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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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Major Gift Officer
Development

Teacher for Mobile Programs
Education & Public Programs 

Conservation Technician
Conservation Center 

Membership Services Associate 
Membership 

Junior Collections Management Technician
Registration & Collections 

Annenberg Curatorial Fellow
European Painting & Sculpture

Planner, Events
Events

Event Associate
Events


Major Gift Officer (Regular Full-Time)
Development 

Reporting to the Senior Director of Major Gifts, the Major Gift Officer secures funding for LACMA by managing a group of assigned donors and prospects in order to obtain their continuing or new support, and upgrading their giving and involvement from year-to-year.

Managing a portfolio of 100-125 individuals, the Major Gift Officer works collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other development staff, and other museum representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for museum-wide priorities. The Major Gift Officer monitors all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations.

Some duties include: managing prospect activity for a portfolio of 100-125 individuals and participates in all aspects of the gift cycle; develops cultivation and target solicitation strategies,  establishes a fluent understanding of the organization – its strategic vision, budget, programs, plans and impact of the program – in order to successfully communicate and represent the organization with constituents; qualifies donors and prospects to establish a caseload; develops month-to-month annual plan for contacts and solicitation for each individual prospect, and works with Museum staff to develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; establishes financial goals for each constituent in the caseload, working towards closing $2 - $3million in annual gifts; researches current donor networks, other program participants and event attendees for new potential donors; works collaboratively with all development-related departments (membership, annual patrons program, exhibitions and restricted program support, planned giving and research), staff from all Museum content areas, and volunteers in order to prepare written proposals and meet fundraising targets; tracks all donor activity Raiser’s Edge database using LACMA’s prospect management system, and reviews monthly reports to asses activity and performance; participates in case development; provides staffing assistance for donor related events.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History or related field.  An advanced degree in Art History and/or bilingual is a plus.  A highly energetic professional with at least 5 years of experience with non-profit fundraising, including experience soliciting and closing six-figure+ gifts, and experience working directly with volunteers and donors, as well as a strong understanding of major donor cultivation and protocol is required. Successful experience in prospecting as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies is preferred. Also, must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments. Strong interest in visual arts is preferred. 

Please follow this link to apply. 



Teacher for Mobile Programs (Regular Part-Time)
Education & Public Programs 

Reporting to the Director of School & Teacher Programs, the Teacher for Mobile Programs develops and implements object-based, interactive lessons for a diverse group of elementary and middle school students as part of LACMA’s mobile programs: Ancient World Mobile and Maya Mobile. The Teacher for Mobile Programs leads sessions in school classrooms using original objects from LACMA’s ancient world collection on a part-time basis, typically 7-29 hours a week.  

Some duties include: conceives interactive, participatory, student-centered lessons centered on objects from LACMA’s collection for elementary and middle school students with diverse backgrounds, including English Language Learners and students with multiple needs; leads classroom lessons for elementary and middle school students that focus on symbolism and motifs as well as the functionality of art objects from the ancient Mediterranean and Latin America; implements classroom lessons that adhere to best practices in museum education and are aligned with current State standards in the sixth and seventh grade curriculum for the visual arts, history-social sciences, and/or English language arts; performs other duties or special projects as assigned.   

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Art History or Cultural Anthropology and at least one year of teaching experience. Familiarity with 6th and 7th grade curriculum and object-based teaching. Ability to conduct independent research in areas relevant to LACMA’s collection, including ancient art, art of the Americas, Asian art, art of the Middle East, and medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Please follow this link to apply. 


Conservation Technician (Regular Full-Time)
Conservation Center

Reporting to the Director, Conservation Center, the Conservation Technician will assist conservators and scientists with a wide range of exhibition, preventive conservation, and preservation activities for the permanent collection and artworks on loan to the museum.

