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Software Engineer

J. Paul Getty Trust

USD 78k-101k/year
1 year ago

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Getty believes diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion are essential to our excellence and to the execution of our mission. The Getty community values differences in the pursuit of inquiry and knowledge, mutual understanding, respect, trust, transparency, and cooperation. We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Individuals of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Summary

At Getty Digital, we're re-imagining how we can use software to provide access to our collections and research.  We intend to provide a deeply linked, consistent experience for scholars, researchers, and users as they explore the complex information held across the Getty.

We believe that the best software is built by teams with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. We strive to provide a collaborative environment where all team members have the opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to the software we build and the achievement of our overall vision. 

We are looking for a developer to join a team of software engineers focused on the narrative, interpretive, and visitor-focused experiences across the Getty.  This team is responsible for maintaining and improving the core Getty.edu website, which includes exhibitions, digital publications, and other initiatives.  They also maintain Quire, Getty’s open-source digital publication platform.

As a software engineer, you’ll report to the team Software Architect and will work with them and the rest of the team to help estimate, plan, and execute software initiatives across the Getty.  You will also work with the team to assist with maintaining our existing applications and projects. You will be partnering with, contributing to and learning from a talented team of software developers, project managers, and UX researchers. You will work with subject matter experts, designers, content managers, and other software development teams, collaborating to build experiences that disseminate the information created by Getty to the larger world.

Our primary software stack is Vue.js and Nuxt with occasional backend implementations in Python, Node, REST APIs, and custom search interfaces using Elasticsearch.  Our applications are hosted in AWS and built within Docker containers.  

The Getty is among the most prestigious cultural heritage organizations in the world, dedicated to furthering the study of the history of art. You will work on an amazing campus amongst fabulous art, architecture, and archives, working with world-class scientists, curators, librarians, archivists, and academics.  We offer paid vacation, sick and personal time, every other Friday off, excellent benefits, and a very strong dedication to balancing work and personal life.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Help design, build, and maintain an ecosystem of applications that provide interpretation, access, and storytelling around the Getty and its campuses, collections, exhibitions, and publications

  • Participate in the day-to-day development and testing of applications

  • Assist in developing technical specifications and design documents for new features and applications

  • Help maintain and upgrade existing applications

  • Perform code reviews and provide feedback to peer developers

  • Follow Getty policies and best practices for software development to write maintainable, testable, and human-readable code

  • Write and maintain technical documentation


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or a combination of education and relevant experience

  • 2-5 years software development experience


All employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A deep interest in the work of cultural heritage

  • CA resident with the ability to come onto Getty’s Brentwood campus regularly

  • Experience with Git and GitHub

  • Proficiency with frontend JavaScript frameworks such as Vue.js or React

  • Experience with REST APIs & HTTP

  • Tact, diplomacy, and ability to work with a wide variety of audiences

  • Ability to communicate clearly

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines

Nice to haves:

  • Experience with headless content management systems

  • Experience with Python and Elasticsearch

  • Experience with Docker, AWS, and continuous integration

  • Experience with automated  testing practices and frameworks

  • Knowledge of web accessibility standards

  • Experience with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

Benefits and Perks

Here are just some examples that Getty offers/provides for full-time employees:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision – Getty pays 75%-95% of the premium, depending on the plan elected. Coverage starts on date of hire. 

  • 403(b) Plan – with up to 5% Employer Match

  • Getty contribution of 6% to 401(a) plan

  • Educational Assistance

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal Days

  • Many positions have bi-weekly Off-Fridays

  • 12 Paid Holidays

  • On-Site Fitness Center at Getty Center

  • Community Involvement


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