The J. Paul Getty Foundation : Design and Production Manager

Job Summary

Getty Publications produces award-winning books that result from or complement the work of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Foundation. This wide variety of titles–approximately 35 a year–covers the fields of art, photography, archaeology, architecture, conservation, and the humanities for both the general public and specialists. Publications include illustrated works on artists and art history, exhibition catalogues, works on cultural history, research on the conservation of materials and archaeological sites, scholarly monographs, critical editions of translated works, comprehensive studies of the Getty’s collections, and educational books on art to interest children of all ages. The majority of Getty Publications are produced in print but we are developing an increasing number of digital publications.


Reporting to the Publisher and working in collaboration with colleagues in the department and across the Trust, the Design and Production Manager is responsible for the design and production of high-quality, complex illustrated books and related sales and marketing materials in a fast-paced publishing environment.

Major Job Responsibilities

Work with the Getty Publications management team to develop projects from concept to delivery, with particular focus on developing specifications, design strategy, manufacturing budgets and production schedules.


Work closely with Getty Publications staff and colleagues around the Getty Trust to manage design and production workflow and to shape procedures and standards to ensure that publications are produced on time, on budget, and to ensure quality-control standards are met.


Oversee planning and scheduling of individual projects and maintain master calendar for all Getty Publications in development.


Develop and manage individual book budgets and the Design and Production Department budget. Review and oversee processing of all paperwork and invoices related to design and production.


Solicit manufacturing estimates, select vendors and negotiate terms appropriate for a wide range of projects varying in scale, scope and production requirements.


Oversee  in-house design and production staff of nine.  Oversee their work, guide them in resolving issues and trouble-shooting problems, and monitor and evaluate their performance.


Work with in-house design and production staff to identify and contract with freelance vendors, including designers, production coordinators, typesetters, and illustrators.


Work with printers and shipping vendors to arrange for the safe, timely and economical delivery of Getty Publications to the Getty’s Los Angeles warehouse and to the warehouses of our domestic and overseas distributors and publishing partners.


Keep abreast of vendors, technology and standards for image capture, prepress, digital and print production, and digital conversion. Work in collaboration with colleagues in Getty Digital to manage image assets and archival files.


Oversee an active reprint program (print, short run digital, and print-on-demand editions).


The ideal candidate will have a passion for art and publishing, a broad understanding of the entire publishing cycle, and at least ten years of experience working in book production on highly illustrated books. In addition, the candidate should possess


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • In-depth understanding of design, pre-press and international manufacturing processes for illustrated books and extensive experience soliciting and interpreting manufacturing estimates and negotiating terms.
  • Extensive experience with color management, including imaging standards, color separation and image proofing. Experience supervising press checks domestically and overseas.
  • Project management and leadership skills and the ability to create a positive and productive team environment.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of colleagues, collaborators and vendors both inside and outside the organization.
  • Knowledge of current digital publishing technologies and digital workflow in publishing as well as the ability to develop and integrate new strategies in response to changing circumstances and technologies.
  • Experience managing designers and the design process process for highly complex art book projects.
  • Museum publishing experience a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Strong negotiating and problem-solving skills.

Math and budget management skills.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, ability to manage complex projects and to prioritize and adapt to shifting deadlines and priorities.

Computer skills in a Mac environment with proficiency in Photoshop, Indesign and Excel.

Some travel is required.



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