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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.

Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs

Overview:

Working under the supervision of the Museum Director, the Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs oversees the creative and administrative responsibilities for the museum's curatorial department; including exhibition planning, research, organization, and presentation, collection development, interpretation, and stewardship, as well as the direction and realization of all curatorial publications. The Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs works with the Director and designated Board Committees to carry out the institution's overall objectives in the areas of programs and acquisitions. Of primary importance is the ability to implement a dynamic and well-balanced program, with appropriate emphasis across all disciplines and geographic boundaries from 1945 to the present. The Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs also provides leadership and professional training/opportunities for all members of the curatorial staff. The Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs also participates in the development of funding sources for acquisitions, exhibitions, and other special programs.

Salary Range: $200,000 - $230,000

Essential Functions:

  • Serves on senior management team to develop strategic plan, ensure that curatorial vision is cohesive across museum programming, and advance short and long-term museum goals. 
  • Conceptualize and implement comprehensive exhibition and permanent collection programs to broaden and strengthen the museum's local, national, and international audience, working closely with the Director and with other museum departments.
  • Assist the Director and work with curatorial department staff on all acquisition efforts, including research, leadership and growth of all acquisition committee groups, oversee the cultivation of individual donors, foundations and institutional partners to obtain new and important acquisitions for the museum.
  • Help to maintain the museum's position of vitality, responsiveness, and integrity in the community and commitment to the overall goals, as articulated by the Director and Trustees pertaining to the museum's programs and collections. Develop and maintain effective relationships with the community of artists, dealers, critics, museum colleagues, collectors, trustees, and friends of the museum; encourage the development of private collectors who may enhance potential museum holdings; provide professional counsel and leadership to museum supporters.
  • Initiate and pursue opportunities to strengthen the museum’s community relations through on-going studio, gallery, performance, museum, and collector visits.
  • In conjunction with the Education department, develop effective interpretive programming for the public, especially as it pertains to exhibitions, public programs, and lectures.
  • Work closely with the Museum's Advancement department to identify potential sources of funding, cultivate donors and relationships with foundations and grant officers to support exhibitions and select projects. 
  • In collaboration with the Communications department, oversee all creative aspects of publications, including exhibition and permanent collection catalogues, gallery guides, didactic labels, and exhibition-related brochures. Work closely with the museum store to develop exhibition related merchandise as appropriate to given situations.
  • In conjunction with the Communications department, help to design and implement appropriate outreach and public information efforts surrounding both temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection. 
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director of Exhibitions and Collections in the scheduling, planning, budgeting, logistical arrangements, and installation of all exhibitions.
  • Supervise senior members of the curatorial staff and select other department staff, develop performance standards for the department; manage hiring, training, coaching, and performance management of curatorial staff; oversee workload and priority-setting of all curatorial staff. 
  • Foster a culture of trust, collaboration, mutual respect, and teamwork within the Curatorial department, as well as cross-departmentally throughout the institution.
  • Actively mentor curatorial staff and support their professional development and growth while holding team members accountable.
  • Draft and administer department general operating budget. 
  • Ensure that curatorial initiatives are being carried out in alignment with the institution’s DEI&A values.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of at least ten years' experience in curatorial affairs and administration in a major art institution, with an emphasis on contemporary painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture, performance, and video, as well as acquisitions and collections management
  • MA required in art history, museum studies, or related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and excellent written and verbal communication skills 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 "Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs".

Director of People & Culture

Overview:

MOCA is seeking a skilled, smart and adept leader to join our team as Director of People & Culture. The Director will partner with the Director of the Museum and the Senior Leadership Team to enable and support a fair and equitable culture through envisioning and ensuring the highest quality of human resources and payroll programs and services. The Director of People & Culture is responsible for providing HR leadership for approximately 150 exempt and non-exempt employees in a variety of functions. This position serves as thought partner to management to help ensure that that our human resources programs and initiatives are effective, efficient, and aligned to overall organizational vision. The Director will ensure that the museum operates in compliance with all federal, state, and local employment laws. The Director of People & Culture manages all aspects of HR including but not limited to talent acquisition and retention; employee relations; compensation; negotiation of and adherence to union contract; benefits administration; payroll; employee training and development; professional development and performance management; and development of museum policies, systems, and procedures. A key function of this role will be to support the museum’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI&A) initiatives.

The ideal candidate for this role should possess a high work ethic, excellent communication skills, knowledge of union and labor regulations, payroll and HR practices, strategic thinking abilities, strong organizational skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.

