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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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Teaching Artist
Education

Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship
Art of the Ancient Amercias

Sales Associate
On-Site Services

Art Director
Graphic Design

Assistant Conservator, Paintings
Conservation Center

Curatorial Assistant
Latin American Art

Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellowship
Latin American Art

Mount Maker
Conservation Center


Teaching Artist (Program Specifc Part-Time)
Education

Reporting to the Director of School & Community Programs, the Teaching Artist  develops and implements object-based, interactive classroom lessons for a diverse group of elementary and middle school students and their families as part of LACMA’s community program: LACMA On-Site. The Teaching Artist will facilitate art making workshops at libraries, community centers, elementary schools and middle schools in Torrance, Compton, and Van Nuys, CA.

Some duties include: plans and facilitates object-based, interactive, arts integrated lessons for elementary and middle-school students with diverse backgrounds, including English Language Learners and students with multiple needs; conceives of and facilitates inter-generational object-based art making lessons at community centers and public libraries; implements lessons that adhere to best practices in museum education and are aligned with current State standards for the visual arts, history-social sciences, and/or English language arts and Common Core State Standards.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, Art History or Cultural Anthropology and at least two years of teaching experience developing lessons in a museum setting. Familiarity with elementary and middle school curriculum and object-based teaching. Ability to conduct independent research in areas relevant to LACMA’s collection, including contemporary art, ancient art, art of the Americas, Asian art, art of the Middle East, and medieval and Renaissance Europe. Experience working with elementary and middle school students in a classroom setting is preferred. Experience working with special needs, PreK, TK, and Middle School students is a plus. A combination of related education, training, and teaching experience will be accepted.

Must be able to drive to areas within LA County including but not limited to: Torrance, Compton, and Van Nuys. 

Applicants are required to provide a sample lesson plan. 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.

 


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 2015.  Compensation includes an annual stipend, 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 and must be received no later than June 15, 2015.  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



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

Reporting to the On-Site Services Supervisor, the Sales Associate is responsible for converting LACMA visitors into members.

The Sales Associate welcomes visitors, engages and educates them on all the benefits of membership with the goal of converting them to members. This individual quickly develops a thorough understanding of, and visible enthusiasm for, LACMA’s collections, exhibitions and programs. The Sales Associate works as part of an overall onsite team.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Sales, Art History or related field and at least two years of sales experience. Knowledge of and passion for the arts and ability to work well with others is required. Experience with point of sale software and/or Patron Edge and Raisers Edge is preferred. Candidates must be available to work evenings and weekends, and be on feet for long periods of time. Some light lifting of sales materials involved from time to time.

Please follow this link to apply.


Art Director (Regular Full-Time)
Graphic Design

The Graphic Design department at LACMA operates as the internal design studio supporting the museum’s brand and identity, exhibitions, marketing campaigns, membership, public programs, and education initiatives, as well as all other communications across the museum.

Reporting to the Director of Graphic Design, the Art Director is responsible for overseeing the execution of the museum’s graphic identity as established by and in consultation with the museum’s Creative Consultant and Director, as well as in collaboration with its various departments.

Some duties include: demonstrates a high level of creativity, problem-solving ability, and conceptual development through excellent graphic design and typography; assumes responsibility for stewardship of the LACMA brand and visual identity across multiple platforms—including but not limited to exhibitions, programs, web & digital, and way-finding—in addition to contributing creative solutions; mentors and guides a team of designers to smart, considered solutions that meet the needs and goals of individual departments and the museum as a whole; initiates brainstorming sessions with design team and other departments; guide the design process to find the best and most practical solutions, responding to realities of schedule and budget; assist the Director of Graphic Design in managing design team and overseeing daily work routine, including production of exhibition graphics, print, and digital collateral; along with the Director of Graphic Design, meets with various departments to discuss scope, design, budget, and schedule of projects; presents preliminary designs, comprehensive and complete layouts, and storyboards for review and approval on jobs such as exhibitions, digital assets, video/animations, invitations, brochures, marketing campaigns, signage, posters, monthly newsletters, and magazines; works with members of exhibition design team, curators, exhibition budget administrators, wall-graphics installers and vendors to design, prepare, and install exhibition graphics, such as exhibition identity, title walls, wall texts, graphics murals, photo blow-up reproduction, interactive media, and object labels; reviews proofs and make all necessary color correction until final product is delivered that meets or exceeds all required quality standards and objectives.

