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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.

Current Positions Available:

Assistant Registrar

Overview

Working under the Head Registrar, the Assistant Registrar performs registration functions as assigned relating to the permanent collection, loans, and temporary exhibitions.

Requirements

  • At least three years of full-time paid experience working in an art museum registration or collections management department required. 
  • Verifiable knowledge and experience coordinating packing, making domestic and international shipping arrangements, and preparing condition reports. 
  • Detail-oriented individual with excellent organizational and communication skills (oral and written). 
  • Ability to multitask and work well under pressure and deadlines. 
  • Manage confidential information in a discreet and professional manner. 
  • Computer experience with Windows Office applications and museum collection management databases (preferably TMS) required. 
  • B.A. degree, preferably in Art History or related field. 
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed and assigned by Head Registrar. 
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required. 

Essential Functions

  • ​Support Head Registrar in handling permanent collection and temporary exhibitions and projects
  • ​Arrange incoming and outgoing packing and shipping for permanent collection, loans, and exhibitions
  • ​Prepare condition reports, receipts, checklists, spreadsheets, and other documents as required in a complete and error-free manner
  • ​Create and update records in TMS database and work extensively with both database and physical files and records
  • ​Ability to organize and maintain large amounts of information
  • ​Assist with temporary exhibitions as needed and assigned by Head Registrar

Physical Demands

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following: sit for extended periods; bend and reach for filing and other job-related functions; climb up and down stairs; bend, stoop, and lift to move and retrieve materials; pull, push, and lift; reach both above and below shoulder height.  Specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Must be able to visually inspect work.  Manual dexterity to operate computer and other office equipment required.  Heavy usage of computers and phones required. The position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule and travel. 

The physical demands described above 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.

Application

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org.

Executive Assistant to the Chief Curator

Overview

The Executive Assistant to the Chief Curator provides varied and complex administrative and curatorial support to the Chief Curator. Responsibilities 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, responding to inquiries, and serving as liaison to other museum departments, museums, galleries, collectors, artists, and trustees. 

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 interpersonal skills with ability to exercise tact and diplomacy. Knowledge of contemporary art required.

Essential Functions

  • Provide administrative support to the Chief Curator including, faxing, scanning, producing power points, and photocopying.
  • Draft correspondence for the Chief Curator’s signature.
  • Schedule and assist in the coordination of meetings, lunches, lectures and other events for the Chief Curator.
  • Create, organize, and maintain files and databases for Chief 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. 
  • Respond to inquiries regarding unsolicited artists' materials, exhibition proposals and acquisitions.
  • Maintain and order supplies for Chief Curator's office.
  • Organize travel arrangements for visitors to the museum (those arriving in conjunction with the Chief Curator’s exhibitions and other projects.)
  • Coordinate travel arrangements for the Chief 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 Chief Curator’s expenses including submitting expenses for reimbursement, processing invoices received, and reconciling credit card statements. Review budgets that pertain to Chief Curator’s 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 supporting 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 supporting 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 supporting didactic materials. Provide continuing follow-up to fulfill contractual obligations.
  • Assist in the hiring of additional support staff for the Chief Curator, such as interns and research assistants.
  • Assist Chief Curator’s 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.

Physical Demands

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following: sit for extended periods; bend and reach for filing and other job-related functions; climb up and down stairs; bend, stoop, and lift to move and retrieve materials; pull, push, and lift; reach both above and below shoulder height.  Specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Must be able to visually inspect work.  Manual dexterity to operate computer and other office equipment required.  Heavy usage of computers and phones required.

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 as necessary.

Application

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org.

Human Resources Manager

Overview

The Human Resources Manager is responsible for ensuring that the museum's employment practices are legally sound and effective. This position serves as an advisor to executive management to help ensure that the museum operates in compliance with all state and federal employment laws, and provides critical HR expertise particularly in times of change and growth. The Human Resources Manager manages recruitment and staffing; employee relations; compensation; benefits administration; processes payroll for approximately 175 employees; employee related events, and assists in the development of museum policies, systems, and procedures. 

Requirements

  • Five to seven years of human resources management experience in a generalist capacity
  • Demonstrated knowledge of California and Federal employment law and sound employment practices
  • Demonstrated experience and comfort managing HR issues with a diverse staff, and a wide range of workplace situations 
  • Must be highly proficient at processing payroll and administering an HRIS – preferably using an ADP system
  • Strong problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field
  • Proficiency with ADP Workforce Now strongly preferred
  • PHR or SPHR certification preferred
  • Experience in a nonprofit and/or arts organization preferred

