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LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes serves the public by providing educational experiences through public programming and exhibitions that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Mexicans, Mexican Americans and all Latinos in Southern California. LA Plaza opened to the public in 2011 in two renovated buildings located in the downtown Los Angeles historic core. Established by the County of Los Angeles, LA Plaza operates as a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors and is partially funded through the County’s cultural arts program. LA Plaza is a Smithsonian affiliate museum. More information is available at www.lapca.org.
LA Plaza seeks a dynamic, accomplished senior curator to provide leadership and vision within its mission. The curator will conceive, implement, and oversee a series of ambitious exhibition programs for the core exhibition and temporary exhibitions, ranging from pre-Columbian to contemporary issues with a focus on untold histories. He/she will create, plan, implement, supervise and evaluate all of the exhibitions and educational programs for the cultural center that may include; exhibitions, programs, and workshops. The position will collaborate closely with local museums, the Smithsonian Institution, academics and community partners in developing relevant exhibitions.
The successful candidate will also develop and administer the department’s budget and project manage grants by creating narrative, budgets, and budget reconciliation, in addition to performing other related duties as assigned by the CEO.
The position serves as part of the organization’s senior team and interacts on a daily basis with all staff members in developing coordinated, comprehensive programming that drives museum attendance. The position supervisors a staff of two curators.
Job Duties & Responsibilities
• Identify, cultivate, and closely collaborate with artistic, academic, institutional, and community partners for exhibitions
• Conduct research and write exhibition text
• Develop, implement, and oversee curatorial department budgets and schedules
• Identify, cultivate, and secure exhibition lenders
• Coordinate incoming and outgoing loans • Oversee galleries and object storage facilities
• Oversee exhibition design, installation, and deinstallation vendors and schedules
• Identify, write, and project manage grants
• Identify, cultivate, and secure exhibition donors
• Give tours and press interviews
• Collaborate with staff to create and implement educational initiatives, public programming, and promotional materials pertaining to exhibitions
• Perform related duties as assigned by the CEO
• A Master’s Degree in Humanities, History, Art History, Education, or related field desired, or commensurate experience
• 4-5 years’ experience in a museum setting required.
• Knowledge of professionally accepted collections management practices and procedures including art handling and storage, familiarity with archival materials, and condition reporting.
• Excellent communication, managerial and administrative skills.
• Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
• Must be a hands-on active team member.
• Fluency in Spanish is highly desired.
• Independent thinker – both strategic & tactical thinking
• Ability to “do” (not just oversee)
• Excellent communicator – written and verbal (in person & on the phone)
• Demonstrated interest/experience in Los Angeles and Mexican American history.
• Leadership – manage and lead by example
• High capacity/ organization/ time management skills – process multiple tasks/issues/initiatives simultaneously
• Judgment/ Discernment – commitment to company values
The individual selected must be able to “get the data, determine the facts, apply logic, develop a plan, & execute.” This key position needs a “can do” and “gets it done” person.
• Ability to perform the physical requirements of the job, including frequent standing, walking, bending, kneeling, crouching, lifting, pulling, and carrying up to 30 pounds
• Must be able to stand for long periods of time Compensation & Benefits:
• Salary range: $70,000 - $80,000
• This is an exempt position and requires flexibility in work schedule occasionally
LA Plaza offers a competitive compensation package that includes:
• Individual health, dental, and vision care
• Free parking
• 90-day introductory period
• Direct Deposit of paycheck
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. LA Plaza reserves the right to perform background check at any time during on-boarding or commencement of employment
Please send resume and cover letter, demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to [email protected]