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Annenberg Curatorial Fellow
European Painting & Sculpture

Membership Sales Associate 
Membership 

Planner, Events
Events

Event Associate
Events

Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship
Development

Chemical Hygiene Officer
Conservation Center

Sales Associate 
Museum Stores

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Objects
Conservation Center

Community Engagement Manager for Education
Education

Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship
Art of the Ancient Americas

Assistant Conservator
Watts Towers 

On-Site Services Associate 
On-Site Services 


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. 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



Membership Sales Associate (Temporary Part-Time)
Membership

Reporting to the Supervisor of Membership Sales, the Membership Sales Associate is responsible for converting LACMA visitors into members.

Sone duties include: welcomes visitors, engaging and educating them on the benefits of membership, with the goal of converting them to members; sells and renews memberships and completes necessary data entry into database; maintains familiarity with the Museum’s collection of art, special exhibitions and programs; represents the Museum with professionalism; performs other duties or special projects as assigned; maintains regular and reliable attendance

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Sales, Art History or related field and at least 2 years of sales experience.

Please follow this link to apply. 


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.



Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship (Regular Full-Time) 
Development

Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Gift Planning, the Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship is responsible for designing, implementing and coordinating a stewardship strategy for LACMA that provides meaningful interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels. While this program devises an overall strategy for the museum’s loyal donors, its earliest priorities must include a strong emphasis on creating stewardship capacity, and customized stewardship plans, for the current donors and prospects for the Building LACMA campaign.  In addition to hands-on, day-to-day assistance and advising on stewardship practices, he/she evangelizes comprehensive, innovative and creative approaches to engaging donors that are forward-thinking and elevate the museum’s visibility and brand within its donor base and beyond.

The Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship partners with development staff to identify and implement customized strategies for individual, corporate and foundation donors and other key constituents.  She/he maintains a strong network with internal and external constituencies and serves as the museum’s subject matter expert on the facilitation of appropriate recognition and acknowledgment for each constituency.  Ultimately, he/she will create a new culture of stewardship at LACMA that will last well into its future. 

The Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship is a key member of a larger Development division and serves donors to both the ongoing fundraising functions of LACMA as well as the current Building LACMA campaign.  She/he works closely with the divisional senior leadership and major gift officers to create and implement customized stewardship plans for the top major gift and principal gift donors.  She/he is supported in part by an Administrative Assistant and will also work particularly closely with a Donor Relations Specialist in the Data Management team.

Some duties include: designs and coordinates the implementation of an innovative, systematic, and integrated stewardship program in partnership with museum colleagues that elevates and enhances LACMA’s brand and visibility with its key constituents; serves as a stewardship representative on major gift, corporate and foundation prospect teams in partnership with prospect managers, including meeting with associated donors and/or prospects as appropriate; works with the Campaign Manager on communications to legacy donors from past campaign and coordinates appropriate responses; holds a portfolio of 50-65 current and past donors to the museum with an emphasis on stewardship and/or advanced cultivation; proactively supports the stewardship responsibilities of the development staff by assisting them in establishing and coordinating individualized stewardship plans for individual, corporate and foundation donors; keeps abreast of art events and other current events that relate to donors’ interests; creates and maintains list of the top VIPs to LACMA and recommended response at any given time for use of On-Site Services, Development, Membership, and other functions; responsible for devising and using consistent, accurate, and appropriate information-sharing mechanisms for stewarding prospects and donors; establishes and manages information tracking processes regarding acknowledgement, recognition, on-going communications and continued cultivation of past and current major donors to enhance their relationship with the museum and increase the likelihood of continued contributions; develops, assesses, and implements policies and procedures that are essential for a comprehensive donor relations program; works collaboratively with development staff to compose communications, advise on invitation lists, create programming and oversee annual stewardship reporting to donors; responsible for the tracking of all named spaces, positions, and recognition walls; coordinates donor and gift information for the museum’s annual report and other recognition as needed.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor's degree and at least 5 years of experience in development and/or stewardship in the nonprofit arena. Experience using Raiser’s Edge or equivalent development CRM is required. Interest and/or experience in the art world is preferred. The following skills are preferred: ability to generate creative solutions for stewarding donors in order to advance the museum’s efforts to maintain and strengthen high-quality individual relationships with donors; ability to think strategically and “out of the box” about LACMA’s current and future donor engagement practices; high attention to detail; excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; impeccable judgment to succeed in situations requiring independent initiative and tact; proven experience working as part of a team; experience working in large, complex institution(s) and following institutional protocols; excellent social skills, with large groups as well as with individual constituents; proven skills and ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to build consensus among team members and balance multiple concurrent priorities.

