Employment and Internships
The Hammer Museum is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.
• ANDREW W. MELLON PROJECT MANAGER FOR DIGITAL INITIATIVES
• ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, INSTITUTIONAL GIVING & DEVELOPMENT
• CURATOR, GRUNWALD CENTER
• INTERNSHIP: PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
• INTERNSHIP: PREP DEPARTMENT
• IT SUPPORT ASSOCIATE (PART-TIME)
• RETAIL COORDINATOR
• VISITOR SERVICES ASSISTANT
Andrew W. Mellon Project Manager for Digital Initiatives
The Project Manager for Digital Initiatives will lead the Museum’s Mellon grant-funded project to develop dynamic digital content based on the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs, as well as complementary resources and research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The project will enable the Museum to initiate a new practice of developing digital content for its website that documents and extends the accessibility and reach of its work and creates more effective platforms for research, education, artistic practice, and audience engagement.
The Project Manager will be responsible for direct management of all aspects of the project over three years, from initial research and development of infrastructure, through intensive coordination of and hands-on content development, to final dissemination and evaluation, as well as ongoing project sustainability. Primary duties include: prioritizing project components, coordinating project teams, and monitoring project budget; researching and documenting existing models of digital archives and websites; surveying digital and archival assets; developing standards for online asset management; working with curatorial and program staff to prioritize projects and develop and produce content for projects; and working closely with Technology and Communications staff to research and recommend technologies.
The Project Manager will report to the Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, and will oversee project-related interns, consultants, and vendors. The Project Manager will work in conjunction with the Museum’s Technology and Communications staff, and will work closely with Chief Curator and other curatorial and program staff. The Project Manager will also coordinate the project’s outside Advisory Group and internal Project Task Force, as well as oversee onsite researchers.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in humanities. M.A. or Ph.D. in Art History, with a demonstrated interest and experience in digital humanities, digital archives, or information studies, strongly preferred. This is a 3-year, grant-funded contract position.
Application: please email resume, cover letter, and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "Mellon Fellow" in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, we are regretfully unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process. EEO/AA.
Assistant Director, Institutional Giving & Development
The Hammer Museum’s Assistant Director for Institutional Giving and Development works directly with the curatorial staff, Museum Director, and Deputy Director, Advancement, and is responsible for developing, writing, preparing, and submitting all grant proposals, funding requests, acknowledgements, and reports to foundation and government (and when appropriate, corporate and individual) sources. The Assistant Director will also assist the Deputy Director, Advancement with special projects as assigned, such as long-range strategic planning, museum-wide evaluation, and new programmatic initiatives. The incumbent supervises the Manager, Development Operations and Manager, Stewardship, and manages the department budgets.
In consultation with the curatorial staff, Deputy Director, Advancement, and Museum Director, identify, develop and implement strategies to achieve the Hammer’s fundraising goals in the foundation and government sectors; conduct research independently and in conjunction with UCLA External Affairs to identify funding prospects; formulate and implement fundraising strategies; research, develop, write, prepare, and submit all grant proposals and applications for foundation and government resources and assist, as needed, with proposals for individuals and corporate donors; in consultation with curatorial staff, create and write project descriptions, budgets, and other materials in support of funding requests; maintain a central grants calendar; track pending requests; maintain donor profiles and gift information in Hammer database in conjunction with Manager, Development Operations and Development Coordinator; compose acknowledgements; manage all grant reporting and accounting, including preparation of reports, invoices, budgets, progress reports, and final reports; monitor all donor acknowledgements in credit lines; in consultation with the Deputy Director, Advancement, initiate, cultivate, and steward relationships with prospective institutional funders, and write inquiry and solicitation letters as needed; cultivate, steward, and maintain strong donor relationships with existing Foundation and Government contacts; act as Hammer liaison with UCLA Office of Sponsored Research and UCLA External Affairs Corporate and Foundation Relations; manage special projects as assigned; assist Deputy Director, Advancement with budget planning and management; attend exhibition receptions and other development/membership related events as required.
Requirements: five years of institutional fundraising experience, with an emphasis on grant writing and reporting, donor relations, and proposal development; must be a strong facilitator capable of articulating institutional objectives to funders; ability to work within deadlines and in a collaborative manner with senior curatorial and administrative staff; ability to positively represent the museum at meetings with colleagues and funders; demonstrated excellent oral communications skills to solicit potential donors and to collect and relate information with accuracy and diplomacy; excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, University administrators, donors, and volunteers in a multi-ethnic and diverse working environment; ability to grasp and integrate into practice university gift policy and management procedures; knowledge of, and experience in arts, cultural, and/or educational organizations. B.A. in English, Communications, or a related field required; advanced degree preferred. This is a renewable contract position.
Application: please email resume, cover letter, and salary history to email@example.com and include "Institutional Giving" in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, we are regretfully unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process. EEO/AA.
Curator, Grunwald Center
The Curator, Grunwald Center is responsible for overseeing, researching, and acquiring works of art for the Grunwald Center’s collection of over 45,000 works on paper from the Renaissance to the present; developing and organizing selected exhibitions and publications; overseeing scholarly online projects and other research initiatives; and working with UCLA faculty and students. The position requires a candidate with an exemplary background in works on paper who also can assist in the oversight of the other historical collections at the Hammer Museum, including the Armand Hammer paintings collection, the Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection, and the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden. The Curator reports directly to the Grunwald Director/Deputy Director of Curatorial affairs and works closely with other curatorial staff to develop programming for the Museum. This position also represents the Museum to the outside community, particularly scholars, museums, universities, donors, artists, and galleries.
