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Employment at LACMA

Welcome to the employment page of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. To see a brief description of the position that interests you, select the position title. Human Resources will review each applicant’s qualifications for compatibility with available openings. Should a potential fit exist, Human Resources will contact the applicant directly. Learn more about opportunities to be a LACMA Intern.

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An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to provide all persons with equal employment practices and opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristc protected by federal, state or local law.

 


Special Events Manager
Special Events

Curatorial Administrator
Chinese & Korean Art

Event Planner
Special Events

Director of Security
Security

Benefits Administrator
Human Resources

Annual Giving Programs Associate
Development

Database Specialist
Development

Marketing Assistant
Marketing

Associate Vice President of Individual Giving
Development

Manager of Donor Travel Programs
Development

Curatorial Administrator
Contemporary Art

Assistant Conservator, Paintings
Conservation Center

Assistant Conservator, Objects
Conservation Center

Director of Corporate Giving
Development

Imaging Technician
Photographic Services


Special Events Manager (Regular Full-Time)
Special Events

Reporting to the Director of Special Events, the Special Events Manager plans, organizes and coordinates external client events at the Museum.

Some duties include: meets with clients to determine the type of event desired and outlines needs; creates, manages and updates marketing endeavors for the Special Events department, including magazine advertising, promotional materials, and online newsletters; coordinates all activities involved in the planning and implementation of events;  secures all necessary manpower, equipment, materials and supplies for event set-up; completes necessary documentation including contracts, deposits and correspondence; oversees all rental events to include corporate partners and non-profit groups; manages all press related events, including Press Previews; coordinates with vendors and museum personnel to ensure event security; attends the event and coordinates activities, vendors, set-up and break-down; manages relationship with internal corporate development staff and outside networking groups and organizations; maintains revenue log and reports new inquiries; assists with creating the department budget; oversees advertising contract; drafts invitations; creates RSVP weblinks; manages departmental calendar; creates and manages electronic event photo files.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Liberal Arts, or related field, and at least five years of event planning experience.

Please follow this link to apply.


Curatorial Administrator (Regular Full-Time)
Chinese & Korean Art

Reporting to the Curator & Department Head of Chinese and Korean Art, the Curatorial Administrator provides administrative and general office support to the department.

Some duties include: performs general administrative tasks, including answering telephone calls, filing, sorting mail, greeting guests and ordering supplies; prepares travel requests, payment requests and maintains department’s financial records; develops a working knowledge of the Chinese and Korean art collection; updates and maintains records in the electronic collections management system (TMS); maintains information related to the storage and display of the permanent collection; coordinates the storage of art with Art Preparation & Installation and Collections Management staff; coordinates requests for photography of permanent collection; manages the department library; schedules appointments and assists visitors to the department; generates loan agreements and other documents related to incoming and outgoing loans, acquisitions and gifts; tracks exhibition projects and coordinates exhibition details; assists with research as directed by curators.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History, East Asian Studies or related field, and at least two years of administrative experience in a large organization.  Project management experience preferred. Applicants should provide a cover letter, resume and list of three references. 

Please follow this link to apply.
 


Event Planner (Regular Part-Time)
Special Events

With more than 115,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs and research facilities that attract nearly a million visitors annually. LACMA’s eight building complex is located on twenty acres in the heart of Los Angeles, halfway between the ocean and downtown. The campus is undergoing a ten-year expansion and renovation known as the Transformation and designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Reporting to the Director of Special Events, the Special Events Planner will support the Special Events department.

Some duties include: answers incoming telephone calls and routes or handles, as appropriate; assists in answering and responding to inquiry calls and emails; assists in coordinating and attending client walk-thrus; assists in maintaining and updating the events calendar; assists with contracts, deposits and correspondence; assists in submitting all work orders; assists in overseeing event set-ups and management; coordinates events details with all necessary departments; assists with RSVP lists for opening event receptions and other miscellaneous events.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Event Planning or related field and have a minimum of 2 years of experience. Candidates must be available to work evenings and occasional weekends.

Please follow this link to apply.


Director of Security (Regular Full-Time)
Security

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Education and Public Programs, the Director of Security manages and directs security operations to ensure the safety of the Museum’s assets, employees and guests. If you are a dynamic leader with a passion for service excellence and would like to be an integral part of our success, please consider joining our team as Director of Security.

