The J. Paul Getty Trust : Special Collections Archivist I/II

Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks a motivated and knowledgeable archivist to process and catalog special collections with an emphasis on archives related to modern and contemporary art, including the archives of artists, collectors, dealers and critics. The GRI is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their histories. The Research Institute’s special collections contain rare books, prints and drawings, rare photographs, 20th-century art multiples, extensive audiovisual material, and more than 25,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts. Reporting to the Manager of Special Collections Cataloging and Processing, the archivist will work closely with colleagues throughout the Research Institute, and may supervise interns, student workers and project staff. The archivist may also contribute to scholarly and social media activities related to special collections.


The position may be filled at the Archivist I or Archivist II level, depending on qualifications. The hiring salary range for Archivist I is: $47,799 – $59,754. The hiring salary range for Archivist II is: $54,992 – $68,745.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Work independently on assigned projects to improve access to archives and other special collections 

  • Survey collections and develop and implement processing plans
  • Arrange, process, and re-house collection materials
  • Create and enhance finding aids and bibliographic records based on current standards, best practices, research, and analysis
  • Identify conservation concerns and perform basic preservation practices
  • Maintain knowledge in standards, systems and specialized subjects
  • Test new processes and procedures
  • May train and supervise others or revise the work of others
  • May answer reference questions
  • May research, write, present, and publish about collections and work activities
  • May contribute to outreach activities
  • Undertake special projects as assigned



  • Graduate degree in Art History, Library and Information Studies, and/or a related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience for Archivist II
  • Requires subject, language and/or technical experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated subject knowledge in art history, contemporary art preferred
  • Strong reading knowledge of at least one foreign language in the GRI’s collecting areas
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to lift and move 40 pounds
  • Ability to climb ladders
  • Knowledge of standards such as DACS, EAD, MARC, and RDA preferred
  • Experience with ArchivesSpace or other collection management systems preferred
  • Familiarity with digital materials management and transformation preferred


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