Requirements: extensive curatorial experience, particularly in scholarship of works on paper; advanced degree in art history or a related field; knowledge of standard curatorial practice and collections management policies; thorough knowledge of 20th century art history with emphasis on works on paper; thorough knowledge of the historical and contemporary art market, galleries, and museums; knowledge of standard museum policy and procedures; knowledge of conservation needs of works of art; research skills to pursue independently exhibitions and publications; basic knowledge of the printing industry as it relates to the publication of exhibition catalogues; knowledge of granting agencies and procedures for applying for grants and external funds; interpersonal skills to deal effectively with artists, collectors, art dealers, and museum personnel, as well as with diverse student, faculty, volunteer, community, and administrative personnel on university, local, national and international levels; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other staff members, subordinates, and administrators; ability to make oral group presentations; skill in writing proposals, reports, and summaries of research and curatorial projects; skill in organizing, conceptualizing, and directing a variety of projects.
Application: please email resume, cover letter, and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "Grunwald" in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, we are regretfully unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process. EEO/AA.
Internship: Public Engagement
The Public Engagement internship will support this dynamic program within the curatorial department. The focus of this internship is to assist the curator and curatorial assistant with research related to artists and art works. Other administrative tasks related to daily operations of the department include the development and/or editing of reports and presentations and database managing. Students will also have the opportunity to interface with artists on their projects. Successful Public Engagement interns are highly organized, detail-oriented, able to work independently, and able to make connections between a task at hand and its broader context. Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite and Photoshop required. Previous museum experience, interest in contemporary art, and administrative experience are helpful for this position.
Terms: Reporting to the curatorial assistant of public engagement approximately 10 hours over 3 days each week, one Saturday afternoon per quarter required. This is an unpaid internship (academic credit available).
To apply: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to email@example.com and put “Public Engagement application” in the subject line.
Internship: Prep Department
The Prep Intern will gain experience in all aspects of exhibition planning and production in a museum setting. The Prep Intern will work closely with the Exhibition Designer and Senior Preparator to create and keep and inventory of the department’s A/V equipment, tools and hardware; creating an installation manual of current exhibitions; assisting the prep crew during installation; and assisting the Senior Preparator in gallery maintenance. No qualifications are necessary, only interest in learning more about how exhibitions are planned and realized.
Terms: Approximately 2 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship (academic credit available).
To apply: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Prep Intern application” in the subject line.
IT Support Associate (Part-Time)
The IT Support Associate performs a variety of complex information technology support duties to ensure smooth delivery of technology services throughout the Museum. Primary duties include computer operations, computer repair, wire and cable installation, user and desktop support (hardware and software), helpdesk, and data management. Monitors, operates, coordinates, assists and trains others in the operation of computer hardware, software, and peripherals. Utilizes computer equipment, software and diagnostic tools to perform a broad range of customer assistance, production job processing, equipment maintenance and repair, and computer operations assignments.
Under the supervision of the Senior IT Manager, incumbent may assist in training and scheduling of, and distribution of work to, other IT staff members, students, and temporary workers via the Museum’s IT ticketing system. Updates supervisor on status of projects and technical issues. Exercises judgment and creativity in selecting and applying procedures correctly, and determines when to refer problems to supervisor or the next level of support.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in IT or Computer Science, or equivalent experience; 3-5 years of experience providing customer service in a technological environment; knowledge of a variety of hardware, software, programming languages, and operating systems; basic knowledge of network protocols and computer applications and operating systems. This is a contract position scheduled to work up to 30 hours per week for an anticipated duration of 3-6 months.
Application: please email resume to email@example.com and include "IT Associate" in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, we are regretfully unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process. EEO/AA.
The Retail Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and executing the day-to-day operational activities of the Museum Store, as directed by the Store Operations Manager. Primary responsibilities include driving sales through customer service and product knowledge, processing Store transactions, enforcing policies and procedures, monitoring PT staff, assisting with back-of-the house retail operations, and providing support on web store operations.
Requirements: 2-3 years of retail sales experience, preferably in a book or museum store environment, with proven outstanding customer service and sales skills; demonstrated ability to multitask and self-manage in a fast-paced retail environment while providing a high level of customer service; proficiency in operating touch screen POS system, preferably Counterpoint, and general proficiency with PC-based retail and office applications; professional attitude that contributes to a positive team environment and high team performance, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills; flexibility with regard to schedule; ability to work evenings and weekends as assigned, and to cover other shifts as needed; ability to meet the physical requirements of the job. Working knowledge of contemporary and historical art, and of art institutions, strongly preferred. This is a renewable contract position.
Application: please email resume, cover letter, and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "Retail Coordinator" in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, we are regretfully unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process. EEO/AA.
Visitor Services Assistant
Under the supervision of the Assistant Director, Events and Visitor Services, the Visitor Services Assistant will coordinate all aspects of the visitor experience, including admission ticketing, monitoring and directly responding to and handling any visitor and customer service-related issues in the Museum galleries, store, parking structure, and all other public areas. Other areas of responsibility include: working with the Assistant Director, Events and Visitor Services to develop visitor services standards and procedures, assisting with visitor surveys and collecting visitor data, tracking admissions, providing basic exhibition and program information as requested by visitors, assisting visitors with directions and informational signage in the Museum, and providing a high level of overall customer service and hospitality to all visitors. The Visitor Services Assistant will also assist with Development Department duties as directed, including coordination of general event logistics. This is a renewable contract position.
Requirements: 2 years' experience in customer service, preferably in a cultural institution or other nonprofit organization; skill in interacting diplomatically with the public in a high-volume, continuous public contact setting; ability to maintain equanimity in the face of difficult situations; strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work a flexible schedule, including frequent evenings and weekends.
Application: please email resume, cover letter, and salary history to email@example.com and include "Visitor Services" in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, we are regretfully unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process. EEO/AA.