This position will be responsible for directing, coordinating, and overseeing all activities of the museum contract security staff of over 170 employees, developing and implementing all safety, security, fire/life safety, emergency preparedness, visitor services, and parking needs for the institution. Other duties include, but are not limited to, reviewing and responding to daily incident reports; conducting investigations and making recommendations; overseeing the planning, installation and operation of electronic security systems and devices for permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions; participating in all safety and security planning for special exhibitions and special events; and overseeing the training of contract security staff related to LACMA visitors, programs, and collections. This position is the first point of contact for all security professionals regarding performance, operations, emergency response activities, and department needs.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in business administration, law enforcement, criminal justice, or safety management; a master degree is preferred.  The successful candidate must have at least seven years of supervisory experience in a safety, security, management, or law enforcement field. Experience with public relations, strategic planning, and crowd/visitor control is preferred.

Desired qualities include, strong leadership in order to ensure organizational goals, priorities, and values are considered when making security decisions; effective performance management skills and techniques; strong communication skills with various stakeholders (both internal and external); and ability to motivate staff to ensure professional relationships with customers and community are built.

Please follow this link to apply.


Benefits Administrator (Regular Full-Time)
Human Resources

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, the Benefits Administrator is responsible for the Museum’s benefits administration as well as the coordination, maintenance and retention of HR records. We are seeking a professional who is competent to work in various functions of Human Resources, with a strong focus on employee benefits, worker’s compensation, wellness programs, and state and federal leave laws.

Some duties include administering and processing employee and COBRA benefits; facilitating benefits orientations and training sessions, supporting LACMA employees on benefits related questions, issues, and benefit billing concerns. The successful candidate will coordinate LACMA’s benefit plans in close coordination with external vendors, such as benefit carriers, brokers, and service providers; and will maintain health and wellness programs. Other duties include reviewing supporting legal documentation, reconciling data, and troubleshooting employee benefits issues, such as billing, payroll, and leave of absence timelines; and performing required audits.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration or related field and at least three years of human resources experience with emphasis on benefits administration. Other requirements include a demonstrated ability to organize, handle multiple tasks, exercise sound judgment, strong knowledge on benefit plans, COBRA, OSHA regulations, all applicable federal and state leave laws (FMLA, CFRA, PDL, PFL, etc.). A working knowledge of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and experience in consumer driven benefits programs is a plus. Other desired qualities include strong attention to detail, time management skills, the ability to collaborate and communicate with other departments (payroll, finance, legal, and facilities); ability to work both independently and in a team environment; and excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills.

Please follow this link to apply.


Annual Giving Programs Associate, DADC, SAAC & EAAC (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Associate Director of Councils & Acquisition Groups, the Annual Giving Program Associate manages prospects and the programs for the Decorative Arts & Design Council (DADC), the Southern Asian Art Council (SAAC) and the East Asian Art Council (EAAC). The Associate is responsible for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation of membership dues at $1,000 and stewardship within the assigned programs. This position also supports the Associate Director of Councils & Acquisitions Groups, in activities related to DA2, the museum’s decorative and design acquisition group. This key Development position also serves as the primary liaison with curatorial staff connected to the annual programs.

Some duties include: helps to set annual fundraising goals, showing growth over time; helps identify potential major gift prospects from within membership base; works to strategically advance groups through excellent programming and thoughtful, well-planned growth activities, in coordination with Annual Giving Programs team; plans and promotes 18-24 events per year, and occasional trips and fundraisers;  solicits new council members and develops relationships with current council members; manages membership dues and renewals; compiles and tracks council budgets, monitoring the council’s expenses and revenues; assists with the planning and coordination of all council activities and records RSVPs for events; maintains and updates database; provides general administrative support with office functions, phone calls and mail documentation; works closely with all members of the annual giving programs staff, fundraising staff, curators and programmatic staff at LACMA.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History, or related field, and at least three years of administrative experience with an emphasis on event planning, budgeting, fundraising and organizing printed materials. Experience in a development environment is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.

 


Database Specialist  (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Database Manager, the Database Specialist provides support to the Museum’s fundraising activities by assisting with creating and running reports, mailing lists and prospect lists to obtain information to support the Museum’s fundraising activities. The Database Specialist plays an important role in ensuring data integrity in the database and in providing a point of contact for questions or problems with the use of Raiser’s Edge.

Some duties include: manages projects pertaining to updates in the Raiser’s Edge (RE) database to ensure completion by assigned deadlines and accuracy of data; audits and monitors integrity of data in the system; acts as the first point of contact for questions or problems with the use of RE; assists with resolving daily issues pertaining to functions within RE; assists with creating and running reports, mailing lists and prospect lists; assists in staff training to  use the Raiser’s Edge and Patron’s Edge databases.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, with technology certifications preferred, at least 1 year of experience with and knowledge of the features and capabilities of database software including data entry procedures, and 2 years of administrative experience is required. At least 1 year experience with Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft office products is required.  Experience with MS Access and Raiser’s Edge Queries, Exports and Imports is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.