Essential Functions

  • Employment Law Compliance – ensure compliance with all federal and state employment laws; develop and implement employment policies and procedures; update employee handbook as needed to ensure compliance with current law; advise on independent contractor/consultant status, and exempt and non-exempt position classifications.
  • Recruiting & Staffing – coordinate recruiting and selection efforts for all museum positions; conduct organizational and departmental staffing analyses; create and revise job descriptions; guide department heads on interviewing and selection process; post positions on appropriate job boards; review resumes and perform interviews as needed.
  • Employee Relations – counsel management and employees on employment issues; anticipate problems whenever possible; conduct internal investigations; administer progressive discipline; perform grievance and conflict resolution; provide recommendations to executive management involving employment legal matters; consult with legal counsel as needed.
  • Benefits Administration – administer group benefits plan, including health, life, and disability insurance programs; FMLA; leaves of absence; COBRA; negotiate annual premium and plan renewals; manage annual open enrollment; process enrollments and terminations in both the HRIS and benefit websites; process benefit billing and account reconciliation; serve as 401(k) plan administrator and member of retirement plan committee; coordinate annual retirement plan audit.
  • Budgeting – manage HR departmental budget.
  • Workers’ Compensation – manage workers’ compensation process; liaise with employee and claims adjustors; monitor open cases through closure.
  • ACA Reporting – work with third party company to ensure compliance in reporting procedures and paperwork.
  • Employee Events – plan and implement all employee related events (annual holiday party, employee celebrations, employee trainings, etc.).
  • Payroll and HRIS – process biweekly timesheets and transmit payroll for all staff; manage HRIS database; compile reports to support budgets and forecasts.
  • Onboarding and termination – conduct new hire orientations; perform background investigations; do reference checks; ensure new hire paperwork and I9 compliance; manage termination process.
  • Performance management –manage the performance review process.
  • Employment records – safeguard confidential employment records and health data; respond to all requests for verification of employment.

Physical Demands

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following: sit for extended periods; bend and reach for filing and other job-related functions; climb up and down stairs; bend, stoop, and lift to move and retrieve materials; pull, push, and lift; reach both above and below shoulder height.  Specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Must be able to visually inspect work.  Manual dexterity to operate computer and other office equipment required.  Heavy usage of computers and phones required.

The physical demands described above 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.

Application

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org.

Institutional Giving Coordinator

Overview

The Institutional Giving Coordinator initiates, develops, prepares, and submits compelling corporate sponsorship proposals, grant applications, funding requests, and reports to corporate, foundation and government funding sources. The Institutional Giving Coordinator works collaboratively with the Associate Director of Institutional Giving, Chief Development Officer, and curatorial and education teams to design strategies for new and increased support, helping to build a strong pipeline of future funding. The Institutional Giving Coordinator manages a portfolio of active and prospective funders, conducts prospect research, maintains a database of information regarding funders for the museum, manages fulfillment of benefits for corporate donors, and fulfills essential administrative functions of the department.

Requirements

  • Two - four years of experience in non-profit fundraising, with an emphasis on corporate fundraising, grant writing and reporting, donor relations, or proposal development preferred.
  • Ideal candidate must be a skilled facilitator, capable of articulating institutional objectives to funders.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to work efficiently under deadline and in a collaborative manner with curatorial, education and administrative staff.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience utilizing fundraising software and online databases.
  • Must be able to represent the museum in a skilled manner at meetings and tours with funders and colleagues.
  • Experience in the arts, cultural, and/or educational organizations preferred.
  • Knowledge of Southern California fundraising landscape preferred.
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree (or substantial coursework) in art history, art education, studio art, or closely related field preferred.


Essential Functions

  • In collaboration with the Associate Director of Institutional Giving and Chief Development Officer, and in consultation with curatorial and education staff, create and implement strategies to achieve MOCA’s fundraising goals in the corporate, foundation and government sectors.
  • Research, develop, and submit compelling corporate sponsorship proposals and grant applications for museum activities.
  • Facilitate MOCA’s corporate membership program, including upgrading current members, identifying and soliciting potential new members, and assisting in the production of member events.
  • Oversee a portfolio of active and prospective funders. Cultivate and steward existing funders, research and initiate relationships with new prospective funders, prepare corporate proposals, write letters of inquiry, solicitation letters, and concept papers.
  • Maintain a central grants calendar and database, track pending requests, maintain donor profiles and gift information in Raiser’s Edge, monitor donor acknowledgement in credit lines.
  • Manage fulfillment of benefits and create member packages for corporate donors, including event and reception invitations, admission passes and other benefits.
  • In consultation with curatorial and education staff, create project descriptions and budgets, sponsorship decks, and other materials in support of MOCA’s funding requests.
  • In consultation with the finance team, manage grant reporting and accounting, including preparation of reports, invoices, budgets, progress reports, and final reports.
  • Develop strong relationships between MOCA and its funders in partnership with appropriate staff and Trustees.
  • Follow fundraising and cultural trends.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Physical Demands

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following: sit for extended periods; bend and reach for filing and other job-related functions; climb up and down stairs; bend, stoop, and lift to move and retrieve materials; pull, push, and lift; reach both above and below shoulder height. Specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to visually inspect work. Manual dexterity to operate computer and other office equipment required. Heavy usage of computers and phones required.


