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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.

Getty Marrow Curatorial Intern

Overview:

Throughout the summer, the Getty Marrow Curatorial Intern will be exposed to the diverse functions of MOCA’s Curatorial Department and develop foundational research and writing skills necessary for a successful career in the museum field. Reporting to the Assistant Curator and the Curatorial Assistant, the Intern will engage in essential departmental initiatives including research for forthcoming exhibitions; social media content development; and MOCA’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Initiative (IDEA). This position may include both remote and on-site assignments.

THIS POSITION MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU IF:

  • YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN CONTEMPORARY ART and learning about approaches to art historical research. 

  • YOU ARE CURIOUS ABOUT EXHIBITION DEVELOPMENT and the research, writing, and planning required from the curatorial side. 

  • YOU ARE PRODUCTIVE WHEN WORKING INDEPENDENTLY and identifying tasks that need to be accomplished.

Essential Functions:

RESEARCH

  • Assist with online and library research on MOCA’s collection, and learn how research findings are applied to the development of exhibitions, including checklist selections and drafting wall labels. The Intern will receive training in The Museum System (TMS), a collection management software used at several art institutions. 

  • Join the research team for MOCA’s 2024 Pacific Standard Time project, a major new commission by Olafur Eliasson. The Intern will support the work of an international advisory committee for this project, assisting with planning and implementation of a virtual committee meeting as well as follow up and documentation.

  • Conduct research for a forthcoming permanent collection exhibition in support of wall label creation. The Intern will use their newly-developed knowledge of TMS, along with a provided copy of the MOCA Style Guide, to engage in the process by assisting with the verification and formatting of object captions and compiling articles about permanent collection works.

DIGITAL CONTENT CREATION

  • Assist in Curatorial social media activity, including contributions to MOCA’s ongoing “Details” Instagram series, which highlights evocative details from works in the permanent collection. The Intern will be able to make their own selection of works to write about, marking an additional means of getting to know the collection.

GETTY MARROW INTERN REQUIRED ACTIVITIES

  • Attend three mandatory Education Events: Arts Summit, Two Learning Community events      
  • Submit end-of internship evaluation.    

Requirements:

  • Member of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;  
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate (bachelor's degree program, associate's degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate level). Students must have completed at least one semester or two quarters of college by June 2021. Students who graduated after April 1, 2021 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)  
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County;  
  • United States citizen or permanent resident (non-citizen authorized to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis; also known as a "green card" holder). Students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status valid through the internship period are also eligible; and
  • May have previously interned as a Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern at an organization other than MOCA

Application:


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

Getty Marrow Education Intern

Overview:

Reporting to the Director of Education & Visitor Engagement, the Getty Marrow Education Intern will gain a basic understanding of the field of art museum education issues, programs, and interpretive strategies. In order of priority, the Intern will conduct research and prepare research summaries; support online and in-person programming for families, teens, and teachers; and create occasional digital content related to research and aimed at broadening MOCA’s audiences. This position may include both remote and on-site assignments.

THIS POSITION MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU IF:

  • YOU SUPPORT EQUITABLE ACCESS IN MUSEUMS and want to experience the education and visitor engagement field in a hands-on as well as theoretical way 
  • YOU ARE CURIOUS ABOUT HOW PEOPLE LEARN and find personal meaning in works of art
  • YOU ARE PRODUCTIVE WORKING INDEPENDENTLY and identifying tasks that need to be accomplished
  • YOU ENJOY LISTENING TO OTHERS AND CONTRIBUTING YOUR OWN THOUGHTS in group settings

Essential Functions:

RESEARCH

  • Conduct research and write research summaries on the topics of art museum interpretation and the role of arts and culture in catalyzing youth social impact

PROGRAM SUPPORT

  • Assist program staff as needed to plan, execute, and evaluate online and some in-person programming including monthly For Families events, Contemporary Art Start and its Rebecca Smith Summer Institute for Teachers, and the recruitment and selection process for the MOCA Teen Program

  • Assist in developing program alumni contact lists and events 


DIGITAL CONTENT CREATION

  • Assist in producing still and video-based social media content aimed at engaging diverse online visitors for platforms such as Instagram and TikTok


GETTY MARROW INTERN REQUIRED ACTIVITIES

  • Attend three mandatory Education Events: Arts Summit, Two Learning Community events  

  • Submit end-of internship evaluation.

