Editor/Senior Editor, Conservation Perspectives

August 11, 2023
Los Angeles, California
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We are seeking a manager and editor for the Getty Conservation Institute’s biannual periodical, Conservation Perspectives, The GCI Newsletter, a highly accessible, non-scientific, magazine-like publication highlighting our conservation work and the work of our colleagues around the world.


Reporting to the director of the Getty Conservation Institute, you will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the development, editing, production, and dissemination of Conservation Perspectives to ensure that it provides relevant and timely information to professionals and organizations involved in conservation of the world’s cultural heritage, as well as to members of the public concerned about conservation. You will also work closely with other Communications staff at Getty to promote the work of the GCI and will undertake periodic writing assignments from the director.


Your work will be based in our offices at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Additionally, your participation in professional development opportunities is encouraged and supported through on-the-job learning, specialized training courses, and participation in professional meetings and workshops.


The position may be filled at the Editor or Senior Editor level, based on qualifications.



The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—objects, collections, architecture, and sites. We serve the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, field projects, and disseminating information. In all our endeavors, we create and deliver knowledge that contributes to the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.


  • Responsible for the management, editorial development, editing, visual content, design, production, and dissemination of Conservation Perspectives
  • Work with the GCI director and senior leadership team to identify and develop themes for each edition of Conservation Perspectives
  • Collaborate with Getty staff and external colleagues on the specific contents of each edition, identifying subjects and authors for each article
  • Negotiate contracts for consultant authors for each article; supervise authors' work and guide them through preparation of their manuscripts
  • Organize and participate in a roundtable discussion around a thematic topic for each edition, and edit the transcript of the discussion for inclusion in Conservation Perspectives
  • Work with GCI staff to identify and prepare items to appear in the GCI News section of each edition
  • Draft "A Note from the Director" for each edition
  • Edit all the content of each edition and select and acquire all images to be used
  • Negotiate contracts and supervise the work of various consultants including a copyeditor, designer/print coordinator, printer, and mailing house to ensure that the production schedule is met
  • Work closely with the consultant designer to ensure that the look of each edition reflects the publication’s long-established high-standard for design
  • May challenge current processes and develop novel approaches for Conservation Perspectives
  • Develop and track the Conservation Perspectives annual budget
  • Cultivate relationships with GCI and external colleagues to stay informed regarding GCI’s programmatic work and trends and needs in the field of cultural heritage conservation
  • Work closely with other Communications professionals at the GCI and in Getty Communications Department to promote the work of the GCI locally and internationally, and to share news items with Getty colleagues, as well as undertake a variety of periodic writing assignments from the director


  • Bachelor's degree in the humanities; Master's degree preferred
  • Related professional experience for the Editor level: At least 5 years of relevant publishing experience, preferably including 3 years in a museum, heritage institution, or university press environment
  • Related professional experience for the Senior Editor level: At least 7 years of relevant publishing experience, preferably including 4 years in a museum, heritage institution, or university press environment


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