Please follow  this link to apply. 


Chemical Hygiene Officer (Regular Full-Time) 
Conservation Center

Reporting to the Senior Conservation Scientist, the Chemical Hygiene Officer oversees the Conservation Center compliance with LACMA Safety Plans (e.g. Hazard Communication, Chemical Hygiene, Respiratory Protection, Radiation Safety), state and federal regulations regarding safe use, storage and disposal of chemicals generated by the Center and other Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandated safe laboratory practices.  If qualified according to Title 17 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 30336.7, the Chemical Hygiene Officer is also the Radiation Machine Radiation Safety Officer.  In addition to safety-related activities, the Chemical Hygiene Officer collaborates with the Senior Conservation Scientist in environmental monitoring of Museum galleries and developing preventive conservation guidelines for the Museum’s diverse collections.

Some duties include: advises Conservation staff, interns, fellows and volunteers on proper laboratory safety procedures for use, storage and disposal of chemicals and the use of radiation sources; devices and oversees use of annual Chemical Hygiene budget for the Conservation Center; maintains Conservation chemical inventories, SDS, and all other Conservation Center safety related records mandated by OSHA and Cal/OSHA; orders safety-related laboratory supplies and reviews Conservation Center orders of hazardous chemicals; conducts introductory safety sessions for new staff and periodic review sessions as required by OSHA to update staff awareness of current safe laboratory practices and government regulations; trains and fit test of Conservation staff for respirators as needed; schedules calibration of monitoring equipment, inspections (and licensing reviews) by outside safety inspectors, as well as chemical waste disposal by outside contractors; reports quarterly dosimeter readings for radiation exposure of designated users of research instrumentation with X-Ray sources; contributes to ongoing museum environmental monitoring (e.g. light, dust, temperature, %RH, vibration) in Museum gallery spaces and prepare reports of these data; implements tests of materials to be used in exhibition and storage to determine if they are appropriate for museum use and prepare reports of the test results; participates with conservators and conservation scientists in the development of preventive conservation strategies to mitigate degradation of sensitive artworks in the collections; performs other duties or special projects as assigned.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical, Physical, Chemical Hygiene & Safety, or Environmental Science. Postgraduate, hands on laboratory experience with hazardous chemicals is required.  Previous attendance at seminars and workshops, which reviewed and provided updated information on government regulations regarding hazardous materials and radiation safety is preferred.  A familiarity with Conservation materials and procedures is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply. 


Sales Associate (Temporary Part-Time)
Museum Stores 

Reporting to the General Manager, the Sales Associate assists customers with the purchase of museum merchandise.

Some duties include: greets customers and determines type of merchandise desired; operates register and receives payment; wraps merchandise; processes special orders; takes inventory of stock and maintains stock levels on sales floor; prices, arranges and maintains displays; examines defective merchandise returned by customers to determine refunds/replacements; performs other duties or special projects as assigned; maintains regular and reliable attendance.

The qualified candidate will have a High School diploma. At least 1 year of retail experience, including cash handling and processing payments

Please follow this link to apply.


Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Objects
Conservation Center

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

The fellowship will focus on the study, examination and treatment of works of art in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Successful candidates will gain considerable experience treating works of art in well equipped, production-oriented conservation laboratories. Conservation involvement in permanent collection exhibitions and special exhibitions will enhance training opportunities.  Successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in informal lectures, symposia, and workshops and to visit and collaborate with nearby cultural institutions.

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

Interested candidates must submit the following materials:

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

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

  • Letters of recommendation from three professional references.

Please follow this link to apply. 



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

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

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

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

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

Please follow this link to apply. 



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

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

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

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

Application deadline: September 10, 2017

Please send application materials to:

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


Assistant Conservator (Regular Full-Time)
Watts Towers

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

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

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


Please follow this link to apply. 


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

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

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

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

Please follow this link to apply.


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. 

 

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