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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.

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Director, Advancement

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:


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

Exhibition Management Administrative Assistant

Overview:

The Administrative Assistant in the Exhibitions Management department is an organized, detail-orientated individual who will assist in all aspects of budgeting, logistics and project management. Specific administrative duties include data input, generating and interpreting financial reports, facilitating communication across departments, scheduling meetings, maintaining basic correspondence, and assisting the Exhibition Manager and Senior Director of Exhibitions and Collections as needed. 

Essential Functions:

  • Works with Exhibition Manager and Senior Director of Exhibitions and Collections on exhibition budgeting, including generating reports through QuickBooks to track fiscal year spending, interpreting financial reports, and inputting data into budget spreadsheets.
  • Must have strong attention to detail and be comfortable handling multiple projects at one time
  • Works with the Exhibition Manager in tracking expenses for multiple projects across museum departments. Flags inaccuracies and ensures corrections. 
  • Makes updates to museum exhibition schedule as directed. Ensures accuracy and avoids scheduling conflicts. Distributes information as appropriate. 
  • Processes invoices and reconciles credit card statements. 
  • Assists with reconciliation of expenses for traveling exhibitions. 
  • Maintains electronic filing system on the Exhibition Management shared drive. 
  • Track incoming artist and traveling exhibition proposals and draft appropriate letters of response from the Director, Senior Curator, or Senior Director of Exhibitions and Collections. 
  • Assist with duties related to other departments managed by Exhibition Management department as requested.

Requirements:

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks or other bookkeeping software preferred
  • Must possess solid relational, organizational, and critical thinking skills
  • Must be a good communicator
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and work well in a team environment
  • 1 – 2  years of relevant administrative experience including basic project management and budgeting skills

Application:


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

Communications Assistant

Overview:

Under the supervision of the Director, Communications, the Communications Assistant will provide administrative, public relations, and marketing assistance to the CCO and Communications Department, including but not limited to general departmental admin tasks, coordinating meetings and travel, processing and archiving invoices, securing image rights and reproduction requests, tracking press coverage, generating newsletters, maintaining contact lists, tracking and archiving all collateral that is produced by departments, and managing special press and marketing projects, and requests as assigned. 

Essential Functions:

  • Provide support to the CCO and the Director, Communications, on departmental admin tasks, marketing and press related strategies, research, and a focus on internal communications strategies, in addition to:
  • General department admin tasks, including maintaining the department calendar.
  • Coordinates press previews, communications, and program events with Director’s guidance. Assists with event logistics and social media needs in relation to these events (ex. going live from MOCA’s IG account during a special programs). 
  • Coding invoices and processing department expenses via Finance  
  • Generate press image links with caption sheets.
  • Coordinate and maintain press clippings files and digest; press coverage reports. 
  • Image rights and reproduction requests; Assist Director with press and marketing image requests, including image clearance rights.
  • Assist with development and distribution of press announcements and maintain events listings.
  • Conduct research on media outlets, websites, blogs, marketing trends, and key influencers.
  • Maintain supply of media catalogues, and other materials.
  • Update press lists and mailing databases; look over the maintenance of the general mailing list on Mailchimp as well as upkeep on press lists, influencer lists, etc. 
  • Help to maintain and organize department archival and storage materials. 
  • Ensure that information/files are consistent and shared across.
  • Assist with social media as needed including helping to create and organize digital assets, including the MOCA Store social channels. 
  • Generate the weekly newsletter and coordinate send out with all calendars. 
  • Lead in generating the weekly “MOCA In The News” all staff update, including other internal communications initiatives across all departments. 
  • Homepage web updates and management of current info
  • Social media ads upkeep; making sure all content is up to date, pinging correct team members when it is time to update, etc. 
  • Assist in department process policies; digital request form, social media program pitches, etc. 

