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Curatorial Administrator
Modern Art

Junior Gift Analyst
Development

ACLS Public Fellow: Executive Communications Specialist
Communications

ACLS Public Fellow: Digital Content Specialist
Web & Digital Media

Assistant Curator
Modern Art

Associate Editor, Development & Campaign
Communications

Community Engagement Manager
Education & Public Programs

Community Engagement Assistant
Education & Public Programs

Gallery Media Coordinator
Exhibition Design & Production

Director of Development Operations
Development

Manager of Corporate Giving
Development

On-Site Services Associate
On-Site Services


Curatorial Administrator (Regular Full-Time)
Modern Art

Reporting to the Senior Curator and Department Head of Modern Art and the Curator of Modern Art, the Curatorial Administrator provides administrative and general office support to the department, receiving work direction from the Senior Curatorial Administrator.


Some duties include: provides assistance on preparation of special exhibitions and installations

of the permanent collection; assists with exhibition programs; maintains and updates

collection files; completes and tracks exhibition paperwork; schedules and maintains appointment calendars; answers incoming calls and facilitates the requests of museum patrons and other museum staff; makes travel arrangements; handles and tracks curators’ correspondence and paperwork as well as departmental paperwork; reconciles departmental expenses and tracks the departmental budget.


The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or a

related field, and at least one year of administrative 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 possess exceptional

decision making skills, in addition to handling confidential and sensitive information. Computer literacy is essential.

Please follow this link to apply.


Junior Gift Analyst (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Senior Gift Specialist, Fund & Pledge Coordinator the Junior Gift Analyst assists with gift recording, meeting batch processing deadlines, and data maintenance duties.

Some duties include: processes and reviews gifts, via batch entry; ensures that appropriate appeal, fund and campaign codes for tracking and acknowledgement purposes are complete and accurate; assists in data cleanup activities; assists in the proofreading of acknowledgement letters.

The qualified candidate will have a minimum of six months experience with data entry procedures and knowledge of the features and capabilities of database software. The ability to type a minimum of 45 words per minute, and the ability to read, analyze and interpret large amounts of data and technical procedures is required. Two years of general administrative experience is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.

 


ACLS Public Fellow: Executive Communications Specialist (Regular Full-Time)
Communications

LACMA is pleased to announce its selection as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2016, the Public Fellows Program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector.  Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $65,000, and health insurance. 

Through the ACLS Public Fellows Program, LACMA seeks an Executive Communications Specialist who can disseminate the values of the institution through words, images, and design. The Executive Communications Specialist supports museum leaders in presenting LACMA’s current and future program to public officials, donors, staff, and the general public. Tasks include researching pertinent studies and reports, with a focus on urbanism, city planning, and various issues facing the museum field; crafting succinct presentations in PowerPoint or Google Slides; and speechwriting. The successful candidate should have the ability to translate research into compelling arguments, and possess strong collaboration skills, knowledge of trends in art museums and architecture, and exceptional writing skills.

As the Executive Communications Specialist familiarizes him or herself with the development and fundraising goals of the museum, he or she will take on increasing levels of responsibility for generating museum messaging targeted to specific constituencies, both public and private, within the greater Los Angeles community. By the end of the fellowship, the fellow will have acquired a portfolio that will make him or her qualified to serve in a management-level development/advancement communications position in any major cultural institution.

Primary responsibilities:

• Develop storytelling strategies around the museum’s capital campaign;

• Compose presentations for the museum's director and other museum staff;

• Evaluate and marshal resources, including research studies and reports and internal data, to enhance the effectiveness of presentations to donors and community members;

• Craft remarks for executive staff speaking engagements such as press previews or donor events; and

• Create and maintain an efficient library of digital resources for presentations.

Required and preferred qualifications:

• PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences;

• Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral;

• Excellent research skills;

• Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team;

• Fluency in Microsoft Office suite and Google apps; and

• Excellent organizational and time management skills, with attention to detail.

Please DO NOT send your application to LACMA. Applications for this position will be accepted solely through the ACLS Public Fellows program. Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) by Thursday, March 24, 8 pm EDT, will be considered. The fellowship competition will begin accepting applications on January 14. For more information, please visit http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/

ACLS Public Fellows is a fellowship program offered by the American Council of Learned Societies with generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.


ACLS Public Fellow: Digital Content Specialist (Regular Full-Time)
Web & Digital Media

LACMA is pleased to announce its selection as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2016, the Public Fellows Program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector.  Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $65,000, and health insurance.

