Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs

The J. Paul Getty Trust

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Reporting to the Director of the Museum, the Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs will be a strategic and collaborative leader who will serve as a confident and passionate advocate for the value of educational programming at the Museum and further the goals of the museum’s education program as a leader in the field. As a member of the Museum’s senior leadership team, they will articulate a coherent vision with a clear set of priorities, framing the discussion around the development of the Museum’s educational agenda with input and support from senior management, staff, and constituents. The Assistant Director will implement their program to maximize the substantial resources and experience of the department – including a talented team of nearly forty on two campuses. They will build a vibrant culture within the department, placing particular emphasis on collaboration, communication, and service. The person will actively foster collaboration with curatorial and other departments to ensure the museum offers an engaging experience for all ages and abilities. They will be responsible for coordinating and aligning the broad range of public programming that services diverse local, national, and international audiences, children, family and adult visitors, and teachers and students working with the California curriculum.


Vision and Innovation: Lead and develop ongoing educational programming in distinctive and creative ways that are consistent with the Museum’s mission and values. Spark visitors’ curiosity by creating meaningful personal experiences for visitors with the Getty’s collections. Foster innovation and experimentation in developing and enhancing programs that actively encourage new and diverse audiences to explore and engage with art. Identify opportunities to leverage the uniqueness of the collections, exhibitions, and the Museum’s two sites, at the Getty Center and at the Getty Villa. Maximize opportunities to create learning experiences that will connect audiences with the life of the Museum and with each other, as a community rooted in enthusiasm for art. Work collaboratively with Museum and other Getty programs, and marshal external resources and donors in the implementation of this vision.

Engagement: In a rapidly evolving landscape for audience engagement, develop and implement educational and public programs that will attract diverse age groups and communities to the Museum. Work with Interpretive Content, GettyDigital and Communications to maximize the reach of these programs through a variety of channels, including emerging technologies and social media. Develop strategies and initiatives that complement and enhance the in-gallery educational experience, including curricular materials for teachers. Plan, direct and evaluate those strategies and initiatives for ongoing success.

Oversee the Museum’s ambitious Title 1 program of 100% docent-led tours for effectiveness and reach in addition to welcoming over 150,000 Southern California school children to the Getty Museum for field trips every year. Deepen the partnerships with public school systems across southern California. Advocate for the value the Museum can bring to the core curriculum and inspire greater future involvement for both teachers and students in the life of the Museum and its collections. Forge new institutional partnerships, especially with other educational and cultural institutions.

Leadership and Team Building: Clearly articulate and advocate for the departmental vision and priorities to the Getty Trust, Getty Museum management, and the wider public. Attract, develop and motivate a high-performing team at the Museum’s two locations, maintaining a service- and team-oriented departmental culture with a clear structure, including transparency on how each individual’s role supports departmental goals, open lines of communication and lines of accountability. Participate in fund-raising to expand and support department programming.

Management: The Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs is responsible for the day-to-day management of the department and oversees an annual budget of $5M. As a member of the Museum’s Senior Management team, they will participate in strategic planning, budgeting, and decision-making for the Museum overall while working closely and collaboratively with other divisions of the Museum to ensure the most effective offerings and programs. Continuously evaluate and review existing programs for effectiveness, relevance, and to prioritize resources.



Bachelor’s degree

7 to 10 years of supervisory and/or project/process management experience

Proficiency with standard business software

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Advanced Degree in Education or Art History preferred

Minimum five years organizational and administrative experience required

Knowledge of current and emerging educational trends required

Demonstrated leader with at least five-years of experience managing/implementing a museum education program and articulating a distinctive educational vision

Demonstrated ability to mobilize internal and external support for programs

Demonstrated knowledge of and passion for art and a commitment to education and lifelong learning, intellectual inquiry and visitor engagement

Demonstrated ability to recruit, manage, and develop staff; prior experience working with a board and/or multiple stakeholders, including volunteers, public school officials, community leaders, and prospective donors

Demonstrated ability to generate excitement about programs through innovative initiatives that will retain best practice in the museum education field

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Targeted Hiring Range: $142,647.44 - $192,561.20 Annually

Salary Commensurate with experience and internal equity

Posted on May 8