Principal Project Specialist (Built/Archaeological Heritage)

United States (US)
An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided.
31 Mar 2017
29 Apr 2017
Job (Function)
Architect, Urban Planning
Contract Type
Full Time



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 Buildings and Sites Department is seeking a Principal Project Specialist (Built/Archaeological Heritage).


The Buildings and Sites Department’s objectives are:  


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

Position overview:


Explores, develops, and manages potential initiatives and projects related to archaeological site management and conservation. Designs, implements, and monitors initiatives and projects that develop, apply, and test new research and practical approaches that address current conservation challenges of international or regional relevance. Brings demonstrated broad knowledge of the issues and best practices associated with the conservation and management of historic buildings and sites, specifically archaeological heritage. Provides advice and guidance about these issues to staff from other departments of the GCI. Represents the GCI in the international conservation community and forges partnerships with relevant institutions.


Major Job Responsibilities: 


Conducts needs assessments and identifies strategic issues concerning conservation practice. Scopes, develops, communicates, and executes project plans and budgets for new areas of work and field projects that meet international needs. Develops resource plans and budgets, builds partnerships and project teams. Manages and provides direction to project teams and staff, local and external project partners and consultants. Supervises up to 5 staff. Undertakes research, teaches, writes, publishes or presents results at professional venues.




Graduate degree in architecture, archaeology, conservation, urban planning, or related discipline. Minimum of 10–15 years combined practical and management experience related to cultural heritage conservation. Post graduate degree in an aspect of cultural heritage conservation and strategic and corporate governance and leadership training. Knowledge and demonstrated experience in the practical conservation of archeological sites. Experience managing teams and supervising staff. Skill and experience in designing, initiating, and managing projects with multi-disciplinary teams. Must be adaptable, analytical, a positive problem-solver, and a creative thinker. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience in working in broad contexts including the international sphere. 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.


To apply, please see: If you have specific questions, please email Deadline for applications is May 5, 2017.


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