Requirements:

  • Member of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;  
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate (bachelor's degree program, associate's degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate level). Students must have completed at least one semester or two quarters of college by June 2021. Students who graduated after April 1, 2021 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)  
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County;  
  • United States citizen or permanent resident (non-citizen authorized to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis; also known as a "green card" holder). Students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status valid through the internship period are also eligible; and
  • May have previously interned as a Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern at an organization other than MOCA

Application:


Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Getty Marrow Education Intern".

Operations Manager

Overview:

The Operations Manager is responsible for the overall smooth operation of the museum's facilities, on-site food vendor and engineering. Negotiates and administers building service contracts and supervises all contractors and specialized laborers with respect to work on the physical facilities. Manage department budgets, and all capital improvement projects. 

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee the general maintenance and repair of MOCA’s facilities (Grand Avenue locations and The Geffen Contemporary), including an ongoing preventive maintenance program for fire/life safety and all mechanical systems.
  • Responsible for ongoing review, update and testing of emergency preparedness plan. 
  • Initiate research into comprehensive energy and environmental management systems.
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Director, initiate, negotiate and administer building and service contractual agreements with regard to engineering, and all capital improvements. Prepares bid specifications as necessary for all such contracts and coordinates scheduling and logistics of all such work.
  • Working closely with the Registration, Curatorial, Exhibition Production, Security & Maintenance, and HR to take steps to reduce the risk of a loss or damage to any artwork in the museum's collection or on loan to the museum. Ensure museum compliance with all relevant codes and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Guidelines and Regulations.
  • Collaborate with other museum departments to ensure that necessary technical and logistical support is available and functioning when needed.  Coordinate physical changes or relocations to staff offices. This also includes landscaping, building upkeep with painting of offices, museums foyer, hallways, Staff and Visitors Entrances. 
  • Working with Dept of Advancement to coordinate all appropriate Museum departments and services related to events including, but not limited to, Security, Engineering, Education, Exhibitions and Visitor Services as well as informing surrounding businesses and government agencies of Museum activities which may have an impact outside the facilities and community groups. 
  • Working in concert as the facility liaison with Dept of Advancement and an outside production company, collaborate with the planning, management and production of MOCA’s annual fundraising gala or other fundraising events.  
  • Oversee daily operations of the on-site café and serve as the primary contact for all food service needs.  Maintain adherence to vendor insurance requirements.
  • In collaboration with Communications and Visitor Services Experience, monitor content of all signs in public areas and work with other departments to coordinate requests for signs in public areas.
  • Interface with all City agencies that have jurisdiction to ensure all events comply with City regulations.  Agencies can include, but are not limited to, the Los Angles Department of Transportation, Special Events, Fire Department, Police Department, Department of Building and Safety and the Ninth District Council Office.
  • Serve as the Museum’s liaison with surrounding downtown businesses, community groups, residences and government agencies.  
  • Under the direction of the Deputy Director, oversee future renovation or expansion of museum facilities. Work closely with architects, consultants, and contractors in coordinating the planning, design, and construction of these projects.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the MOCA Truck along with processing its annual Vehicle Registration. Approve new MOCA Truck users by running vehicle reports with MOCA’s insurance broker. 
  • Manage the MOCA 5th Floor Mailroom. This includes replenishing general office supplies, all copiers, mail sorter, fax machines, and MOCA stationary. 
  • Oversee parking and transportation contract negotiations and monthly payments. 
  • Manage and administer MOCA parking cards and bus passes for each department. 
  • Manage the weekly institutional Logistics Calendar along with creating the internal daily agenda, TODAY at MOCA. 
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Requirements:

  • Five years' experience in venue/building management, including two years of supervisory experience, preferably in an art related non-profit organization
  • Working knowledge of building management, mechanical, HVAC, refrigeration and building control management equipment and systems, including knowledge of principles and practices of federal, state, and local law, code and regulations applicable to the work, and regulations applicable to safe work practices/procedures
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated leadership ability required
  • A bachelor’s degree in arts management or related field or equivalent work experience is preferred.
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays, and possess a valid CA driver’s license and good driving record. 

Application:


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

HR Coordinator

Overview:

Under the guidance of the Director of Human Resources the Human Resources Coordinator assists with the daily tasks of the Human Resources Department; provides clerical and administrative support; and performs a variety of duties to assist with our comprehensive human resources program. The Human Resources Coordinator will be trained for and lead Covid-19 efforts for the safety and well-being of our staff and visitors alike. Additionally, this member will support all museum HR objectives including but not limited to talent acquisition, onboarding & orientation, compensation and benefits, training and development, accurate data entry of confidential information into a HRIS, and other HR projects as needed.

