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Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Paper
Conservation Center

Associate Mountmaker
Conservation Center

Art Preparator II
Art Preparation & Installation

Associate Conservator
Conservation Center

Assistant Director of Exhibitions
Exhibitions & Planning

Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Development

Museum Store Associate
Museum Stores

Visitor Services Associate 
Visitor Services


Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Paper (Regular Part-Time)
Conservation Center

Reporting to the Senior Conservator of the Conservation Center, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow will work on the conservation of works of art on paper, photographs, books and/or archives. The position includes a stipend for research and travel given at the discretion of the Director of Conservation. This Fellowship is a one-year position with potential for renewal.

Responsibilities

  • Examines and treats a wide range of works of art on paper and photographs.
  • Supports preventive conservation activities, exhibitions and loans, as well as conservation outreach.
  • Collaborates with conservators, conservation scientists, collections care specialists, curators and other Museum staff.
  • Develops a research project focused on artist materials or techniques and/or new treatment methodologies in collaboration with the Center’s Research Laboratory. 
  • Publishes and/or presents the research in a professional journal or conference. 
  • Participates in informal lectures, symposia, workshops as well as visits and collaborates with nearby cultural institutions. 
  • Couriers works of art on loan or exhibition to other museums and institutions.

Benefits

  • The expected hourly for this Los Angeles, CA based position is $23.00-$25.00, subject to change, and the position is eligible for LACMA’s comprehensive benefits package, including pension plan.
  • LACMA is committed to providing its employees with valuable and competitive benefits as a core part of a strong overall employee experience. 

Qualifications

  • Graduated from a recognized art conservation program or have equivalent work or apprenticeship experience, with a specialization in works of art on paper and/or photographs. 
  • Demonstrates visual, manual, and scholarly aptitudes. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

To apply, please use the following link.


Associate Mountmaker (Regular Part-Time)
Conservation Center

Reporting to the Mountmaking Manager of the Conservation center, the Associate Mountmaker is responsible for fabricating and installing the structures that safely support collections of artworks and artifacts while they are on exhibit. This is a hands-on opportunity with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. LACMA hosts numerous exhibitions, installations, and loans per year from its encyclopedic collection, and is dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, display, and interpretation of these objects.

Responsibilities

  • Proficiency in metal fabrication using the following equipment: TIG welder, drill press, milling machine, grinders, oxy-acetylene torch, and bandsaw.
  • Must possess accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of proper art handling protocols.
  • Knowledge of Conservation practices and standards.
  • Must be able to organize time and meet deadlines.
  • Will be required to lift heavy objects at times.
  • Excellent communication skills and a desire to work cooperatively with curators, art installers, and conservation staff.
  • Must be flexible to work onsite, or travel to offsite locations when needed.
  • Ability to adapt to varying project needs.
  • Knowledge of computer-based design programs will be an advantage, but optional.
  • Please apply with a portfolio that demonstrates your experience.

Benefits

  • The expected hourly for this Los Angeles, CA based position is $29.00 - $30.00, subject to change.
  • As a regular part-time employee, you become eligible for vacation and sick accruals programs and other discounts.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in fine art, jewelry design, industrial arts, or an acceptable equivalent in education and experience.
  • A minimum of three years of Mountmaking experience, with seismic Mountmaking skills preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of artifact handling or collection handling experience, preferably in a museum environment.

To apply, please use the following link.


Art Preparator II (Regular Full-Time)
Art Preparation & Installation

Reporting to the API Manager in the Art Preparation & Installation department, the Art Preparator assists the Installation team with work related to LACMA’s extensive and diverse art programs: exhibitions, permanent collections, and outgoing and incoming loans. Installs and maintains permanent galleries, special exhibition and temporary exhibition spaces, and art storage areas. Uses appropriate materials, equipment, and methods to display, store, pack and transport works of art. Executes the unpacking/packing, installation, disassembly, and storage of works of art, and associated materials for permanent and special exhibition galleries.

Responsibilities

  • Works on assignments of moderate complexity
  • Collaborates on the movement, packing and crating of works of art
  • Performs moderately complex carpentry and painting tasks
  • Adheres to LACMA safety procedures
  • Collaborates across departments and ensures the safe and controlled installation and deinstallation of works of art
  • Collaborates on the fabrication and installation of works of art and supporting materials
  • Collaborates across departments to pack, crate, receive, deliver, and install works of art
  • Performs other duties or special projects as assigned

Benefits

  • The expected hourly for this Los Angeles, CA based position $27.00 - $30.00, subject to change.
  • The position is eligible for LACMA’s comprehensive benefits package, including pension plan.
  • LACMA is committed to providing its employees with valuable and competitive benefits as a core part of a strong overall employee experience.