Marketing Assistant (Temporary Full-Time)
Marketing

With more than 120,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs and research facilities that attract nearly a million visitors annually. LACMA’s eight building complex is located on twenty acres in the heart of Los Angeles, halfway between the ocean and downtown.

Reporting to the Marketing Manager and working directly with the Marketing Coordinator, the Marketing Assistant professionally and efficiently supports LACMA’s on-site, online and off-site marketing projects, including digital marketing, e-mail marketing, outreach and community relations, copywriting, and execution of other marketing initiatives. In addition, the Marketing Assistant provides administrative support for the Marketing department.

Some duties include: assists with marketing initiatives that drive attendance to LACMA’s exhibitions and programs; helps with production of daily ‘Today at LACMA’ documents; builds and disseminates email campaigns; posts exhibitions and programs to various online calendars; assists with market research as needed (implementation of surveys, data collection, etc.); keeps up-to-date and complete archives of all marketing initiatives; creates, updates and maintains community outreach lists; and handles special projects as assigned.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications or related field, and two years of experience working in a marketing setting. Excellent Microsoft Office, Excel and PC skills are required. Also required is the ability to problem-solve independently, collaborate with others and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment. Strong proofreading and copywriting skills are preferred, as well as experience with MailChimp and Adobe Creative Suite.

Please follow this link to apply.


Associate Vice President of Individual Giving (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Located in the center of the creative capital of the world, LACMA is riding a wave of incredible momentum. Since 2007 the museum has doubled its campus, doubled its exhibition program and doubled its attendance. It has accomplished this through a comprehensive transformation that has included new buildings, a series of collection-changing art acquisitions and a visionary path to the future set out by its director and board of trustees.

LACMA is seeking an experienced fund raiser with entrepreneurial skills and a passionate commitment to art museums. LACMA Development is responsible for securing more than $20,000,000 for annual operating and project support. Of this amount, approximately $12,000,000 comes from individuals. The development department also has benchmarks to meet for art acquisitions and campaign revenue. The LACMA Transformation Campaign has raised $338,000,000 in capital gifts since 2004, and is in the process of quietly raising $100 million to set the stage for launching a larger campaign within the next 12 – 24 months.

Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Associate Vice President of Individual Giving manages a comprehensive and integrated fundraising program which is intended to develop individual contributed income sources for the Museum’s capital campaign. The AVP is responsible for the fundraising of individual six- and seven-figure gifts for LACMA, and has oversight of annual giving donor programs at the $1,250 level and above. In addition, the AVP implements tactics to support overall campaign strategy and build a major donor base. The Associate Vice President of Individual Giving supervises and provides work direction to the Major Gifts Officers, the Director of Annual Giving Programs and the Director of Collections Development and Exhibition Support.

Some duties include: researches, cultivates and solicits major donors and manages donor portfolios; recommends and develops donor cultivation strategies with VP of Development and colleagues in various departments museum-wide; works alongside VP of Development to staff board relationships; monitors and organizes aspects of the capital and endowment campaigns; directly manages cultivation, solicitations and benefits fulfillment for Director’s Circle, a leadership giving group at the $5,000 - $25,000 range; develops and tracks campaign budget and revenue projections, and manages required expenditures within approved budget; oversees implementation of donor reconciliation efforts for both campaign and annual support; develops marketing materials for various fundraising programs.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts or related field, and 8 to 10 years of demonstrated, successful fundraising experience. Experience with capital and endowment campaigns is required, as well as at least 3 years of management and supervisory experience.

Please follow this link to apply.


Manager of Donor Travel Programs (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving Programs, the Manager of Donor Travel Programs will oversee, improve, and grow the newly established LACMA Travel program. Working in close collaboration with the Director of Annual Giving Programs and the museum’s curatorial travel leads, the Manager will plan, organize, and execute trips annually for $1,000+ LACMA supporters and Annual Giving Programs donors from groups including Partner-level membership, Avant-Garde, art councils, Curator’s Circle, Director’s Circle, and Trustees. The Manager will lead the organization in all aspects of travel program planning and implementation including location identification, coordination of potential vendors, pricing, marketing, enrollments, customer service and fulfillment. Manager will also be a primary supporter of art fair concierge services and day-trips run through giving groups.

