Art Jobs: Assistant Editor – The Getty

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks an Assistant Editor to collaborate with authors, editors, designers, and production coordinators to facilitate the publication of scholarly print and electronic art history books. This is a full-time hourly position reporting to the Managing Editor of GRI Publications. The Assistant Editor prepares manuscripts for editing; copyedits ephemera, exhibition materials, and essays to ensure clarity and conformity with editorial standards; collates corrections to page proofs and review them for errors; edits indexes; and represents publication projects in marketing meetings.

The Assistant Editor will be given the opportunity to complete courses in copyediting, proofreading, and digital media and to attend professional conferences. The Getty offers medical insurance (choice of 3 health plans and dependent coverage available), dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation and paid sick leave; a telework program; a retirement savings program (includes an employer contribution and match); and a free fitness center on-site.


  • Prepares manuscripts for editing and for transmittal to design.
  • Proofreads and copyedits texts, and checks corrections made by proofreaders and authors.
  • Assists with project management of publications, which may include communicating with Getty colleagues, authors, freelance editors, proofreaders, and indexers.
  • Works with Rights Coordinator to ensure acquisition of high-resolution art and copyright permissions for heavily illustrated publications.
  • Develops knowledge of publishing through trainings, reading, and on-the-job experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the humanities (preferably in English or Art History); MA preferred
  • 1-3 years in publishing, preferably in a museum or university press environment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Copyediting and proofreading skills.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and conventions of academic writing are helpful.
  • Reading knowledge or familiarity with one or more European languages is helpful.
  • Interest in the arts and a career in academic publishing is preferred.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may apply for this job online. 

In the cover letter, please mention prior editing or publishing experience. We value diversity and encourage individuals from communities underrepresented in publishing to apply.