Digital Imaging Manager

at J. Paul Getty Trust (view profile)
Location Los Angeles, United States
Date Posted August 30, 2018
Category Non-Profit
Job Type Full-time
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Job Summary:

As a senior member of the Getty Digital Imaging Department, the Getty Digital Imaging Manager will act as one of two managers in the department, specifically supporting the Getty Research Institute.  In this roll, the candidate provides expertise in the areas of digital capture hardware and software, embedded metadata, and digitization techniques and workflows, while maintaining rigorous adherence to current and developing international standards.The Getty Digital Imaging Manager will work closely with the Imaging and Digital Media Architect to ensure increased accessibility to the Getty’s vast digital media collections.


Working with their Museum counterpart, the Getty Digital Imaging Manager will ensure that all imaging workflows are working optimally to support the deployment systems developed by and for the Getty. Leveraging the complementary responsibilities between the two positions will promote consistency in media production and workflow schemes, more fully showcasing the Getty’s assets and abilities.


Major Job Responsibilities:

The Getty Digital Imaging Manager will be required to have sufficient expertise and management skills to actively and productively engage with and facilitate the success of multiple projects at once within the department and the programs it serves, and the ability to foster positive engagement around the organization. These efforts will support the unique missions of each Program and the Getty as a whole, resulting in the coherent and efficient creation of digital content throughout the Getty.


Working within the Getty Digital Imaging Department, Getty Digital Imaging Manager will oversee and support imaging projects and documenting all related workflows for all digitization processes.  Getty Digital Imaging Manager will represent the Getty’s interests pertaining to digitization and related digital scholarship initiatives internally and externally enhancing the Getty’s role as a model institution and advisor.


Major Job responsibilities include:


  • Lead, supervise, and mentor a team of imaging technicians in all phases of digitization, digital asset life-cycle management, metadata reuse and packaging, and repository ingest within a library and museum setting.
  • Building, developing, and maintaining technical imaging (e.g. 3d/spectral imaging) capacity within the department.
  • Optimize, develop, document, and oversee digitization workflows throughout the department. Find consistencies in the workflows of the Museum and the GRI to develop department standards and document them.
  • Follow technical standards and best practices for maintaining adherence to these standards.
  • Monitor and track advancements in the field; research, recommend, and establish new technical strategies and standards.
  • Develop new competencies among staff and expand institutional knowledge of current and emerging best practices, tools, and standards for digitization.
  • Safeguard fragile and rare collections objects throughout the digitization workflow working in partnership with appropriate conservation staff.
  • Collaborate with key department heads in determining digital project scope, milestones, and prioritizations.
  • Collect relevant statistics and develop performance metrics for the corresponding workflows.
  • Collaborate with GRI, Museum, and Conservation Institute digitization staff.
  • Represent the GRI’s Prioities and goals by attending leadership, exhibition and publication meetings.


  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s preferred
  • Three to six years supervisory experience and strong leadership abilities.
  • Experience working in a research library, archive, or special collections library strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in configuring, operating, and maintaining the full range of digital capture equipment.
  • Demonstrated expertise with image capture, post-production, color management and profiling software applications.
  • Demonstrated expertise in technical imaging.
  • Thorough knowledge of current and emerging standards and best practices for conversion of document and media assets into digital formats.
  • Strong project management skills, especially the ability to deliver projects on-time; ability to multitask and prioritize; ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems affecting production.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to explain complex technical issues and processes to non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of current digital library technologies, standards, and best practices.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property rights and open access policies and trends.

Knowledge of descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata formats and standards

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