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Museum Designer III

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Los Angeles, CA

Jan 19
Job Description

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks a Museum Designer III within the department of Museum Design. Reporting to the Head of Design, this position plans and develops welcoming, accessible, and engaging design solutions for moderately complex projects concerning the presentation of art and ideas, through an iterative and collaborative process. Provides design expertise to project teams working on temporary exhibitions, permanent collection rotations and refurbishments. Collaborates across departments and with outside entities to define project goals, context and scope. Creates accurate design plans, prototypes, models, fabrication drawings, production files and specifications, suggests methods, materials and techniques, sources and procures samples, and oversees the production and execution of designed assets.

Major Job Responsibilities

- Plans, develops and executes design schemes and solutions for the presentation of temporary exhibitions and permanent collection rotations and refurbishments, working collaboratively in project teams (cross-department and/or cross-program) to agreed budgets and schedules.
- Generates materials for and coordinates the review and approval of designed assets, including presentations to project teams and senior staff
- Executes space-planning drawings such as plans, elevations, and 3D renderings; designs display furniture and provides fabrication drawings and specifications, in collaboration with project teams.
- Designs environmental, wayfinding and interpretive graphic materials for projects, and promotional campaigns for exhibitions, in collaboration with project teams.
Integrates organizational systems, standards, and best practices into design solutions.
- Manages project specific administrative tasks such as project budgets, scheduling, procurement, and communication.
- May supervise the department’s volunteers and interns.


- Bachelor's degree in Design, Masters in specialty area preferred
- 5-7 years of design experience


All employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

- Advanced skills in software application use in areas of graphic design, 3D design including: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge, Acrobat, FontExplorer, VectorWorks and SketchUp
- Advanced skills in business software including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Zoom, and project management and database software
- Knowledge of professional printing and construction methods, and familiarity with standard production materials and processes
- Proven skills in hand-sketching, drafting, model-making, and basic printing, laminating, and trimming
- Proven knowledge of industrial design and architectural practices, including life/safety and ADA regulations
- Proven knowledge of museum conservation needs and practices
- Proven knowledge of integrating digital media into environments
- Proven and tested ability to organize and plan projects from start to finish and communicates ideas to a group
- Proven ability to work on multiple projects, of different scope, and at various stages of development, in a deadline driven work environment
- Proven ability to apply best practices in design work
- Knowledge of art history
- Preferred experience in both 2D and 3D design
- Preferred 3+ years’ experience in museum context
- Benefits and Perks

Here are just some examples that Getty offers/provides for full-time employees:
- Medical, Dental & Vision – Getty pays 75%-95% of the premium, depending on the plan elected. Coverage starts on date of hire.
- 403(b) Plan – with up to 5% Employer Match
- Getty contribution of 6% to 401(a) plan
- Educational Assistance
- Vacation, Sick and Personal Days
- Many positions have bi-weekly Off-Fridays
- 12 Paid Holidays
- On-Site Fitness Center at Getty Center
- Community Involvement

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.

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.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Our Mission

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance and is one of four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust. The Museum operates two sites, the Getty Villa in Malibu, which exhibits its collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, and the Getty Center in Brentwood, which displays its collections of European art: Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, drawings to 1900, and photography to the present day (including non-European works). The Museum mounts approximately 25 temporary exhibitions a year across its two sites; maintains an annual permanent gallery improvement program and offers wide-ranging and ambitious programming for its visitors.