Museum of Contemporary Art,

Exhibition Production Manager, Grand

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 Exhibition Production Manager works under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Production to assist in the organization, management, and installation of all exhibitions at MOCA and management of MOCA's collection. Primary responsibilities include the supervision of full time and temporary employees, overall project management from conception to implementation, maintenance and stewardship of the collection, assisting with the development of annual project budgets, identifying and developing improved procedures and techniques, and working closely with registrars, curators, artists, and MOCA staff to plan for all exhibition and collection-related projects. Because the scope of the Museum's exhibition program incorporates conventional art forms as well as those which are more experimental in nature, the Exhibition Production Manager must perform a wide variety of tasks and functions relating to all aspects of construction, fabrication, installation and maintenance of exhibitions and collections. This is a full time onsite position.

Roles & responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Work closely with the Registration Department, Curatorial Department, Exhibitions Management and artists to oversee all aspects of exhibition production, including but not limited to planning and establishing a production schedule, identifying vendors, providing installation renderings, overseeing contractors and construction projects, managing installation teams, and monitoring budgets. This includes multiple concurrent projects in varying stages of the production process.
  • Work closely with the Director of Exhibition Production, the Registration Department and Curatorial Department to prepare for quarterly museum acquisition meetings, process new acquisitions, develop installation manuals and iteration guides for objects in the collection, and coordinate movement of works in the collection onsite as well as to/from offsite storage.
  • Work closely with the Director of Exhibition Production, other Exhibition Production Managers, and Senior Preparators to recruit, hire, schedule, train, and manage all members of the Exhibition Production Department, including both full-time and temporary employees.
  • Act as department head in absence of the Director of Exhibition Production in meetings, both internal and external to the institution.
  • Work with curators, architects, exhibition designers, and artists to design and develop floor plans and exhibition layouts.
  • Work well as a team member and relate to a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel.
  • Foster a collegial and synergistic environment, contributing to the development of department staff at all skill levels.
  • Work in a precise and careful manner under stringent deadlines.
  • Display creativity in solving technical problems and flexibility in adapting to unusual circumstances.
  • Develop and implement gallery maintenance procedures with Registration and Exhibition Production. Ensure the maintenance of all gallery spaces, storage areas, workspaces, and artworks on display or in the collection.
  • Safely handle art and objects placed within the Museum’s care, using best practices. Ensure standards of care and safe handling as set by the Museum are upheld at all times.
  • Coordinate and supervise mandatory safety and equipment training sessions. Comply with and uphold safety standards for all equipment use.
  • Operate fork/aerial lifts.
  • Work closely with the Director of Exhibition Production to develop and maintain ongoing relationships with outside contractors and vendors.
  • Work closely with other departments particularly Operations, Facilities and Security to provide continued assistance to the greater museum.


Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of various fabrication techniques and methods required to install all forms of art including video works and large scale multi-media installations
  • Experience working with a museum collection
  • Extensive rigging experience and relevant certification to use forklifts, personnel lifts and other motorized equipment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, Sketchup, Rhino, Auto CAD and or other relevant exhibition design Software.
  • Knowledge of contemporary art.


  • Minimum of at least five years' experience in museum preparation or related field with a minimum of 2 years working in a supervisory role in a museum, gallery or studio setting. Contemporary art museum experience preferred.
  • Proven managerial skills.
  • Excellent manual dexterity and visual acuity skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of museum best practices including the safe handling, care and installation of all art objects, installation hardware, and gallery lighting.
  • Advanced fabrication skills and multimedia installation experience; extensive experience working with hand, mechanical and power tools.
  • Ability to multi task on a variety of concurrent projects. Effectively manage details as well as the larger scope of any given project.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends when needed.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.

To apply

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Direct link to post