Some duties include: framing and frame repair, carpentry, carving, casting of decorative elements, gilding, metal and wood refinishing; designs and fabricates custom textile mounts for exhibitions, packing and transport; assists objects conservators with minor treatment and the preparation and stabilization of artworks requested for exhibition and loan; monitors and maintains exhibition gallery spaces including microclimates, dusting and/or cleaning of framed artworks, objects, and plinths; assists the Chemical Hygiene Officer with the monitoring of light, temperature and RH to ensure compliance with loan contracts and with the evaluation of commercially available display, storage, and construction materials for compatibility with artwork; participates in all aspects of lab maintenance including housekeeping, annual inventories, and ordering supplies; provides oversight for contract janitorial staff engaged in gallery maintenance; as a member of the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC), learns the appropriate response to stabilize and protect cultural property; performs anoxia and freezing of artworks as part of an integrated pest management strategy; acts as a courier for art, domestically and internationally, overseeing the handling in transport and installation.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in art history or a related field from an accredited fine art institution with at least two years of experience in a fine art museum or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Basic computer skills and ability to work with collection management software (e.g. TMS) is required. Experience handling fine art and knowledge of current conservation and preservation standards, practices and ethics is preferred. Must be able to lift at least 40 lbs. and stand for long periods when working.

Applicants will be required to interview in person.


Please follow this link to apply.


Membership Services Associate (Regular Full-Time)
Membership

Reporting to the Supervisor, Membership, the Membership Services Associate is a part of a high energy, collaborative team, primarily tasked with providing unparalleled customer service to all LACMA members.

Some duties include: assists in raising revenue as needed for specific membership campaigns; answers phones and responds to email inquiries; updates membership accounts in Raiser’s Edge; sells, renews and upgrades memberships; assists with the mailing of membership welcome kits; handles member ticketing and event RSVPs as needed; helps staff membership events; provides support to the entire membership team as needed; 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 and at least 2 years of customer service experience. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, Raiser's Edge, Patron Edge (or other POS experience) and a solid background and interest in the arts and humanities is strongly preferred.

Please follow this link to apply. 



Junior Collections Management Technician (Regular Full-Time) 
Registration & Collections

Reporting to the Collections Management Lead, the Junior Collections Management Technician performs a wide variety of duties in the packing, handling, and organization of the collection stored at one of LACMA’s offsite storage facilities. The Junior Collections Management Technician helps prepare artworks for transfer to the main campus, packs artwork using museum best practices, assists with viewings and condition checks, and helps other Collections Management Technicians maintain day-to-day workflow.

Some duties include: assists other Collections Management Technicians with the following: day-to-day operations of the offsite art collection storage space, schedules activities such as viewings, inventory, packing crates for long term storage and/or travel, shuttles between onsite and offsite storage, and collection organization and with storeroom maintenance and upgrades including construct shelving, install earthquake mitigation measures, clean, and organize as needed; maintains a clean work area, tools, equipment, and storage areas; works consistently with established safety standards; performs other duties or special projects as assigned.

The qualified candidate will have a High School Diploma with specialized or technical certification; Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies or related field is preferred. At least 1 year of experience with one or more of the following areas: museum collection management, art preparation, handling and installation, museum registration, conservation, carpentry. The ability to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds is required. The ability to operate pallet jacks, hand trucks, dollies, and other lift equipment and use and maintain basic hand tools such as drills, impact drivers, etc.  Art handling experience, especially within a warehouse setting, basic knowledge of art packing techniques and archival packing materials, basic understanding of proper storage conditions is preferred. Familiarity with Google Drive and museum databases, TMS specifically is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.



Annenberg Curatorial Fellow (Regular Full-Time)
European Painting & Sculpture

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announces a search for a candidate for the Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellowship. This two-year fellowship in the museum’s European Paintings and Sculpture department will provide curatorial training in connection with the permanent collection, with a focus on the diverse audiences that LACMA serves. 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, including research and cataloguing, exhibition organization, education and publications, acquisitions, conservation, public speaking, and fundraising. The ultimate goals for the Fellow is to achieve a deep understanding of the variety of skills needed to succeed as a curator in a major department in an encyclopedic museum; to hone those skills through the mentorship of the department, cross-departmental collaborators, and his/her work; and to be able to confidently apply those skills to a future career as a museum professional. 

