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

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

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Educator, Contemporary Art Start and Sunday Studio Programs

MOCA Education strives to make education more collaborative, inclusive, and learner-centered, to nurture intellectual growth through experiences with contemporary art, and to increase access to the transformative power of contemporary art. This part-time position entails working for two programs within the Education Department: Contemporary Art Start (CAS), MOCA’s year-long classroom partnership program featuring professional development for 3rd-12th grade teachers and museum visits for students; and Sunday Studio, MOCA’s drop-in program for visitors of all ages offered six times per year, featuring gallery tours and studio projects.

Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to art education 
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art 
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in art education, studio art, or closely-related field
  • Excellent teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills 
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred
  • Studio art practice preferred

Essential Functions:

Contemporary Art Start
Contemporary Art Start (CAS) invests in teachers to connect students to the transformative power of contemporary art. CAS creates lasting impact by combining extensive professional development for teachers throughout the year, two MOCA staff-guided visits at the museum, standards-aligned classroom curriculum, and family involvement opportunities. Each year CAS serves approximately 100 teachers and 5,000 students in 3rd-12th grade classrooms across Los Angeles. Working under the supervision of the Associate Director of Education, School & Teacher Programs, the Educator, Contemporary Art Start and Sunday Studio Programs will work alongside approximately six staff educators to assist with the development and implementation of discussion-based tours for students and learner-centered professional development workshops for teachers. Upon demonstration of expertise using the specific inquiry-based teaching method Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) with students, the Educator will receive further training to provide VTS coaching to CAS teacher-participants.

Staff hours within CAS are irregular and vary according to the academic calendar. The typical year includes programming during:

  • Summer: three x one-day workshops for returning CAS teacher participants; two x five-day Rebecca Smith Summer Institutes for teachers; and one x one-day Administrator Orientation
  • Fall/Winter: four x one-day pre-visit workshops for teachers (Saturdays); approximately 12 weeks of tours for students (Wednesdays-Fridays, 10:30am-1:45pm)
  • Spring: same as fall
  • Ongoing: weekly staff meetings (Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30pm); paid hours for exhibition-related research and additional projects


Sunday Studio
Sunday Studio is MOCA’s see-art, make-art program for makers of all ages and experience levels. Offered six times per year and attracting 200-400 visitors per program, Sunday Studio bridges artists, the museum, and the public. Working under the supervision of the Manager, Teen and Family Programs, the Educator, Contemporary Art Start and Sunday Studio Programs helps test and collaboratively develop studio art projects and exhibition tours. During events, he/she assists with workshop setup/breakdown and supports visitors in the process of creating their projects. Program shifts last approximately six hours; program planning takes place during Educators’ weekly staff meetings. 


Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand and sit for hour-long tours (shifts usually consist of two tours); use hands to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and demonstrate effective communication skills. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. During seasonal CAS teacher workshops and monthly Sunday Studio workshops, this employee will assist with setup and cleanup of studio art and other activities, involving duties including but not limited to bending to tape down tarps, lifting and reaching to set up canopies and tables, and carrying other supplies.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees 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 from time to time as necessary.

Gallery Attendant

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 any of MOCA’s three locations—MOCA Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, The Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo, and MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, GA I staff the museum during public hours, special events, and public programs. After a probationary period, subject to employee availability, and on an as-needed basis, GAs may train to handle box office functions.

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.

Essential Functions

  • Participate in two full-day introductory trainings on visitor engagement strategies, art protection methods, and emergency procedures.
  • Participate in daily briefings and additional scheduled trainings, including curatorial walkthroughs of new exhibitions. When physical attendance is not possible, watch videos of trainings and walkthroughs, and log this time into employee time card system. 
  • In partnership with MOCA Security Officers, maintain posts in the museum lobby and galleries during public hours and special events   
  • Greet and orient visitors, engage visitors in viewing art and adhering to museum rules and policies. 
  • Assist MOCA Security in handling fire/life safety protocols, including medical incidents or emergency situations.
  • Assist with check-in and staffing for special events and public programs, including organizing and communicating with people in line.
  • On a weekly basis, read an update provided by employers to front-line staff on new events, procedures, and other museum information; log this time into employee time card system.
  • Be knowledgeable about MOCA membership benefits and how to join.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Box Office Requirements

  • Due to the detailed knowledge required to consistently and accurately execute ticketing transactions, discounts, membership sales, and customer service skills, eligibility for box office training requires three days per week availability.
  • Work accurately under pressure, with the capability of handling several simultaneous duties; excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to practice low-keyed salesmanship in a service situation.  
  • Possess an aptitude toward basic mathematical calculations and recordkeeping necessary to accurately perform the duties of ticket selling.
  • Experience using Altru or other point-of-service software preferred

Essential Box Office Functions (offered as needed, pending training and passage of probationary period)

  • Execute box office policies and procedures as outlined in training sessions, staff meetings, as well as written handbooks and supplements.
  • Responsible for selling museum entrance tickets and event tickets to patrons, selling and providing information on museum memberships.
  • Set up and reconcile all monies and ticket transactions occurring during work shift; carry out established security deposit of monies in safe; keep appropriate records of all box office transactions.
  • 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. 
  • Keep apprised of museum events, ticketing and membership promotions, and new procedures by reading the box office notes provided by supervisors at the beginning of each shift.

Physical Demands

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

  • Stand for extended periods; 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.