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Membership Sales Associate
On-Site Services

On-Site Services Associate
On-Site Services

Associate Editor
Communications

Digital Literacy Specialist
Information Services

Gallery Teacher for Mobile Programs
Education

Vice President
Development

Major Gifts Officer
Development

Assistant Conservator, Objects
Conservation

Manager of Donor Travel Programs and Services
Development

 


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

Reporting to the On-Site Services Supervisor, the Sales Associate is responsible for converting LACMA visitors into members.

The Sales Associate welcomes visitors, engages and educates them on all the benefits of membership with the goal of converting them to members. This individual quickly develops a thorough understanding of, and visible enthusiasm for, LACMA’s collections, exhibitions and programs. The Sales Associate works as part of an overall onsite team.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Sales, Art History or related field and at least two years of sales experience. Knowledge of and passion for the arts and ability to work well with others is required. Experience with point of sale software and/or Patron Edge and Raisers Edge is preferred. Candidates must be available to work evenings and weekends, and be on feet for long periods of time. Some light lifting of sales materials involved from time to time.

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.


Associate Editor (Regular Full-Time)
Communications

Reporting to the Director of Executive Communications, the Associate Editor will strive to maintain consistent language and messaging throughout the institution. The Associate Editor will review and develop print, online, and email communications in collaboration across departments, including Marketing, Membership, Graphic Design, Curatorial, and Education. Editorial projects range in scope from ads and signage to email marketing to long-form journalism.

Primary projects include the quarterly members’ magazine, monthly calendar, and Unframed blog (writing, editing, and soliciting content), in addition to managing editorial projects as needed, including copy for segments of lacma.org and membership or marketing brochures. The Associate Editor is the primary liaison between Graphic Design and all other departments, advising on and facilitating various print and online projects. Additionally, the Associate Editor must be able to research and provide accurate information regarding museum collections and history.  The Associate Editor should be highly organized, able to manage small and large projects with tight deadlines, while maintaining a consistent high quality of materials and content coming from the museum.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's degree 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 follow this link to apply.


Digital Literacy Specialist (Regular Full-Time)
Information Services

Reporting to the Vice President of Technology and Digital Media, the Digital Literacy Specialist engages employees on the range of digital tools available to them, helping individuals understand the value of these tools to the work they do every day. This position coaches, inspires, and mentors museum staff on adapting to technology in the performance of their job. The successful candidate should enjoy interacting with people; have an endless supply of patience and optimism, and a knack for finding a creative solution to every problem. This individual is instrumental in the technological transformation of the museum.

Some duties include: provides support to staff in the use of new technology, particularly software, including project management and collaboration tools; teaches digital literacy skills to staff at all levels; create core training and coaching curriculum, working with expert users in key areas of the museum to distill and disseminate knowledge; translates tools and techniques provided by Information Systems into terms that help individual staff and work groups understand how to use these in ways that are directly applicable to their day-to-day objectives and needs; supports mobility, iPhones, iPads, and use of Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and other applications for improved communication and collaboration; incorporates a variety of technologies into instruction including desktop and personal devices including iPads, smartphones (ex. voicemail, texting, camera, and videos); works with Director of User Support and Help Desk to plan lessons that include objectives, instructional activities, and assessments; designs authentic learning experiences to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be effective digital participants; utilizes effective teaching strategies that provide opportunities for learning and active engagement in the learning process; meets the needs of staff that are resistant or overwhelmed by change through workshops or one-on-one sessions; provides follow-up information, training videos and resources and referrals for staff and managers to encourage ongoing skill development; documents and monitors the digital literacy goals, objectives, best practices, and training resources for each major work group in the museum.

The qualified candidate will have fluency in Microsoft Office suite and Google apps, extensive knowledge using various social media tools, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Google+, and other emerging technologies. The successful candidate will demonstrate high energy and passion for digital literacy and transformation.

Please follow this link to apply. 


 

Gallery Teacher for Mobile Programs (Program-Specific)
Education

Reporting to the Director of School & Community Programs, the Gallery Teacher for Mobile Programs develops and implements object-based, interactive gallery lessons for a diverse group of elementary and middle school students as part of LACMA’s mobile programs: Ancient World Mobile and Maya Mobile. The gallery teacher will lead tours of LACMA’s ancient world collection and its collection of medieval and Renaissance art. 