THIS POSITION MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU IF:

  • YOU ARE DRIVEN BY EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION and work diligently to maintain their happiness

  • YOU ARE A GOOD LISTENER that approaches the needs of your colleagues with empathy and a commitment to solving problems

  • YOU DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF and can maintain a positive attitude and goal-oriented focus in an ever-changing and sometimes ambiguous environment. 

  • YOU STAY ON TOP OF IT with admirable time management and organizational skills.

  • YOU KNOW THAT INTEGRITY MATTERS and exhibit a strong adherence to ethical standards including, but not limited to, the ability to maintain confidentiality and fiduciary responsibility.

  • YOU LIVE FOR THE DETAILS taking the extra moment to ensure that work produce is accurate and double checked 

  • YOU’RE NOT AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS

Essential Functions:


EMPLOYEE SUPPORT

  • Acts as an initial point of contact for human resources questions in the museum. Understands a majority of the human resources policies of the museum and being able to answer most questions independently. Uses appropriate judgment to route complex questions and issues to appropriate resources and following up to ensure the issue is resolved in a timely manner.
  • Leads and coordinates all Covid-19 compliance and safety programs; responsible for program leadership, training and monitoring to ensure compliance of staff and visitors.
  • Coordinates and supports reviews, postings, notifications, reporting, and audits as needed. 
  • Supports and engages in IDEA initiatives.
  • Supports and engages in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

EMPLOYEE LIFECYCLE

  • Executes critical HR processes, including but not limited to onboarding/offboarding, orientations, HR system maintenance and database management, benefits administration, worker’s compensation claims, and any other HR related tasks.
  • Prepares termination paperwork and final check when necessary.

RECRUITMENT

  • Assists with recruitment by posting available positions on MOCA’s website as well as appropriate external sites.
  • Performs initial phone interviews as needed and schedules interviews with applicants and the Manager and/or supervisor overseeing the position.

ADMINISTRATION

  • Processes bi-weekly payroll and all other payroll related tasks. Manages timekeeping activities for the museum including following up with managers and supervisors to ensure all timecards are approved, answering routine questions about timekeeping and, and ensuring FLSA standards are met.
  • Performs a variety of administrative duties including drafting communications, opening mail, and filing, faxing, copying; and responding to general inquiries from staff.
  • Assists with HRIS to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the personal data being entered. 
  • Enters new hire data in HRIS and certifies that all of the data is accurate, and all steps have been completed in the new hire process.
  • Trains all new staff on HRIS and how to fill out timecards.
  • Reconciles and processes all HR Department’s invoices.
  • Responds to all EDD claims and employment verifications.
  • Handles filing, organizing and sorting files.
  • Helps maintain museum organization charts and the employee directory.

Requirements:

  • Strong ability to display good judgment and prioritize tasks appropriately.
  • Solid administrative skills; detail-oriented, care about accuracy, and conscientious in the planning, organization, follow through, and follow-up skills.
  • Excellent team building skills, highly self-motivated with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high volume environment.
  • Strong communication skills including verbal, written, and interpersonal.
  • Able to work with all levels of the organization and handle high levels of confidentiality.
  • Excellent computer skills: proficiency in Microsoft Office; Paycom or similar experience preferred.

Application:


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

Executive Assistant, Artistic Director’s Office

Overview:

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is seeking an Executive Assistant to support the institution’s Artistic Director and manage the Artistic Director’s Office in a highly creative and fast-paced environment.  The Executive Assistant is responsible for the overall effectiveness and professionalism of the Artistic Director’s Office in relation to all areas across the institution, as well as for providing direct support to the Artistic Director. Primary responsibilities include prioritizing the Artistic Director’s time and initiatives, managing and handling day-to-day operations and communications, and overseeing and executing projects. The Executive Assistant reports to the Artistic Director and works in close collaboration with the Chief of Staff and senior management of the museum.

Essential Functions:

  • Managing, prioritizing, and tracking the Artistic Director’s mail and email. 
  • Typing, note taking, and creating follow up action items from various meetings.
  • Tracking, planning, and coordinating the Artistic Director’s calendar and meetings.
  • Assisting in the preparation of and supporting the Artistic Director during museum events.
  • Planning, booking, and coordinating all domestic and international travel for the Artistic Director.
  • Submitting monthly expense reports and assisting in developing and tracking department’s budget.
  • Liaising with trustees, prospects, supporters, artists, government officials, celebrities, gallerists, curators, and press contacts on behalf of the Artistic Director’s Office.
  • Facilitating cross-departmental coordination of the Artistic Director’s projects and initiatives.
  • Conducting artist research, creating artist dossiers, and supporting the preparation of presentations and proposals.

