Archivist for the African-American Art History Initiative - Getty Research Institute


Location: Los Angeles, California
Salary: $58k-$101k depending on qualifications and experience
Employment Term: Full time
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Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks a motivated, collaborative and knowledgeable archivist to process and catalog special collections related to modern and contemporary art history with a focus on African American art. With the goal of promoting collection discovery, access, preservation, and use, the archivist will apply professional standards and best practices to arrange, re-house, and describe mixed-format collections including the archives of artists, curators, collectors, dealers, educators, and scholars such as Maren Hassinger, EJ Montgomery, and Betye Saar, among others. The archivist will participate in activities related to the GRI’s African American Art History Initiative, a program focused on the history, practices, and cultural legacies of artists of African American and African diasporic heritage, and may contribute to other scholarly, outreach, and collection management activities related to special collections.  

Reporting to the Manager of Special Collections Cataloging and Processing, the archivist will work closely with colleagues throughout the Research Institute, engage with the archival profession, and may supervise interns, student workers and project staff.  

Located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing awareness of the visual arts and their histories. Serving an international community of scholars and the interested public, the Getty Library is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world, with holdings of more than 1.5 million volumes and digital resources. Special Collections include rare books and journals, rare photographs, prints and drawings dating from the 15th century to the present, architectural drawings and models, art multiples, film, audio and video recordings, digital content, and extensive archives and manuscript collections. 

The position may be filled at the Archivist I, Archivist II, or Archivist III level, based on qualifications. The targeted hiring salary range for Archivist I is $58,371 - $70,523; for Archivist II it is $66,156 - $86,015; and for Archivist III it is $78,111 - $101,546. 

Applications received by November 27 will receive priority consideration.

Major Job Responsibilities
  • Work under little to no supervision 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 evaluation
  • Identify conservation concerns and perform basic preservation practices
  • Maintain knowledge in standards, systems and specialized subjects
  • Assist in ongoing development, refinement and documentation of processes and procedures
  • Maintain processing metrics and project documentation
  • May manage or participate in group processing projects
  • May train and supervise others and 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 appropriate discipline 
  • Related professional experience: no minimum for level I; minimum 2 years for level II; minimum 5 years for level III 
  • Level III requires related supervisory and/or project management
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
  • Demonstrated subject knowledge in modern and contemporary African American art history
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work both under little to no supervision and in partnership in team-based environments
  • 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
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language in the GRI’s collecting areas preferred
  • Familiarity with digital materials management and transformation preferred
  • Must have means of transportation to work sites at both the Getty Center in Brentwood and the Getty’s off-site facility approximately 30 miles to the north

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