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Executive Administrator
CEO/Director’s Office

Special Events Manager
Development

Coordinator
Music Programs

Payroll Practitioner
Finance & Accounting

Administrative Assistant, Major Gifts
Development

Event Associate
Development

Major Donor Events Assistant
Development

Coordinator of Veterans Make Movies
Education & Public Programs

Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives
Art Administration & Collections

On-Site Services Associate
On-Site Services

Annual Giving Programs Associate
Development

Performance Art Assistant
On-Site Services

Manager of Corporate Giving
Development


Executive Administrator (Regular Full-Time)
CEO/Director’s Office

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 Executive Administrator supporting the Director/CEO, Michael Govan. The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication skills and should be highly organized, energetic, detail-oriented, tech savvy, a problem-solver and provide sound judgment and absolute discretion at all times. This person must also have a deep appreciation of the museum as well as a passion for LACMA’s mission to connect the world with art.

The Executive Administrator coordinates and provides support for projects assigned by the Director/CEO and members of the Executive Staff. In addition, this position provides executive assistance and support for the executive management group meetings and Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, and works closely with Executive Staff assistants to coordinate calendars and prioritize work.

Some duties include: performs administrative tasks including: complex calendar management for a high volume of internal and external meetings, manages travel arrangements, and completes expense reports; manages budgets, correspondence and ongoing coordination related the Director/CEO’s priority projects; demonstrates strong working relationships with the Director/CEO’s contacts, government officials, trustees and prospects, and internal staff to efficiently and effectively completes tasks to support Director’s goals; works with Executive Staff to provide assistance with support staff in the areas of paperwork processing and effective problem solving; prepares agendas for management meetings and tracks action follow ups as necessary; assists in the preparation of correspondence, briefs, presentations, and packets for internal and external meetings; performs other duties or special projects as assigned.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Art, Art History, or related field. The candidate has at least 2 years of experience as an executive assistant providing direct support to VP or C-level executive or curator. The successful candidate has exceptional familiarity with office and mobile software; exceptional oral and written communication skills; and strong interpersonal and communication skills to build cross-functional relationships with key partners in other departments.

Please follow this link to apply.


Special Events Manager (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Director of Special Events, the Special Events Manager coordinates, organizes and plans external client events at the Museum. This position is responsible for achieving an event generated revenue goal of $100,000 annually. The Special Events Manager works closely with the Director of Special Events on campaign and community engagement events, as well as special projects as needed.

Some duties include: meets with clients to determine the type of event desired and outlines needs; creates, manages and updates special events marketing endeavors, including magazine advertising, postcards promoting special exhibitions and online newsletters; coordinates all activities involved in the planning and implementation of events; secures all necessary staffing, equipment, materials and supplies for event set-up; completes necessary documentation for contracts, deposits and correspondence, and oversees advertising contract; initiates event invitations from conception to completion, and creates RSVP web links; oversees all rental events to include corporate partners and non-profit groups; manages all press related events, including Press Previews; manages donor event requests coming through Director’s Office or Development department which support donor cultivation, stewardship and campaign and community related events, as needed; manages departmental calendar; coordinates with vendors and museum staff to ensure event security; attends the event and coordinates activities, vendors, set-up and break-down; creates and manages electronic event photo files; manages relationship with internal corporate development staff and outside networking groups and organizations; maintains revenue log and reports new inquiries; assists with creating departmental budget; acts as a back-up to the Director of Special Events.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Liberal Arts, or related field, and at least 5 years of event planning experience. Experience working with major donors and board members is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.


Coordinator (Regular Full-Time)
Music Programs

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Education and Public Programs, the Coordinator assists with the implementation of music programs for all audiences related to the museum’s four award-winning concert programs.

Some duties include: prepares artist’s contracts, work and purchase orders and ensures that artists are paid in a timely manner; provides outreach to electronic and print media and special interests groups in collaboration with Marketing; submits and reviews copy for the museum’s two member magazines, as well as MailChimp announcements; creates and distributes program flyers and concert brochures; maintains mailing lists and databases for email contacts; updates telephone concert announcements;maintains calendar of music program events, rehearsals, and concerts, and updates the museum website; answers telephone calls; maintains reporting for performance licenses; assists with inquiries from artists and prepares stage plots for concerts;creates PowerPoint presentations for Art and Music concerts;performs general clerical duties.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Music or Art History and two to three years of experience in a museum or cultural institution.

Please follow this link to apply.