Salary Range: $120,000 - $130,000    

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for maintaining a highly engaged culture, motivating employees, and fostering an environment with high levels of teamwork, accountability, and communication
  • Design, direct, and manage a company-wide process of policy, procedure and organization development that addresses issues such as key employee retention, superior workforce development and succession planning
  • Integrate DEI&A concepts with Human Resources strategies, practices and processes at every stage of the employee lifecycle (i.e., employee engagement, retention, learning and development)
  • Design and implement strategies, including ongoing education and training programs, to build the capacity of staff to work effectively, respectfully, and equitably across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender orientation and expression and other social identities and diversity segments
  • Coordinate recruiting and selection efforts for all museum positions; conduct organizational and departmental staffing analyses; create and revise job descriptions; guide department heads/managers in the recruiting process; conduct new hire onboarding including orientation and benefit set up, perform background investigations; ensure I-9 compliance; conduct exit interviews
  • Manage staff wellness and performance reviews; work closely with management to advise, counsel, and provide coaching and resolution to address employees’ performance
  • Develop a performance recognition and reward program for all employees
  • Provide advice and consultation for all employees on policy interpretation, performance coaching, conflict resolution and career development
  • Establish the company wage and salary structure with the CFO; rely on competitive market research to establish pay practices that help to recruit and retain superior staff
  • Respond to complaints and high-risk or sensitive employee relations issues; perform grievance and conflict resolution; ensure fair and consistent enforcement of policies and practices; investigate employee workplace situations including claims of harassment, discrimination, and policy violations
  • Represent management in union contract negotiations and other business; oversee the administration and interpretation of union contract
  • Propose, revise, review, and manage HR annual departmental budget
  • Process or supervise processing biweekly payroll for all staff and ensure all wage and hour compliance; manage HRIS database; compile reports and analyze HR metrics to support budgets, forecasts, and provide data for management review
  • In collaboration with benefits broker, administer group benefits plan, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance programs, health savings accounts, COBRA, and other voluntary insurance with the benefits administration software; administer FMLA/CFRA and other leaves of absence; negotiate annual premium and plan renewals; manage annual open enrollment; process enrollments and terminations; process benefit billing and account reconciliation; work with benefits broker to ensure compliance in reporting procedures, ACA and 1094/1095
  • Serve as 401(k) plan administrator and coordinate the annual retirement plan audit
  • Develop and lead the retirement plan committee
  • Manage workers’ compensation process; liaise with employee and claims adjustors; monitor open cases through the closure and Form DWC-1
  • Work closely with the CFO on audits, budget development, annual compliance and tax reports, and other items
  • Safeguard confidential employment records and health data; respond to all requests for verification of employment; proactively manage HR systems to ensure data integrity 
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local employment laws; develop and implement employment policies and procedures to ensure equity and legal compliance
  • Update employee handbook as needed to ensure compliance with current law; represent museum at unemployment hearings
  • Keep the leadership and community up to date with changes in compliance, regulations and policies as applicable

Requirements:

  • At least 8 years of human resources experience in a leadership capacity with excellent communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience and comfort managing difficult situations and a wide range of workplace situations and behaviors
  • Prior experience with integrating DEI&A concepts
  • Successful track record of driving organizational change, building trust among staff at all levels, and fostering a positive workplace culture through emotional intelligence and driving employee engagement
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sound employment practices, and strong knowledge of California, Federal, and local employment laws including but not limited to EEO/AA, DOL, ADA, FMLA, WC, FLSA, Title VII, etc.
  • Experience with organizational structure and restructuring; knowledge of workforce operating efficiencies
  • Experience with processing payroll and benefits administration 
  • Experience with seasonal employees and management of temporary and part-time staff
  • Strong problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills with proven follow-up and follow-through skills
  • Successful track record of developing and implementing diversity and inclusion programs as well as creating and delivering internal training programs
  • Ability to successfully work in a fast-paced environment and handle highly sensitive issues while balancing employee advocacy, management demands, and museum objectives; demonstrated ability to proactively manage and resolve complex and sensitive human resource issues
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, industrial relations, business management, or a related field, Master’s degree preferred
  • PHR/SPHR or SHRM-CP/SCP certification preferred
  • Experience in museums, other cultural or non-profit organizations, and/or the arts is advantageous


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 People & Culture".

Sales Associate (Part-Time)

Overview:

The MOCA Store Sales Associate (Part-Time) provides customer service, completes sales transactions, maintains the physical appearances of stores, and completes opening and closing procedures. The Sales staff follows daily performance guidelines provided by management and are expected to work collegially as part of the Retail Operations Department.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist customers with selections, including answering inquiries and offering suggestions.
  • Operate Point of Sale cash registers to guarantee accurate financial transactions.
  • Maintain an organized store appearance through straightening and light cleaning; ensure store functionality through monitoring supplies.
  • Process paperwork for special orders and museum memberships.
  • Answer or direct questions from the public regarding the museum.
  • Helps to maintain appropriate merchandise levels by through restocking or requesting reorders.
  • Maintain appropriate knowledge of available books and products 
  • Inventory counts to maintain correct levels.
  • Other duties as needed or assigned.

Requirements:

  • Effective customer service-oriented interpersonal skills
  • Promptness and reliability are essential 
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Prior retail experience is preferred
  • Knowledge of or interest in contemporary art preferred

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 extended periods of time
  • Bend, reach, lift, and move merchandise and books
  • Climb up and down stairs
  • Pull and push
  • Reach both above and below shoulder height
  • Lift and/or move up to 20 pounds
  • Specific visual abilities include color vision, depth perception, and the ability to visually inspect the merchandise 
  • Manual dexterity to operate cash register and phone

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 "Sales Associate (Part-Time)".

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".

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".

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 Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs, 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 program, including research, and documentation. The Senior Curator will participate in the development of 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 collaboratively with all curators on relevant projects.

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.

Salary Range: $140,000 - $150,000

Essential Functions:

  • Conceptualize, prepare, and organize a range of exhibitions, acquisitions, and programs, working with the Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs along with Curatorial Department staff, and pertinent 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 in collaboration with the Director of Education to develop programs which 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 Advancement Department with fund raising efforts to support and promote exhibition and museum activities.
  • Continue professional development (research, publications, lectures, juries, management and academic training) and contribute to high quality original research.
  • Foster a collegial and collaborative environment, contributing to the development of department staff and ensuring that curatorial initiatives are being carried out in alignment with the institution’s DEI&A values.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Master's degree in art history, museum studies or related field. 
  • Six years of related experience; or acceptable equivalent.
  • Extensive knowledge of collection management, exhibition development and current museum practices. 
  • Excellent skills in conducting primary research, interpersonal, writing and effective verbal communication. 
  • 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".

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.