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To apply for a posted position, e-mail your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org. Upon receiving your resume, we will review your credentials and contact you if they are commensurate with the requirements of the position for which you are applying.

Unless otherwise identified, all job opportunities are based in downtown Los Angeles at MOCA's staff offices located at MOCA Grand Avenue. MOCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thank you for your interest in MOCA.

Audio/Visual Technician (Temp)

Overview:

Audio/Visual Technicians work in the Operations Department with oversight by the Director of Operations.  They report directly to and are supervised by the AV Technical Manager to perform a variety of tasks specific to the operation and care of audio-visual equipment and/or multi-media exhibitions. Responsibilities include handling, installing and troubleshooting complex artworks, assisting with projection, audio engineering (including live sound), videotaping, and lighting. Temporary AV technicians provide assistance for MOCA rental events, exhibitions, film and video presentations, performances, lectures and presentations and various other programs at MOCA as needed.  Performance and programming venues include the Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA Grand Avenue and the Warehouse at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.  Other duties may include assisting in the preparation of exhibitions, including the handling of artworks, light construction and routine maintenance. These functions involve partnership with the Rentals Program Manager, Registration Department, Curatorial Department, Exhibitions Department, Education Department, and visiting artists and curators working on museum projects. The safe and careful handling of all objects placed within the Museum's care, whether owned or borrowed, is the utmost priority of all production staff, including providing quality professional expertise with portable AV equipment for live events.  As a contemporary art museum MOCA presents both conventional and nonconventional art forms that can be experimental in nature. Projects at the museum vary greatly and as such all Temporary AV Technicians will be required to perform a variety of tasks beyond the technical application of equipment. 

Essential Functions:

  • Works with AV Technical Manager and Exhibition Technicians in preparing and installing all AV equipment for exhibitions and with other MOCA staff for programming and events.
  • Maintains operations of exhibitions including monitoring all media elements, performing routine maintenance with supervision of AV Technical Manager.
  • Assists with care, maintenance and tracking of the museum’s A/V equipment.
  • In coordination with the AV Technical Manager, provides audio-visual services for live events, including setup and operation of media for museum’s programming, rentals and other functions.
  • Must be able to work well as a team member in a professional manner with a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel in accomplishing projects with high production standards.
  • Must be able to work in a precise and careful manner under stringent deadlines.
  • Must display creativity in solving technical problems, and flexibility in adapting to unusual circumstances.
  • Must be willing to understand and learn new technologies specific to MOCA installs and events

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Film/Video, Theater, Audio Production, Media Arts, Performing Arts or a closely related field strongly preferred.  Experience may count towards a degree.  
  • Minimum experience of two years working with film, video, audio, new media or related production work.
  • Computer competency required.
  • Basic electrical knowledge required, advanced electrical knowledge preferred.
  • Working knowledge of tools and proper application required.
  • Must demonstrate safe use of equipment including, but not limited to: media equipment, electrical equipment, personnel lifts, and various portable and stationary power tools.

Note: In compliance with the Labor Code 6401 (SB) and General Industry Order 3203 Injury and Illness Prevention Program, The Museum of Contemporary Art has an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. We deploy a number of systems for identifying, evaluating, and preventing occupational safety and health hazards, in addition to initiating Employee Safe Training with all stationary and mobile power tools and in the handling of all relevant materials and substances.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following:

  • Stand for long periods
  • Bend, stoop, reach, lift, and climb to move materials and operate equipment
  • Climb up and down stairs and ladders
  • Reach both above and below shoulder height
  • Be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Manual dexterity to operate manually-controlled equipment and artwork
  • Ability to visually inspect work; specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this JD describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.orgwith the subject line "Audio/Visual Technician (Temp)".

