Employment Opportunities

CURRENT OPENINGS

Opportunities at the Hammer Museum are posted on UCLA's Career Opportunities portal. To filter for Hammer Museum jobs, select the Search Jobs button, and scroll to the bottom of the listing page to find the search panel. Enter "Hammer" in the Keyword search field.

Associate Director, Academic Programs
Design and Production Specialist
Manager, Gallery Operations
Visitor Experience Lead
Temporary Prep

YEARLY OPPORTUNITIES

Associate Director Academic Programs

Classification: Full-time, exempt

Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, the Associate Director, Academic Programs oversees all academic programs and initiatives for the Hammer Museum.

The Associate Director, Academic Programs engages the UCLA campus and the Los Angeles community at large in support of the Museum's mission, which emphasizes the power of art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world. This position is responsible for developing and implementing the Museum's academic programming, with a focus on educational programming for the UCLA community and K-12 and family audiences. The Associate Director, Academic Programs develops and oversees the department budget, works collaboratively across departments to ensure academic programming is in alignment with institutional priorities, and leads a team of four full-time and part-time staff and up to twenty student employees and interns.

The Associate Director, Academic Programs, is responsible for guiding the Specialist, University Audiences, in developing meaningful internship opportunities for UCLA students, managing the Hammer Student Association in the production of student-centered events, and mentoring students in the publication of the interdisciplinary arts journal Graphite. The Associate Director, Academic Programs is also responsible for directing the Specialist, University Audiences, in the oversight, training, and administrative support of Student Educators, UCLA students who lead tours of special exhibitions and the permanent collection for audiences of diverse backgrounds and ages. Hammer Student Educators are the bridge between our visitors and our artworks and are therefore key representatives of the Museum.

The Associate Director, Academic Programs, is responsible for guiding the Specialist, Family and K-12 Audiences, in developing programs for K-12 teachers, students, and families that center art as a vehicle for creativity and social change, including artist-based workshops, an annual Family Day, school partnerships, and the award-winning Classroom-in-Residence at the Hammer Program, which is a collaboration with the Visual and Performing Arts Education Program in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

The Associate Director, Academic Programs is charged with the research, development, and implementation of academic programs, including but not limited to fostering creative partnerships with UCLA faculty from various disciplines on academic projects and the development of University seminars and courses related to the Museum's collections and exhibitions by using the Museum's resources as a point of departure for scholarly and multi-disciplined investigation.

Application: To view a full job description and apply, visit UCLA Career Opportunities and search the campus job openings for Requisition #34415. Please submit an online application as instructed. 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.

Design and Production Specialist

Classification: Full-time, non-exempt

The Design & Production Specialist will work with the museum's design team on fielding and tracking design requests and projects, and designing materials in collaboration with the design team, under the supervision of the Associate Director, Communications & Marketing.

The primary responsibilities include managing the production schedule for the design projects, tracking work orders and invoices, procuring sample materials, researching vendors. Emphasis is placed on maintaining positive relationships and proactively communicating with colleagues, partners, and vendors. The design component of the position primarily focuses on working with existing templates and layouts as well as supporting the execution of the design team's projects, under the direction of the Senior Designer and in collaboration with the Graphic Designer. This position also documents and organizes records of the in-house design team's output, including but not limited to file management and photo documentation.

Application: To view a full job description and apply, visit UCLA Career Opportunities and search the campus job openings for Requisition #35033. Please submit an online application, including a portfolio, as instructed. 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.

Manager Gallery Operations

Classification: Full-time, exempt

The Hammer Museum delivers exceptional experiences to a diverse audience of approximately 250,000 visitors annually. The Manager, Gallery Operations is responsible for building and managing a team of 3-4 part-time Leads and 70-100 part-time UCLA student Gallery Ambassadors to ensure visitors have a positive and safe in gallery experience while enjoying exhibitions and art works.

This position will foster a culture that honors, respects, and strives to ensure the highest level of care for our diverse and varied visitors as well as the art work we present in our galleries. The successful candidate will create a welcoming environment by training staff to provide excellent hospitality, and make the visitor's experience in the gallery a pleasant one. The successful candidate will build trust and work effectively across departments and divisions to ensure the Hammer gallery experience is among the top in the world.

