The J. Paul Getty Trust: Metadata Assistant IV

Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute seeks a Metadata Assistant IV to support the creation and maintenance of its digital collections.  The scope of the GRI’s digitization program ranges from scholar requests for individual items to multi-year, grant-funded mass digitization projects of large archival collections. The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic environment of shifting priorities and deadlines, able to collaborate and communicate effectively across departments, manage complex projects and apply strong technical skills to the GRI’s digital initiatives.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Works closely with staff in Collections Management, Curatorial, Reference, Getty Digital and other departments on digitization projects of high complexity
  • Participates in working groups and/or project teams to develop solutions for improving workflows, productivity and the discoverability of digital assets
  • Analyzes, maps, extracts and transforms existing cataloging data into usable metadata for digitized materials using tools such as Excel, Perl, Python, XSL and shell scripting
  • Creates digital packages and deposits them into the digital preservation and access system
  • Processes audio and video files created by Conservation staff and acquired from external vendors and creates derivatives as needed
  • Troubleshoots issues that arise throughout the deposit process, working with Getty Digital to resolve problems
  • Performs regular troubleshooting and quality control of metadata, filenames and database functionality
  • Stays current on trends and technologies related to digitization of cultural heritage materials
  • Applies knowledge of libraries and online records to assignments of high complexity


    • Bachelor’s degree in art history or a related discipline
    • Graduate course work in Library & Information Science, Art History or a related discipline preferred
    • 4-5 years related experience, preferably in an academic, arts, or cultural institution
    • Reading knowledge in at least one foreign language required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Familiarity with digital repository functionality, digital preservation strategies and metadata standards
  • Experience working with digital A/V formats
  • Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment, discretion and initiative
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, attention to detail and success working on collaborative projects
  • Comfortable working in an environment with regularly changing technologies and workflows
  • Tolerance for detail-oriented, high-volume, and, at times, repetitive work
  • Knowledge of data modeling, metadata schemas and controlled vocabularies and thesauri preferred
  • Knowledge of archival and library descriptive practices helpful


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