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • At least 2-3 years related experience
  • License to operate a variety of vehicles and forklifts
  • Self-motivated, curious, and demonstrates an appropriate sense of urgency
  • Knowledge of best practices for art handling and movement, installation and art object packing and crating
  • Proven skills in woodworking, cabinetry, metalworking, plastics, painting or decorative finishes, general construction, and/or moving heavy artwork by rigging
  • Strong hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and reasoning skills, large and small motor skills, and sensitivity to and understanding of materials
  • Proficient with Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Microsoft Office suite, familiar with TMS
  • Ability to read and interpret documents

To apply, please use the following link.


Associate Conservator (Regular Full-Time)
Conservation Center

Reporting to the Senior Conservator, Painting the Associate Conservator has a broad range of responsibilities, and requires expertise in the examination, preservation, treatment, and interpretation of paintings.

Responsibilities

  • Assesses paintings for treatment and makes recommendations to the Senior Conservator for discussion and approval with Curatorial departments.
  • Cleans paintings using various techniques including traditional solvents as well as aqueous and dry-cleaning methods.
  • Restores lacunae with various types and methods of filling and inpainting.
  • Undertakes surface treatments such as applying appropriate coatings when determined to be necessary.
  • Recommends and performs structural treatments such as tear repair and lining.
  • Remains current with research in the conservation field to promote conservation treatments of the highest current standards.
  • Interacts with the Science and Photography sections to analyze and document paintings before and during treatment.
  • Evaluate and recommend the best preservation circumstances for paintings in the Museum and its storage areas.
  • Writes comprehensive examination reports, treatment proposals, and final reports that explain findings and procedures to Sr. Conservator to review and to curators and other professionals, as well as interact with curators and other professionals as treatment progresses.
  • Writes reports for possible acquisitions which explain technical aspects and judgments of conditions reviewed by Sr. Conservator, which can be fully understood by conservators, curators, and other individuals, including donors.
  • Collaborates with other departments such as Curatorial, Registrar, Art Handling, and Collection Management in the planning and undertaking of exhibitions and loans which may require recommending treatments, environmental specifications, and conditions for safe transit and display of the artwork.
  • Included in the duties of exhibitions and loans is the accurate preparation and review of condition reports for incoming and outgoing exhibitions and loans, and the possibility of courier duties.
  • Proposes annual budgets with Sr. Conservator for the treatment of paintings along with the necessary supplies, equipment, and personnel.
  • Helps to oversee schedules and deadlines and contributes to upkeep of spaces.
  • Conducts tours and gives lectures; publishes and presents research with contributions to professional journals, collection catalogs, and social media.
  • Practices all safety standards and regulations concerning workplace, tools, and materials such as solvents, and follows local and LACMA safety guidelines while ensuring that others do the same.
  • Performs other duties or special projects, as assigned.
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.

Benefits

  • The expected annual salary for this Los Angeles, CA based position is $78,000.00 – $83,000.00, subject to change, and the position is eligible for LACMA’s comprehensive benefits package, including pension plan. 
  • LACMA is committed to providing its employees with valuable and competitive benefits as a core part of a strong overall employee experience.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program.
  • 7 to 8+ years of experience in the conservation of paintings, preferably with extensive museum work.
  • Demonstrated skill in the examination, analysis, documentation, and treatment of paintings.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience in cleaning, inpainting, tear repair, linings, and surface treatments of paintings should be shown in a portfolio of work accomplished in the past.
  • Solid art history background with exceptional expertise in the visual evaluation and appreciation of paintings and they should have demonstrated their knowledge of science and its application to the study of artworks, artist materials, and techniques, in reports and publications.
  • Familiarity with standard analytical equipment and more advanced analytical methods practiced with Conservation Science.
  • Experience with exhibition planning and loan requests and their related documentation, review, budgeting, scheduling, and coordination within and outside of the museum.
  • Well-informed in art preservation and in emergency preparedness and procedures.
  • *Please provide a writing sample, documentation of a Conservation treatment or link to a published article

To apply, please use the following link.


Assistant Director of Exhibitions (Regular Full-Time)
Exhibitions & Planning

Reporting to the Deputy Director for Curatorial and Exhibitions, the Assistant Director of Exhibitions is responsible for the planning and coordination of the museum’s ambitious exhibition program. In collaboration with the Deputy Director, the position develops the long-range exhibition schedule and corresponding budget. Leading a team of four, the Assistant Director of Exhibitions supervises and aligns the activities and workflow for permanent collection installations, commissions, temporary exhibitions, and traveling exhibitions. The successful candidate will be a dynamic professional who is flexible, with an ability to be pro-active and problem solve, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage multiple projects, while effectively representing LACMA to external stakeholders including artists, vendors, and other museum professionals.

