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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.

How to Apply 

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.

 


Sales Associate
Membership

Sales Associate
Museum Stores

Administrative Assistant
Office of the General Counsel

Assistant Conservator, Paintings
Conservation Center

Assistant Conservator, Objects
Conservation Center

Curatorial Assistant, Rifkind Center
Prints & Drawings

Research Assistant
Art of the Ancient Americas

Major Donor Events Assistant
Development

Marketing Manager
Membership

Director of Corporate Giving
Development

Head of Collection Information & Digital Assets
Registration & Collection Information

Education Coordinator for Teacher Programs
Education & Public Programs

Imaging Technician
Photographic Services

Data Analyst
Audience Strategy & Services

Guest Services Associate
Guest Services

Assistant/Associate Curator
Art of the Ancient Americas


Sales Associate (Temporary Part-Time)
Membership

Reporting to the Onsite Member Services Manager, 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.


Sales Associate (Temporary Part-Time)
Museum Stores

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 over 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 Museum Store General Manager, the Sales Associate assists customers with the purchase of museum merchandise.

Some duties include: greet customers and determine type of merchandise desired; operate register and receive payment; wrap merchandise; place new merchandise on display; answer and direct telephone calls; maintain a strong understanding of product knowledge for all merchandise; process special orders; take inventory of stock and maintain stock levels on sales floor; price, arrange, and maintain displays; examine defective articles returned by customers to determine refunds/replacements.

The qualified candidate will have a high school diploma or equivalent, and at least one year of retail/sales experience, including the handling of cash/processing payments. Availability to work shifts scheduled Thursdays through Sundays is required.

Please follow this link to apply.


Administrative Assistant (Regular Full-Time)
Office of the General Counsel

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and the Associate General Counsel, the Administrative Assistant provides clerical and administrative support for the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).

Some duties include: organizes and maintains all legal files, including labelling and indexing; manages OGC’s overall budget and vendor payments, and submits expense reports for OGC staff; tracks departmental inventory and orders office supplies; handles the calendars of the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel; books events on the LACMA event calendar and coordinates facilities, security and audio visual needs and work orders; makes travel arrangements for OGC staff; prioritizes and escalates telephone calls for the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel; writes, reviews and mails/faxes correspondence and other legal documents on behalf of the OGC staff; interacts with multiple LACMA departments and greets visitors; performs general clerical functions and coordinates other projects as assigned.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience in a corporate office environment, working with multiple executives. Experience in a legal corporate office or law firm is strongly preferred.

Other skills and requirements include: demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and handle multiple tasks to meet deadlines; exercise sound judgment and decision making; interpersonal skills; solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Gmail; ability to work independently and efficiently; strong personal ethics in handling confidential and sensitive information; excellent written and verbal communication skills, in addition to being meticulous and detail oriented; willing and positive attitude such that no task is too small in importance and priority.

Please follow this link to apply.


Assitant 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.


Curatorial Assistant, Rifkind Center (Regular Full-Time)
Prints & Drawings

The Robert Gore Rifkind Center German Expressionist Studies at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is seeking a Curatorial Assistant. The Rifkind Center consists of over 6,000 works on paper and a specialized library of some 8,000 volumes devoted to German Expressionism.

Reporting to the Curator, the Curatorial Assistant will assist with the curatorial aspects involved in organizing international touring exhibitions, as well as permanent collection exhibitions.

Some duties include: researches, documents, and assists with the selection and installation of works; creates checklists; writes and edits brochure content, didactic panels and press releases; conceives and creates digital content; manages exhibition loans, permissions, and correspondence; organizes files related to the exhibitions; assists with researching and generating catalogue materials, including chronologies and biographies; coordinates conferences and conference-related events as well as other education components; maintains and updates permanent collection files, and may provide content for the online database; provides general administrative support to the department, including: writing work orders, answering incoming calls, scheduling and maintaining appointment calendar, monitoring and tracking department budget, making travel arrangements, and tracking the Curator’s paperwork flow.

The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree in Art History or related field, with a Ph.D. or A.B.D. preferred. Exceptional written and oral communication skills, and fluency in German is essential. A demonstrated interest in early twentieth-century German art is desirable with experience in a museum setting and especially handling works on paper including prints, drawings and photographs preferred. Organizational and planning abilities as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team are essential.

Please follow this link to apply.


Research Assistant (Regular Full-Time)
Art of the Ancient Americas

Reporting to the Deputy Director, Senior Curator for the Art of the Ancient Americas, Research Assistant will assist in the research and coordination of a major international exhibition that focuses on the work of Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. This is a one-year position, with the possibility of an additional year extension.