Some duties include: conducts research in areas pertinent to the Museum’s collection and mobile program themes; conceives of interactive, participatory, student-centered tours and in-gallery activities for elementary and middle-school students with diverse backgrounds, including English Language Learners and students with multiple needs; leads gallery tours for elementary and middle-school students that focus on trade and art in the ancient Mediterranean, Latin American, Middle Eastern, South and Southeast Asian, and European galleries; implements gallery tours that adhere to best practices in museum education and are aligned with current State standards in the sixth and seventh grade curriculum for the visual arts, history-social sciences, and/or English language arts.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History or Cultural Anthropology and at least two years of teaching experience developing lessons in a museum setting. Experience with 6th and 7th grade curriculum and object-based teaching is required. In addition, the qualified candidate will have the ability to conduct independent research in areas relevant to LACMA’s collection, including ancient art, art of the Americas, Asian art, art of the Middle East, and medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Applicants are required to provide a sample lesson plan. Please note that the online application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so please combine cover letter, resume and lesson plan into one Word or PDF document.

Please follow this link to apply.


Vice President (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Located in the center of the creative capital of the world, LACMA is riding a wave of incredible momentum.  Since 2007 the museum has doubled its campus, doubled its exhibition program and doubled its attendance.  It has accomplished this through a comprehensive transformation that has included new buildings, a series of collection-changing art acquisitions and a visionary path to the future set out by its director and board of trustees.

LACMA is seeking an experienced fund raiser with entrepreneurial skills and a passionate commitment to art museums.  LACMA Development is responsible for securing more than $20,000,000 for annual operating and project support. Of this amount, approximately $12,000,000 comes from individuals.  The development department also has benchmarks to meet for art acquisitions and campaign revenue.  The LACMA Transformation Campaign has raised $338,000,000 in capital gifts since 2004, and is in the process of quietly raising over $100 million to set the stage for launching a larger campaign within the next 12 – 24 months. To support LACMA’s goals, we need a strong and experienced leader in the role of Vice President of Development.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Development and Audience Strategy, the Vice President is responsible for developing, implementing and managing all aspects of the following fundraising programs: major donor annual giving groups (including Curators Circle, Directors Circle, Avant Garde, the Councils and upper level Acquisition Groups), events, corporate giving, government & foundation relations, and development operations. The Vice President of Development collaborates closely with the Major Gifts team (restricted and unrestricted) to support the capital campaign and annual fundraising goals, develop fundraising strategies and implement programmatic tactics that result in increased revenue. The Vice President of Development supervises and provides work direction to the Associate Vice President of Corporate Giving, Director of Development Operations, the Senior Director of Events, Director of Annual Giving, Director of Government & Foundation Relations, and an Administrative Assistant.

Some duties include: develops, implements and manages all aspects of the museum’s annual fundraising programs; works alongside the Major Gifts team to support the capital campaign; facilitates in monitoring and organizing the capital campaign; solicits major gifts for projects and annual support; oversees implementation of donor recognition efforts for both campaign and annual support; develops marketing materials for various fundraising programs; edits donor letters, proposals, acknowledgements and credit lines; works closely with the SVP of Development and Audience Strategy and the senior management team to set revenue goals; provides overarching management to each area to ensure that projected revenue goals are met; attends internal and external events, conferences and meetings related to the museum’s fundraising efforts.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration, Marketing, Business Management or related field. Master’s degree or MBA preferred. At least 8 to 10 years of demonstrated, successful fundraising experience, experience with capital and endowment campaigns as well as strategic planning experience is required. At least 5 years of management and supervisory experience is strongly preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.


Major Gifts Officer (Regular Full-Time)
Development

Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, the Major Gifts Officer secures funding for LACMA by managing a group of assigned donors and prospects in order to obtain their continuing or new support, and upgrading their giving and involvement from year-to-year.

Managing a portfolio of 100-125 individuals, the Major Gifts Officer works collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other development staff, and other museum representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for museum-wide priorities. The Major Gifts Officer monitors all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations.

Some duties include: manages prospect activity for a portfolio of 100-125 individuals and participates in all aspects of the gift cycle; develops cultivation and target ask strategies, including working with volunteers; establishes a fluent understanding of the organization – its strategic vision, budget, programs, plans and impact of the program – in order to successfully communicate and represent the organization with constituents; qualifies donors and prospects to establish a caseload; develops month-to-month annual plan for contacts and asks for each individual prospect, and works with Museum staff and volunteers to develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; establishes financial goals for each constituent in the caseload, working towards closing $2-$3million in annual gifts; researches current donor networks, other program participants and event attendees for new prospects; works collaboratively with all development-related departments (membership, annual patrons program, exhibitions and restricted program support, planned giving and research), staff from all Museum content areas, and volunteers in order to prepare written proposals and meet fundraising targets; tracks all donor activity Raiser’s Edge database using LACMA’s prospect management system, following established protocols, and reviews monthly reports to asses activity and performance; participates in case development; provides staffing assistance for donor related events.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History or related field. A highly energetic professional with at least 5 years of experience with non-profit fundraising, including experience soliciting and closing six-figure+ gifts, and experience working directly with volunteers and donors, as well as a strong understanding of major donor cultivation and protocol is required. Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies is preferred. Also, must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments. Strong interest in visual arts is preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.


