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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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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.

 


Social Media Manager
Communications

Public Programs Coordinator
Education

Special Events Manager
Special Events

Curatorial Administrator
Chinese & Korean Art

Event Planner
Special Events

Director of Security
Security

Annual Giving Programs Associate
Development

Database Specialist
Development

Associate Vice President of Individual Giving
Development

Curatorial Administrator
Contemporary Art

Assistant Conservator, Objects
Conservation Center

Imaging Technician
Photographic Services


Social Media Manager (Regular Full-Time)
Communications

Reporting to the Director of Executive Communications, the Social Media Manager guides and measures social media strategies that drive engagement and participation via the museum’s various social channels, with emphasis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat.

This highly collaborative role reaches across departments, from curatorial to education to marketing to digital media. The Social Media Manager creates compelling content, manages social campaigns, responds to customer service inquiries, and analyzes effective strategies. Working closely with marketing and membership teams, the Social Media Manager helps to reach quantifiable growth goals for email capture, ticket sales, donations, and membership activation. Importantly, the Social Media Manager acts as a voice for the museum, crafting content that highlights inclusiveness and threads together institutional priorities. The ideal candidate will have a strong eye for visuals, keen writing skills, and a savvy understanding of technology and trends.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or related field, and at least four years of professional experience in social media, marketing, web & digital, or related fields. An understanding of marketing strategies, as well as an understanding of the arts and the Los Angeles arts community, is required.

Please follow this link to apply.


Public Programs Coordinator (Temporary Full-Time)
Education

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Education & Public Programs, the Public Programs Coordinator assists with implementing programs for the Irvine Foundation grant-funded planning group and general LACMA staff.  Programs include lecturers, travel, workshops, and facilitated retreats covering topics ranging from programs for underserved audiences to architectural design. 

Some essential duties include: schedules routine meetings for planning group, museum staff, and LACMA Board of Trustee member; assists with scheduling and hiring speakers including preparing contracts and paperwork for payments; processes payments and tracking expenses; conducts research on possible presenters; works with speakers to assist with PowerPoint presentations or reports, including Director’s presentation to the LACMA Board of Trustees; provides support for facilitators before and during retreat; compiles research on programs for underserved audiences, including program and art storage spaces; arranges travel for the planning team to make site visits; monitors and analyzes planning budget; assists with preparation of final planning report, including financial and narrative summary, and on the narrative for the implementation grant application.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Art History or related field, and at least 2-3 years of experience in a museum or cultural institution. Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with staff of all levels is required. Extensive knowledge of excel and ability to create and generate reports, manage budgets and analyze data is required.

Please follow this link to apply.


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.


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.


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.


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, 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.


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.