Some duties include: conducts research and compiles materials for the exhibition; maintains and updates the exhibition checklist and database; creates 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 label and didactic content; assists the Museum’s rights & 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 be fluent (written and oral) in English and Spanish (applicants who are also proficient in French will be preferred) and will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History, with a Master’s degree preferred. At least one year of administrative and research experience is required. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references to be considered. 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.


Major Donor Events Assistant (Temporary Part-Time)
Development

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 over 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 Director of Major Donor Events, the Major Donor Events Assistant will support the Major Donor Events department and all aspects of planning meetings and events including annual fundraisers, campaign and cultivation events and other major donor events as needed.

Some duties include: administrative support of LACMA annual fundraisers and major donor events; RSVP tracking and list management support; invitations and event material mailing; production support including: event check-in, coordinates with event vendors and event logistical support; general administrative support as needed; communicates directly with donors and trustees.   

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History or related field and have a minimum of 2 years of event production experience. Experience working with major donors and understanding of major donor cultivation is preferred.  Experience working within a non-profit organization is preferred, as well as a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, and experience with Raiser’s Edge.  Candidates must be available to work evenings.

Please follow this link to apply.


Marketing Manager (Regular Full-Time)
Membership

This is an opportunity to join the Los Angeles County Museum of Art during an exciting time. The Museum is preparing for our 50th anniversary in 2015. In addition, we will be launching a new membership program at that time to better reflect the present and future of LACMA.

Reporting to the Director of Membership Marketing, the Marketing Manager will develop, implement and report on a comprehensive marketing plan to meet/exceed annual revenue sales goals, increase renewal rates, and increase member engagement.

Some duties include: develops a renewal marketing plan; reports on the effectiveness of the renewals program, including tracking monthly revenue goals, response rates, renewal rates, and growth at various levels of membership; manages the renewal budget with an eye toward cost savings as appropriate; creates persuasive letters, articles, and brochure copy – for both solicitations and informal communications about benefits, events and other opportunities – and quickly adapts to the “LACMA voice”; manages vendors to create necessary promotional materials and campaigns, as well as negotiates pricing for best return on investment while maintaining quality work; collaborates with internal staff from various departments, including but not limited to Graphic Design, Education, Marketing, Communications and Development; works closely with onsite and in-house membership services staff to coordinate messaging and member activities; assists Director with new member acquisition strategies and upgrade campaigns.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business Administration, Art History or related field, and at least three years of experience in advertising, direct mail, and other promotional materials. At least two years of membership experience is strongly preferred.

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.


Head of Collection Information & Digital Assets (Regular Full-Time)
Registration & Collection Information

Reporting to the Associate Director, Registration and Collection Information, the Head of Collection Information and Digital Assets will supervise a team of 5 staff and oversee all aspects of this team responsible for providing staff and visitors with the best possible access to information about the collection and digital assets.

Some duties include: supervises, establishes priorities, and trains the Collection Information and Digital Assets staff that administers the databases, supports users with accessing information that facilitate museum activities, assists with cataloging the collection, and delivers collection data to the web; creates, supervises, and oversees budgets of innovative technology projects that will enhance the use of TMS and collection information; oversees projects and meets with management to provide updates regarding the progress of high profile projects, statistics on usage, record maintenance and location tracking of the collection; maintains the training program for museum staff, continually evaluates its effectiveness and develops new training courses as needed; oversees the creation and editing of an internal website that provides staff with instruction and documentation for TMS; works in collaboration across multiple departments and consults authoritative documented sources in order to maintain and establish cataloguing standards; provide support on a wide variety of projects with museum staff to help identify and implement work flows and responsibilities needed from TMS and Collection Information staff; works closely with the Vice President of Web and Digital Media to coordinate efforts and ensure priorities are being met for collection information related projects; manages vendor relationship with Gallery Systems, prioritizing and communicating issues/needs for future development.

The qualified candidate will have a degree in Library Science, Art History, Museum Studies, or related field. Minimum 3-5 years of experience with TMS in a management or administrative capacity. Extensive knowledge of museum cataloging data standards and experience with user support, training and documentation is required. Experience with project management is strongly preferred. Advanced knowledge of SQL and Crystal Reports preferred. Must be available to travel to annual conferences, such as TMS/Gallery Systems conference (Collective Imagination 2014, Vienna, October 2-3, 2014).

Please follow this link to apply.


Education Coordinator for Teacher Programs (Regular Full-Time)
Education & Public Programs

Reporting to the Director of School & Teacher Programs, the Education Coordinator develops, implements, and evaluates museum education programs, interpretive materials and resources related to exhibitions and the permanent art collection for teacher audiences.

