Employment at LACMA

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Community Engagement Manager for Education

Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship
Art of the Ancient Americas

Assistant Conservator
Watts Towers 

HR Assistant
Human Resources

Junior Financial Analyst
Finance & Accounting

Exhibition Programs Administrator
Exhibition Programs 

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Textiles

On-Site Services Associate 
On-Site Services 

Facilities Planning Assistant 
Facilities & Security Operations

Community Engagement Manager for Education (Regular Full-Time) 
Education & Public Programs

Reporting to the AVP of Education, the Community Engagement Manager for Education  is responsible for the following Education Department programs—After School at the Museum, High School Internship Program, Veterans Make Movies, student and community programming at Charles White Elementary School in MacArthur Park, and community-based initiatives related to a new satellite space in South Los Angeles.  Working collaboratively with LACMA staff and community members, the Community Engagement Manager for Education will develop and implement programs that engage diverse audiences both on campus and at off-site locations.  

Some duties include: works with the AVP of Education and the SVP of Education and Public Programs to develop a comprehensive strategy for engaging communities surrounding a new satellite space in South Los Angeles; cultivates new and existing relationships with leaders, artists, and organizations near satellite spaces in South Los Angeles and MacArthur Park; increases the representation of members of target communities at LACMA and satellite spaces; track and monitor program budgets and maintain statistics on program participation; writes grant proposals and reports; develops curriculum for new programs and iterate content of existing initiatives that reflect institutional changes; develops evaluation tools to assess participant engagement and program success; writes promotional copy and work with internal staff on communication plans to garner audiences at satellite spaces; works with a broad range of departments at LACMA to embed the work that happens within target communities into the fabric of LACMA’s organizational structure; and all other duties as assigned.

The qualified candidate will have a Master’s degree in Art History, Art Administration, Art Education or a related field. At least three years of experience developing educational programming and managing budgets over $50K. Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.

Please provide a cover letter and a relevant writing sample (curriculum and/or grant proposal or report).

Please follow this link to apply. 

Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship (Regular Full-Time)
Art of the Ancient Americas

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announces a search for candidates for the Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship. This two-year fellowship in the museum’s Art of the Ancient Americas department will provide curatorial training and support scholarly research in connection with the permanent collection and related projects at LACMA. Striving to combine the strengths of academic art history and the art museum, this Fellowship is designed to attract exceptional emerging scholars to the curatorial field. The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship supports the highest level of professional development, with opportunities to be fully integrated into all aspects of curatorial work, gain experience in research and cataloguing, exhibition organization, education and publications, conservation, public speaking, and provenance research. Major projects for the Fellow will include assisting in the preparation and installation of the department’s yearly rotation. During his or her first year the Fellow will work under the supervision of curatorial staff to research an aspect of the permanent collection for the following year’s rotation. He or she will work with related departments to prepare the rotation and associated programming. In addition, the fellow will assist curatorial staff with the research of upcoming exhibitions.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in pre-Columbian art history or related discipline. Candidates with field experience or familiarity with the region are strongly encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Spanish (reading and writing) is required. Excellent writing, organizational, and public speaking skills, together with a strong interest in the interpretation, care, and display of works of art, is essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively. The goal of this Fellowship is to provide opportunities for a talented scholar to learn how to translate their knowledge of ancient American cultures within the space of a museum. Graduates of the Fellowship program will be uniquely prepared to embark on curatorial careers.

The position starts in September 2017.  Compensation includes an annual salary, benefits, and a travel allowance. Applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses interest in the Fellowship; a statement, not to exceed three pages, describing the applicant's research interests and their relation to the museum’s collections; a complete curriculum vitae; a published paper or other writing sample; and three sealed letters of recommendation.  All application materials should be combined in one envelope. Hard copies only will be accepted.   

Please send application materials to:

Human Resources
RE: Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Assistant Conservator (Regular Full-Time)
Watts Towers

Reporting to the Project Manager, Watts Towers, the Assistant Conservator, participates  in the conservation of Watts Towers of Simon Rodia  - a national historic monument located in South Los Angeles consisting of seventeen interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet. Watts Towers was built by  Sabato Rodia, in his spare time over a period of thirty-three years. The armatures of the structures are constructed from steel pipes and rods, wrapped with wire mesh, coated with mortar that is embedded with pieces of glass, tile, porcelain, and sea shells.