The successful candidate will have great aesthetics, a strong foundation in typography, and experience with a range of media and materials, including environmental graphics­ and digital design. The ideal candidate is committed to quality and excellence, and understands how to meet challenges with creative strategies that are followed by smart, forward-thinking solutions.

The qualified candidate will have an MFA degree and at least 7 years of experience in print and web design, including 3-4 years of experience as a senior designer or art director. Excellent design ability with thorough knowledge of advertising, exhibition design, print and digital production is essential. Experience in storyboarding and concept development for video and animation is preferred.

The following skills are required: organizational skills; strong managerial experience; project management and strategic planning skills; proactive problem solving; ability to work well under pressure in a fast paced environment. Thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, PowerPoint and Keynote is required, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office. Knowledge of HTML and CSS is preferred.

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.


Curatorial Assistant (Regular Full-Time)
Latin American Art

Reporting to the Curator and Department Head of Latin American Art, the Curatorial Assistant will assist in the research and coordination of a major international exhibition on Spanish colonial art. This is a one year position, beginning in September 2015, with the possibility of an additional one year extension.

Some duties include: conducts research and compiles materials for the exhibition; maintains and updates the exhibition checklists and databases; creates a list of contacts; drafts loan correspondence between LACMA and leading institutions; generates loan contracts; interfaces with lending institutions throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States; drafts labels and didactic content; assists the Museum’s rights and reproductions department in obtaining images and necessary permissions; serves as the department’s liaison to collection management, conservation, education and other internal departments, in connection to the planning and implementation of the exhibition.

The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree in Art History or related field, with one year of curatorial experience preferred. Proficiency in Spanish, both written and oral, is required. The successful candidate will have excellent organization skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to be considered. All application materials should be combined into one Microsoft Word or pdf document.

The deadline for applications is June 1, 2015.

Please follow this link to apply.


Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellowship (Regular Full-Time)
Latin American Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announces a search for candidates for the Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellowship. This two-year fellowship in the museum’s Latin American Art 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 Annenberg Curatorial 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, acquisitions, conservation, public speaking, and fund raising. Major projects for the Fellow will include examining and studying a core group of modern Latin American works from the permanent collection; assisting in the planning of temporary exhibitions of modern Latin American art in general, and in the collection development of modern Latin American design by identifying and researching potential acquisitions and donations in this area.

The qualified candidate will have a Ph.D. in art history, or related field. Prior museum experience, ideally involving modern art, is preferred.  Proficiency in Spanish is required, with knowledge of Portuguese and French an asset. Excellent writing, organizational, and public speaking skills, together with a strong interest in the acquisition, interpretation, care, and display of works of art are essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team. The goal of this Fellowship is to provide opportunities for a talented scholar committed to the museum profession. Graduates of the Fellowship program will be uniquely prepared to embark on curatorial careers.

The position starts in September 2015. The annual salary is $40,000, with additional compensation for 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 accomplishments; curriculum vitae; a published paper or other writing sample; three sealed letters of recommendation.  All application materials should be combined in one envelope and must be received no later than June 15, 2015. Hard copies only will be accepted.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Human Resources

RE: Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellowship

Los Angeles Country Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90036

 


Mount Maker (Regular Full-Time)
Conservation Center

Reporting to the Senior Objects Conservator, the Mount Maker is responsible for designing and fabricating customized mounts and other support systems using a wide range of materials, including metal, plastic and wood to secure and protect artwork while on display.

Some duties include: designs mounts that will sustain seismic activity, provide security for the objects, and convey the curatorial artistic aesthetic; determines appropriate materials and fabrication processes; determines proper installation technique, and supervises installations.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or technical certification from a museum technology program, and three years of demonstrated experience in mount making for museum objects. Experience with artifact handling and museum collections is required. In addition, the successful candidate will be familiar with software used for writing reports and processing images, and have the ability to work collaboratively with curatorial and conservation staff.

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of work, letter of intent, resume and three professional references. Please note that through the online system, you may attach only one file, so please combine application materials into one document.

Please follow this link to apply. 



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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.