Employment

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Thank you for your interest in employment at the Skirball. Below is a current list of job opportunities.

The Skirball Cultural Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, criminal history in accordance with the law, or any other legally protected characteristics.* Everyone is encouraged to apply for available employment to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community.

*Please note that eligibility requirements vary for internship positions, namely those funded by the Getty Foundation and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. 



  

Assistant Registrar, Museum

Description

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks an experienced Assistant Registrar to oversee the documentation, storage, condition reporting, legal rights, insurance, exhibition history, and loan agreements pertaining to the Skirball Museum’s permanent collection and objects for traveling exhibitions. With more than 30,000 objects including archaeological artifacts illuminating early Jewish life, ceremonial objects from across the globe, European and American coins and medals, fine arts (prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and mixed media), and objects documenting immigration and the American experience, the Skirball Museum’s collection is one of the largest collections of Jewish art and material culture in the United States. The Assistant Registrar reports to both the Registrar and the Curatorial Exhibitions Coordinator and assists in supervising volunteer and academic interns. The Assistant Registrar works closely with both curatorial and preparation colleagues.

Responsibilities:

  • Focus on permanent collection, including maintenance of collections management system and facilitation of rotations, acquisitions, photography, inventory, conservation, and rights and reproduction.
  • Ensure safe environmental conditions for all objects, whether in storage or on exhibit; oversee collection environments to ensure their physical safety and security.
  • Complete condition reports on all objects entering or leaving establishment, including traveling exhibitions; confer with exhibition preparators to develop and initiate most practical methods of packing and shipping fragile or valuable objects.
  • Draft loan documents for incoming and outgoing loans; update the General Facility Report; work with Administrative Assistant to coordinate all arrangements for couriers; assist with packing and shipping arrangements.
  • With direction from the Registrar, work with the curatorial team and conservation specialists on conservation treatment priorities and multiyear plans.
  • Assist with maintenance of a disaster recovery plan to help ensure the stability of the permanent collection and loans in case of flood, fire, pests, or earthquakes.
  • Develop and maintain professional growth through active participation in professional associations, conferences, seminars, and workshops.

Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies and/or related field and at least two years of museum registration experience
  • Experience working within the guidelines of AAM standards and practices as they relate to collections management, exhibitions, ethics, preservation, conservation, and presentation
  • Strong computer skills including the Microsoft Office suite and familiarity working with collections management systems; experience with Photoshop a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong interpersonal skills; able to work collaboratively with a diverse constituency
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills; ability to handle multiple, complex, large-scale projects concurrently and prioritize workflow to meet deadlines
  • Solid knowledge of museum best practices, particularly with respect to fine art or cultural heritage exhibitions and collections

Please send resume and cover letter by mail, fax, or e-mail to:

Human Resources Department
Re: Assistant Registrar, Museum
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595
Or e-mail to humanresources@skirball.org


  

Associate Educator, School Programs

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks an Associate Educator for its school programs. The Associate Educator oversees Grade 5–12 school programs, including curriculum development, facilitation, coaching, administration, and evaluation. The position is responsible for co-faciliating these programs with a team of paid and volunteer gallery educators on weekday mornings. 

The Associate Educator is a member of the Education and Visitor Experience department and reports to the Head of School and Teacher Programs. This is a year-round, full-time position; the schedule is Monday–Friday and includes select weekend days as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop educational programs for students in Grades 5–12. Responsibilities include developing, implementing, and editing school-tour curriculum—including pre-visit, post-visit, and on-site tour materials—related to the Skirball’s permanent and changing exhibitions, with topics such as archaeology of the Near East, American history and democratic ideals, immigration, and civic engagement. 
  • Facilitate experiential, gallery-based school programs several mornings per week.
  • In collaboration with other school programs staff, train, coach, evaluate, and, as needed, recruit staff and docent educators responsible for facilitating gallery-based school tours. Monitor performance and provide relevant supplemental materials and instruction to enrich their knowledge and enhance tour content and facilitation skills.
  • Periodically assess school programs for relevancy, learning outcomes, and appeal to students; revise as needed.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Education and Visitor Experience department on program development, staff and docent training, and teaching. 
  • Support other offerings for students as assigned, including in-school artist residency programs, performance programs, and film programs. 
  • Work within an existing budget for programs and special project development; ensure expenditures comply with approved budgets. 
  • Develop and maintain pedagogy and curriculum development skills through participation in workshops, further education and reading/researching professional literature. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in museum education, art education, art history, history, and/or related discipline
  • Demonstrated skill in developing and implementingcross-disciplinary, participatoryeducational programs for Grades 5–12 students, preferably in a museum or other nontraditional setting
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; warm and welcoming manner and ability to engage positively with people of different ages and workstyles
  • Excellent written communication skills, including strong editing skills
  • Team player with a collaborative work style; ability to accept and support change, and work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and work styles
  • Proven ability to organize tasks and resolve problems, exercise good judgment, take initiative, multitask, and manage a changing and varied workload
  • An active interest in the Skirball Cultural Center’s mission and philosophy
  • Basic knowledge/understanding of Jewish cultural practices desirable
  • Fluency in spoken Spanish preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs to support administrative tasks

Please send resume and cover letter by e-mail, FAX, or mail to:

Human Resources
Re: Associate Educator, School Programs
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595
humanresources@skirball.org


  

Head of Visitor Experience

The Skirball Cultural Center of Los Angeles—a dynamic cultural institution guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and devoted to strengthening connections between people and communities—seeks to fill a new managerial position within the Education and Visitor Experience department, with a focus on ensuring optimal experiences for the Skirball’s diverse, cross-generational audiences.