Some duties include: assists with condition assessment and photographic documentation of the sculptures; performs treatments using techniques and procedures previously developed and tested by LACMA staff for the repair of cracks and spalls in the cement mortar and the securing of loose decorative elements; collects data for various monitoring programs; provides administrative tasks including (but not limited to) office organization and supply sourcing.

The qualified candidate  must have a master’s degree in art/architectural conservation from a recognized training program, and three to five years of related experience/employment in conservation. Experience with working on building materials (architecture) or large-scale sculpture constructed from reinforced masonry is desirable.  Familiarity with the use of power tools and ability to work at high elevations (100 feet) on scaffolding is essential. The successful candidate must be conversant with standard software for writing reports and processing images such as Adobe Photoshop. MS Excel, and FileMaker Pro.

Please follow this link to apply. 

Human Resources Assistant (Regular Part-Time)
Human Resources

Reporting to the HR Associate, the HR Assistant provides clerical and administrative support to the Human Resources department.

Some duties include: maintains employee and benefits files and records; coordinates the archiving of HR department records and files annually; prepares new hire, intern, benefits and termination packets; performs data entry of background checks, address changes, training records; maintains HR department events schedule on the museum’s event calendar; supports AVP with scheduling meetings, maintaining calendar, and answering phone calls; drafts correspondence; follows up with managers regarding status change forms; provides administrative support to the Museum’s Rideshare and Internship programs; assists the Benefits Administrator with coordination and planning of the following: semi-annual Rideshare Luncheons, wellness initiatives and semi-annual blood drives; reconciles and processes billing and invoicing for the HR department; orders office supplies; opens and distributes mail.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration or related field, and at least one year of administrative experience.

Please follow this link to apply.

Junior Financial Analyst (Regular Full-Time)
Finance & Accounting 

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Junior Financial Analyst also takes direction from other Finance staff for certain responsibilities. The Junior Financial Analyst provides analytical and administrative support for the Finance and Accounting department.

Some duties include: tracks capital projects expenses against contracts and project budgets; reconciles and allocates costs such as phones, copy center and senior staff expenses; monitors and reports gifts of stock; reconciles investment correspondence and documentation; prepares periodic reports related to debt covenants; creates and approves certain invoice requests; prepares reports for granting agencies; works with bankers, investment advisors, capital projects owner’s representatives and auditors; provides administrative support for CFO, Budget & Investment Officer, and Controller as needed; educates staff in other departments about Finance and Accounting processes; organizes and files documents; performs other duties or special projects as assigned.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in finance or a related field. At least three years of experience, preferably in a financial or non profit environment. Candidates must be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products, especially Excel and Word; experience with Blackbaud systems is a plus.  A combination of equivalent education, training, and/or experience will be considered.

Please follow this link to apply. 

Exhibition Programs Administrator (Regular Full-Time)
Exhibition Programs 

Reporting to the Deputy Director for Curatorial & Planning, the Exhibition Programs Administrator provides administrative and general office support to relieve officials of clerical work and minor administrative and business detail.  Provides financial analysis and budget development assistance under supervision.

Some duties include: answers phones, mail and FedEx, filing, purchases office supplies and maintains Exhibitions supply closet; schedules all Exhibition related meetings including tracking and monitoring all standing meetings and February budget meetings; coordinates and collaborates in planning of Exhibitions Annual meetings; assists Senior Financial & Exhibition Budget Analyst with processing of Professional Service Agreements, Purchase Order Requests, and Invoice Requests; assists Manager of Gallery Construction to track hours and payroll for Carpenters and Painters; assists Senior Exhibition Programs Coordinators with development of “ballpark” budgets and touring exhibition reconciliations;  updates and maintains Tour Reconciliation Invoice Tracking document; review, verifies, edits and confirms compliance with exhibition agreement and promulgate exhibition credit lines to relevant staff;  works closely with Exhibition Coordinator, Development staff and Curatorial staff for exhibition descriptions and determinations of funding credit lines versus organizational credit lines; adds and updates information to Descriptions and Credit Lines master document;  ensure Publications and LACMA website has the latest information; in consultation with Exhibition Programs Coordinators, reviews and determines catalogue requirements for in house distribution for “Take Shows” utilizing catalogue distribution form; coordinates catalogue distribution to other departments; receives, logs and stores Exhibition’s catalogues; fulfills LACMA exhibition agreements, sends complimentary copies to participating venues; maintains Exhibition catalogue inventory, updating log as amounts change; creates, maintains and updates Exhibitions archival information; recruit and select undergraduate interns;  provides mentoring for interns and assist Division in developing projects for interns and ensuring that interns receive sufficient learning opportunities; continually updates Exhibitions Master calendars and reports;  tracks and processes outside exhibition proposals using designated tracking form; maintains departmental correspondence files;  issues courtesy passes for lenders and VIPs; assembles, sends and tracks correspondence for venue solicitation packets; complete final exhibition reports; order installation photography;  issues General Announcements on behalf of the department.