Payroll Practitioner (Regular Part-Time)
Finance & Accounting

Reporting to the Payroll Administrator, the Payroll Practitioner assists with all aspects of the payroll function at the Museum. The Museum utilizes ADP payroll and time & attendance software and has approximately 550 exempt and non-exempt employees.

The position works collaboratively with staff across the Museum answering payroll related questions and assists the Payroll Administrator and/or Controller with special projects when assigned.  The position also comes with the expectation that the successful candidate will assume increasing responsibilities culminating with the ability to process a semi-monthly pay cycle.

Duties initially assigned might include: new hire orientation participation, payroll record maintenance, retention and destruction; time and attendance set-up, collection and auditing,  processing and monitoring of vacation and sick time accruals; meal period monitoring and compliance; garnishment/levy/court order processing and compliance; off-cycle manual paycheck processing; monitoring and processing ADP invoices; and preparing payroll G/L journals.

The qualified candidate will have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree with two to five years of payroll experience. Proficiency in MS Word and Excel is required.  Experience working with ADP applications (Autopay II and ezLabor Manager) desired.

Please follow this link to apply.


Administrative Assistant, Major Gifts (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, the Administrative Assistant provides support to the Major Gifts Officers and the Vice President of Development as part of an effort to create a robust pipeline of individual donors for major gifts and for LACMA’s capital campaign.  A particular focus of support will be for Director’s Circle, an upper level annual giving group whose members form a critical donor pool for current and future LACMA capital campaign efforts and are uniquely positioned as a hybrid donor base spanning both annual giving and major gifts. The Administrative Assistant will assist with all activities involving the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects and donors in all major gift officer portfolios. This position will also provide support for the planning and implementation of regularly-scheduled campaign events and conversations designed to inform and cultivate key prospects in regard to LACMA’s plans for a new permanent collection building.

Some duties include: supports the Director of Major Gifts with all activities involving the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects and donors in all major gift officer portfolios; provides support for the planning and implementation of regularly-scheduled campaign events and conversations; supports the strategic planning, implementation, and administration of all Director’s Circle programming; tracks Director’s Circle revenue and membership data toward annual and multi-year goals; serves as a primary staff liaison for campaign salons and Director’s Circle events and initiatives, including Wear LACMA; drafts and deploys group and individual communications to members; prepares and oversees ad materials and proposals for donor meetings and the solicitation of gifts; assists with prospect identification, list creation, mailings and events for the museum’s capital campaign and other core fundraising activities; assists with benefits fulfillment for donors, including preparing mailings and event calendaring; coordinates tours and special access for high level donors; pulls and organizes donor lists and queries from Raiser’s Edge database and internal tracking lists for donor mailings; enters and maintains call reports, donor commitments, proposals, and relevant notes in Raiser’s Edge database; processes expense reports and invoices for the Individual Giving staff.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History or related field, and at least 2 years of administrative experience in a development or fundraising environment. Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel is required. Experience using a constituent management database, such as Raiser’s Edge is preferred.


Please follow this link to apply.



Event Associate (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Manager of Major Donor Events, the Event Associate is responsible for all aspects of planning and executing Annual Giving events consisting of all art councils including LENS: Photography Council, Avant-Garde, and Art Here and Now (AHAN): Studio Forum. This position will collaborate with the Annual Giving team to conceptualize these events while meeting event quality standards set forth by the Senior Director of Events. The position will also manage other donor events, as needed.

Some duties include: coordinates schedule of events and vetting of programming dates with Annual Giving team and LACMA calendars; maintains oversight of all calendar dates, calendar holds, and is responsible for updating these in a timely manner; secures all necessary staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies for event set-up and execution; assists with budget preparation and is responsible for meeting budgetary goals; creates and circulates event Mail Chimp and printed invitations; manages the compilation and circulation of mailing lists for approval; meets invitation printing 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 staff; oversees event photo storage; supports content development and assembly of materials; executes post-event best practices including exporting of guest lists and arranging for thank you gifts; manages check-in staff when necessary; corresponds with major donors and various museum departments.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History or related field, and 3-4 years of event planning experience working with major donors. An understanding of major donor cultivation is required. Museum experience, and a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator,  InDesign, and Raiser’s Edge is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.


Major Donor Events Assistant (Temporary Part-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Senior Major Donor Event Manager, the Major Donor Events Assistant supports the Major Donor Events department and all aspects of planning meetings and events, primarily supporting the annual fall gala fundraiser, and supports other major donor events as needed.