The Head of Visitor Experience will supervise the Docent Coordinator, the Volunteer Services Manager, and the Visitor Experience Manager, with the goal of creating a positive, welcoming, and accessible experience for all Skirball visitors. The Head of Visitor Experience will be directly responsible for the training, evaluation, and recruitment of docents touring the Skirball’s changing exhibitions and its permanent exhibition on Jewish history, values, and culture. 

The Head of Visitor Experience will report to the Vice President of Education and Visitor Experience. This is a full-time, exempt position that includes one regular weekend day per week and the flexibility to work other weekend days, occasional evenings, or holidays, as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Directly supervise the Docent Coordinator, Private Tour Scheduler, and 60+ Skirball docents who offer adult tours; the Visitor Experience Manager, who oversees admissions staff; and the Volunteer Services Manager, who oversees the Skirball’s 120+ volunteers.
  • Train, coach, evaluate, and, as needed, recruit docents responsible for providing adult tours and in-gallery facilitation.
  • Create talking points and tour guidelines for docents on changing and permanent exhibitions for adult visitors, consulting with curators as needed. Research and select reading materials. Model touring and facilitation techniques.
  • Work closely with the school programs team to create the lineup of workshops, speakers, training sessions, and recognition events for all docents, including school and adult docents.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of customer-service procedures, messaging, and engagement strategies; serve as a greeter/concierge in the lobby one weekend day per week and at other times as needed.
  • Work with heads of different Skirball teams to ensure that all relevant, accurate information (both day-of and ongoing) is conveyed to all frontline staff, including Security, Membership, and store and café staff.
  • Build positive relationships with the Docent Council and Volunteer Board.

Qualifications:

  • BA or higher (MA preferred) in art history, history, museum studies, or related field
  • Strong leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills; proven ability to guide effectively teams of volunteers or docents
  • Excellent communication skills; warm and welcoming manner and ability to engage positively with people of different ages and workstyles
  • Prior experience writing tour scripts or talking points for museum exhibitions and training others to deliver them
  • Sufficient knowledge of Jewish history, culture, and traditions to develop docent content materials for permanent exhibition tours and offer general docent training sessions
  • Experience welcoming diverse audiences to museums and working with frontline volunteers and staff on doing so
  • Successful experience providing effective customer service training
  • Excellent attention to detail, the ability to solve problems with flexibility in a changing environment, and demonstrated effectiveness cultivating teamwork to achieve goals
  • Understanding of and ability to convey the Skirball’s mission and guide others in doing so

Please send resume and cover letter by e-mail, FAX, or mail to:

Human Resources
Re: Head of Visitor Experience
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595
humanresources@skirball.org


  

Porter (On-Call)

The Maintenance team at the Skirball Cultural Center seeks a self-motivated, detail-oriented individual to help maintain our facilities as a Porter. This on-call position reports to the Facilities Supervisor.

Responsibilities:

  • Sweep, mop, scrub, wax, and vacuum Museum exhibit spaces, hallways, stairs, restrooms, and office spaces; clean furniture and fixtures; wash walls, windows, doors, and equipment.
  • Empty trash and garbage containers.
  • Clean/sweep parking lots and walkways to ensure they are free of debris.
  • Operate equipment and use cleaning and other chemicals, in accordance with safety instructions.
  • Notify supervisor of hazardous conditions or repairs needed for facilities or equipment.
  • Clean debris from sidewalks, parking lots, and surrounding areas.
  • Set up tables, chairs, stands, boxes, equipment, etc. in accordance with pre-determined plans.
  • Break down event and meeting set-ups and store furniture and other equipment; ensure furniture and equipment is clean and ready for future use.
  • Clean event areas (e.g. mop, sweep, vacuum) as needed, to ensure area is clean and ready for the next event or meeting.
  • Ensure all trash is disposed of properly.
  • Assist with loading and unloading of equipment and furniture as-needed; transport, store, and/or deliver items throughout campus as requested.
  • Respond positively to request for assistance from staff and others.
  • Perform related duties as required to meet Skirball mission and goals.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated skill in institutional housekeeping
  • Knowledge of floor care equipment, waxes, and cleaners
  • Ability to read and comprehend documents such as safety rules, cleaning chemical instructions, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to spend substantial time walking, standing, and performing the physical labor associated with cleaning facilities. This includes reaching with hands and arms, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, speaking, and listening.
  • Ability to regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and assist others with heavier items
  • Ability to exert self physically to perform all duties of the job
  • Must be able to perform this job safely, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others
  • Effective oral communication skills; fluency in Spanish, English, or both preferred
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Courteous and friendly people skills
  • Ability to work various shifts including evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Ability and willingness to perform all duties in accordance with the Skirball’s mission and vision
  • Note: The environment is mostly clean and comfortable but may include some minor annoyances such as noise, odors, drafts, and will include outside temperatures. 

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

Human Resources
Re: Porter (On-Call)
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595
humanresources@skirball.org