Employment at LACMA

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Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Objects
Conservation Center

Community Engagement Manager for Education

Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship
Art of the Ancient Americas

Assistant Conservator
Watts Towers 

On-Site Services Associate 
On-Site Services 

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.