Project Specialist (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – PASSED DEADLINE

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), located in Los Angeles, California, and one of the operating programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust, works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, field projects, and the dissemination of information. In all its endeavors, the GCI creates and delivers knowledge that contributes to the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

The Building and Sites Department of the Getty Conservation Institute is relaunching a search for a Project Specialist to work on the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI). Reporting to the Senior Project Specialist who manages the CMAI, the Project Specialist will manage the CMAI’s new education and training initiatives and engage in other CMAI field/research projects. This is a three-year, limited-term position, based in Los Angeles.

The CMAI’s goal is to advance the management, conservation, and recognition of the value of twentieth-century heritage through research, field projects, publications and training activities. This includes the development of training materials and techniques for physical conservation that increases the application of appropriate values-based conservation methodologies, leading to an expanded and strengthened community of practice. By developing and offering a variety of courses and training opportunities (of short and long duration) and offering other capacity building experiences, CMAI will reach target audiences at many different levels and in different regions of the world.

The Project Specialist will manage the development of modern conservation training courses, develop related didactic materials, and implement these courses. The position holder will also engage in other CMAI activities such as field/research projects. He/She will be responsible for: developing course budgets and schedules, selecting trainers and lecturers, preparing course material, and selecting participants. He/She will manage the day to day needs of the course to meet its educational goals; this will include working closely with participants, lecturers, and others involved in the delivery of the course. He/She will work with a broad range of conservation and heritage professionals in an international environment. The Project Specialist will develop a new course that is repeatable; and addresses the needs of audiences in different regions of the world.

Must have a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, architectural conservation, urban planning, or related discipline. Post-graduate degree in cultural-heritage conservation or the equivalent practical experience is also required. Must have a minimum of 5–7 years of practical work experience in the area of built heritage conservation and experience in teaching and/or designing educational and training courses. Interest and demonstrated experience in conserving twentieth-century heritage is also required.

The Project Specialist must be adaptable, analytical, a positive problem-solver, and a creative thinker. The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills and superior organizational and time management skills. Proficiency in English is required and proficiency in a language other than English is an advantage. The position involves international travel. This is a three-year, limited-term position.

To apply, please visit: Please prepare a cover letter and curriculum vitae in a single PDF file. Note:  When prompted by the online application system to select or submit your “resume”, please upload your cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single PDF file.

Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message from “”. If you have specific questions about the Project Specialist position, please email The period to apply has been re-opened and applications will be accepted through April 20, 2018.

Rev. March 19, 2018