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​To apply for a posted position, e-mail your resume and cover letter to hr@moca.org. Upon receiving your resume, we will review your credentials and contact you if they are commensurate with the requirements of the position for which you are applying.

Unless otherwise identified, all job opportunities are based in downtown Los Angeles at MOCA's staff offices located at MOCA Grand Avenue. MOCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thank you for your interest in MOCA.

Current Positions Available:

Curatorial Assistant

Overview

The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for performing research-oriented duties in support of exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and other projects. Curatorial assistants may also be tasked with organizing smaller exhibitions at the Pacific Design Center or at Grand Ave. Duties include maintaining exhibition files and collection database (The Museum System), drafting correspondence and other texts, responding to inquiries, and serving as liaison to other Museum departments, museums, galleries, collectors, artists, and trustees. Performing general art historical research.

Requirements

Must possess excellent interpersonal, grammar, writing, and organizational skills and be able to perform art historical research. Possession of a M.A. or Ph. D. is required in art, art history or related subject, as is knowledge of contemporary art. Ability to use Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Photoshop. Knowledge of The Museum System (TMS) database, a minimum of two years of museum or gallery experience, strongly preferred.  Foreign language skills highly desired.

Essential Functions

  • Assist Curators with all aspects of exhibition organization including locating potential loans, loan correspondence, data entry, image scanning, generating checklists and other reports, compiling installation requirements and restrictions, tracking actual expenses in exhibition budget forms, arranging installation photo documentation, providing materials and information for traveling exhibitions. Adheres to exhibition planning process timelines.
  • Assist Curators with exhibition-related publications by locating images, securing copyright permissions, compiling research as directed, fact checking texts and back matter, mailing catalogues to photo and object lenders. Assist Curators with exhibition-related didactics including object label copy and wall texts.
  • Prepare Acquisitions Reports and PowerPoint presentations for potential Permanent Collection objects; provide information to Registrar, work with donors and galleries as needed.Develop and maintain working relationships and appropriately represents the Museum to outside organizations, collectors, trustees, and artists. 
  • Assist Curators with scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, processing invoices, reconciling credit card and other expenses, and other administrative duties as assigned. Attend department meetings.  
  • In select instances organize modest exhibitions of the permanent collection either at Grand Ave. or the Pacific Design Center; choose objects for the checklist; prepare didactic materials; speak publically about the exhibition; give tours as needed.

Physical Demands

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

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

Application

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

Visitor Engagement Supervisor

Overview

Supervise, train, and promote the professional development of approximately 60 – 70 part-time Gallery Attendants (GAs), who staff exhibitions and public programs at three museum locations: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. GAs are charged with creating an accessible and enjoyable experience in the museum galleries, by assisting visitors with a general understanding of current exhibitions and works of art on view, while also focusing on protecting the art works and monitoring visitor safety. GAs also assist with various aspects of public program and special event implementation, including check-in and crowd management.

Requirements

A minimum 2 years’ customer service experience, and a minimum of 2-4 years’ supervisorial experience, with strong team leadership, training, and coaching skills. Experience training staff to engage museum visitors in conversation about works of art, as well as verbal and nonverbal techniques to maintain a firm presence in protecting artwork is highly desired. Alternatively, experience developing lesson plans and/or coordinating educational programs, particularly with inconsistent enrollment, is applicable. Familiarity with contemporary art history and concepts, including understanding the importance of social and historical contexts in both the making and interpretation of art. Working a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, must be able to work evenings and holidays at both downtown MOCA locations, with occasional assignments at MOCA at the Pacific Design Center. Bachelor's degree required.

Essential Functions

  • Supervise, train, and promote the professional development of approximately 60 – 70 part-time Gallery Attendants (GAs), who staff exhibitions and public programs at three museum locations: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. 
  • With Director of Visitor Engagement, set performance goals for GAs including content preparedness, conversational strategies, and art protection techniques; develop training and evaluation methods to ensure goals are met.
  • With Director of Visitor Engagement, collaborate with curatorial and education staff members to select—and, where necessary, edit—written and video materials, and devise presentations and training workshops.
  • Coordinate administrative systems to support and track staff performance, including updating roster and training records, handling distribution of uniforms and other supplies, and documenting attendance and policy compliance.
  • Prepare and present information, facilitate discussions, and develop other appropriate content for daily briefings and additional scheduled trainings for GAs, including role-play scenarios, discussing artworks, emergency preparedness, and conveying logistical information. Some daily briefings will include MOCA Security Officers, and may be presented jointly with a security manager.
  • In the absence of the Director and Manager of Visitor Engagement, act as an on-duty supervisor for GAs during shifts and buildings as designated, so that exhibition-related, customer service, and visitor engagement issues can be escalated to a supervisor. 
  • Review GA performance and assess training needs, offering coaching and soliciting feedback on a daily basis.
  • Assist GAs in crowded galleries, and interface with self-guided groups as needed.
  • Assist MOCA Security in handling fire/life safety protocols, including medical incidents or emergency situations. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands

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

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

Application

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

Temporary AV Technician

Overview

Temporary Audio/Visual Technicians work under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Production and are supervised by the Technical Manager to perform a variety of tasks specific to the operation and care of audio-visual equipment and/or multi-media exhibitions. Responsibilities include handling, installing and troubleshooting complex artworks, assisting with projection, audio engineering (including live sound), videotaping, and lighting. Temporary AV technicians provide support for exhibitions, film and video presentations, performances, lectures and presentations and various other programs at MOCA as needed. Other duties may include assisting in the preparation of exhibitions, including the handling of artworks, light construction and routine maintenance. These functions involve collaboration with the Registration Department, Curatorial Department, and visiting artists and curators working on museum projects. The safe and careful handling of all objects placed within the Museum's care, whether owned or borrowed is the upmost priority of all production staff. As a contemporary art museum MOCA presents both conventional and nonconventional art forms that can be experimental in nature. Projects at the museum vary greatly and as such all Temporary AV Technicians will be required to perform a variety of tasks beyond the technical application of equipment.

Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in Film/Video, Theater, Audio Production, Media Arts, Performing Arts or a closely related field strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of two years experience working with film, video, audio, new media or related production work.
  • Computer competency required.
  • Basic electrical knowledge required, advanced electrical knowledge preferred.
  • Working knowledge of tools and proper application required.
  • Must demonstrate safe use of equipment including, but not limited to: media equipment, electrical equipment, personnel lifts, and various portable and stationary power tools.

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


Essential Functions

  • Works with Technical Manager and Exhibition Technicians in preparing and installing all AV equipment for shows.
  • Maintains operations of exhibitions including monitoring all media elements, performing routine maintenance with supervision of Technical Manager.
  • Assists with care, maintenance and tracking of the museum’s A/V equipment.
  • In coordination with the Technical Manager, provides audio-visual services for special events, including setup and operation of media for museum’s programming and other functions.
  • Must be able to work well as a team member and relate to a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel in accomplishing projects with high production standards.
  • Must be able to work in a precise and careful manner under stringent deadlines.
  • Must display creativity in solving technical problems, and flexibility in adapting to unusual circumstances.

Physical Demands

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

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

  • Stand for long periods
  • Bend, stoop, reach, lift, and climb to move materials and operate equipment
  • Climb up and down stairs and ladders
  • Reach both above and below shoulder height
  • Be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Manual dexterity to operate manually-controlled equipment and artwork
  • Ability to visually inspect work; specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

Application

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