Job Posting 

Job Title: Head of Engineering 

The J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, California

The J. Paul Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Through the collective and individual work of its constituent programs—the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute—the Getty pursues its mission in Los Angeles and throughout the world, serving both the general interested public and a wide range of professional communities in order to promote a vital civil society through an understanding of the visual arts.

Duties and Responsibilities

The J. Paul Getty Trust ( seeks a seasoned and collaborative engineering professional to serve as Head of Engineering. Reporting to the Director of Facilities, Michael Rogers, the Head of Engineering will provide strategic leadership, coordination, and administrative oversight as steward while providing guidance and expertise on facility matters for the J. Paul Trust and Getty Programs (Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, Getty Conservation and Getty Foundation). 


The J. Paul Getty Trust (Getty) is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Getty continues to build its collections through purchase and gifts, and develops programs of exhibitions, publications, scholarly research, public education, and the performing arts that engage our diverse local and international audiences. The Head of Engineering is a senior facilities manager leading engineering operations, and related planning and projects for J. Paul Getty Trust, which includes the both the hill top 750-acre Getty Center and the 70-acre Getty Villa near the Pacific Ocean. 


The successful candidate will be a collaborative and creative leader who is an accomplished manager, committed to building a team-oriented organizational culture; strategic thinker; able to provide clear direction; customer-focused; innovative; focused on continuous improvement; committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace; excellent communicator; and will demonstrate integrity, openness, sound judgment, and a commitment to transparency. 


In addition, this position requires progressive experience in a large, complex organization, preferably in a world-class cultural organization, university, pharmaceutical, and/or medical center; a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or similar field (a Master’s degree is desirable); a Professional Engineer license; demonstrated organizational experience in facilities engineering management (at least ten years preferred); a minimum of ten years’ supervisory experience including hiring, performance management, supervision and staff development; technical proficiency in facilities engineering operations that includes a high-level of experience with managing complex central plant systems, fire protection systems, building controls which strictly regulate building environmental conditions (high-rise experience preferred); demonstrated experience leading complex engineering projects such as central plant retrofits, building automation system upgrades and infrastructure replacement; an ability to preserve world-class architecture and maintain architectural and aesthetic standards; outstanding ability to communicate across the full spectrum of an organization; exceptional time management skills with a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines; excellent leadership, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills; demonstrated sound judgment, with integrity, and observing ethical standards; execution of professional responsibilities with due care, competence and diligence in accordance with the professional standards. 


* The Getty has retained Opus Partners to support this recruitment. Katie Dean, Associate Partner is leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be submitted by email to Katie ([email protected]


The Getty is an equal opportunity employer. The Getty does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, military service status or other basis protected by law.