Some duties include: implements, improves, and grows LACMA Travel program under the guidance of the Individual Giving and Development leadership; collaborates with and understands perspectives of LACMA curators, volunteers, donors and others to develop successful travel packages that will strengthen donor relationships with LACMA and increase contributed support over time; prepares thoughtful and detailed trip itineraries, budgets, travel information, reports and agendas for internal travel program planning; manages post-travel outreach aimed at deepening engagement at LACMA and improving the program based on user feedback; identifies and contracts with travel agency vendors best suited to fulfill travel program opportunities, as appropriate; creates and manages annual travel program budget; plans for and produces marketing plans and promotions for the program offerings, ensures accurate and complete travel program information for database records; collaborates with Individual Giving colleagues in increasing support from travel program participants; routinely identifies and qualifies prospects for gifts; communicates development-related activities via written contact reports filed in Raiser’s Edge and regular attendance at prospect management meetings.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History or related field, and at least 5 years of experience with non-profit fundraising. Experience in museum membership or higher education alumni relations programs is preferred.

Additional qualifications include: experience organizing national and international donor, member, alumni, or group travel for a large institution preferred; experience with luxury travel; a highly adaptable and organized individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability show flexibility, agility, and calm in a job naturally given to unexpected changes; high attention to detail and ability to think ahead; ability to interact gracefully and strategically with all levels of volunteers, donors, staff and the public; a motivated, creative and proactive self-starter who shows proven follow through; a team player and good listener; an excellent communicator both verbally and written; experience using constituent management database.  Experience using Raiser’s Edge preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.


Curatorial Administrator (Regular Full-Time)
Contemporary Art

Reporting to the Department Head & Curator of Contemporary Art, the Curatorial
Administrator provides administrative support to the department, which covers
contemporary art from 1968 to the present.

Some duties include: oversee administration of department of four curators; provide
assistance on preparation of special exhibitions and installations of the permanent
collection; coordinate exhibition programs; collections management; schedule and
maintain the appointment calendar for the department head and organize regular
department meetings; answer incoming calls and facilitate the requests of museum
patrons; make travel arrangements; handle and track departmental paperwork;
reconcile departmental expenses and track the departmental budget.

Leading candidates will be well versed in office protocol, and possess excellent written
and verbal skills. The successful applicant must be comfortable monitoring and tracking
budgets, able to maintain utmost discretion when dealing with highly confidential
material, and capable of interacting appropriately and effectively with a range of donors,
colleagues and the public. The department of contemporary art is especially active, and
the ability to multitask and work calmly under pressure is essential.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies,
or a related field, and at least three years of general office experience in a professional
environment. The candidate must be highly energetic with strong interpersonal skills.
The successful candidate will be professional, detail-oriented, a team player, and have
the ability to handle multiple tasks. Candidate must be able to exercise sound judgment
and posses exceptional decision making skills, in addition to handling confidential and
sensitive information. Excellent computer skills – including the ability to scan and resize
images, operate Microsoft Office and Power Point – are essential, as well as a general
aptitude for learning to use new software.

Please follow this link to apply.


Assistant Conservator, Paintings (Regular Full-Time)
Conservation Center

Reporting to the Senior Conservator for Paintings, the Assistant Conservator will focus on gathering and organizing technical information for a catalog of Old Master and 19th century paintings that have been given to LACMA by The Ahmanson Foundation.  The collection consists of approximately 130 paintings including works by Rembrandt, Bellini, Veronese, Guido Reni, Watteau, and Millet. In addition, the Assistant Conservator will work on restoration projects and assist the staff with loans, new acquisitions, and exhibitions.

The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree with a specialization in paintings conservation, and at least two years of related experience. The qualified candidate will have experience in the examination and treatment of European paintings using standard tools, as well as advanced methods performed with conservation scientists. Knowledge of technical and art historical literature and research skills is required. Applicants should demonstrate experience in planning and completing examinations and restorations of paintings from minor to major complexity.

This is a fully funded 3-year position, which will be renewed each year pending review of work accomplished.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae, including a list of three professional references. Please note that the online application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so please combine cover letter, resume and lesson plan into one Word or PDF document.

Please follow this link to apply.


Assistant Conservator, Objects (Regular Full-Time)
Conservation Center

Reporting to the Senior Conservator for Objects, the Assistant Conservator works collaboratively with the entire conservation staff in all aspects of the care and preservation of the museum's encyclopedic collection of artwork dating from antiquity to the present.