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in art history or related field, or a Master's degree with at least 3 years of high-level museum experience. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field are especially encouraged to apply. Prior museum experience, ideally involving Old Master painting and sculpture, is preferred. The ability to work collaboratively is essential, as are excellent writing, organizational, and public speaking skills, together with a strong interest in the acquisition, interpretation, care, and display of works of art. 

The position starts on September 1, 2018. 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 1,000 words, describing the applicant’s research interests and accomplishments; 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. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Please send application materials to:

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


Planner, Events (Regular Full-Time)
Events

Reporting to the Manager, Events, the Planner, Events supports all aspects of planning meetings and events, including membership events, facility rentals, trustee meetings and dinners, other major donor events, campaign events, the annual Collector’s Committee weekend, the Art & Film Gala and other fundraisers, and other internal events as needed. The Planner, Events is responsible for all amenities and accommodations at the event, including support of all event logistics from conception to execution.

Some duties include: coordinates activities involved in the planning and implementation of events; meets with donors and clients to determine the type of event desired and outlines needs; provides creative input during event development; secures all necessary manpower, equipment, materials and supplies for event set-up; assists with budget preparation and responsible for meeting budgetary goals; participates in development of marketing materials; responsible for the creation and approval of all event invitations (excluding fundraisers); oversees mailing lists including list compilation and circulation for approval as needed; responsible for meeting invitation print and mailing deadlines; completes necessary documentation, including contracts, deposits, purchase orders and other correspondence; maintains a good working relationship with vendors and museum staff to coordinate set-up, break-down and ensure security throughout the event; creates and distributes event flows, donor research and RSVP list to Development staff as needed; attends and networks at external events; performs administrative duties as required, corresponding between major donors and museum departments on non-event related items, including maintenance of the revenue log and inquiry reporting; 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 and four to five years of event planning and fundraising experience, within a non-profit organization is preferred. Experience working with clients and major donors and an understanding of major donor cultivation is required. Museum experience, as well as working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, and Raiser’s Edge is preferred. The ideal candidate will be proficient in MS Office suite of tools (Excel, Access, Word), flexible, detail orientated, able to juggle multiple tasks, activities and duties, and work well under pressure.

Please follow this link to apply.



Event Associate (Regular Full-Time)
Events

Reporting to the Major Donor Event Manager, the Event Associate is responsible for all aspects of planning and executing Annual Giving events consisting of Art Councils, including LENS: Photography Council, Avant-Garde, and Art Here and Now (AHAN): Studio Forum. The position will also be responsible for management of other internal events and donor events as needed, including but not limited to film, education and membership events. This position will work in collaboration with the Annual Giving team and other departments in conceptualization of these events, vetting dates, and will be responsible for the entire execution of all aforementioned events as well as post-event procedures, while meeting event quality standards as set forth by department head.

Some duties include: coordinates schedule of events and vetting of programming dates with AG and other departments and LACMA calendar; oversees all calendar dates, calendar holds and is responsible for updating these in a timely manner; secures all necessary manpower, equipment, materials, and supplies for event set-up and execution; assists with budget preparation and responsible for meeting budgetary goals (if applicable); responsible for the creation and circulation of aforementioned event MailChimp and printed invitations (if applicable); manages the compilation and circulation of mailing lists for approval as needed; responsible for meeting invitation print and mailing deadlines; tracks event RSVP’s; coordinates with vendors and museum staff to set-up, break-down, and ensure security throughout the event; creates and distributes event flows, donor research, and RSVP list to Development and other museum staff as needed; oversees event photo storage when applicable; supports content development and assembly of materials as needed; executes post-event best practices including exporting of guest lists and arranging for thank-you gifts; manages check-in staff when necessary; corresponds between major donors and various museum departments; performs administrative duties relating to the aforementioned events as required; provides general administrative support with office functions, phone calls, and mail documentation; 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 and three to four years of event planning and fundraising experience preferably within a non-profit organization. Experience working with major donors or clients and an understanding of donor or client cultivation is required. Museum experience, as well as working knowledge of MS Office, Google Applications, InDesign, and Raiser’s Edge is preferred.

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.