Assistant Conservator, Objects (Regular Full-Time)
Conservation

Reporting to the Senior Conservator for Objects, the Assistant Conservator works collaboratively with the entire conservation staff in all aspects of the care and preservation of the museum's encyclopedic collection of artwork dating from antiquity to the present.

Some duties include: prepares and reviews condition reports for works of art on loan and new acquisitions; prepares treatment proposals and reports in order to document all conservation work; undertakes the conservation and restoration of works of art; performs research and interacts with curators and other professionals to understand significance of artwork and artist’s intentions; advises on appropriate environmental conditions for the safe display and storage of works of art; acts as courier for traveling exhibitions and loans; assists conservation staff with the routine maintenance of the laboratory and the ordering of equipment and supplies; responds to questions from the general public.

The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program, with a specialization in objects conservation, and three to five years of related experience. Further postgraduate work and/or several years of employment in conservation is strongly preferred. Experience with the installation and de-installation of exhibitions and larger projects such as maintenance of outdoor sculptures is desired.  A demonstrated ability to treat a wide variety of three-dimensional objects, communicate effectively, and work well with other museum staff is essential.

This position requires a flexible work schedule to allow frequent national and international travel.  Active involvement in professional groups such as AIC, ICOM-CC or ICC is also desirable.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae, including a list of three professional references. Please note that the online application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so please combine cover letter, resume and lesson plan into one Word or PDF document.

Please follow this link to apply.


Manager of Donor Travel Programs and Services 
Development

Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving Programs, the Manager of Donor Travel Programs and Services is the primary staff member responsible for ensuring that LACMA helps its supporters connect with in-depth art experiences beyond the museum’s campus. The manager develops and oversees two key functions within the Annual Giving department – the LACMA Travel program, and ongoing travel concierge services for $10,000+ level donors engaging in personal art-related travel. The LACMA Travel program, including Board travel, LACMA Premium Travel for $2,500+ level donors, and LACMA Travel for $1,000+ donors, realizes approximately five annual travel programs spanning patron groups. Working in collaboration with internal program partners (especially curators) as well as outside travel vendors, the manager is responsible for all travel planning and execution, and is the at-home liaison during trips. Donor travel services include communication and credentialing for major international art fairs, helping donors gain access to art venues and sites worldwide during personal travel, staying informed about important developments in the art world, and communicating potential areas of interest to staff who may use the information and access to cultivate and steward patrons.

Some duties include: collaborates with and understands perspectives of LACMA development colleagues, curators, patrons and others to develop successful travel packages and calendar that will strengthen donor relationships with LACMA and increase contributed support over time; identifies and maintains relationships with travel agency vendors and travel guides best suited to fulfill travel program opportunities; works closely with curators and travel vendors, prepares trip itineraries, travel information, reports, communications, invoicing, etc. for internal travel program planning; creates and manages travel program budget, for LACMA and for individual trips; plans for and produces marketing plans and promotions for program offerings; ensures accurate and complete travel program information for database records; collaborates with Individual Giving colleagues in communicating development-related activities via written contact reports filed in Raiser’s Edge, and attends prospect management meetings; works with major international art fairs, as identified by development team, to credential and service LACMA supporters; helps plan and execute any LACMA programs taking place during fairs; develops and maintain art fair contacts; helps develop potential self-travel itineraries for patrons, in conjunction with LACMA-related and/or art world events; prepares and sends occasional briefs to development staff informing them about new or exciting opportunities around the art world, including exhibitions and projects related to LACMA permanent collection artists; supports travel-related donor cultivation and stewardship efforts in partnership with development colleagues.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Art History, Art Administration or related field, and at least five years of experience with a top-tier contemporary art gallery, auction house or art museum. Experience servicing clients or patrons accustomed to an exceptionally high level of quality and responsiveness is required. Experience using the Raiser’s Edge database is strongly preferred.

Please follow this link to apply.


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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.