Sr. Project Manager, JPC Archive

at Getty Research Institute (view profile)
Published October 10, 2022
Location Los Angeles, California
Category Other  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $66,156
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $86,015
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The Getty Research Institute seeks an experienced project manager for cross-departmental projects related to special collections. Beginning with the multi-year project to preserve and make the acclaimed Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) Archive publicly accessible, the Sr. Project Manager will collaborate with colleagues throughout the Getty Research Institute (GRI), other Getty programs, and external partners.

For the JPC Archive project, the Sr. Project Manager will work with colleagues in the GRI, Getty Digital, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and the Smithsonian Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) on a project that encompasses five components: archival processing, conservation, digitization, metadata enhancement, and digital preservation and access. The Sr. Project Manager will coordinate activities across project teams in three locations, monitor progress to ensure adherence to the project budget and timeline, identify problem areas and partner on solutions, monitor expenditures across programs, schedule and coordinate cross-departmental meetings, manage project documentation, provide guidance regarding vendor contracts and submit procurement requisitions, prepare and present reports, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders.

The JPC Archive is regarded as one of the most significant and substantial collections documenting Black American culture in the 20th century, and features images from the iconic Ebony and Jet magazines, among many other JPC publications. Dating from 1942, when John H. and Eunice W. Johnson founded the Johnson Publishing Company, to the 21st century, the JPC Archive contains more than four million photographic images; about nine thousand video and audio recordings; more than two terabytes of digital content; as well as textual records, annotated mock-ups, press releases, company memoranda, ephemera, and print materials. In 2019, the JPC Archive was acquired by a nonprofit consortium comprising the Ford Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the MacArthur Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and NMAAHC to safeguard the unparalleled treasure of African American history for the public benefit. In July 2022, ownership of the JPC Archive was transferred to the GRI and NMAAHC, and the Getty Trust committed $30 million in support processing and digitizing the archive over seven years.

While the Sr. Project Manager will initially focus on the JPC Archive project, over time there will be opportunities to manage and contribute to other large and complex projects related to GRI special collections. The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing awareness of the visual arts and their various histories through its expertise, ongoing collecting program, public programs, institutional partnerships, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars’ programs. One of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world, the Getty Library and its Special Collections include over 1.5 million volumes, rare photographs, prints and drawings dating from the 15th century to the present, architectural drawings and models, art multiples, audio and video recordings, digital content, and extensive archives and manuscript collections.

Reports to the GRI Head of Special Collections Management in Los Angeles.

Applications received by October 19 will receive priority consideration.