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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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Registrar, Collections

Overview:

Working under the Director of Registration & Collections, the Registrar for Collections performs all duties related to museum registration, including managing MOCA’s outgoing loans program, coordinating the shipping, inventorying, accessioning, conservation and housing of new acquisitions, oversees collection-based exhibitions, and manages the overall general care and maintenance of the Collection.

Essential Functions:

  • Management of the Collection: Oversee the documentation, cataloguing and numbering of accessions. Research and update insurance values. Oversee general Collection documentation and disseminate information as needed. Oversee inventory of the Collection. Maintain location inventories and condition surveys. Monitor on and off-site Collection storage. Initiate and implement conservation projects. 

  • Manage outgoing loans from MOCA’s Collection. Ensure that MOCA is using best practices in all areas of lending. Review facility reports and insurance policies for borrowing institutions. Work directly with Director of Registration & Collections regarding works being considered for loan by determining conservation and crating needs, courier assignments, updating values, etc. Track all loan locations in TMS. Prepare invoicing. Act as a courier for loans, both domestic and international, virtual and/or in person, as assigned by the Director of Registration & Collections.

  • Under the supervision of the Director of Registration and Collections, develop and implement policies and procedures to facilitate the safe handling/installation and storage of artworks.

  • Working closely with the Curatorial and Advancement departments, arrange incoming transport for new gifts and purchases for quarterly acquisitions meetings. Prepare all documents related to new acquisitions (receipts, deeds, insurance, condition reports, etc.) in a complete, timely, and error-free manner. Process invoices for purchases, and track document signatures and payment processes. 

  • Create and update records in TMS and work extensively with both database and physical object files and records, keeping locations up to date and new entries consistent and accurate. 

  • Manage the care, housing, and storage of new acquisitions. 

  • Assist with temporary exhibitions as needed and assigned by Director of Registration & Collections, including support with conservation, crating, storage, and transport.

  • Review loan forms and insurance policies and ensure adherence to all lender requirements.

  • Coordinate and arrange courier travel, per diem, airfare, and accommodations as needed.

  • Develop, manage/track, and maintain budgets as needed.

  • With Director of Registration & Collections, assist with insurance review, loan agreement review, and best practice evaluations.

  • Work closely with curatorial, education, and communications departments to ensure works of art are protected during in-gallery events.

  • Prepare and supervise projects for assistants. 

  • Assist the Director of Registration & Collections with general departmental oversight, and mentorship/development of junior registration staff. 

  • And other special projects as assigned by the Director of Registration & Collections

Requirements:

  • Minimum of seven years of museum registration/collection manager 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. 

  • Detail-oriented, with excellent organizational and communication skills (oral and written). Ability to multitask and work well under pressure and meet deadlines. Manage confidential information in a discreet and professional manner. 

  • Must be flexible and work well individually as well as part of a team. 

  • Ability to travel, both domestically and internationally.

  • Proficiency with collection 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 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; bend and reach for filing and other job-related functions; climb up and down stairs and ladders; 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 artwork.  Manual dexterity to operate computer and other office equipment required.  Heavy usage of computers and phones 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.

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.

Temporary Preparator

Overview:

Temporary Preparator works under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Production, the Exhibition Production Manager, and/or Lead Installation Technicians as assigned, to receive, mount, pack and disperse all exhibitions, including loans and works in the Permanent Collection. These functions involve collaboration 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, whether owned or borrowed. Because the scope of the MOCA's exhibition program incorporates conventional art forms as well as those which are more experimental in nature, Temporary Preparator will have a variety of tasks and functions to perform, relating to all aspects of construction, fabrication and installation of exhibitions.

Essential Functions:

  • Must be able to competently handle works of art according to proper and safe procedures.
  • Must be able to work well as a team member and relate to a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel.
  • 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.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art, Art History, or Media and Performing Arts.
  • Minimum of two years' experience working in a museum environment or related field including, but not limited to:  professional artist studio practices, galleries, motion picture and television, theatre and performing arts.
  • Good manual dexterity and visual acuity skills.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods.
  • Must be able to bend and reach to lift, move, and carefully handle artwork.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds individually.
  • Must demonstrate safe use of tools and equipment including, but not limited to: aerial lifts, 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.

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 carefully handle artwork.
  • Climb up and down stairs and ladders.
  • 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.


Application:


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

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.