Requirements:

  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Minimum of two years related experience in public relations or marketing.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Illustrator and Photoshop, Mailchimp, and Google suite.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy, and ability to multi-task as well as work both independently and as part of a team; and to deal effectively with staff, the public, and media.
  • Experience in a cultural institution and in contemporary art preferred, but not required.

Application:


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

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:


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:


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:


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:


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

Associate Director of Visitor Engagement

Overview:

With the aim of making MOCA a welcoming and meaningful place for visitors, the Associate Director of Visitor Engagement leads a large and multi-level team that handles front-of-house operations including ticketing, membership sales, hospitality, and art protection. Visitor Engagement staff comprise the largest portion of MOCA’s union bargaining unit. Modeling excellence by working a schedule that includes weekends, holidays, and evenings, the Associate Director promotes a strong team-oriented culture while maintaining high standards for customer service, art protection, gallery interpretation, and accuracy of admissions and membership transactions and reporting. The position works across museum departments to advocate for smooth and inclusive wayfinding. This position is responsible for ensuring enforcement of COVID prevention protocols for Visitor Engagement staff and museum visitors.

Essential Functions:

STAFF MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING

  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise up to 5 Visitor Engagement Leads and up to 80 Gallery Attendants responsible for day-to-day and event-based front-of-house activities including ticketing, membership sales, hospitality, and art protection.
  • Develop, document, and model performance standards and practices that deliver excellence in customer service and art protection during regular public hours, programs, and special events. Coordinate educational sessions with colleagues in Education and Curatorial areas to ensure that front-line staff are confident and conversant in exhibition themes, ideas explored in key artworks, and basic gallery interpretation strategies. 
  • Supervise Visitor Engagement Coordinator, whose duties include maintaining the staffing schedule, reviewing employee timecards; handling day-to-day ticketing, attendance tracking, and membership operations in the Altru and XTruLink software systems; and overseeing front-of-house supplies.
  • Work with Membership Manager and key Advancement Department colleagues to develop and lead strategies for onsite membership sales and upholding high customer service standards for members and donors who visit the museum.

VISITOR EXPERIENCE AND SAFETY

  • Ensure that visitors’ path through the museum from ticketing to exit is smooth, enjoyable, and conducive to meaningful experiences with art. Troubleshoot and resolve challenging situations and visitor interactions.
  • Collaborate with Communications and Education Department colleagues to devise and implement data collection methods to support marketing efforts as well as improving visitor satisfaction and in-gallery interpretive strategies.
  • Coordinate with MOCA Security to implement crowd control measures and enforce the Visitor Code of Conduct. 
  • Train staff to assist MOCA Security in handling fire/life safety protocols, including medical incidents or emergency situations. Organize annual First Aid/CPR certification for department staff.

TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS

  • Ensure that current online and onsite systems such as Altru and XTruLink operate seamlessly, and in a user-friendly manner that allows MOCA to retain and engage visitors and members. Continually research options for best-in-class systems and feasibility of implementation.
  • Develop and monitor Visitor Engagement operating budget.
  • Coordinating with Exhibition Production staff, train Visitor Engagement Leads to perform basic, day-to-day A/V operations for selected art works.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • A track record of success in running front-of-house and/or customer service operations, preferably in a hospitality or cultural setting.
  • Strong leadership, training, and coaching skills with a minimum of 2 years’ experience scheduling and supervising teams.
  • Up-to-date on California wage and hour laws. Prior experience working with unions preferred.
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays at both downtown MOCA locations.
  • Facility with technology, especially in making back-end system administration work for staff users and customers. Knowledge of Word, Excel and Altru preferred. 
  • Detail-minded with the ability to handle multiple assignments, keep deadlines, and make sensible decisions with good judgment. 
  • Bachelor's degree and interest in contemporary art strongly preferred. 

Application:


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

Temporary Preparator

Overview:

Temporary Preparator works under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Production, the Exhibition Production Manager, and/or Lead Installation Technicians as assigned, 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 MOCA's exhibition program incorporates conventional art forms as well as those which are more experimental in nature, Temporary Preparator will have a variety of tasks and functions to perform, relating to all aspects of construction, fabrication and installation of exhibitions.