Through the ACLS Public Fellows Program, LACMA seeks a Digital Content Specialist with an aptitude for writing clear, concise, jargon-free, engaging prose, and finding engaging media pertaining to works of art in our collection. The specialist’s portfolio will include creating original content for our collections website, editing existing content, and working with third parties including Wikipedia to promote accurate, engaging content about LACMA’s collection on the web. The successful candidate should have an openness to a wide variety of scholarly points of view, strong collaboration skills, and exceptional writing skills with a particular emphasis on writing for a general adult audience. This position takes direction from and supplements our digital media staff, consulting with curators, educators, conservators, and other content specialists. The Digital Content Specialist may also be involved in interviewing artists in our collection. This is a great opportunity for someone who has an interest in working with novice audiences and the general public. By the end of the fellowship, the Digital Media Specialist will have contributed original content for a significant number of the 3,000 works on view in the galleries, and will fully understand and be able to optimize curatorial workflows for creating and disseminating interpretive data related to works in the collection via the web.

Primary responsibilities:

• In consultation with the digital media staff, writing and editing content for the web and mobile;

• In collaboration with the creative director for digital media, developing original video for the web and mobile, including planning, scheduling, transcribing, interviewing, and scripting;

• Co-developing online classes by working with curators and educators to gather and develop online resources pertaining to specific topics related to the museum’s collection;

• With curators and others, developing original content (text and audio) for works of art in the museum's collection online;

• Adding content to museum websites via LACMA’s CMS; and

• Working with Wikipedians and other third-party content developers and publishers to disseminate information about LACMA’s collection online.

Required and preferred qualifications:

• PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences

• Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral;

• Fluency in Microsoft Office suite and Google apps;

• High energy and passion for engaging general novice audiences in learning about art of all periods and places of origin;

• Excellent organizational and time management skills, with attention to detail;

• Excellent research skills; and

• Enthusiasm for online learning and web and mobile media.

Please DO NOT send your application to LACMA. Applications for this position are accepted solely through the ACLS Public Fellows program. Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) by Thursday, March 24, 8 pm EDT, will be considered. The fellowship competition will begin accepting applications on January 14. For more information, please visit http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/.

ACLS Public Fellows is a fellowship program offered by the American Council of Learned Societies with generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.


Assistant Curator (Regular Full-Time)
Modern Art

Reporting to the Senior Curator and Department Head of Modern Art, the Assistant Curator is responsible for twentieth century modern art until 1970. The department is particularly active within the museum. Primary responsibilities of the position include assisting the two department curators on research, exhibition, interpretation, publication, and development of the modern permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The Assistant Curator provides support and participates in discussions and presentations about acquisitions, presents programs for the departmental support group, works collaboratively with the museum departments as well as artists, collectors, donors, and the public, and helps prioritize and achieve short- and long-range institutional goals. This position represents the Museum locally, nationally, and internationally.

Some duties include: assists with research, development, coordination, and execution of special exhibitions and those based on the permanent collection; researches and writes scholarly texts related to special exhibitions and the permanent collection; participates in the planning of exhibition and related project budgets; develops and negotiates outside loans and exhibition contracts; assists the department curators with the development of the permanent collection, including acquisitions, deaccessions, and collections management; develops relations and programming with collateral departments in the museum; researches and assists with grant writing  related to exhibitions. The ability to work on multiple projects at the same time is essential.

The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree in Art History with expertise in modern art, Ph.D. is preferred, and at least three years of museum experience with progressively responsible curatorial experience and demonstrated experience in acquisitions, exhibitions, installation and scholarly publications. The successful candidate will have intellectual experience in European and American modern art, and prior experience with ambitious exhibition and publication programs in a museum. The following qualifications are required: ability to write for a public and scholarly audience; ability to collaborate with fellow curators, educators and a range of museum staff, professional colleagues, and museum supporters; fluency in English and at least one foreign language; strong public speaking and communicating skills.

Please include a list of references and a 3-5 page writing sample along with your cover letter and resumes. Please note that the online system can only accommodate one attachment, so all application materials should be combined into a single pdf or Word document.

Please follow this link to apply.


Associate Editor, Development & Campaign (Regular Full-Time)
Communications

Reporting through a dual reporting structure to the VP of Communications and the SVP of Development and Audience Strategy, the Associate Editor, Development & Campaign will play a key role in developing and editing print, online, and email communications for the Museum’s Development department, with emphasis on capital campaign materials and presentations. Working closely with the Vice President of Communications, Senior Vice President of Development and Audience Strategy, Communications Editor, and campaign consultants, the Associate Editor will draft messaging for fundraising opportunities for future museum expansion and will oversee the production of related materials.

Some duties include: strives to maintain consistency and be aligned with language and messaging from materials originated by the Development department, including invitations, donor email marketing, and high-level donor correspondence; strives to maintain consistency and be aligned with messaging from the Communications department, in particular, editorial content and institutional messaging produced by Communications by print and online materials;  oversees the creation of invitations, programs, and other printed materials for two major fundraising galas per year; coordinates with and incorporates contributions from the Graphic Design, Development, Communications, and Curatorial departments.

