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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:

AV Technical Manager

Overview

The AV Technical Manager reports to the Director of Operations and supports the organization’s needs within various departments, primarily Exhibitions, Education and Operations. The AV Technical Manager works directly with the Director of each of these departments throughout the year to successfully complete exhibition projects and provide event and program technical support as needed.

For the Exhibitions Department the AV Technical Manager is responsible for performing a variety of tasks specific to the care and presentation of media-based artworks and provides support for all technical aspects and production needs for all exhibitions. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting in the technical design and implementation of equipment for complex exhibition installations, receiving, mounting and dispersing media-based loans and works in the permanent collection, maintaining the media-based works in MOCA’s permanent collection, and assisting with projection, audio engineering and lighting. Other duties may include: assisting in the preparation of exhibitions, including the handling of artworks, fabrication, construction and routine maintenance. The AV Technical Manager will coordinate with the Registration and Curatorial departments, and visiting artists and curators while working on exhibition installations and permanent collection inventory.  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 the AV Technical Manager will be required to perform a variety of tasks beyond the technical application of equipment. 

For Education and Public Programs the AV Technical Manager performs a variety of tasks specific to the preparation and implementation of public programs (including performances, lectures, film and video screenings) and provides support for all technical aspects and production needs of the Department. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with video projection, live sound engineering, managing all production elements including lighting for museum programming (presentations and performances), and receiving and testing media for various public programs in advance of events.  

For the Operations Department the AV Technical Manager oversees the technical support for rental client events, special corporate donor events, organizational meetings and presentations, and other live programming as needed.  The AV Technical Manager will provide direct support to the Operations-related events and will also assign responsibilities to a team of temporary AV technicians to provide production coverage for the actual live events, some of which may occur on the same day or when other activities may need to be addressed.  The use of this team of temporary AV technicians also applies to other department’s events and projects as needed. The AV Technical Manager will have technical oversight of the Ahmanson Auditorium, a 150 seat theater venue and The David Laventhol Board Room - both located at the Grand Avenue building, and a 90 seat screening room at the Geffen Contemporary building.  Oversight responsibilities include maintenance and repairs to venue lighting, sound and AV equipment and purchasing of necessary equipment and supplies.

Requirements

  • ​Possession of a BA in Film/Video Production, Audio Production, Theater, Media Arts, Visual Arts, or closely related field.  Work experience may be applied towards a college degree.
  • ​A minimum of five years experience in the operation and maintenance of audio/visual, sound and lighting equipment on a professional level required.
  • ​Production management or technical director experience in a theater venue or live performance environment.
  • ​Working knowledge of analog and digital audio mixers and lighting console operation.
  • ​Experience providing support for live events with portable sound systems, including live music events.
  • ​Experience in the safe handling of artworks and technical equipment, including crating, packing, unpacking and installation.
  • ​Experience successfully managing and training production staff.
  • ​The ability to work effectively and efficiently with museum staff, artists, curators and outside contractors and clients to accomplish projects with high production standards on all projects.
  • ​Must be able to multi-task on numerous projects and effectively delegate to the AV production team while overseeing successful outcomes.
  • ​Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required for events and programs.
  • ​Experience in the research, maintenance, and operation of audio, video, and film required.
  • ​Working knowledge of various computer software skills including Sketchup, Rhino or other CAD based programs strongly preferred.
  • ​Audio and video editing and archiving experience preferred.
  • ​Knowledgeable in the proper and safe use of hand tools and shop equipment.
  • ​Advanced electrical knowledge preferred.
  • ​Knowledge of contemporary art required. 

Essential Functions

  • Work in consultation with other departments in the planning, preparation and implementation of AV technical services for current and future institutional needs, primarily in conjunction with the Exhibitions, Education and Operation departments.
  • Work with and manage staff and vendors as needed to properly operate and maintain AV, sound and lighting equipment inventory.  Purchase supplies and equipment where necessary in coordination with MOCA management.
  • Manage the use of the organization’s AV, sound and lighting inventory and oversee the safe operation of all equipment.
  • Maintain MOCA’s permanent collection media archive. 
  • Assist in handling, packing and receiving works of art, especially with regard to technical needs; maintain related documentation and records. 
  • As necessary, make recommendations to MOCA management on upgrades to equipment inventory or venue technical requirements.
  • Oversee, manage and provide technical guidance and training to a core team of temporary AV technical staff for the safe and efficient installation and successful operation of equipment related to exhibitions, programs and events. 
  • Prepare project budgets and assist in preparation of organizational budgets as requested and monitor departmental expenses during the year.

