Job Summary

Works closely with the Getty Research Institute’s director to conceive, realize, and contribute a major research initiative about the global, networked market for Pre-Hispanic art and the provenance of Pre-Hispanic artworks. Establishes local, national, and international institutional connections and collaborations with museums and their archives as well as with dealers and collectors of Pre-Hispanic art. Conducts research both within the holdings of the Stendahl Gallery archive in the GRI’s Special Collections and in archives and collections at other institutions, which will require extensive national and international travel. Works closely with project team composed of Getty staff and external scholars and helps direct and manage research agenda. Conceptualizes and organizes an active program of summer research camps, workshops, and symposia. Edits scholarly publications resulting from these events and contributes original research to events and publications and works with GRI Publications to realize publications. Maintains an active scholarly profile in area of expertise (writing, publishing, lecturing). Works with GRI’s grant specialist to identify potential funding sources and writes grant proposals.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Conceives and realizes research and programmatic projects (especially, research projects, symposia, workshops, research camps, and publications) related to important topics in the field of art history and related disciplines, developing new and innovative approaches.
  • Leads multi-department research teams
  • Identifies underdeveloped areas of research in the fields of art history and related disciplines
  • Represents GRI initiatives and projects at public and private symposia, panels, workshops, and seminars, locally, nationally, and internationally; publish research results
  • Fosters communication and collaboration across other departments and programs of the Trust
  • Maintains a broad network of local, national, and international contacts within the field of art history, and within the position’s field(s) of specialization
  • Organizes and conducts extensive national and international research trips
  • Initiates and fosters long-term collaborations and partnerships with national and international institutions; represents the GRI in these
  • Conducts archival provenance research
  • Contributes original research to the project in the form of presentations and scholarly publications
  • Collaborates with GRI’s Digital Initiatives on digital outcomes of initiative
  • Writes grant proposals and grant reports
  • Supervises, manages, and mentors direct reports


  • Master’s degree in art history or archaeology OR Ph.D.; PhD in Pre-Hispanic art history/archaeology preferred
  • 3-5 years experience in academic setting, research institute, or art museum
  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish
  • Demonstrated experience designing, executing, and completing high-level scholarly research projects (education may be considered)
  • Demonstration experience with professional academic writing and editing (education may be considered)
  • Demonstrated ability in research and writing; curatorial and teaching experience a plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Interest in and experience with archival and provenance research
  • Ability to think, write, discuss, and critique projects that fall outside of one’s own field

  • Recognized ability to build long-term relationships, collaborate, and direct teams across disciplines
  • Highly advanced research writing and editorial skills
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines for oneself; ability to help others set and meet deadlines
  • Experience with digital humanities projects
  • Grant writing experience

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