Some duties include: coordinates the Art + Film Teacher Institutes, Evenings for Educators, the teacher professional development component of LACMA On-site: Art Programs with the Community, and other teacher program offerings; conceives, organizes, and implements two to three, three-day Art + Film Teacher Institutes per year that emphasize inter-disciplinary teaching approaches using works of art and technology; develops and writes curriculum materials, conceives hands-on projects and in-gallery activities, and identifies speakers for four Evenings for Educators programs per year; cultivates, strengthens and sustains partnerships with the LACMA On-site school teachers, serves as a resource for arts integration, and leads high quality professional development and training; develops and monitors budgets for all teacher programs and materials; evaluates teacher programs, maintains statistical information, and documents compelling evidence to demonstrate impact; works with Director of School & Teacher Programs to propose new teacher offerings, both digital and face-to-face, that reflect current priorities within schools and the museum; works with Development staff to write proposals and identify potential funding streams.

The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree in Art History or Art Education, and at least two years of experience developing programs and writing standards-aligned curricular materials for teachers, selecting and supervising teaching artists, monitoring budgets over at least $30,000, as well as working with school teachers, administrators, and other arts advocates. Knowledge of the latest educational reform efforts within public schools is required. This position requires the flexibility to work weekends and some evenings. Desire qualities include: strong, effective, and demonstrated written and oral communications, relationship-building and presentation skills; highly organized, self-motivated and results-oriented, as well as a “team player”.

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.


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.


Data Analyst (Regular Full-Time)
Audience Strategy & Services

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Audience Strategy & Services, the Data Analyst  will focus on CRM data for both Membership and Marketing to report on operational metrics, member and visitor engagement and trending information, and will actively seek insights to inform communications and fundraising strategies.

Some duties include:  Identify trends in, and opportunities for, attendance, ticket revenue, membership, and membership revenue, among other areas. Provide In-depth customer analysis, modeling, and segmentation to improve attendance, revenue and customer satisfaction & loyalty. Manage data reporting infrastructure and identify future enhancements or capabilities. Offer analytical support for campaign strategy development, campaign test and measurement design and post-campaign analysis. Create dashboards for key metrics. Prepare presentation slides for the AVP of Audience Strategy and Services. Work independently on small projects while supporting larger projects and maintaining time and quality targets.

The qualified candidate will have a Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field, with at least five years of related experience. Possess a mastery of Excel, including pivot tables, modeling, financial analysis, and data visualization. Experience in data pull and flat file analysis in Raisers Edge, Patron Edge, Financial Edge, and Researcher’s Edge. Experience using Google Analytics and 3rd-party revenue reporting widgets. Ability to create presentation slides showing data insights. Ability to write SQL script is highly desired; and familiarity with non-profit arts marketing and organizations is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.


Guest Services Associate (Temporary Part-Time)
Guest Services

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 over 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 Supervisor of Guest Services Operations, the Guest Services Associate provides quality customer service and sells Museum admission, special event/program tickets, and memberships.

Some duties include: fills reservations and memberships in person, over the telephone and through the mail; operates computerized ticket reservation system, cash register, credit card authorization system and accepts payment; responds to inquiries in a courteous and pleasant manner concerning events, reservations and general information; balance worksheets, breakdowns and register tapes with actual receipts; writes letters and completes documentation for fulfillment of ticket and member benefits packages.

The qualified candidate will have a high school diploma and at least two years of customer service and administrative experience.

Please follow this link to apply.


Assistant/Associate Curator (Regular Full-Time)
Art of the Ancient Americas

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 over 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 Director for the Program of the Art of the Ancient Americas, the Curator will support the department head in exploring new ways to study and exhibit our collections and to develop their scope as to represent the cultures of all the Ancient Americas as a whole. Cultivating scholarly relationships both locally and abroad, demonstrating creativity and initiative in managing the collection and engaging with the Los Angeles community.

Some duties include: manage the permanent collection and galleries; develop scheduled exhibitions that are a priority for the department and the museum; write for both scholarly and general audiences; donor cultivation and acquisitions; serve as the department’s liaison to collections management, conservation, education and other internal museum staff; updates the collections database.

The qualified candidate will be fully bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral) and will have a PhD. At least three years of curatorial experience, or equivalent scholarly object based work is required. The successful candidate will be an experienced and published scholar with a specific expertise in Mesoamerican art and broad understanding of the cultures and materials of North and South America. Applicants must submit a cover letter, CV and list of three references to be considered.

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.