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The J. Paul Getty Trust: User Experience Designer


Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion at Getty

Getty believes diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion are essential to our excellence and to the execution of our mission. The Getty community values differences in the pursuit of inquiry and knowledge, mutual understanding, respect, trust, transparency, and cooperation. We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Individuals of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Summary

Are you interested in helping design web applications that showcase some of the best art collections in the world?  Getty Digital is looking for a User Experience Designer with a strong focus on elegant design skills to join our team.


At Getty Digital, we’re re-imagining how we can use software to provide access to our collections and research. We intend to provide a deeply connected, consistent experience for scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts as they explore the complex information held across the Getty.


We believe that the best software is built by teams with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. We strive to provide a collaborative environment where all team members have the opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to the software we build and our overall vision.  We welcome applicants with non-traditional backgrounds and value practical experience and ability as much as credentials and degrees.


We’re looking for a User Experience Designer to join our UX team and work with our software development  teams. You’ll report to the UX lead, and will be responsible for working with them and the development teams to help design the look and feel of major software initiatives across the Getty, as well as iterating on and improving the UX of existing applications and projects. You will work with subject matter experts, UX researchers, software development teams, and other designers, collaborating to build experiences that help share the information shared across the Getty with the larger world. We are currently redesigning the Getty Museum’s collection online,  and have recently worked on the Research Institutes archival collections, and a tool to allow the museum’s collections to be used in Animal Crossing.


We practice design thinking and goal-centered design, which means we start with user research. Our ideal candidate loves brainstorming, ideating and problem solving, and isn’t afraid of a blank page. You’re comfortable with turning user requirements and wireframes into usable design components that make up a cohesive, elegant, and user-friendly application.  In particular, we’re looking for someone whose design abilities can complement our existing usability expertise.


The Getty is among the most prestigious cultural heritage organizations in the world, dedicated to furthering the study of the history of art. We support a hybrid work environment, sometimes working from home, and sometimes on an amazing campus amongst fabulous art, architecture, and archives, collaborating with world-class scientists, curators, librarians, archivists, and academics. We offer a family friendly work environment with benefits including accrued vacation, personal and sick time, every other Friday off, excellent benefits, and a strong commitment to balancing work and personal life.


Major Job Responsibilities

  • Solve UX and design problems creatively and effectively
  • Collaborate with UX designer to create wireframes, prototypes, and design comps
  • Design new components that can be reused as a part of the Getty design library
  • Maintaining the visual brand identity of the company across all applications
  • Work with UX designer in conducting user research and usability tests
  • Follow Getty policies and best practices for UX and design


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • 3 years of experience or combination of education and relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Requirements:
    • An interest in the work of cultural heritage
    • Excellent visual design skills and a portfolio of elegant work
    • A strong foundation in design principles
    • A detailed understanding of how interactive experiences should function, look and feel, and how to effectively implement designs into technology frameworks.
    • Experience working with a design system/library and brand guidelines
    • Highly collaborative, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to work effectively with the UX team, project managers, and web developers.
    • 2-3 years web design experience
    • Experience with Figma, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, or similar design tools
    • Experience with prototyping tools like Figma, Invision, or Sketch
    • Tact, diplomacy, and interpersonal skills
  • Useful Knowledge and Skills:
    • Experience with UX lifecycle
    • Experience with HTML & CSS
    • Experience conducting user interviews and usability tests
    • Experience with Jira or similar ticket tracking software
    • Experience with Git and GitHub
    • A strong understanding of museum, library and archival practice, systems, and metadata standards

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.

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