Writing projects will include donor profiles and select articles for Insider, the museum’s quarterly magazine, campaign publications, and short texts or correspondences on behalf of gift officers or executive staff. The Associate Editor may also be called upon to assemble presentations in PowerPoint or Google Slides for the campaign or Development in general. The Associate Editor should be highly organized, able to manage small and large projects with tight deadlines, while maintaining a consistent high quality of communications materials and content coming from the museum.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, or related field, and at least three years of editorial experience (copy or content), either on a full-time or freelance basis. A professional level of knowledge in liberal arts or coursework that involves a large quantity of writing and/or editing is required. Please include up to three writing samples, via links or attachments, with your resume and cover letter. Please note that the online system can only accommodate one attachment, so all application materials should be combined into a single pdf or Word document.

Please follow this link to apply.


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

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Education and Public Programs, the Community Engagement Manager is responsible for building relationships related to LACMA’s mission and art collection, with three communities in Los Angeles. Working collaboratively with LACMA staff and community members, the Manager of Community Engagement will develop and implement exhibitions and installations that engage diverse audiences and increase participation at LACMA by member of target communities.

Some duties include: works with the Senior Vice President of Education and Public Programs and the Irvine Grant Committee to develop a strategy for engaging communities in Inglewood, San Fernando Valley, and East Los Angeles; works with Education and Public Program staff and curators to develop exhibitions and related programming for the target communities; develops and maintains relationships with leaders, artists, and organizations in the target communities and organizes at least ten community meetings per year; transforms institutional priorities by working with internal staff  to create communication plans, financial projections, and assessment tools to privilege and analyze community engagement; increases the representation of members of the target communities at LACMA; manages the program budget and maintains statistics on program participation; writes materials including exhibition labels, magazine copy, curriculum, and grant reports; develops evaluation tools to monitor visitor engagement and program success; works with a broad range of departments at LACMA to embed the work that happens within the communities into the fabric of LACMA’s organizational structure.

The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree in Art History, Art Administration or Art Education, and at least three years of experience developing exhibitions, art workshops, community, or educational programming. Candidates are required to have demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills, be effective collaborators, possess knowledge of the target communities, and have experience managing staff and volunteers.

Please follow this link to apply.


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

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Education and Public Programs, the Community Engagement Assistant provides administrative support to implement programs for the Irvine Foundation grant funded community engagement program. This position will assist the Community Engagement Manager with programs related to exhibitions, art workshops, talks and community meetings related to LACMA’s permanent collection and community interests.

Some duties include: schedules routine meetings with community members, Senior Vice President of Education and Public Programs, Community Engagement Manager, and LACMA staff; assists with exhibition installations including preparing paperwork, arranging shipments, working with curators to borrow works of art, and facilitating the installation of artwork; assists with scheduling and hiring of speakers for talks at the museum and in the community; hires artists, orders supplies, works with community members to secure spaces, and assists with program implementation; processes payments and tracks expenses; keeps statistics and assists with preparing reports.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History, and two to three years of experience in a museum or cultural institution. Experience working with community members is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.


Gallery Media Coordinator (Regular Full-Time)
Exhibition Design & Production

Reporting to the Manager of Gallery Media, the Gallery Media Coordinator supports planning and programming efforts of the institution with a primary focus on time based media installations for special exhibitions and permanent collection presentations. The Gallery Media Coordinator will be responsible for planning and execution of gallery media components of selected exhibition projects as assigned by the Manager of Gallery Media.

Some duties include: prepares media for exhibition; plans and specifies equipment for installation; designs and installs time based media in galleries; performs daily maintenance of time based media in temporary exhibitions and permanent collections; manages equipment inventory, maintenance, and storage; plans and executes the installation criteria of time based media with curatorial staff and contemporary artists; collaborates with other design staff and works closely with gallery construction, art preparation and installation, and exhibitions staff; supports various departmental initiatives, including Development, Security, and Education.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Film and Video Production, Digital Media, Fine Arts, Visual Arts, or related field, and two to four years of experience working in a museum or gallery setting. Audio and video editing, compositing, media encoding, graphic design, signage, multi-display software/systems skills are required.

Please follow this link to apply.


Director of Development Operations (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Director of Development Operations oversees critical support functions including gift processing and acknowledgement, database management and reporting, and departmental budget oversight. This position works in close collaboration with front line fundraisers, across individual and institutional giving programs, and in collaboration with colleagues in Finance, Information Services, and Membership. The position will also work with donors, brokers, and custodians on stock and wire transfers.

Some duties include: manages and reports on Development’s annual expense budget and revenue goals; oversees gift processing and acknowledgement, database management and reporting; provides departmental narrative and revenue reports for quarterly Board meetings; reconciles revenue and expenses with Finance and Accounting and provides monthly pledge reports; completes new employee requisitions and coordinates office space; develops and expands staff training and training materials; explores new technologies and improves and centralize systems; coordinates invitations lists for galas and opening receptions; coordinates departmental holiday card mailing.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and at least eight years of progressively responsible development services experience. Knowledge of development data systems, particularly Raiser’s Edge, is required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in program innovation, and successful supervisory experience mentoring a seasoned and dedicated team.

Please follow this link to apply.


Manager of Corporate Giving (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.


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

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.


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.