Museum of Contemporary Art,

Associate Director, Donor Events and Programs

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Established in 1979, we are the only artist-founded museum in Los Angeles. We are dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. We house one of the most compelling collections of contemporary art in the world, comprising roughly 7,500 objects, and have a diverse history of ground-breaking, historically-significant exhibitions.

We are committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of art created after 1940, in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. We provide leadership in the field by identifying and presenting the most significant and challenging art of our time, actively supporting the creation of new work, and producing original scholarship.

With two distinct venues in Los Angeles—MOCA Grand Avenue, and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA—and Michael Heizer’s seminal artwork Double Negative (1969-70) in the Nevada desert, we engage audiences through an ambitious program of exhibitions, educational programs, and publishing.

About this job

The Associate Director, Donor Events and Programs, is a key fundraiser managing all logistical, financial, and ticketing aspects of Advancement events, including Members’ openings, Board meetings and dinners, galas and benefits, and all donor events at MOCA and at offsite locations. The Associate Director, Donor Events and Programs, is responsible for the gala/benefit and travel revenue goals and works with the Advancement department to identify individual giving and sponsorship opportunities from these areas. The Associate Director, Donor Events and Programs, will oversee all aspects of MOCA’s Travel Program, including directing and planning trips and growing revenue from travel opportunities.

Roles & responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Direct and implement the planning of all Advancement events with appropriate Museum departments and in consultation with the Associate Director, Events and Rentals; Oversee and attend all advancement events onsite and offsite, and other museum events as needed; Serve as frontline representative for Advancement events and fundraisers.
  • Create and manage Advancement events budget and track event-related invoices; Negotiate contracts and act as liaison between MOCA and outside contractors. Ensure that budgets are not exceeded and that all outside agents adhere to proper management of the Museum’s premises and comply with contract requirements.
  • Working in concert with the Advancement team, outside production companies as needed, and appropriate MOCA staff, collaborate on the planning, production, and management of MOCA’s annual gala, benefit, and fundraising events; Hire and supervise outside vendors, including caterers, rental companies, florists, and entertainment.
  • In collaboration with Associate Director, Events and Rental interface with all agencies that have jurisdiction to ensure that events comply with city regulations as required; Collaborate with the Operations, Security and Maintenance, Visitor Services, and other staff as appropriate to implement proper protocols for events.
  • Take a leadership role in the long-term planning of travel opportunities; In collaboration with MOCA curators, develop an exciting roster of travel opportunities for Trustees and donors.
  • Prepare and implement thoughtful and detailed trip itineraries, budgets, reports, and agendas for the MOCA travel program; Coordinate all post-travel follow-ups; create and manage annual travel program budget and revenue; Execute all marketing plans and promotions for the MOCA Travel program.
  • Understand perspectives of MOCA donors, volunteers, curators, and others to develop successful travel arrangements so as to strengthen donor relationships with MOCA; Collaborate with Individual Giving colleagues in increasing support from program participants.
  • Perform other duties and oversee other projects and events as assigned and deemed necessary.



  • Passion for events, art openings, and social happening
  • Minimum five years of professional experience in special event management and planning, preferably in a non-profit organization
  • Outstanding organizational skills to effectively manage multiple projects
  • Excellent communication, presentation, customer service, and interpersonal skills; must be adept in problem anticipation, resolution, and negotiation
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Google, and Gmail
  • Possession of a valid California driver's license and good driving record
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, arts administration, marketing, or related field preferred

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