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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.

Senior Preparator

Overview:

Senior Preparator is a mid-level position and works under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Production and the Exhibition Production Managers to assist in the organization, management, and installation of exhibitions and collections. Primary responsibilities include the safe and careful handling of all objects placed within the Museum's care, supervision of full time and temporary employees, overall collection stewardship and maintenance, assisting with the development of annual project budgets, and working closely with curators, artists, and the full MOCA staff to plan for all exhibition and collection related projects as assigned. Because the scope of the MOCA's exhibition program incorporates conventional art forms as well as those which are more experimental in nature, Senior Preparator will have a variety of tasks and functions to perform, relating to all aspects of planning, construction, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of exhibitions.

Essential Functions:

  • Work well as a team member and relate to a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel.
  • Safely handle art and objects placed within the Museum's care, using best practices; ensure standards of care and safe handling as set by the Museum are upheld by all team members.
  • Work closely with Exhibition Production Managers to lead, coordinate, train and manage all members of the Exhibition Production Department, which includes both full time and temporary employees. This includes setting and supervising daily departmental task accomplishment by crew members.
  • Represent the Exhibition Production department in the absence of Director of Exhibition Production or Exhibition Production Manager.
  • Receive, release, load and unload shipments of art as assigned. Lead crews in safe loading and unloading of trucks.
  • Maintain and replenish inventory of supplies and materials for packing and installation.
  • Work in a precise and careful manner under stringent deadlines.
  • Display creativity in solving technical problems, and flexibility in adapting to unusual circumstances.
  • Attend all mandatory safety and equipment training sessions. Comply with and uphold safety standards for all equipment use.
  • Operate fork/aerial lifts.
  • Foster a collegial and collaborative environment, contributing to the development of department staff at all skill levels.
  • Develop gallery maintenance procedures in collaboration with Registrars and Exhibition Production Managers. Oversee Preparators in the maintenance of all gallery spaces, work spaces, and artworks on display or in the collection.
  • Assist Exhibition Production Managers on all aspects of exhibition production, including but not limited to attending meetings, planning and establishing a production schedule, identifying vendors, providing installation renderings, designing and fabricating exhibition furniture, and monitoring deadlines and budgets. This will include working closely with the Registration Department, Curatorial Department, Exhibitions Management and artists.
  • Act as primary department representative in the planning, execution, and maintenance of projects as assigned.
  • Participate in billing and accounting duties per exhibition or project as assigned.
  • Work closely with other departments, particularly Operations, Facilities and Security as needed to provide continued support to the greater museum.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of five years' experience in museum preparation or related field, including professional artist studio practices and galleries. Contemporary art museum experience preferred.
  • Minimum one year supervisory experience.
  • Excellent manual dexterity and visual acuity skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of museum best practices including the safe handling, care and installation of all art objects, installation hardware, and gallery lighting.
  • Advanced fabrication and construction skills; extensive experience working with hand, mechanical and power tools.
  • Ability to multitask on a variety of concurrent projects. Effectively manage details as well as the larger scope of any given project.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.

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

Physical Demands:

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

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

  • Stand for long periods.
  • Bend, stoop, reach, lift, and climb to move materials and carefully handle artwork.
  • Climb up and down stairs and ladders; work comfortably at heights.
  • 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.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in multi-media and AV installation.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, TMS, Sketchup and or other relevant Exhibition Design Software.
  • Rigging experience and relevant certification to use forklifts, personnel lifts, and other motorized equipment.
  • Knowledge of contemporary art.

Application:


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

Planning & Project Coordinator

Overview:

The Planning & Project Coordinator provides logistical and operational support across for events, programs, and meetings across both of MOCA’s facilities, including coordination of MOCA’s organizational calendar system. This role also oversees the frontline of MOCA’s Event Rentals Program. 