Curatorial Administrator

Overview:

The Curatorial Administrator provides varied and complex administrative and curatorial assistance to the Senior Curator and general administrative assistance to the Curatorial Department. Duties include drafting correspondence, screening calls and visitors, coordinating travel arrangements, maintaining daily schedule and calendar, sorting and screening mail and email, organizing files and databases, performing some research, replying to inquiries, and serving as liaison to other museum departments, museums, galleries, collectors, artists, and trustees.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide administrative assistance to the Senior Curator including, faxing, scanning, producing power points, and photocopying. 
  • Draft correspondence for the Senior Curator’s signature. 
  • Schedule and assist in the coordination of meetings, lunches, lectures and other events for the Senior Curator. 
  • Create, organize, and maintain files and databases for Senior Curator’s exhibitions, special projects, correspondence, travel, and daily operations. 
  • Greet and screen visitors. Screen and route incoming and inter-office correspondence including a large volume of telephone calls and emails.
  • Answer inquiries regarding unsolicited artists' materials, exhibition proposals and acquisitions. 
  • Maintain and order supplies for Senior Curator’s office. 
  • Organize travel arrangements for visitors to the museum (those arriving in conjunction with the Senior Curator’ exhibitions and other projects.) 
  • Coordinate travel arrangements for Senior Curator and visiting artists/curators, including confirmation of air and hotel reservations; preparation and distribution of itineraries; submission of per diem check requests and expense reports to the Finance department in a timely manner. 
  • Handle all aspects of the Senior Curator’s expenses including submitting expenses for reimbursement, processing invoices received, and reconciling credit card statements. Review budgets that pertain to Chief Curator/Deputy Director of Exhibitions & Collections’ exhibitions, travel, etc. 
  • Assist with preparation of Acquisitions Reports for works being considered for the Permanent Collection; copy and deliver to Registrar; assist donors and galleries with questions and follow-up, as needed. 
  • Handle any issues with procuring digital images for lectures, Development, and Public Affairs. 
  • Act as liaison with other departments such as Administration, Registration, Exhibition Production, Communications, Development, Publications, and Finance to facilitate the museum’s exhibition programming. 
  • Organize exhibition documentation with photographer within designated budget. 
  • Send out catalogues and other materials to exhibition artists and lenders. 
  • Assist in the organization of events surrounding the opening of exhibitions including the preparation of invitations, invitation lists, and the handling of RSVPs. 
  • For MOCA originated projects, research contact information and the location of artwork. Prepare and send out loan forms for works in the exhibition, and follow up on these requests. 
  • For MOCA originated projects that travel to other venues, assist in the preparation of exhibition materials for borrowing institution including, but not limited to, checklist of the exhibition; visuals; catalogues; wall labels; wall text; gallery guide; any other didactic materials. For non-MOCA originated exhibitions, coordinate and process lending venue’s checklist of the exhibition; visuals; catalogues; wall labels; wall text; gallery guide; any other didactic materials. Provide continuing follow-up to fulfill contractual obligations. 
  • Assist in the hiring of additional support staff for the Senior Curator and Curatorial Department, such as interns and research assistants. 
  • Assist Curatorial Department interns and research assistants with issues regarding the exhibition and general MOCA policies. 
  • Provide general departmental assistance as requested. 
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of three years' executive or curatorial assistant experience with excellent organizational and communication skills, and ability to handle multiple assignments required. 
  • Must have proficiency in Word, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint, familiarity with The Museum System (TMS) is helpful. 
  • Must have excellent writing skills, with ability to compose and edit correspondence. 
  • Must have strong social intelligence skills with ability to exercise tact and diplomacy. 
  • Knowledge of contemporary art required.

Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Curatorial Administrator".

Educator

Overview:

MOCA Education strives to make education more collaborative, inclusive, and learner-centered, to nurture intellectual growth through experiences with contemporary art, and to increase access to the transformative power of art.

The Educator will work primarily within Contemporary Art Start (CAS), the Museum’s year-long partnership program for 3rd-12th grade classrooms across Los Angeles County. Through CAS, MOCA invests in helping teachers lead inclusive discussions about contemporary art with their students.

