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). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.



Maintenance Engineer, Operations

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks a friendly, qualified, meticulous self-starter for the position of Maintenance Engineer in the Operations department. The position reports to the Chief Engineer.
 
Responsibilities:
 
  • Tour buildings, equipment, and grounds to check for problems; determine priorities and make repairs; discuss problems with supervisor.
  • Make routine plumbing repairs including leaky or plugged faucets, toilets, pipes, drains, and waste lines.
  • Repair plaster, paint, or refinish building interiors and exteriors.
  • Make minor electrical repairs such as repairing fuses, replacing fixtures, lights, and ballasts, and installing electrical outlets where wiring already exists.
  • Repair and erect wall partitions, shelves, floors, doors, and other related items.
  • Perform routine carpentry work; repair office furniture; build shelves.
  • Install and repair equipment such as kitchen appliances, exit signs, and other items.
  • Install/repair windows and screens.
  • Install/repair locks.
  • Hang drapery rods and drapes or blinds; hang pictures and signs, install hooks and other household items.
  • Repair and replace floor coverings.
  • Move furniture, equipment, and supplies.
  • Maintain tools and equipment in good working order; request supplies as needed.
  • Respond positively to request for assistance from staff and others and actively cooperate on projects requiring other staff.
  • Develop and maintain maintenance mechanic skills by participating in educational programs, reading, and meetings with supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will exhibit the following skills and characteristics:

  • Working knowledge of equipment and facilities maintenance in an institutional setting
  • Working knowledge of routine plumbing, electrical, and air conditioning maintenance
  • Working knowledge of routine carpentry and repair of furniture and fixtures
  • Effective troubleshooting skills to identify problems with equipment and facilities
  • Effective reading, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to operate/maintain hand and power tools normally associated with facilities and equipment maintenance
  • Ability to perform the physical labor associated with facilities and equipment maintenance including lifting up to 50 lbs. independently
  • Ability to tolerate different weather conditions
  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with accepted safety procedures
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a changing environment
  • Current California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the Skirball’s insurance carrier
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability and willingness to perform all duties in accordance with the Skirball’s mission and vision

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

Human Resources Department
Re: Maintenance Engineer, Operations
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Or e-mail to humanresources@skirball.org


Vice President and Director of Public Programs

The Skirball Cultural Center, an institution deeply rooted in Jewish heritage and inspired by its teachings and ideals, seeks qualified candidates for the position of Vice President and Director of Public Programs. Our mission is to be a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the democratic ideals of freedom and equality. The leader of the Public Programs department understands both Jewish heritage and Los Angeles’s diverse communities and seeks to create cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.

The Vice President and Director of Public Programs will provide strategic leadership to the content and format of public programs, guiding the development, consideration, selection, and success of a full array of performing, literary, and media arts programs aligned with the Skirball’s mission. The Vice President and Director of Public Programs works in partnership with Museum, Education and Visitor Experience, Communications and Marketing, Hospitality/Private Events, and Operations colleagues.

The Vice President and Director of Public Programs reports to the Executive Vice President and supervises a team of approximately five staff that include an assistant director, program specialists, a production manager, and an administrative assistant.
 
Responsibilities:
 
  • Lead the Skirball Cultural Center in developing and implementing a rich array of high-quality programs that express the institution’s core mission and achieve goals of high audience engagement, community building, and cross-cultural respect and appreciation.
  • Demonstrate and utilize a familiarity with American Jewish culture, as well as an aesthetic and cultural sensibility appropriate for an institution rooted in Jewish values and heritage while also authentically embracing the many heritages and identities that comprise the American experience, particularly in Los Angeles.
  • Translate a mission, vision, and passion into clear priorities, objectives, initiatives and decisions.
  • Enhance the Skirball’s reputation with audiences and performers as a premiere venue in Southern California for values-based storytelling and human connection through cultural programs that include 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.
  • Guide, support, and nurture a departmental team through collaborative leadership, and form productive relationships with colleagues across and beyond the Skirball.
  • Oversee all aspects of public program presentation, from research and exploration of partnership opportunities through booking, promotion, ticketing, set-ups, audience flow, pre- and post-announcements, and event debriefs; ensure smooth coordination between Public Programs, Education and Visitor Experience, Operations, Hospitality/Private Events, and other 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 achieve a marketable schedule of programming and effective promotional strategies and materials.
  • Represent the Skirball at public events, introducing speakers, artists and programs, framing events within the Skirball mission, monitoring audience flow, and troubleshooting as needed.
  • Participate as a member of the senior management team; contribute substantially to conversations about the institution’s mission, goals, and museum, education, programmatic, 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.

Skills and Experience:

  • Senior-level management experience creating, developing, and implementing effective cultural programming.
  • Demonstrated success and track record of developing and cultivating effective working relationships with writers, public speakers, artists, agents, managers, tour promoters, artistic directors of cultural venues, media contacts, donors, and staff.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Active listening and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop productive relationships across the organization and to work effectively with people of diverse cultures, ages, and economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write for and speak to a wide variety of audiences; experience with social media, web, and e-commerce tools.

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

Human Resources Department
Re: Director of Public Programs
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Or e-mail to humanresources@skirball.org