The qualified candidate will a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Business, or Accounting. At least one year of experience working in an art museum setting. Experience working with TMS and Financial Edge softwares is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply. 

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Textiles (Regular Full-Time)

The Conservation Center at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is seeking applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in costume and textile conservation.   The fellowship is a full-time position for one year, and includes a stipend of $43,680 per year plus benefits.  A $2,000 travel allowance for study/research will be allocated at the discretion of the section head and the Director of Conservation.

The fellowship will focus on the study, examination, and conservation of costume and textiles in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Successful candidates will gain considerable experience working within a conservation laboratory that is tasked with preparing artifacts for exhibition, loan, photography and storage. Collaborative projects with the Center's Research Laboratory are possible. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in informal lectures, symposia, and workshops and to visit and collaborate with nearby cultural institutions.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s in Conservation or related field. Candidates will be considered who have graduated from a recognized conservation training program, with a specialization in textiles conservation, or who have similar training or experience.

Interested candidates must submit the following materials:

  • A curriculum vitae including basic biographical information, current and permanent addresses and telephone numbers, education, and experience

  • A short statement of the candidate's interest and intent in applying for the fellowship.

  • Letters of recommendation from three professional references.

Please follow this link to apply.

On-Site Services Associate (Temporary Part-Time)
On-Site Services

Reporting to the On-Site Services Team Lead, the On-Site Services Associate is responsible for providing outstanding visitor service while working front-of-house posts in a Ticket Office or exhibition gallery. The position processes and sells museum admission, special programming tickets, LACMA memberships, and LACMA Fund donations. The Associate position also provides outstanding visitor service while working within select exhibition spaces ensuring that museum policies and procedures are upheld. The Associate consistently presents a positive, friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic attitude at all times while working with a variety of LACMA constituencies including the general public, members, donors, VIPs, and staff.

Some duties include: Demonstrates a guest-first attitude by exemplifying excellent internal and external guest service skills at all times; maintains a conversational knowledge of LACMA’s general policies and procedures, membership programs, and the exhibition and programming schedule; explains certain aspects of visitor experience that pertain to specific works of art; assists visitors in the capacity of gallery support when required; promotes, sells, and services the LACMA membership program; shares factual and necessary information with colleagues, visitors and members via excellent written and verbal communications; performs other duties or special projects as assigned; maintains regular and reliable attendance.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History or related field. At least two years of excellent customer service, scheduling and training experience is required. Must operate with attention to detail and strong organizational skills while managing a continuous workflow in a visitor-focused, high-volume setting, and strong skills in ticketing software, preferably in Tessitura.

Please follow this link to apply.

Facilities Planning Assistant (Regular Full-Time)
Facilities & Security Operations

Reporting to the Senior Landscape Designer & Facility Planning Associate, the Design Assistant is responsible for providing a broad range of design, planning, and administrative support to the Facility Planning Department on museum projects related to campus improvements and future expansion, as well as, day-to-day operations, including landscape, architecture, and design. Additionally, the Design Assistant will maintain and provide campus and building information in support of campus and departmental projects.

Some duties include: Works with Facility Planning and collaborates with other museum departments to facilitate campus projects; updates and maintains the base plan and documents for the Museum’s campus and buildings; assists with the management, organization, and archiving of the department’s drawings and documentation; provides campus and building drawings information, as required, by internal departments and/or external consultants; assists with research, coordination, planning and execution of various campus projects; assists with the management and care of existing gardens and landscape of Museum campus; assists with supervision of landscape contractors; participates in project and/or operational meetings, as required; assists in coordinating external consultants including landscape architects, designers, contractors, specialty engineers and internal museum staff; conducts field and site work, as required; performs general clerical duties such as photocopying, faxing, mailing, and filing; performs other duties or special projects as assigned; maintains regular and reliable attendance.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Landscape architecture, or related field. Engineering or related program will be considered. Ability to read and interpret architectural, civil, and landscape drawings as well as related technical documents and specifications, proficiency in MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and internet research abilities is required.

 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. Not compatible with Firefox.