LACMA’s exhibition program is a key part of its mission to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of significant works of art from a broad range of cultures and historical periods. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, the museum exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse population. Our spirit of experimentation is reflected in our work with artists, technologists, and thought leaders as well as in our many regional, national, and global partnerships to share collections and programs, create pioneering initiatives, and engage new audiences. Our employees are committed to the museum’s mission of inclusive access, collaboration, and dialogue, and to working closely with colleagues across the museum and our many communities beyond, fostering creativity, connection, and diverse thinking.

Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Deputy Director, develops and maintains long-range exhibition schedules and budgets.
  • Leads planning and coordination for all exhibitions, liaising with all stakeholder teams across the museum including Curatorial, Art Preparation and Installation, Collections Management, Conservation, and Registration. Manages the exhibition coordination team, assigning projects and tasks as necessary and liaises with exhibition teams to plan installations and schedules and assist in managing workflow and budgets.
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Director, establishes the project's budgetary scope. Coordinates preparation and scheduling of Exhibition Review Committee Meetings, and leads review. Collaborates with Senior Financial Analyst and coordination team to finalize exhibition budget, monitor actuals versus budget, and report on final project costs.
  • Oversees the development of exhibition tours, developing solicitation materials, identifying potential tour venues, establishing terms, and managing shared cost tracking and reconciliation.
  • Overseas the development of all necessary agreements including professional service agreements, exhibition agreements, and artist agreements.
  • Leads planning for exhibition program annual operating budget. Collaborates with Deputy Director and Senior Financial Analyst to ensure that program and project scopes meet divisional targets.
  • Liaises with key external stakeholders to support the museum’s many pioneering initiatives.
  • Provides clear communication of program, schedule, titles, and credit lines to staff throughout the museum.
  • Other special projects or initiatives as assigned

Benefits

  • The expected salary for this Los Angeles, CA based position is $115,000 - $125,000 subject to change, and the position is eligible for LACMA’s comprehensive benefits package, including pension plan.
  • LACMA is committed to providing its employees with valuable and competitive benefits as a core part of a strong overall employee experience.

Qualifications

  • BA in art history or related field
  • 8 to 10 years progressively responsible experience and demonstrated success in exhibition budgeting, planning, and production 
  • Extensive knowledge of the exhibition development and implementation process--including project management, budgeting, and contracts--is essential
  • Ability to problem solve, be proactive, flexible, and adaptive to changing priorities, and to collaborate with a diverse implementation team
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and organizational abilities
  • Advanced computer skills including MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Google Workspace (Drive, Docs, Slides, etc); familiarity with TMS preferred  
  • Knowledge of a foreign language is beneficial
  • Please provide a CV, cover letter, and list of three references. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. 

To apply, please use the following link.


Assistant Director of Annual Giving (Regular Full-Time)
Development

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving oversees the annual giving program for LACMA. This program currently involves ~350 donors and achieves more than $2 million in contributions. The program includes oversight of the Avant-Garde young patrons; Curator’s Circle; the museum’s annual LACMA Fund—which all generate unrestricted support for the museum. The Assistant Director is responsible for overseeing the overall program strategy including direct mail and electronic fundraising, in order to grow the supporter base, renew memberships and upgrade gifts to reach a goal over time of $5 million in contributions.

Responsibilities

  • Manages staff and provides oversight for all Avant-Garde, Curator’s Circle, and LACMA Fund administration. 
  • Tracks and manages expense budgets, and monitors income reports for the Annual Giving Programs
  • Develops an annual strategic plan for growing the annual giving program and defining accountability for the staff in the department
  • Oversees the strategy development, design and implementation of the annual LACMA Fund direct mail and online giving solicitations to increase the number of donors and prospects
  • Manages a detailed schedule of direct marketing activities, including copywriting, design, production, mailing, and list selection and segmentation 
  • Analyzes performance of the annual LACMA Fund campaigns and appeals to refine the segmentation strategy 
  • Edits and approves all annual giving program-related correspondence 
  • Oversees the timeline, communications and process for renewals, invitations, and acknowledgement letters
  • Works with Annual Giving and Events staff to establish a calendar of both cultivation and stewardship activity for annual giving program patrons
  • Participates in donor events, including occasional evenings and weekends; some travel required to meet with donors and implement programmatic activity
  • Works with the broader Individual Giving team to strategize recognition and stewardship across all gift levels
  • Collaborates with curators, volunteers, membership staff and others to move potential Annual Giving constituents into the program
  • Collaborates with major gifts, leadership and principal gifts teams to move potential support toward the major gift level
  • Works cross-departmentally and closely with the greater Development team, Membership team, Events team, Curators, and Program staff at LACMA
  • Participates in case development for all gift levels and opportunities for support at LACMA
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance
  • Performs other duties or special projects as assigned

Benefits

  • The expected annual salary for this Los Angeles, CA based position $66,000.00 - $72,000.00 subject to change, and the position is eligible for LACMA’s comprehensive benefits package, including pension plan.
  • LACMA is committed to providing its employees with valuable and competitive benefits as a core part of a strong overall employee experience.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Knowledge of Art History is preferred

  • Understanding of non-profit administration/fundraising

  • At least 5 years of experience with non-profit fundraising, including experience in membership and annual funds, as well as individual giving

  • 3 years of management experience

  • Experience using Tessitura is preferred

To apply, please use the following link.