Some duties include: administrative support of LACMA Art + Film gala and other donor events; RSVP tracking and list management support; invitation and material mailing; production support including: event check-in, coordination with event vendors and event logistical support; direct communication with donors; and trustees general administrative support as needed.

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.

 


Coordinator of Veterans Make Movies (Regular Part-Time)
Education & Public Programs

Veterans Make Movies is a new initiative between the Museum and the Los Angeles Public Library consisting of eight-week filmmaking workshops, screenings, and community events focused on highlighting the veteran experience.  

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Education, the Coordinator of Veterans Make Movies will assist with administration tasks related to program planning and implementation.

Some duties include: orders and maintains equipment and supplies; monitors and tracks program budget totaling $75K; coordinates class schedules; communicates with participants; submits LACMA Event Calendar requests for screenings and events; prepares contracts and works with a Department Power User to process purchase orders and invoice requests; collects statistical information and data for a formal evaluation study; helps analyze and evaluate the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of program logistics and content and make iterative changes; continues to cultivate and build-upon the partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library and form relationships with other veteran service providers in the community; work with the development department to create and review grant applications and reports; conduct research on veterans’ services and programs throughout the nation and helps conceive and organize a culminating symposium regarding working with veterans via the arts.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Film, Studio Art, Art Education, Administration and/or at least two years of experience developing and organizing programs for adult and/or family audiences. This is a part-time (between 24-32 hours per week), grant-funded position through June 30, 2017 and requires off-site, weekend work in the community.

Please follow this link to apply.


Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives (Regular Part-Time)
Art Administration & Collections

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announces the search for a candidate to fill the Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives for the UCLA-LACMA Art History Practicum Initiative.  The UCLA-LACMA Art History Practicum Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides graduate students with an educational opportunity that integrates the academic classroom and the art museum. 

The UCLA-LACMA Art History Practicum Initiative is a collaborative program intended to introduce object-based research to UCLA graduate students through a series of seminars, internships and site visits at LACMA.  The program represents a dynamic institutional partnership based on a shared vision for a new era of training in the field of art history and the development of a progressive museum model aimed at providing new insight into the meaning and function of an encyclopedic museum.

Reporting to the Senior Deputy Director for Art Administration and Collections , the Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives will oversee all communications related to the initiative, plan and schedule courses to be held at LACMA, develop internal programmatic operations, protocols and maintain timelines, as well as assist with the grant management for the UCLA-LACMA Art History Practicum Initiative.

Working as a liaison between LACMA’s curatorial staff, comprised of 35 members representing all areas of art history, and UCLA’s program coordinator representing 15 faculty members, the Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives is responsible for overseeing detailed and practical issues pertaining to museum and university programmatic participation. In addition to brokering this collaboration with museum staff, the coordinator manages and oversees any programmatic events on LACMA’s campus including collection visits, symposia, museum-based seminars, presentations and receptions.

The Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives will work with the Primary Investigators for the UCLA-LACMA Art History Practicum to achieve the following goals: integrating new practicum-based curriculum with the current academic program to reemphasize object-based learning; maintaining a programmatic focus on research-driven implementation of gallery and exhibition projects; fostering mentorship by curators and faculty who have not had the opportunity to adopt this role in the past; creating opportunities for intellectual and pedagogical dialogue between museum scholars and university faculty; and fostering a climate of collaboration and exchange between the museum and the university.

The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree in Art History or related field. A collaborative work style, along with excellent writing and public speaking skills and the ability to coordinate various aspects of the Practicum are required. Demonstrated grant administrative and managerial skills, along with work experience within a museum environment are preferred. This is a part-time position scheduled for 16 hours per week.

Please follow this link to apply.


On-Site Services Associate (Temporary Part-Time)
On-Site 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. Learn more about the museum by exploring lacma.org.

Reporting to the Supervisor of Operations, the On-Site 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.


Annual Giving Programs Associate (Regular Full-Time)
Development

The Annual Giving Programs Associate is responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of $1,000+ annual gifts and membership dues from a portfolio of annual donors and prospects, as well as donor stewardship within assigned annual giving programs. As part of a larger Annual Giving Programs team responsible for both unrestricted and restricted annual revenue for LACMA, the Associate works to strategically advance donors in their engagement with LACMA through excellent programming and thoughtful, well-planned activities. This Associate serves as a subject matter expert for a suite of annual giving councils and acquisition groups. The current specific assignments for this position are the American Art Council (AAC), the Modern and Contemporary Art Council (MCAC), and LACMA’s two contemporary art acquisitions groups: Contemporary Friends and Art Here and Now (AHAN): Studio Forum. This position also serves as a liaison to curatorial staff connected to each of these groups.