Requirements:

  • Must have live-time dictation skills and wpm 90 and above.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in progressively responsible administrative roles, preferably in arts, cultural, or other non-profit organizations.
  • Exceptional judgment, professionalism, and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive situations and matters.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Proactive problem-solver and self-starter with demonstrated ability to actively prioritize and manage time, juggle multiple duties and tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Track record of providing exemplary and effective support at the executive level, with professional focus on and commitment to administrative excellence.
  • Ability to maintain a highly professional, positive and flexible demeanor with rapid and shifting priorities.
  • Proven organizational ability, accuracy, analytical skills, and high attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of German or Chinese language desirable.
  • Experience working productively and collaboratively with senior management staff.
  • Tech savvy with strong computer skills, including high degree of knowledge and proficiency in Google Suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media platforms.
  • Accessibility and availability to work, as needed, outside of normal business hours in response to urgent and international schedules, and for evening and weekend museum programs and events.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, arts administration, or related field.

Application:


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

Registrar, Exhibitions

Overview:

Working under the Director of Registration & Collections, the Registrar, Exhibitions performs all duties related to museum registration for exhibitions, including developing and monitoring exhibition budgets, and assists with the overall general care and maintenance of the Collection as needed.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate cross-departmentally with the exhibition management, curatorial, exhibition production, security and visitor engagement teams to ensure the smooth and safe installation, exhibition, de-installation and shipment of artworks. Implement all technical aspects of temporary exhibitions including budgeting, information organization, insurance, and installation/de-installation. Coordinate transport and insurance logistics with lenders, artists, and galleries. Evaluate insurance values for incoming loans. Complete applications for indemnity or immunity from seizure as necessary.
  • Under the supervision of the Director of Registration and Collections, develop and implement policies and procedures to facilitate the safe handling, installation, storage, condition reporting, and conservation of incoming loans. 
  • Work with the Curatorial and Exhibition Production departments to establish project schedules to accomplish exhibition objectives. 
  • Review loan forms, insurance policies, and exhibition contracts; and ensure adherence to all lender requirements, including light levels and special security requirements.
  • Coordinate and arrange courier travel, per diem, airfare, and accommodations as required for traveling exhibitions. 
  • Organize installation, packing and condition records for MOCA travelling exhibitions. 
  • Supervise all unpacking, moving, handling, and installation of objects by Exhibition Technicians. 
  • Develop, manage, and maintain exhibition budgets. 
  • With Director of Registration & Collections, assist with insurance review and best practice evaluations.
  • Prepare and supervise projects for junior registration staff. 
  • Work closely with curatorial, education, and communications departments to ensure works of art are protected during in-gallery events. 
  • Assist the Director of Registration & Collections with general department oversight, and mentorship/development of junior registration staff.
  • Assist with the general care and maintenance of the Collection as needed, and other tasks as assigned by the Director of Registration & Collections

Requirements:

  • Minimum of seven years of museum exhibitions-related experience. 
  • Verifiable knowledge of museum best practice standards for the care and handling of artwork. 
  • Experience arranging domestic and foreign shipping and knowledge of customs regulations. 
  • Experience with indemnity and immunity from seizure applications.
  • Detail-oriented, with excellent organizational and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Must be flexible and work well individually as well as part of a team. 
  • Ability to travel, both domestically and internationally.
  • Proficiency with collection/exhibition management software (preferably TMS); experience with Google and Windows Office applications required (including Gmail, Google Docs, Word, and Excel), and a working knowledge of Skype, Zoom, and other virtual video communications. 
  • B.A. degree, preferably in Art, Art History or related field.
  • Interest in contemporary art a plus.

Physical Demands:

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following: sit and/or stand for extended periods; utilize ladders and lifts; kneel and stoop for long periods of time to examine artwork. Specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Must be able to visually inspect artwork.  Heavy usage of computer required. The position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule (evenings, weekends, holidays as required) and travel domestically and internationally as needed. 

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


Application:


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

Finance Manager

Overview:

The Finance Manager 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 Manager 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 Manager".


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.