Museum Store Associate (Temporary, Part-Time) 
Museum Stores

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Retail & Merchandising, the Museum Store Associate is responsible for providing outstanding customer service while working front-of-house and online retail at the Museum's stores. The position processes and sells museum merchandise, exhibition catalogs, books, apparel, jewelry, stationery, kids products, home items, and LACMA memberships on a register/computer using point of sale programs. 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.

Responsibilities 

  • Operates a register/computer and receives payment for sale transactions while maintaining strict attention to cash handling accuracy
  • Actively promotes, sells, store merchandise and LACMA memberships
  • Processes online and special orders
  • Gift wraps merchandise
  • Takes inventory of merchandise stock and maintains stock levels on the sales floor, and maintains store displays
  • Tags and stickers merchandise
  • Actively demonstrates a customer-first attitude by exemplifying excellent internal and external customer service skills at all times
  • Maintains a conversational knowledge of LACMA’s general policies and procedures, membership programs, and the exhibition and programming schedule
  • Shares factual and necessary information with colleagues, visitors, and members via excellent written and verbal communications
  • Attends various training sessions as scheduled
  • Escalate any customer service issues, complaints, or unanswerable questions to the LACMA Store management team
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance
  • Performs other duties or special projects as assigned

Benefits 

  • The expected hourly pay for this Los Angeles, CA based position is $18.00 - $19.00, subject to change, and the position is eligible for LACMA’s comprehensive benefits package, including pension plan
  • LACMA is committed to providing its employees with valuable and competitive benefits as a core part of a strong overall employee experience

Qualifications

  • At least one year of retail experience in a high volume and customer service focused setting
  • Background in Art History preferred
  • Strong skills in point of sale software, preferably in Erply and Shopify
  • Basic math skills
  • Must operate with attention to detail and strong organizational skills while managing a continuous workflow
  • Open availability including holidays, nights, and weekends

To apply, please use the following 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.  

Responsibilities

  • Actively demonstrates a guest-first attitude by exemplifying excellent internal and external guest service skills at all times
  • Actively promotes, sells, and services the LACMA membership program
  • Maintains a conversational knowledge of LACMA’s general policies and procedures, membership programs, and the exhibition and programming schedule
  • Clearly and concisely explains certain aspects of visitor experience that pertain to specific works of art
  • Assists visitors in the capacity of gallery support when required
  • Shares factual and necessary information with colleagues, visitors and members via excellent written and verbal communications
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance 
  • Employee is required to attend various training sessions as scheduled
  • Operates register and receives payment for ticket, membership and donation transactions while maintaining a strict attention to cash handling accuracy
  • Escalate any guest service issues, complaints, or unanswerable questions to the Visitor Services Leadership team
  • Performs other duties or projects as assigned

Benefits

  • The expected hourly pay for this Los Angeles, CA based position is $19.50 subject to change.
  • LACMA is committed to providing its employees with valuable and competitive benefits as a core part of a strong overall employee experience.

Qualifications

  • At least two years of relevant experience in a high volume and customer service focused setting 
  • Background in Art History preferred
  • Strong skills in ticketing software, preferably in Tessitura
  • Basic math skills
  • Must operate with attention to detail and strong organizational skills while managing a continuous workflow 
  • Open availability including holidays, nights, and weekends

To apply, please use the following link.


 

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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 the 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.

Internships: Unless otherwise noted, internship applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program, or recently graduated within 1 year, and reside in Los Angeles vicinity.

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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 engage with visitors of all ages through guided tours and casual dialogue to make works of art accessible for all. We are committed to inclusivity, access, and equity, and we believe that the Docent Council should represent the diversity of Los Angeles.

An art background is not required in order to be a docent. Prospective docents should have an interest in learning about art, working with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and facilitating positive museum experiences. In addition to working with visitors, docents enjoy an extensive program of continuing education provided by staff members and local experts. Members of the Docent Council perform a unique form of philanthropy by donating their time in a way that supports LACMA and the visitors it serves.   

The Docent Council is not currently recruiting new members. To be notified of future application opportunities, please email us at docentcouncil@lacma.org.