Some duties include: meets annual fundraising goals, showing growth over time from a portfolio of annual donors and prospects; offers a program of council and acquisition group events in close collaboration with curatorial, Annual Giving, and Events colleagues; solicits new donors and develops relationships with current donors; manages prospecting activities with curators, volunteers, and other development colleagues; acts as primary contact for, and actively engages with assigned and prospective members during patron programs; manages each assigned group or council’s membership lists, renewals, gift processing, acknowledgements, and member actions within Raiser’s Edge database; drafts donor correspondence and promotional materials; assists Associate Director of Councils and Acquisitions Groups with all activities related to Contemporary Friends and AHAN; helps identify potential major gift prospects from within portfolio; responsible for timely sharing of calendar and other relevant work details; provides general administrative support with office functions, phone calls and mail documentation; works closely with Annual Giving Programs Assistant to accomplish routine tasks; works closely with all members of the annual giving programs team, 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 3 years of administrative experience with an emphasis on event planning, budgeting, fundraising and organizing printed materials.

Please follow this link to apply.


Performance Art Assistant (Temporary Part-Time)
On-Site Services

Reporting to the Supervisor of Operations, the Performance Art Assistant is responsible for providing outstanding visitor service while working within select exhibition spaces ensuring that museum policies and procedures are upheld. Successful candidates will consistently present a positive, friendly, and enthusiastic attitude at all times while working with a variety of LACMA constituencies including the general public, members, donors, and staff.

Some duties include: actively demonstrates a guest-first attitude by exemplifying excellent internal and external guest service skills at all times; responsible for clearly and concisely explaining certain aspects of visitor experience that pertain to specific works of art; work with visitors, members, or donors, to collect completed waivers; maintains a conversational knowledge of LACMA’s general policies and procedures, membership programs, and the exhibition and programming schedule; works in concert with the On-Site Services and Security teams to present a cohesive, knowledgeable, professional, and friendly visitor and member experience; shares factual and necessary information with colleagues, visitors and members via excellent written and verbal communications; regular and predictable attendance; other duties as assigned.

The qualified candidate will have Bachelor’s degree in Art History or related field with a strong interest in art and culture. At least two years of excellent customer service is required.  Must operate with attention to detail and strong organizational skills while managing a continuous workflow in a visitor-focused, high-volume setting. Open availability including nights and weekends is required.

Please follow this link to apply.


Manager of Corporate Giving, Sponsorship (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Director of Corporate Giving, the Manager of Corporate Giving is responsible for most elements of sponsorship from research to solicitation, negotiation, and fulfillment for exhibitions and programs at the museum.

Some duties include: develops sponsorship solicitation strategies and identifies new potential sponsors to grow corporate donor base for programming including but not limited to film, art + technology and music; collaborates with various departments throughout the Museum to identify corporate funding opportunities; oversees the drafting of proposals and exhibition calendars including narrative, image selection, assigning benefits, and design; pitches potential sponsors and cultivates existing corporate donors; coordinates all aspects of sponsorship fulfillment including contract negotiation and the delivery of marketing, public relations, membership, entertainment and hospitality benefits; drafts stewardship communications including acknowledgement letters, corporate reports, and e-newsletters; maintains and updates prospect portfolios and data files; attends exhibition presentation meetings; assists with coordinating donor events; represents LACMA at Museum and donor events as needed on nights and weekends; participate actively as a team member within the Development department; provides support to the AVP Corporate Giving and corporate development team.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree in Arts Administration, Marketing, Business Administration or related field and at least 3 years of experience with corporate sponsorship in either a non-profit or for-profit setting; experience with capital campaigns preferred. Proven ability to research and secure program support, as well as knowledge and experience writing proposals for corporate donors is required. Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, Power Point is essential, and experience using Raisers Edge is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.


Due to the volume of correspondence received, the Human Resources Department cannot confirm receipt of submitted documentation. Phone calls will not be returned.

How to Apply

To be considered for any of the openings listed, please forward your resume including a list of references, and a cover letter indicating position(s) of interest, as well as any salary requirements, to LACMA Human Resources, via our online system. Follow the link at the bottom of the position posting to apply through the online system. 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.