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Director of Gallery Learning (Regular, Full-Time)
Education & Public Programs

The Director of Gallery Learning is responsible for establishing and maintaining best practices in gallery teaching with an emphasis on training and evaluating volunteers who provide school and public tours. The Director is also responsible for disseminating the institution's gallery learning philosophy throughout the Education & Public Programs department. Working with colleagues across the department and within the field of museum education, the Director researches, facilitates, and shares new information and best practices for visitor engagement to include virtual initiatives. As the department’s lead in gallery learning, the Director is responsible for developing and testing new in-person and virtual formats for gallery talks, courses, and programs that engage dynamic audiences in in-depth, meaningful experiences around the museum, our ancillary sites and featured works of art. This may involve implementing programs directly and training education department staff and volunteers to carry engagement models forward. The incoming Director of Gallery Learning should ultimately lead through a deep commitment to diversity, accessibility, equity, and inclusion.

Some duties and responsibilities of this position include: overseeing the Museum's docent program including researching, developing, and implementing training for school and public tour docents; coordinating Education staff and outside experts as needed to integrate into training programs; developing methodologies for evaluating school and public tours including evaluation instruments and overseeing procedures to facilitate these processes; evaluating docent performance through regular observations and meetings; attending all Docent Executive Committee and General Board Meetings and acting as a liaison between the Docent Council and the Education & Public Programs department; maintaining clear and effective communication to deliver messages and resources to the docents; managing content on the Docent Council website, in the Docent Council resource files and advising on the most effective strategy for utilizing communication tools and the online scheduling platforms for docents and schools; researching industry standards and developing strategies to maintain inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in the docent program through the refinement of the docent policies and procedures; researching trends and best practices in the field with regard to gallery learning strategies; developing strategies for innovative gallery tours, talks, courses, and programs that engage the Museum’s diverse audiences; proposing new offerings, both digital and face-to-face, that reflect current priorities within the Museum's public programs; developing tools to evaluate the success of gallery learning techniques; providing an annual training workshop to the department's full-time and part-time staff to disseminate best practices in the field; supervising associated program staff including the Docent Council Coordinator and part-time staff involved in the docent program; developing and monitoring budgets, hiring participants, and approving payments; monitoring budgets and keeping detailed records for each program area and project; overseeing Education & Public Programs department initiatives, including hiring Teaching Artists, Gallery Educators, artists, and speakers; overseeing the review of written materials for each exhibition including labels and didactics; providing the Publication Department feedback based on audience advocacy; writing and/or reviewing grants and grant reports for related program support; other duties and special projects as assigned.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, History, or a related field (Master’s degree in Museum Education, Museum Studies or Art History is preferred); 5-8 years in a related position with increasing responsibility including management of strategic planning, budget, and supervision of staff; familiarity with current trends, issues, and best practices in the field of museum education, including experience with curriculum writing, design, and implementation; excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to conduct independent research in areas relevant to LACMA’s collection; strong interpersonal and leadership skills for building effective working relationships at all levels within the Museum, and the ability to foster a collaborative and inclusive team environment; flexibility, passion, creativity, and adaptability to handle various needs in a dynamic and changing environment; thorough knowledge of the most current trends in gallery learning practices.

To apply for this position, please follow this link.


Gallery Lighting Assistant (Temporary, Full-Time)
Gallery Construction

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) seeks a Gallery Lighting Assistant responsible for supporting the Gallery Lighting team in the implementation and maintenance of exhibition lighting design.

Some duties include: assisting the Gallery Lighting Designer with the exhibition lighting; preparation of lighting equipment; lighting focus for installations; maintenance of lighting design for all open exhibitions; de-installation of exhibition lighting; maintenance of lighting storage spaces and carts; maintenance of the inventory of lamps, lighting material, and supplies; repair and service of light fixtures and accessories; maintenance of lighting scissor lift fleet by performing routine basic maintenance and safety checks; processing work order requests for extended lighting hours; use of time and project management software; use of G-suite apps including Gmail, Calendar, and Sheets; communicating effectively and clearly with colleagues, management and other departments; performing other duties or special projects, as assigned; maintaining regular and reliable attendance.

The qualified candidate should have at least 3 years of professional experience in lighting for museums, motion pictures, television, or theater. Must possess a valid Class C California driver’s license. Aerial lift certification required. Ability to effectively communicate via phone, text, email, and radio. Ability to problem solve and work well under pressure with conflicting demands. Ability to read and interpret documents such as lighting designs, plot plans, operating manuals, and maintenance instructions. Ability to understand and follow directions, guidelines, procedures, and institutional standards.

To apply for this position, please follow this link.


Gallery Media Technician (Regular, Part-Time)
Exhibition Design & Production

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

Some duties include: preparing AV hardware, software, and media for exhibition; installing time-based media in galleries; performing the daily maintenance of time-based media in temporary exhibitions and permanent collections; working alongside Gallery Construction, Art Preparation & Installation, and other departments; providing on-call and holiday support as required; supporting inventory projects and equipment maintenance; performing other duties or special projects, as assigned; maintaining regular and reliable attendance.

