Senior Project Specialist (Built/20th-century Heritage), Getty Conservation Institute

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, 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, model field projects, and the dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field.
The GCI Field Projects Department is seeking a Senior Project Specialist (Built/20th-century Heritage).
The Field Projects Department’s objectives are:

  • Advance conservation practice through the development and implementation of model projects which incorporate strong research, planning and educational objectives.
  • In all projects, develop strong collaborative relationships so as to build local expertise, ensure sustainability, evaluate work in progress and broadly disseminate information resulting from projects.
  • Disseminate our findings through professional publications and conferences; and contribute to the advancement of the field of conservation through the organization of seminars, symposia and workshops.

Overview: Explores, develops and manages potential projects that address thematic areas in the context of conservation of twentieth-century heritage and specifically modern architecture. This includes designing, implementing and monitoring projects that apply and test new research and practical approaches. Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the issues and best practices associated with the conservation and management of historic buildings and sites, specifically twentieth-century heritage. Provides advice and guidance about these issues to staff from other departments of the GCI.
Responsibilities:  Conducts needs assessments, identifies strategic issues, develops, interprets, communicates and executes project plans and budgets to meet international needs. Provides direction to project staff, external partners and consultants related to built and urban heritage. Undertakes research, teaches, writes, publishes or presents results at professional venues.
Qualifications: 7-10 years combined practical and management experience in the areas of either architecture and historic building technologies, urban planning and preservation. Master’s degree or equivalent graduate education in architecture or architectural conservation. Knowledge and demonstrated engagement in conserving twentieth-century heritage also required. Must be adaptable, analytical, a positive problem-solver and a creative thinker. Skill and experience in designing, initiating and managing projects with multi-disciplinary teams is essential. Experience in working in broad contexts including the international sphere an advantage. Knowledge of the international organizations working in the fields of twentieth-century heritage needed. Excellent oral and written communication skills are also necessary. Must be available for frequent international travel. An ability to read, write and speak a foreign language is preferred.
An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided. International candidates welcome. EOE
To apply, please see:  All applicants should be prepared to upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single file (either a PDF or a Word document) when prompted to upload a Resume online. Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message from “”.  If you have specific questions about the Senior Project Specialist (Built/20th-century Heritage) position, please email Deadline for applications is May 9, 2014.
Updated: March 31, 2014

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