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2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500
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The Skirball Cultural Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.


AV Performance Production Specialist
Director of Programs
Head of Family Programs and Community Engagement


AV Performance Production Specialist

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks an experienced, detail-oriented, conscientious AV Performance Production Specialist to handle a broad range of events including conferences, social gatherings, fundraisers, meetings, concerts, films, lectures, and classes. This position is an integral part of the Skirball’s audio-visual production team.

Responsibilities:

Coordinate all activities relating to the production of public events and supervise technical components and outside vendors during install, performance, and de-install, including the following essential responsibilities:

  • Possess and apply thorough knowledge of lighting design, controls, equipment, and special lighting looks and effects.
  • Create a lighting design package for proposal to clients.
  • Communicate with clients regarding lighting, sound, and AV production needs.
  • Select and order production rentals (stage, lights, backline, sound equipment, etc.).
  • Hire and supervise technical and production staff.
  • Solicit bids from vendors and monitor contracts and invoices.
  • Supervise load-in, tech, rehearsals, programs, and strike.
  • Serve as stage manager and house manager as appropriate.
  • Budget technical support for events.
  • Operate audiovisual equipment, including motion picture projectors, computerized systems, and other means of presenting movies, music, oral commentary, light and sound effects. Coordinate equipment according to notations in script or instructions of program producer or presenter.

Serve as liaison with artists performing at the Skirball, including the following essential responsibilities:

  • Act as primary contact for performing artists relating to production.
  • Negotiate and implement agreed-upon artist specifications for event set-up.
  • Analyze technical riders, assessing and coordinating equipment needs with performers and representatives.
  • Coordinate performer rehearsal times/facilities.

Qualifications:

  • Emphasis on lighting production design experience, with ability to handle a wide range of audiovisual equipment and media set-ups.
  • Ability to develop a variety of lighting plots and special-effect lighting designs using lighting control boards and specialized lighting equipment, such as lighting consoles, moving lights, Source Four LEDS, SeaChanger, Pars, and uplighting.
  • Experience as a working professional with broad expertise in production and technical theater.
  • Working knowledge of production scheduling, lighting, sound, staging, rigging, design element.
  • May lift up to 50 lbs. periodically.
  • Very effective oral and listening communications skills and the ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultures, ages, and economic backgrounds.

Please send resume and cover letter describing your skills and interests by mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Human Resources
Re: AV Performance Production Specialist
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595
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Director of Programs

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director of Programs. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Director of Programs oversees the Skirball’s public programs, ensuring that they fulfill the institution’s mission, enhance its public image and visibility, and embrace Los Angeles’s diverse audiences and constituencies. The Director of Programs provides strategic leadership to the content and format of these public programs, guiding the development, consideration, selection, and success of a full array of performing, literary, and media arts aligned with the Skirball’s mission. The Director of Programs works in partnership with museum, education, communications and marketing, and operations colleagues.

Responsibilities:

  • Enhance the Skirball’s reputation among audiences and performers as a premiere venue for cultural programs, including music, film, lectures, literary programs, dance, and theater.
  • Establish and maintain an effective network of professional contacts to ensure the Skirball’s ability to attract and present world-class speakers, artists, and performers; build and maintain relationships with cultural partners and presenters locally and nationally.
  • Shape program offerings to achieve goals of high audience engagement, community building, cross-generational exchange, and cross-cultural respect and appreciation.
  • Oversee all aspects of public program presentation, from research and exploratory contacts through booking, promotion, ticketing, set-ups, audience flow, pre- and post-announcements, and event debriefs; ensure smooth coordination between public programs, guest services, operations, hospitality/private events, and other Skirball departments.
  • Participate in development activities including identifying, cultivating, and soliciting benefactors; develop strategies and participate in preparing grant proposals.
  • Work closely with the communications and marketing department to develop comprehensive and specific promotional strategies and materials.
  • Manage the department’s human and fiscal resources to meet departmental and larger institutional goals; maintain accountability for all vendor and contract negotiation and for program costs and revenues.
  • Participate as a member of the senior management team, contributing substantially to conversations about mission, goals, museum, education, programming, and entrepreneurial initiatives; work across departments to build long- and short-term plans; promote an understanding of the Skirball’s philosophy, goals, and activities within and outside the Skirball.