Essential Functions:

  • Must be able to competently handle works of art according to 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.

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:  professional artist studio practices, galleries, 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 carefully handle artwork.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds individually.
  • Must demonstrate safe use of tools and 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.

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 carefully handle artwork.
  • Climb up and down stairs and ladders.
  • Reach both above and below shoulder height.
  • Be able to lift up to 50 pounds individually.
  • Manual dexterity to 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.

Application:


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

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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • On a weekly basis, read an update provided by employers to front-line staff on new events, procedures, and other museum information; log this time into employee time card system.
  • Be knowledgeable about MOCA membership benefits and how to join.
  • 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:


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

Finance Director

Overview:

The Finance Director ensures the accuracy and appropriateness of the financial activity and reporting for the museum, through their strong knowledge about GAAP, accounting systems, reporting, and business systems interconnectivity and their advanced technical capacity with financial software for monthly closing, general ledger reconciliation, and institution and departmental reporting. The Finance Director manages the reconciliation of cash, endowment and investment activity and balances.  Liaison with the audit team will also be a key responsibility. This role is responsible for supervising the accounting staff and interacting across departments to ensure accurate monthly and annual financial closes. This role will support the CFO with budget forecasting, development, enacting, and monitoring.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee monthly close and annual close with a focus on clearing AR/AP accounts, releases from restrictions, accruals and reconciliation of special projects. Liaise with department heads to review their regular and special project budget vs. actual reports. (This includes curatorial and exhibitions departments, fundraising projects, etc.)

  • Lead the department in preparing fiscal year-end audit schedules and preliminary federal and state tax returns for review, approval, and submission by the CFO and leadership, (e.g. 990 and other tax returns, 1099, etc.).

  • Work with CFO and CIO to ensure appropriate monitoring of investments (including endowment draw, reporting, etc.)

  • Work closely with the CFO and Finance team members to create, sustain and monitor appropriate and effective forecasting models for cash-flow, revenue, operating budgets and strategic budgets.

  • Reconcile/oversee the reconciliation of Museum bank checking accounts on a monthly basis, and serve as the museum’s primary contact/liaison with the bank. Monthly review and reconciliation of online accounts with PayPal, EBay, Mission Fish and Amazon.

  • Serve as online credit card system administrator which entails card tracking, fraud tracking, and entry of courier card data, review of charges and credit card upload and entry of monthly journals.

  • Review/coordinate/perform reconciliation annually of permanent collection sub ledger.

  • Support for Human Resources management regarding the recording and reconciliation of payroll and benefit entries and the 401K audit.

  • Approve weekly payments via Bill.com, including coding, vendor and entry accuracy for 1099 reporting. Sort and distribute invoices to project managers.

  • Support MOCA store and box office with financial needs including inventory and POS and other system reviews and reconciliation.

  • Perform appropriate back up duties for Senior Accountant and/or CFO support as necessary.

  • Develop and maintain an appropriate and accurate system for tracking fixed assets and depreciation.

  • Work with CFO and Development to develop and maintain cost effective process for the receipt and recording of stock gifts and other non-cash contributions.

  • Oversee and maintain systems for tracking expenses for government and foundation grants and prepare regular financial reports and requests for payments from government agencies.
  • Support the Chief Financial Officer in their role as liaison to Finance and Investments and the Audit Committees of the Board of Trustees.

Requirements:

  • BA/BS in accounting or finance required, MBA or CPA preferred
  • 5 years’ supervisory experience, fiscal analysis, and business accounting in a non-profit, museum sphere preferred
  • A posture of maturity and a desire to build and lead a team
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Excel, General Ledger Accounting Software, QuickBooks, Reporting software such as Fathom, Bill.com, and Paycom


Application:


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


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