The qualified candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Video Production, Digital Media, Fine Arts, Visual Arts, or a related field; 1 - 2 years of experience working in a museum, art gallery setting, and/or industry (combination of related training, education, and/or experience will be accepted); experience in contemporary time-based media art and/or high-end AV installation.

To apply for this position, please follow this link.


Visitor Services Associate (Temporary, Part-Time)
Visitor Services

The Visitor Services Associate is responsible for providing outstanding visitor service while working front-of-house posts at the Ticket Office or in the museum. The position processes and sells museum admission, special programming tickets, LACMA membership, 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 and sharing important information pertaining to specific works of art. 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: actively demonstrate a guest-first attitude by exemplifying excellent internal and external guest service skills at all times; actively promote, sell, and service the LACMA membership program; maintain a conversational knowledge of LACMA’s general policies and procedures, membership programs, and the exhibition and programming schedule; clearly and concisely explain certain aspects of visitor experience that pertain to specific works of art; assist visitors in the capacity of gallery support, when required; share factual and necessary information with colleagues, visitors, and members via excellent written and verbal communications; attend various training sessions, as scheduled; operate a register and receive payment for ticket, membership and donation transactions while maintaining strict attention to cash handling accuracy; escalate any guest service issues, complaints, or unanswerable questions to the Visitor Services Leadership team; maintain regular and reliable attendance; perform other duties or projects, as assigned.

The qualified candidate will have a degree in Art History and/or equivalent work experience; strong skills in ticketing software, preferably in Tessitura; at least two years of excellent customer service experience; 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 holidays, nights, and weekends.

To apply for this position, please follow this link.


Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (Paintings) (Regular, Full-Time)
Conservation Center

The Conservation Center at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is seeking applications for Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Paintings Conservation.

The fellowship is a full-time position and includes an hourly pay rate, plus health benefits. Also, a 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. With proper training, the Conservation Fellow may act as a courier for works of art on loan or exhibition to other museums and institutions. Candidates will be considered who have graduated from a recognized conservation training program with a specialization in paintings/objects conservation.

Interested candidates must, in addition to this application, submit the following:

  • 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 submit the CV, statement, and letters of recommendation into this Google Form.*

The fellowship is a one-year position beginning October 1, 2020 (with potential for renewal).


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.

    Registrar & Collection Information Internships
    Year-Round
    Registrar's Office

    The Registrar's Office will be accepting applications for student interns on an ongoing basis, following the university semester system.

    Description
    The Registrar's Office creates and maintains the official records for all of the objects in the LACMA collections or on loan to the museum.  The internship program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about projects related to documenting the permanent collection, inventorying and cataloguing objects,  incoming and outgoing loans, exhibitions, database management, and special projects. The interns will be exposed to all phases of registration and receive additional assignments focusing on archiving and museum ethics.  This non-compensatory internship is appropriate for undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students from the following majors: museum studies, art history, art, anthropology, archaeology, history, and library science. Academic credit can be arranged.

    To Apply
    Interested candidates should email (regoffice@lacma.org) a cover letter, resume, and completed internship application form to Jaclyn Juarez, Registration Coordinator, Registration and Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    Deadlines for Application

    • Spring Semester (Jan. - Apr.): November 1st
    • Summer Term (May - Aug.): March 1st
    • Fall Semester (Sep. - Dec.): July 1st
       


    LACMA Internship Program Application

    Volunteering is a unique form of philanthropy: a gift of unrestricted time and expertise to the museum. Volunteering provides a means for members to bond over shared artistic passions, and participate in group tours, lectures, receptions and travel. There are a number of ways to give of your time to help LACMA. 

    Museum Service Council

    The Museum Service Council provides support to museum administrative staff, curators, and educational and family programs. Our volunteers work in the libraries, the Welcome Center, and the Boone Children's Gallery, help staff Family Day activities, act as hosts for special events, and assist in the museum stores. As a benefit, council members receive special invitations to private exhibition tours, activities and lectures with eminent curators. 

    The volunteer selection and training process occurs as needed, usually once per year. Stay tuned to this page for updates.

    Docent Council

    Members of the Docent Council provide tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for children and adults. School tours for students in grades 1–12 are scheduled weekday mornings, excluding Wednesdays, during the regular school year. Public gallery tours are offered throughout the year every afternoon the museum is open. The monthly schedule of public tours can be found on the LACMA calendar.

    We are not currently accepting applications for the Docent Council. Details will be posted here when we begin the recruiting process.

    An art background is not required in order to be a docent.  Prospective docents should have an interest in learning about art, working with students and facilitating positive museum experiences for visitors.  In addition to giving tours, docents enjoy an extensive program of continuing education provided by museum curators and lectures given by other leading scholars.  Upon completion of the application and interview process, newly selected docents participate in a two-year provisional program: one year devoted to weekly training in LACMA’s collection and touring techniques, and a second supervised year as a touring docent.