The physical demands described above 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.

Application

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org.

Temporary Exhibition Technician

Overview

Temporary Exhibition Technicians work under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Production to receive, mount, pack and disperse all exhibitions, including loans and works in the Permanent Collection. These functions involve collaboration 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, whether owned or borrowed. Because the scope of the Museum's exhibition program incorporates conventional art forms as well as those which are more experimental in nature, Temporary Exhibition Technicians will have a variety of tasks and functions to perform, relating to all aspects of construction, fabrication and installation of exhibitions.

Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in Studio Art, Art History, or Media and Performing Arts.
  • Minimum of two years' experience working in a museum environment or related field including, but not limited to: architecture, motion picture and television, theatre and performing arts.
  • Good manual dexterity and visual acuity skills.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods.
  • Must be able to bend and reach to lift, move, and operate artwork.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must demonstrate safe use of shop equipment including, but not limited to: aerial lifts, 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.

Essential Functions

  • Must be able to competently handle works of art with proper and safe procedures
  • Must be able to work well as a team member and relate to a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel
  • 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

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 artwork
  • 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

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org.

Part Time Gallery Attendant

Overview

Gallery Attendants will help to create an accessible and enjoyable experience in the museum galleries that assist visitors with a general understanding of current exhibitions and works of art on view, while also focusing on protecting the art works. After a probationary period and on an as needed basis, Gallery Attendants may train to handle box office functions.

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.
  • Flexible schedule; ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, at both downtown locations – MOCA Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, and The Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo – 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.


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.
  • 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.
  • Assist MOCA Security in handling fire/life safety protocols, including medical incidents or emergency situations.
  • Assist with event check-in, including organizing and communicating with people in line.
  • Be knowledgeable about MOCA membership benefits and how to join.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Box Office Requirements

  • Work accurately under pressure, with capability of handling several simultaneous duties; excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to practice low-keyed salesmanship in a service situation.
  • Possess an aptitude toward basic mathematical calculations and recordkeeping necessary to accurately perform the duties of ticket selling.
  • Experience using Patron Edge or other point-of-service software preferred.
  • Essential Box Office Functions (offered as needed, pending training and passage of probationary period)
  • Execute box office policies and procedures as outlined in training sessions, staff meetings, as well as written handbooks and supplements.
  • Responsible for selling museum entrance tickets and event tickets to patrons, selling and providing information on museum memberships.
  • Set up and reconcile all monies and ticket transactions occurring during work shift; carry out established security deposit of monies in safe; keep appropriate records of all box office transactions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Physical Demands

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following: stand for extended periods; sit for extended periods; bend and reach for filing and other job-related functions; climb up and down stairs; bend, stoop, and lift to move and retrieve materials; pull, push, and lift; reach both above and below shoulder height. Specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to visually inspect work. Manual dexterity to operate computer and other office equipment required.

The physical demands described above 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.

Application

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org.


MOCA Education/Digital Media Intern: Summer 2017

Overview

​MOCA is accepting applications for one Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship for work in the Education and Communication Departments. Candidates must demonstrate strong interest in art museum education and digital media management.

Most work (75%) will take place within the Education Department, where responsibilities will include: assisting with planning, implementation, and assessment of two week-long summer institutes for 3rd-12th grade teachers; assisting with public programs; observing public tours and frontline operations; and maintaining the Education Department archive. The Education/Digital Media Intern will also assist in the maintenance of MOCA’s digital archive within the Communications Department. The intern will report to the museum’s Director of Education and Digital Media Manager, and work closely with the Education Department’s team of administrators and educators.

Eligibility

  • With the goal of increased diversity in the arts, this internship opportunity is intended for groups underrepresented in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. Intern candidates can be sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.
  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate who has completed at least one semester of college by June 2017. Students graduating in May or June 2017 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
  • Cannot have previously served as a Getty MUI summer intern at MOCA.
  • Must reside or attend college in Los Angeles County.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Internship Schedule

  • Full-time for a consecutive ten-week period between June 12, 2017 and August 18, 2017.
  • The exact schedule will be determined by the department supervisor.
  • The selected applicant will receive a stipend of $5,000.

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit a resume and cover letter describing how they meet the requirements for this internship opportunity, two letters of recommendation from professors or previous employers. Applications not conforming to these guidelines will not be considered.

Please submit all materials together by April 28, 2017 to:
hr@moca.org

MOCA 
HR: Getty Undergraduate Internship Program
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90012