Within this part-time position (12-20 hours per week), the Educator will primarily assist with the development and implementation of discussion-based tours for students and learner-centered professional development trainings for teachers within CAS as well as assist with our family programs. Family programs include in-person events that incorporate guided tours and artmaking experiences and online programs with guided discussions and accessible artmaking activities. MOCA is looking for candidates who are interested in developing into highly trained teacher-coaches.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with the development and implementation of discussion-based tours for students
  • Facilitate learner-centered professional development trainings for teachers within CAS. 
  • Assist with research, development, and implementation of family programs for all ages and ability levels. 
  • Lead inquiry-based tours for 3rd-12th grade students
  • Help facilitate professional development workshops for teachers
  • Co-develop creative curriculum and projects for students, families, and adults
  • Use social justice as a lens to examine teaching practices
  • Occasionally assist with other large-scale community events as well as the MOCA Teen program. 
  • Actively participate in weekly staff meetings
  • Work independently and remotely on a variety of projects
  • Engage in professional-development learning opportunities, research opportunities, and peer-coaching
  • Facilitate large-scale, public-facing programs 
  • Promote MOCA Education programs to help recruit future participants 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in art education, studio art, art history or closely-related field 
  • Ability to reflect upon and examine their own teaching as well as that of others 
  • Knowledge of and experience in art education
  • Knowledge of and experience in anti-oppressive teaching 
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art 
  • Experience working collaboratively with diverse team members.  
  • General flexible attitude
  • Comfortable pivoting between online and in-person programming  
  • Solution-oriented 
  • Studio art practice preferred
  • Staff hours vary according to the academic calendar. Staff hours include 14 full days of facilitating professional development for teachers over the summer and four Saturdays each fall and spring; family programs occur on weekends throughout the year.

Physical Demands:


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move around and give hour-long tours around the museum (shifts usually consist of two tours); use hands to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and demonstrate effective communication skills. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. During CAS teacher workshops and family workshops, this employee will assist with the setup and cleanup of studio art and other activities, involving duties including but not limited to bending to tape down tarps, lifting and reaching to set up canopies and tables, and carrying other supplies.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position; they do not purport to describe all functions of the position. Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions of the position may change or be changed from time to time as necessary.

Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Educator".

Assistant Registrar

Overview:

The Assistant Registrar performs registration duties relating to the collection, acquisitions, loans, and temporary exhibitions as assigned by the Senior Registration team, and the Director of Registration & Collections.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with the day-to-day, general operations of the museum’s registration department, including the Collection, acquisitions, loans, and temporary exhibitions as needed, or otherwise assigned.
  • Prepare Deeds, condition reports, object receipts, checklists, spreadsheets, and other museum registration documents as required in a complete, consistent and error-free manner.
  • Update records in TMS database, run database reports, and work extensively with both the database and physical object files and records.
  • Organize, prioritize and maintain large amounts of information.
  • Assist with general research requests from outside researchers. 
  • Assist the Director of Registration & Collections with special projects as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Minimum one year of full-time experience working in museum registration or collections management.
  • Basic knowledge of coordinating artwork packing and domestic shipping.
  • Basic knowledge of preparing condition reports, packing worksheets, and other registration-related forms and documents. 
  • Must be detail-oriented with excellent organizational and communication skills (oral and written). Ability to multitask, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines. Manage private information in a discreet and professional manner. 
  • Computer experience with the G-Suite of applications and museum collection management databases (preferably TMS) required. 
  • B.A. degree, Art or Art History degree helpful. 

Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Assistant Registrar".

Director, Advancement Department

Overview:

The Director, Advancement Department is responsible for working with the Deputy Director, Advancement to plan, develop, direct, and execute a comprehensive and successful development operation for MOCA, consistent with the museum’s mission. This position reports directly to the Deputy Director, Advancement and oversees Advancement department staff and daily operations.

The Director, Advancement Department will integrate advancement efforts with all museum functions including exhibition and education programming, public relations, marketing, and the museum’s online presence. The Director, Advancement Department serves in a key leadership role that provides forward-thinking guidance with the result of driving revenue growth, improving operational efficiency, and fostering innovation throughout the organization’s various programs. The position is tasked with assisting the Deputy Director, Advancement in creating sustainable infrastructure and a positive work environmental for the Advancement staff.  

Essential Functions:

FUNDRAISING & STRATEGIC PLANNING

  • In collaboration with the Deputy Director, Advancement, be an effective partner with MOCA’s Board of Trustees regarding development goals and keep them informed with regular reports on development progress, challenges in meeting goals, data analyses, and projections.
  • Be a passionate, visible, and informed advocate for MOCA actively seeking opportunities to engage with the broader community and to participate in events that position the Museum for improved fundraising or visibility.
  • Direct strategic fundraising efforts and leads a comprehensive and robust fundraising program including but not limited to membership, donor travel, annual fund giving, corporate sponsorship, and institutional support.
  • Collaborate with Deputy Director, Advancement, and campaign consultant on all future campaign-related events and communications, including case statements, naming opportunities, funding proposals, and board reports.
  • Identify major gifts ($50,000+) from a diverse group of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Ensure high-quality and appropriate stewardship of donors at all gift levels.
  • Support in creating and executing a long-term plan that elicits and secures philanthropic support to fund programs and priorities over a 3-5-year timeframe; manage a portfolio of top donors and prospects for the organization and maintain an active pipeline of solicitations and cultivation activity.
  • Prepare and oversee annual operating plan and budget designed to facilitate achievement of the fundraising goals and objectives; work closely with Deputy Director, Advancement to track, analyze, and report on progress, and ensure that fundraising needs are met promptly.
  • Responsible for setting and meeting goals for growing and stewarding acquisition groups & councils and conduct ongoing budget analyses of programming to ensure that restricted giving groups are fiscally responsible. 
  • Participate in donor events, including work on evenings and weekends; some travel required to meet with donors and implement programmatic activity; occasionally participates in MOCA Travel programs. 
  • Oversee donor technology platform and vet policies and procedures for entering data, moves management, contact notes, and reports.
  • Oversee all special projects as directed by the Deputy Director, Advancement.

MANAGEMENT

  • Oversee matters relating to the operational management of the department, in conjunction with Deputy Director, Advancement. Provide regular written evaluations and reviews; make staffing structure recommendations based on developing needs and goals; take counseling and corrective action with employees when necessary.
  • Provide innovative, visionary, and strategic operational planning and direction for all Museum development activities. Facilitate communication among development team members and between development and other Museum departments.
  • Align development department activities by creating an ambitious, comprehensive, written annual development plan and calendar with clearly defined goals, objectives, timelines, and assignment of responsibilities. Create, manage and monitor an annual development program budget and track progress through monthly and annual reports;
  • Create a supportive, collaborative, productive, and healthy work environment based on respect, teamwork, and clear expectations and responsibilities. Support opportunities for professional development.
  • Commitment to diversity and a history of working effectively with all people irrespective of their economic status, ethnicity, gender, educational level, or sexual orientation.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position. They do not purport to describe all functions of the position. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions of the position may change or be changed as necessary.

Requirements:

  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising principles and strategies that span capital and endowment campaigns, annual giving, planned to give, and gifts of art.
  • Excellent leadership and administrative skills, including a successful track record, managing an advancement team, and inspiring steady and successful performance.
  • Proven success in building enduring relationships; personal experience in the formation, presentation, and negotiation of high-level gift arrangements, including a track record of involvement in significant individual and institutional gifts from foundations, corporations, and governmental bodies.
  • Strong familiarity with the philanthropic and arts communities; experience working with non-profit boards, committees, and donors.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, sound judgment, and the ability to effectively and professionally represent MOCA to potential donors, and external organizations.
  • Strong analytical skills; strong understanding of budgets and finance, including restricted and unrestricted funds.
  • Team player. 
  • At least six years of experience fundraising for a major non-profit organization, preferably in the arts, or comparable career experience.
  • Bachelor degree preferred. Interest in art a major plus.

Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Director, Advancement Department".

Director of Curatorial Affairs

Overview:

Working as the primary liaison for curatorial affairs to the Artistic Director and Executive Director, the Director of Curatorial Affairs provides managerial oversight of the Curatorial department and leads the administration, coordination, and successful implementation of all operational aspects of curatorial affairs, including management and cultivation of curatorial staff, exhibition planning and department budgeting, and development of curatorial publications. The Director of Curatorial Affairs also serves as a member of the museum’s senior leadership team, collaborating on strategic planning, the execution of administrative and budgetary matters, the establishment of policies and procedures, and long-range exhibitions and programming schedules.

Reporting to the Director in the interim, and eventually to the Executive Director, the Director of Curatorial Affairs must work in actively with representatives of other departments within the museum with an emphasis on building relationships and fostering a collaborative culture within the Curatorial department and across the museum.