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate the use of MOCA’s organizational calendar system
  • Produce the weekly Logistics Calendar: Outline the organization-wide use of spaces at both museum locations; include meetings, programs, and events outlined with their logistical notes on security, AV, catering, deliveries, and other details
  • Produce the daily Today at MOCA report: Outline the current exhibitions, programs, and events for that day with associated notes; this report briefs all staff on daily activities across both museum locations
  • Coordinate weekly Interdepartmental Meeting
  • Attend museum programming team meetings and report back to operations team on logistical needs
  • Coordinate operational logistics for meetings, programs, and events in support of museum activities: Alert teams (operations, AV, security, maintenance, visitor engagement) of needs, organize production meetings, coordinate use of event inventory, ensure proper coverage of all planned activities at both museum locations, act 
  • Work as on-site point person as needed for events, programs, and meetings
  • Work at exhibition openings and other events as required
  • Oversees the frontline of MOCA’s Event Rentals Program: Track and reply to rental inquiries on a daily basis; participate in walkthroughs with potential rental clients; coordinate rental scheduling and operational logistics (operations, AV, security, maintenance, visitor engagement); assist in rental agreement, quote, and invoice execution; act as on-site point person as needed
  • Organize and oversee meet and greet events with the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, Metro, or with Cal Plaza management to assist in goodwill activities for the community
  • Coordinate film surveys with the operations team for location filming in the area via Film LA agency, review possible impact to MOCA’s buildings or operations, ensure MOCA’s requirements are met, and provide information to MOCA staff as needed
  • Assist in communicating with the surrounding downtown businesses, residences, and governmental agencies, including Little Tokyo community and related service organizations, to provide information on upcoming events and activities that may impact adjacent buildings and neighborhoods 
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Minimum of one to two years of relevant experience
  • Outstanding organizational skills to effectively manage multiple projects
  • Ability to interact effectively with both museum staff, visitors, and various vendors in a courteous and professional manner
  • Adept in problem anticipation, resolution, and negotiation
  • Able to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Proficiency in G Suite and Microsoft Office

Application:


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

Junior Advancement Associate, Board & Council Relations

Overview:

The duties for the Junior Advancement Associate, Board of Trustees & Councils include serving as  liaison to the Board of Trustees, Board Committees, Environmental Council and other museum  donor groups and councils and supporting the Deputy Director, Advancement in these efforts. This position acts as the primary internal contact for Advancement department operations. This position  assists with all donor travel, art fair, and special events needs.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepares Board and selected Committee meeting materials with consultation from the  Board Chairs, Committee Chairs, and Executive staff; acts as the point person for  delegating logistics and organizing quarterly Board and Committee meetings. 
  • Plans all aspects of Board and Committee meetings and ensuring the meeting runs  smoothly the day of. 
  • Drafts and sends out formal welcome letter and board handbook to newly elected Board  members; notifies appropriate staff of election/appointment of new Board of Trustees or  Committee members; prepares and sends bi-monthly board and council email with MOCA highlights and events, board news, as well as recommendations of “must see” museum exhibitions, galleries, shows and performances. 
  • Serves as primary point of contact for Environmental Council, International Board Council,  and other councils and donor groups as deemed necessary including invoicing for dues  and tracking.  
  • Champions the Advancement department’s fundraising efforts by preparing background  materials and proposals, including PowerPoint decks and other presentation materials. 
  • Prepares and facilitates special donor acknowledgements for Director, Board Chair and others. 
  • Conducts general junior advancement duties including manages correspondences, proposals and presentations. Handles mail, calls and submission of expenses. 
  • Works with other departments such as Communications, Finance, and Curatorial on various  projects such as holiday cards, donor magazine, budgets and related initiatives. 
  • Oversees donor travel program and arrangements. 
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.  

Requirements:

  • 3–5 years of related administrative experience; excellent organizational, oral, and written  communication skills; a demonstrated proficiency for handling simultaneous administrative  tasks. 
  • Proficiency in Google Cloud Services, CRM Database such as Altru and Raiser’s Edge, 
  • Microsoft Office, and a minimum typing speed of 50 wpm. 
  • Ability to work on Windows and Apple Platforms.  
  • Proven ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner with executive staff, Board  of Trustees, and Trustee assistants. 
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy skills, maintain confidentiality, and carry out projects with  minimal instruction. 
  • Excellent organizational, writing, proofreading and prioritization skills required.
  • Detail-oriented with a crucial attention to accuracy in all content. Effective problem-solving  abilities and sound, logical decision-making skills required.  
  • Superior relational skills and must be able to work calmly and effectively under pressure and  meet critical deadlines.  
  • Must be able to work occasional extended hours and a few weekends. 
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, Art, or a related field. 
  • Preferred: general knowledge of art, interest in contemporary culture, and a general knowledge of the organizational structure and procedures at a museum or other non-profit arts institutions; basic knowledge of museum bylaws. 

Application:


Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org with the subject line "Advancement Associate, Board & Council Relations".

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:


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

Director, Advancement Department

Overview:

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

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

Essential Functions:

FUNDRAISING & STRATEGIC PLANNING

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

MANAGEMENT

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

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

Requirements:

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

Application:


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

Director of Curatorial Affairs

Overview:

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

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

Essential Functions:

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

Requirements:

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

Application:


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".

Preparator (Full-Time Employee)

Overview:

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

Essential Functions:

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

Requirements:

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

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

Physical Demands    

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

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

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

DESIRED SKILLS

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

Application:


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

Gallery Attendant (Part-Time)

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

Essential Functions

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

Requirements

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


Application:


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


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