The J. Paul Getty Trust – Media Writer


Job Summary:

The J. Paul Getty Museum collects, conserves, and interprets works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance. One of the most-visited museums in the United States, the J. Paul Getty Museum attracts visitors from around the world to our two locations in Los Angeles and Malibu, California. We enhance our world-class exhibitions and collection display with award-winning scholarship and interpretation through text and media.

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks a Media Writer responsible for conceiving and writing compelling audio, video, and interactive media in support of our ambitious display, education, and exhibition programs. This is a 12-month limited term position reporting to the Executive Producer, Digital Media within the division of Education, Public Programs, and Interpretive Media. The Media Writer will play a key role in the development and creation of interpretive media about the Getty’s collection and activities.

NOTE: Please include links to your existing work in your cover letter or resume, or include writing samples with your resume as a single PDF document.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Conceive and write scripts for short-form audio, video, and interactive media projects that engage and enchant diverse audiences.
  • Write high-quality, creative media presentations that excite and engage our audiences
  • Work with our team of writers, producers, educators, and scholars to craft audience-appropriate content with focused storylines that look at art in refreshing and surprising new ways
  • Invigorate art history for contemporary audiences
  • Interview curators, experts, and artists for museum audio tours and videos
  • Edit interviews and write narration to form complete media scripts
  • Adapt interpretive content from medium to medium, including web presentations
  • Understand diverse audience segments and tailor content appropriately
  • Consistently execute established team strategy and priorities
  • Diplomatically respond and incorporate stakeholder feedback


  • Bachelor’s degree preferably related to digital media production
  • Demonstrated experience managing multi medium projects in a production environment using numerous distribution channels such as social media, web, blogs, wikis, etc.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Prefer bachelor’s degree in English or creative writing, MFA a plus.
  • Prefer a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant media writing and content development experience, preferably with museum or art/cultural institution.
  • Ability to uncover unique stories hidden in works of art and bring them to life through engrossing prose.
  • Extensive experience conducting and recording audio and video interviews.
  • Working knowledge of audio production and post-production techniques. Past audio editing experience strongly preferred.
  • Skill in visualizing and shooting concepts creatively and effectively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to deliver clear, effective creative notes to vendors and colleagues, and to receive and incorporate them from stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Capable of context switching through multiple projects at once and deliver on time.
  • Ability to bring energy, enthusiasm, initiative, and creativity to the team every day.
  • Requires tact, diplomacy, teamwork, and the ability to collaborate with a wide range of project participants in a positive environment.
  • Available online portfolio of completed projects.

NOTE: Please include links to your existing work in your cover letter or resume, or include writing samples with your resume as a single PDF document.