Physical Demands

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following: sit/stand for extended periods of time, bend and reach for filing and other job-related functions, climb up and down stairs/ladders, bend, stoop, and extend to move and retrieve materials, pull, push, and lift, reach both above and below shoulder height, be able to lift up to 50 pounds.  Must be able to visually inspect work.  Specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Adept auditory perception, including closely distinguishing and understanding sound mix and audio levels.  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 (optional) to hr@moca.org.

Graphic Designer

Overview

The Graphic Design department at MOCA operates as the internal design studio supporting the museum’s brand and identity, exhibitions, marketing campaigns, membership, public programs, and education initiatives, as well as all other communications across the museum. Reporting to the Art Director, the Graphic Designer develops concepts and designs for various print, environmental, and digital projects within the Museum. The Graphic Designer will be responsible for taking projects from concept to completion, including procuring estimates, coordinating schedules, and supervising vendors.

Requirements

To perform this job well, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty with energy and excellence as a goal.

  • BFA in graphic design
  • 3+ years of experience in print and web design
  • Experience in environmental graphic design a plus
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Experience in production of printing and color proofing
  • Experience in preparing design for digital media and the web
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent communicator
  • Be proactive
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Team player who is willing to collaborate with people across all museum departments
  • A professional level of experience with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS a plus
  • Must have a valid drivers license and access to a car

Essential Functions

  • Demonstrate a high level of creativity, problem-solving ability, and conceptual development through excellent graphic design and typography
  • Work with members of exhibition team, curators, installers and vendors to design, prepare, and install exhibition graphics, such as exhibition identity, title walls, wall texts, graphic murals, photo blow-up reproduction, and object labels
  • Communicates project goals and design planning
  • Connects design solutions with the goals of specific projects
  • Researches subject matter to better understand the context for design
  • Develops several design directions in response to projects
  • Guides the design process to find the best and most practical solutions within schedule and budget constraints
  • Participates in planning meetings
  • Meet with various departments to discuss scope, design, budget, and schedule of projects.
  • Present preliminary designs, comprehensive and complete layouts, and storyboards for review and approval on jobs such as exhibitions, digital assets, video/animations, invitations, brochures, marketing campaigns, signage, and magazines
  • Responds to editing and revision
  • Manages a variety of print production
  • Assists with the development of specifications for vendors
  • Review proofs and make all necessary color correction until final product is delivered that meets or exceeds all required quality standards and objectives.
  • Supervises external vendors for quality control

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 (optional) to hr@moca.org.

Head Registrar

Overview

Under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Management, the Head Registrar is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Registrar department to ensure the proper care and safeguarding of all art objects in the possession of the Museum. Responsibilities include the formulation of policies and procedures to manage the handling, storage and conservation of art work; management of record-keeping systems and inventory procedures; administration of the fine arts insurance policy; supervision of assigned staff.

Requirements

Possession of a bachelor's degree in art history, museum studies, or related field, management and budget experience required. Ability to manage both collections and traveling exhibitions. Ability to work flexible schedule with some weekends and evening work. Ability to travel domestically and internationally. Minimum of five years’ museum experience. Excellent organizational and communications skills and demonstrated leadership ability also required. Proficiency in TMS (The Museum System) strongly preferred. 

Essential Functions

  • Under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Management, oversee all departmental operations, including the development and implementation of policies and procedures to facilitate the safe handling, storage and condition reporting of works in the Permanent Collection and on loan.
  • Work with the Curatorial, Exhibitions and Operations departments to establish project schedules, satisfy security requirements, and accomplish exhibition objectives. Review all pertinent contracts, including loan forms and exhibition contracts, to insure adherence to all protocol and requirements outlined in these documents. 
  • Assist in the establishment of budgets and monitoring of expenditures for crating, shipping, customs, insurance, conservation and other costs associated with Permanent Collection and traveling exhibitions.
  • Administer the Museum's fine arts insurance policy to ensure proper coverage for all artwork; advise the Chief Curator and the Director of Exhibition Management of all concerns or potential hazards affecting the safety of works of art; monitor values at risk; and oversee the processing of fine arts insurance claims.
  • Oversee the organization and maintenance of departmental record-keeping systems, including documentation associated with the accessioning, de-accessioning, lending and borrowing of art work.
  • In collaboration with the Chief Curator, organize, schedule and compile materials for the Museum's Board of Trustee Acquisition and Collection Committee meetings.
  • Work closely with the MOCA staff to manage rights and reproduction activities associated with the Permanent Collection.
  • Provide supervision to assigned Registrar department staff.

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 (optional) 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.