Essential Functions:

  • Keep Artistic Director and Executive Director apprised of developments in relation to all exhibitions and other curatorial initiatives; works with the Artistic Director in implementing an exhibition program that advances the museum’s mission and vision.
  • Facilitate and manage progress on all curatorial affairs, including exhibitions, publications, and curatorial programs.
  • Develop exhibitions program budget in concert with the Senior Director of Exhibitions and Collections and curatorial team members. Maintain and work within budget; develop timelines for curatorial programs and projects.
  • Work closely with the Artistic Director, Senior Director of Exhibitions and Collections, and Senior Curators to develop a comprehensive three-to-five-year exhibition schedule.
  • Work closely with other departments on the development, implementation and execution of public programs, interpretive programs, digital content, online publications, and other key initiatives related to the dissemination of curatorial content.
  • Explore and develop joint programs in with other cultural and community organizations.
  • Oversee MOCA curatorial publications through all stages of production from concept to delivery, including meeting regularly with Curators to initiate publication proposals, developing publication budgets and schedules, negotiating contracts, and developing distribution plans.
  • Develop and monitor departmental budgets, contracts, agreements, and other administrative documents; guide development of agendas and presentation materials for curatorial meetings, board meetings, etc.
  • Develop performance standards for department; manage hiring, training, coaching, and performance management of curatorial staff; oversee workload and priority-setting of curatorial staff and determine equipment, training, and other needs.
  • Build a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, and teamwork within the Curatorial department, as well as cross-departmentally throughout the institution.
  • Actively mentor curatorial staff and champions their professional development and growth while holding team members accountable.
  • Supervise and support Curators throughout the process of exhibition proposal development and implementation for both in-house exhibitions and potential tour venues.
  • Facilitate decisions on exhibition proposals, exhibition loan requests, and long-term loan opportunities; evaluate, develop, and implement departmental procedures.
  • Ensure that curatorial initiatives are being carried out in alignment with the institution’s IDEA values.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Ten years of relevant experience; or acceptable equivalent.
  • A degree in management, museum studies, or related field is preferred, or a combination of education and experience equivalent to such a degree. 
  • Extensive knowledge of professional museum principles, and curatorial best practices and procedures.
  • Proven ability to create and manage budgets and timelines for curatorial projects and exhibitions.
  • Extensive knowledge of exhibition development, publications and programming, as well as digital content.
  • High emotional intelligence and strong staff management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead high-performing teams and guide team members’ growth and development.
  • Understanding of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion as they relate to the museum field and more specifically, to curatorial affairs.
  • Must be a systematic self-starter, with an action-oriented mindset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to cultivate strong working relationships and solve challenging problems collaboratively.

Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Director of Curatorial Affairs".

Assistant Curator

Overview:

Working with other Curators in the Department, the Assistant Curator conceptualizes and organizes exhibitions, including exhibition budgets, research, and documentation; investigating and proposing acquisitions; and fostering the interests of donors and collectors.

The Assistant Curator works closely with representatives of other departments within the museum, including but not limited to Education, Exhibitions, Management, Communications, and others outside the museum to prepare exhibition, education programs, grants and fundraising solicitations, public relations campaign, exhibition graphics, etc.

Essential Functions:

  • Conceptualize, organize and direct tasks related to exhibition projects and accompanying publications at a level commensurate with the highest professional standards and supervise the presentation of exhibitions organized elsewhere of a national and/or international scope.
  • Participate in curatorial department meetings regarding permanent collection, acquisitions, exhibition planning, museum strategic planning, fundraising, and other exhibition-related matters as needed.
  • Prepare exhibition descriptions for staff, board, prospective funders, and other groups.
  • Solicit works of art for the museum’s permanent collection.
  • Act as curator in charge of non-MOCA organized exhibitions, handling all aspects related to this function.
  • Cultivate relationships with donors, collectors, gallery dealers, artists, museum professionals, and scholars.
  • Conduct visits to artists’ studios, museums, galleries, and alternative spaces as necessary.
  • Works with the Donor Programs Manager to organize trips for support groups to cities in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Continue professional development (research, publications, lectures, juries, management, and academic training) and contribute to high-quality original research.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Two years of related experience; or acceptable equivalent. 
  • BA (MA preferred) in visual art, art history, museum studies, or a related cultural field.  
  • Extensive knowledge of contemporary art as well as current developments in museum culture and discourse.
  • Knowledge of collection management, exhibition development and current museum practices. 
  • Excellent skills in conducting primary research, writing, effective verbal communication and team-building. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and proven ability to work well with a range of colleagues and collaborators.
  • Passionate interest in the role of art in civic and community life.

Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Assistant Curator".

Chief Communications Officer

Overview:

The Chief Communications Officer (CCO) is responsible for developing PR and marketing strategies that align with the mission of the museum.  These efforts include effective storytelling around exhibits, events, and programs that appeal to local, regional, national, and international media as well as to other key stakeholders.  The CCO oversees a broad range of communications platforms including marketing, PR, and digital including moca.org.  

This critical role consistently builds and reinforces a vibrant, creative, and compelling public image for the museum in all paid and earned communications efforts.  This includes promoting the artistic and intellectual values of the museum.  The CCO works with department heads, senior staff management, and museum policy makers and will have considerable contact with the public and MOCA’s Board of Trustees.

Essential Functions:

  • In consultation with the Artistic and Executive Directors, Deputy Director, and key staff members, develop, implement, and manage a comprehensive integrated marketing and communications plan, which highlights museum activities and directs them towards specific institutional goals. Monitor programs and recommend modifications, as appropriate.
  • Develop and oversee MOCA’s digital strategies, including all online marketing, earned social media, and moca.org.
  • Supervise museum’s media relations, proactively seeking opportunities to strengthen the museum’s public profile on a local, national, and international level. Establish and maintain good relationships with representatives of the local, national, and international art media to help secure positive coverage of exhibitions and other museum activities.
  • In consultation with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Deputy Director, shape public statements including those concerning museum policy, positions on current issues affecting the museum, exhibitions, artists represented at the museum, and other matters management deems relevant. 
  • Serve as official spokesperson in absence of, or in lieu of the Directors, as appropriate. Advise Directors and senior staff on public relations implications of organizational policy and program decisions.
  • Oversee crisis communications strategy and tactics working with senior leadership and external counselors as needed.   
  • Manage and supervise relationships with communications and digital agencies.
  • Supervise the development of the museum’s collateral material, publications (not exhibition catalogs), and promotional materials.
  • Supervise the editing of museum print, digital, and moca.org content.
  • Work in partnership and meet regularly with the Curatorial department to discuss promotional strategies for exhibitions, and other programs and events. Additionally, work with individual curators to develop media and promotional materials and marketing plans for their projects.
  • In concert with the Development Department, create and fulfill marketing communications strategy to bolster Membership objectives.  This includes initiating media and corporate sponsorships, and amplifying benefits.
  • In concert with Education Department, develop marketing and media initiatives to promote Education programs and events, and MOCA visitor experience.
  • Oversee Community marketing activities and cross-promotions.
  • Participate as a member of the museum’s senior staff in policy making and strategic planning for the museum.
  • Work with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Deputy Director to facilitate communication with the museum trustees, staff, and constituents as appropriate. Ensure internal communications are aligned with the Institutional brand, consistent across all mediums, and integrated with messaging.
  • Work with internal stakeholders to collect information associated with a variety of organizational initiatives/team member experiences and propose, develop, and implement creative plans to communicate it to multiple employee audiences.
  • Works closely with leadership and advancement team to ensure all public announcements are shared with staff and donors either prior to or in tandem with the press. 
  • Select, supervise, develop, and evaluate Communications’ department staff.
  • Work with Deputy Director and CFO to develop and maintain budgets for all Communications Department operations and activities.
  • Foster and maintain a network of contacts with PR counterparts at museums locally, nationally, and internationally, marketing and communications directors at other Los Angeles arts organizations, and communications professionals in the corporate sector.

Requirements:

  • Minimum ten years’ senior-level experience in marketing communications, preferably in the cultural arena and with a public institution. 
  • Expertise in the development and execution of strategic integrated communications plans across Marketing, PR, and Digital. 
  • Ability to effectively leverage the museum’s expanding digital presence to reinforce communications goals.  
  • Track record developing strong relationships with international, national, and local media. 
  • Solid understanding of graphic design, print production, and website management.
  • Staff management experience with an expertise in motivating, inspiring, and building a dedicated and passionate team. 
  • Strong writing abilities with experience developing content across a variety of platforms and in different styles.
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills and passion for working with others. 
  • Experience as a spokesperson to print and electronic media outlets.  
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and the Los Angeles art world and marketplace is a plus.
  • Bachelor's degree in art history or communications preferred.

Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Chief Communications Officer".

Senior Curator

Overview:

Working under the supervision of the Director of Curatorial Affairs, and alongside other Senior staff, the Senior Curator will conceptualize and develop a range of museum initiatives including but not limited to exhibitions, programs, and acquisitions, all within a dynamic and well-balanced public program, including research, and documentation. The Senior Curator will participate in developing funding sources for acquisitions, exhibitions, and other special programs and will serve in a position of leadership within the curatorial department and across the museum generally. The Senior Curator supervises the work for their direct exhibition projects with Curatorial Assistants and works alongside curators on relevant projects. Works with other Senior Curators in selecting Curatorial Assistants.

The Senior Curator must work with representatives of other departments within the museum, including but not limited to Education, Exhibitions, Management, Communications, and others outside the museum with an emphasis on building relationships and educating new and diverse audiences.

Essential Functions:

  • Conceptualize, prepare, and organize a range of exhibitions, acquisitions, and programs, working with Senior staff and existing departments in furthering the mission of the institution.
  • Develop and realize special programs, exhibition projects, and accompanying publications at a level commensurate with the highest professional standards and supervise the presentation of exhibitions organized elsewhere of a national and/or international scope.
  • Direct the exhibition and care of the museum’s collection, and further develop the depth and quality of the collection through purchase and gift.
  • Develop effective interpretive programming for the public including publications and lectures and work with the Director of Education & Visitor Engagement to develop programs that accompany special exhibitions.
  • Select, supervise, develop and evaluate support staff and interns to maintain the quality of the department’s programs.
  • Develop and maintain advantageous relationships with the community of artists, critics, dealers, museum colleagues, professional organizations, collectors, trustees and friends of the museum; encourage the development of private collections that have a chance of eventually enhancing the museum’s holdings; provide professional counsel and leadership to museum auxiliary groups.
  • Assist the museum’s Development Department with fundraising efforts to bolster and promote exhibition and museum activities.
  • Continue professional development (research, publications, lectures, juries, management and academic training) and contribute to high-quality original research.

Requirements:

  • Master's degree in art history, museum studies, or related field; 
  • Six years of related experience; or an acceptable equivalent.
  • Extensive knowledge of collection management, exhibition development, and current museum practices. 
  • Excellent skills in conducting primary research, writing, effective verbal communication and team-building skills. 
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and work well in a team environment is also necessary.

Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Senior Curator".

Preparator (Full-Time Employee)

Overview:

Preparator is an entry level position and works onsite under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Production, the Exhibition Production Manager, and/or Senior Preparator as assigned, to receive, mount, pack and disperse all exhibitions, including loans and works in the Permanent Collection. These functions involve working closely with the Registration Department, Curatorial Department, and visiting artists and curators working on museum projects. Primary responsibility is the safe and careful handling of all objects placed within the Museum's care. Because the scope of the MOCA's exhibition program incorporates conventional art forms as well as those which are more experimental in nature, Preparator will have a variety of tasks and functions to perform, relating to all aspects of construction, fabrication, installation and maintenance of exhibitions.

Essential Functions:

  • Safely and carefully handle all objects placed within the museum’s care.
  • Work well as a team member and interact with a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel.
  • Communicate in a clear and concise manner, verbally and written.
  • Receive, release, load, and unload shipments of art as assigned. Lead crews in safe loading and unloading of trucks and movement of art.
  • Work in a precise and careful manner under stringent deadlines.
  • Act as a team leader to Temporary Preparators in accomplishing daily departmental goals.
  • Maintain work spaces, gallery spaces, and artworks on display or in the collection according to standards set by Registrars, Exhibition Production Managers, and Senior Preparators.
  • Display creativity in solving technical problems and flexibility in adapting to unusual circumstances.
  • Work with the Senior Preparator and/or Exhibition Production Manager to maintain and replenish inventory of supplies and materials for packing and installation.
  • Participate in the planning and installation of exhibitions; includes attending meetings with other departments, creating physical and digital maquettes of artworks, and contributing to the design and fabrication of exhibition furniture for shows as assigned.
  • Comply with safety standards on all equipment use and art handling.   
  • Attend all mandatory safety and equipment training sessions. 
  • Work closely with other departments, particularly Operations, Facilities, and Security staff as needed to provide continued support to the greater museum.
  • Help to foster a collegial and collaborative work environment, contributing to the development of department staff at all skill levels.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years' experience working in museums, galleries, or professional artist studios.
  • Exceptional manual dexterity and visual acuity skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Safe use of tools and equipment including, but not limited to: ladders and aerial lifts, non-electrical hand tools and various portable and stationary power tools.
  • Knowledge of installation hardware and common art installation and movement techniques.
  • Ability to multitask on a variety of concurrent projects.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.