Qualifications/Required Skills and Experience:

  • Senior-level management experience and demonstrated track record creating, developing, and implementing effective cultural programming; established professional network in the field of cultural programming.
  • Portfolio demonstrating the breadth, quality, and character of programming expertise.
  • Experience building, supporting, and leading collaborative and creative teams; talent and experience in building consensus and buy-in across levels of an organization.
  • Ability to manage and assist staff in managing multiple priorities and conflicting deadlines in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to negotiate contracts, prepare contracts for approval, develop budgets, allocate resources, and ensure compliance with administrative and fiscal policies.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends.

To apply send resume and cover letter describing your skills and interests by mail, fax, or e-mail to:

Human Resources
Re: Director of Programs
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595
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Head of Family Programs and Community Engagement

In keeping with its goal to explore and strengthen connections between people and communities, the Skirball Cultural Center seeks qualified candidates for the position of Head of Family Programs and Community Engagement, who will serve as a key manager within the Skirball’s Education department. He/she will lead a team that develops and implements participatory programs for families of all types, especially those with young children.

The Skirball’s family programs relate to and take place within its museum galleries, art studio and archaeological dig site, indoor and outdoor performance spaces, and award-winning destination, Noah’s Ark at the Skirball. An important facet of family programs is facilitating community engagement through collaboration with partner groups, artists, and other local institutions with values-aligned missions.

The Head of Family Programs and Community Engagement reports to the Associate Director of Education and works closely with the Head of School and Teacher Programs and the Gallery Manager for Noah’s Ark.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the selection, planning, organization, and implementation of a wide variety of offerings for families and their children, including drop-in programs, performances, festivals, classes, sleepovers, studio projects, archaeological programs, and in-gallery experiences.
  • Shape family programs to achieve the Education department goals; strengthen the Skirball’s reputation as a major family destination that supports family learning through the arts, cross-cultural programming, and intergenerational experiences.
  • Manage a team of regular and on-call staff and volunteers (including a Teen Corps and adult volunteers); provide leadership, support, and guidance to ensure content and experience goals are met.
  • Participate as a key member of the Education department’s management team; collaborate effectively with other managers and the Vice President of Education to set goals and priorities, cultivate leadership, guide staff, and further department goals.
  • Forge partnerships and co-develop programs with mission-aligned community organizations and sister institutions, which serve and promote engagement among diverse audiences and focus on improving the larger community.
  • Work closely with members of other Skirball departments—especially Public Programs, Operations, Communications and Marketing, and Private Events—to ensure smooth, collaborative planning and successful promotion and implementation of all Skirball family programs.
  • Establish and implement plans for assessment of family programs; foster a culture of reflection and evaluation through collection of visitor feedback and staff reflections, and incorporate these in meaningful ways.
  • Identify innovative artists and performers for family programs. Shape or collaborate on content to ensure appropriateness, accessibility, and mission alignment for a general family audience. Negotiate/contract for their services.
  • Develop and write planning and program materials for programs, and oversee their production and distribution.
  • Develops annual budget and track/controls expenses to ensure compliance with approved budget.

 Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in arts education, museum education, or related field.
  • Prior experience in successfully managing an education team and providing effective leadership and coaching to staff and volunteers.
  • Prior experience in developing and managing gallery- or performance-based family programs.  
  • Orientation toward child-directed, flexible, inquiry-based, participatory learning with a focus on collaboration and respect for every learner.
  • Professional experience in experiential education; solid knowledge of how to teach in a gallery setting and how to support families in using museums and other cultural resources.
  • Excellent oral and listening communication skills and the ability to work well with people of diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including strong editing skills.
  • Knowledge of the various forms of media used in educational programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain productive relationships within an organization and within the field.
  • Active interest in the Skirball Cultural Center’s mission and goals. 
  • Organizational skills sufficient to plan large-scale projects and initiatives.
  • Some knowledge of Jewish culture and traditions desirable.
  • Personal computer skills; proficiency utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 31, 2014

Please send resume and cover letter describing your skills and interests by mail, fax, or e-mail to:

Human Resources
Re: Head of Family Programs and Community Engagement
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595
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