Some duties include: prepares and reviews condition reports for works of art on loan and new acquisitions; prepares treatment proposals and reports in order to document all conservation work; undertakes the conservation and restoration of works of art; performs research and interacts with curators and other professionals to understand significance of artwork and artist’s intentions; advises on appropriate environmental conditions for the safe display and storage of works of art; acts as courier for traveling exhibitions and loans; assists conservation staff with the routine maintenance of the laboratory and the ordering of equipment and supplies; responds to questions from the general public.

The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program, with a specialization in objects conservation, and three to five years of related experience. Further postgraduate work and/or several years of employment in conservation is strongly preferred. Experience with the installation and de-installation of exhibitions and larger projects such as maintenance of outdoor sculptures is desired. The successful candidate should have a strong affinity for the treatment of contemporary art, and in particular with the care and maintenance of time based media. A demonstrated ability to treat a wide variety of three-dimensional objects, communicate effectively, and work well with other museum staff is essential.

This position requires a flexible work schedule to allow frequent national and international travel.  Active involvement in professional groups such as AIC, ICOM-CC or ICC is also desirable.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae, including a list of three professional references. Please note that the online application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so please combine cover letter, resume and lesson plan into one Word or PDF document.

Please follow this link to apply.


Director of Corporate Giving (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Corporate Giving, the Director secures project, general operating, capital and endowment support from corporations, and works to ensure effective cultivation and stewardship of corporate sponsors. In, addition, the Director is responsible for the early stages of potential donor identification, from research to pitching, fulfillment, and final reporting.

Some duties include: oversees Manager positions for Corporate Giving, providing guidance and training; collaborates with various departments throughout the Museum, including but not limited to Audience Strategy & Services, Communications, Curatorial, Development, Education, Film, Marketing, Membership, Music, and Special Events; develops creative sponsorship packages that provide corporations with measurable return on their sponsorship investments through distinct brand association, entertainment, and activation opportunities; oversees corporate grant applications; drafts and negotiates sponsorship contracts in coordination with LACMA’s legal counsel; coordinates all aspects of sponsorship fulfillment from initiation to completion, including the delivery of marketing, public relations, entertainment and hospitality benefits, meeting contract specifications and deadlines; cultivates existing corporate donors; represents LACMA at Museum and donor events as needed on nights and weekends.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, and at least five years of experience in corporate giving/philanthropy, with a proven sales track record. Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and familiarity with fundraising software, along with knowledge of cause marketing and social media, is required. A background and interest in the arts is preferred. Desired qualities include: able to work both independently and in a team environment; goal and results oriented; excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills; articulate, poised, and calm under pressure.

Please follow this link to apply.


Imaging Technican (Regular Full-Time)
Photographic Services

Reporting to the Supervising Photographer, the Imaging Technician works as a member of the Photographic Services department providing digital capture of 2D and 3D artworks and objects in LACMA’s diverse collections and provides image editing for the department. The Imaging Technician also documents exhibitions, installations and other programming needs. 

Some duties include: Accurately documents artworks based on museum standards and objectives; makes every effort to ensure the safety of the artwork(s) during the capture process; uses various photo capture and editing software to produce reproduction quality digital files; applies appropriate targets, values and profiles as part of the capture/editing process; performs 2D copy work and scanning of various film formats and analog materials; assigns designated metadata; performs batch processing and prepares files for upload to DAMS; produces guide prints for publication projects.

The qualified candidate will have a degree in Photography or related field. Minimum 3 years of experience in a museum photo studio or similar environment. Experience photographing 2D and 3D artworks under a variety or lighting conditions in studio, galleries, exterior, in situ and off-site as needed. Sound knowledge and experience with various digital camera capture systems and software. Solid foundation of lighting (strobe, tungsten), lighting ratios and setups.  Strong background in color theory and color management. Expert knowledge in image editing, including color and tonal correction, masking and compositing, creating derivatives, prepping digital files for print and electronic output. Individual must have advanced working knowledge of image editing software including Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, Capture One and proficient with various camera capture and scanning software.

Please follow this link to apply.


Due to the volume of correspondence received, the Human Resources Department cannot confirm receipt of submitted documentation. Phone calls will not be returned.

How to Apply

To be considered for any of the openings listed, please forward your resume including a list of references, and a cover letter indicating position(s) of interest, as well as any salary requirements, to LACMA Human Resources, via our online system. Follow the link at the bottom of the position posting to apply through the online system. Please note that through the online system, you may attach only one file, so please combine cover letters & resumes into one document. Not compatible with Firefox.