and Getty Villa in Malibu). This content takes many forms: didactics, digital labels, in-gallery interactives, web pages, audio tours, videos, and more. The Interpretive Content team also works closely with others in the Museum to deliver engaging and audience-focused content across a wide variety of platforms. This individual will be a collaborative, creative, and inspiring leader able to build relationships and trust across the Getty organization.
Reporting to the Museum’s Associate Director of Collections, the Head of Interpretive Content is responsible for developing and leading research into audience needs and using those insights to establish and deliver best practices for interpretation. Working closely with curators and educators and passionate about communicating about museum collections in deeper ways, the Head of Interpretive Content will be a key strategist in developing compelling, inclusive cultural narratives for the Getty’s collections and exhibitions, making them engaging, exciting, and relevant to broad and diverse 21st-century audiences. They also make interpretation recommendations to curatorial teams based on measurable data, with the aim of deepening connections with museum audiences emotionally and intellectually.
The Head of Interpretive Content works with and leads a dedicated and professional team of 16 individuals who are all committed to engaging wide and diverse audiences with works of art both in person and online, setting broad departmental and individual goals, nurturing staff development and reviewing staff performance. In addition, the Head will be responsible for managing the Interpretive Content department’s annual operating and project budgets.
The Head of Interpretive Content will be responsible for:
- Overseeing the content development of interpretive texts (text panels, labels, and other printed content) produced for collection displays, exhibitions, education, and other Museum programs
- Directing the production of digital media assets (gallery interactives, digital labels, audio and video programs, etc.) produced as part of the interpretation of collection displays, exhibitions, and Education and Public Programs
- Managing and updating the Museum’s digital guide (GettyGuide) used by visitors to the Museum
- Overseeing web-based initiatives for Getty.edu website, related to the Museum’s collection, special exhibitions, and education and public programs
- Managing and/or supervising work done by outside consultants and vendors, including media producers and content editors
- Administering and overseeing activities in the department including budgets, staffing, performance planning and review, and staff development
- Setting audience-focused priorities for major projects and initiatives
- Ensuring that projects are completed on schedule and within budget
- Remaining current in museum interpretation practices and media production
The candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of supervisory and/or project process management experience. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in art history and/or museum studies or related field. Moreover, preferred qualifications include at least five years’ experience in museum interpretation (in-gallery and online) and audience engagement. Proficiency in standard business software will be expected.