Note:  In compliance with the Labor Code 6401 (SB) and General Industry Order 3203 Injury and Illness Prevention Program, The Museum of Contemporary Art has an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. We deploy a number of systems for identifying, evaluating, and preventing occupational safety and health hazards, in addition to initiating Employee Safe Training with all stationary and mobile power tools and in the handling of all relevant materials and substances.

Physical Demands    

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following:

  • Stand for long periods.
  • Bend, stoop, reach, lift, and climb to move materials and carefully handle artwork.
  • Climb up and down stairs and ladders; comfortably work at heights.
  • Reach both above and below shoulder height.
  • Be able to lift up to 50 pounds individually.
  • Operate manually-controlled equipment and safely handle works of art. 
  • Ability to visually inspect work; specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

DESIRED SKILLS

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, TMS, Sketchup and/or other relevant exhibition design software.
  • Experience with various fabrication, carpentry and construction techniques.
  • Experience using forklifts, personnel lifts and other motorized equipment.
  • Knowledge of contemporary art.

Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Preparator (Full-Time)".

Gallery Attendant (Part-Time)

Gallery Attendant I’s (GA I) will help to create an accessible and enjoyable experience in the museum galleries by engaging visitors in viewing and discussing works of art while also focusing on protecting the artworks. Scheduled at either of MOCA’s downtown locations—MOCA Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles and The Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo, GA I staff the museum, queuing, and entry points during public hours, special events, and public programs; handle ticketing admissions as well as membership sales and service. MOCA currently requires face coverings for all staff and visitors in public spaces; GA I help ensure compliance with this requirement.

Essential Functions

  • Participate in two full-day introductory trainings on visitor engagement strategies, art protection methods, and emergency procedures.
  • Participate in daily briefings and additional scheduled trainings, including curatorial walkthroughs of new exhibitions. When physical attendance is not possible, watch videos of trainings and walkthroughs, and log this time into employee time card system. 
  • In partnership with MOCA Security Officers, maintain posts in the museum lobby and galleries during public hours and special events   
  • Greet and orient visitors, engage visitors in viewing art and adhering to museum rules and policies including those set forth in the Visitor Code of Conduct.
  • Assist MOCA Security in handling fire/life safety protocols, including medical incidents or emergency situations.
  • Assist with check-in and staffing for special events and public programs, including organizing and communicating with people in line.
  • Stay up-to-date on museum information by reviewing written all-staff communications and attending all staff meetings.
  • Be knowledgeable about MOCA membership benefits and how to join; suggest memberships to visitors.
  • Use Altru and XTruLink ticketing and scanning systems to capture accurate visitor information and process transactions in both free and paid admission contexts.
  • Execute policies and procedures as outlined in training sessions, staff meetings, as well as written handbooks and supplements.
  • Using the two questions outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, interview each prospective ticket-purchaser who wishes to bring a dog into the museum to ascertaining that any animal permitted entry is a service animal and not an emotional support animal or pet. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • 1 – 2 years’ experience dealing with the public in a customer service or hospitality environment. Hospitality-oriented individual with strong people skills is preferred. 
  •  Friendly and outgoing, possessing strong communication skills to interact with diverse visitors. Understanding of how body language can convey a welcoming yet firm presence. 
  • Familiarity with museums; strong interest in contemporary art.
  • Three days per week minimum availability. Flexible schedule; ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, at any MOCA location as assigned.  
  • Ability to handle fast-paced events as well as remain focused and attentive during quieter times.
  • Ability to use good judgment.
  • In partnership with security personnel, willingness to act as a “first responder” in emergency situations such as earthquakes, power outages, or incidents requiring medical attention.
  • Possession of, or enrollment toward, a Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.


Application:


Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Gallery Attendant".


The Museum of Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the Museum of Contemporary Art’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.