Devoted to the public it serves, the Hammer's Ambassadors Program provides visitors with enjoyable interactions with UCLA students while giving students meaningful work experience that fosters a renewable set of skills and commitment to social engagement. These students serve as representatives of the Museum and the University by greeting patrons, facilitating their visit, and providing information as needed. Hammer Ambassadors can be found in key visitor touchpoints such as welcome desks, galleries, public programs, store, and events. Students gain specialized knowledge and experience in customer service, art appreciation, art protection, sales, and other life skills that will prepare them for future employment.

Application: To view a full job description and apply, visit UCLA Career Opportunities and search the campus job openings for Requisition #34990. Please submit an online application as instructed. 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.

Visitor Experience Lead

Department: Visitor Experience

Salary: $21.02

The Visitor Experience (VE) Lead oversees Visitor Experience Ambassadors and volunteers at the Hammer Museum (including but not limited to the galleries, Billy Wilder Theater, Nimoy Studio, Box Office, and courtyard) and at Hammer public programs and special events. This position is a primary point of contact during events for both Museum staff and patrons. (PT only: Approximate number of hours per week: 15-20.)

Visitor Experience Ambassadors are University students who direct, assist, engage, and monitor patrons in a positive, courteous, and professional manner for the purpose of providing a seamlessly welcoming visitor experience. Primary responsibilities include serving as an information resource on all facets of the Museum, including exhibitions, artists, artworks, public programs and events, membership programs, ticketing, donations, and appropriate ways to interact with artworks.

Days/Hours: Approximately 15-18 hours per week, or as needed for operations. Must be able to commit to a set schedule each quarter.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide exceptional customer service to Museum patrons and contribute to a seamlessly welcoming experience in all Museum spaces and for all events, including but not limited to the Welcome Desk, Box Office, Billy Wilder Theater, public programs, special events, and galleries; remain attentive to patron needs; field and resolve complaints; guide patrons into spaces and lines; calm disturbances and resolve issues in a courteous and efficient manner
  • Act as Museum point person during private, corporate and special events; serve as liaison to any special event coordinators hosting events; oversee opening of event spaces and start of events; coordinate special seating needs, including seating for patrons who arrive late
  • Participate in informational sessions presented by other Museum departments, including Curatorial, Academic Programs, Public Programs, Public Engagement, and Security; attend Curatorial walkthroughs of new exhibitions to learn about the artists and artworks on view; participate in daily Visitor Experience briefings and attend quarterly Visitor Experience updates
  • Remain attentive to patron interactions with artwork; provide guidance on appropriate ways to interact with artworks; enforce relevant Museum policies and procedures, including the photography policy; notify Security Department of any security or safety issues
  • Coordinate distribution and collection of Museum surveys
  • Coordinate all aspects of information for patrons (e.g., signs, brochures, etc.), including updating, display, and distribution; set up way-finding signage as directed
  • Participate in informational sessions held by Security staff; notify Security Department of emergencies
  • Perform all other patron engagement and guidance duties as assigned
  • Provide onsite leadership and direction to Student Visitor Experience Ambassadors to ensure a high level of customer service to Museum patrons; assist Ambassadors in dealing with difficult patrons and situations
  • Assist Assistant Manager, Visitor Experience in conducting training for Ambassadors; conduct weekly and daily Visitor Experience information briefings
  • Assist Assistant Manager, Visitor Experience with scheduling as needed; anticipate staffing shortages; relieve Ambassadors for breaks
  • Serve as liaison between other Hammer Museum departments, including but not limited to Programs, Facilities, and Security to ensure the comfort of Museum patrons All other training and supervisory duties as assigned

 

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and work availability to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu with “Visitor Experience Lead” in the subject line.

Temporary Prep

The Hammer Museum is looking for qualified, experienced, and talented individuals to join the Prep department for on-call art handling opportunities. The Prep department is responsible for the safe, conscientious handling of all artworks and materials under the museum’s care, using our wide-ranging experience and knowledge of best practices to produce professional exhibitions. As an on-call prep, the work periods would be predominantly during exhibition changeovers with occasional small projects between.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years of cumulative experience in a museum environment or related, handling and installing artworks and/or artifacts.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, best practices in the handling, moving, installation, and packing of artworks. Lighting and electrical skills in a museum environment a plus.
  • The ability to clearly communicate with supervisors, registrars, and fellow preparators.
  • The ability to understand and follow instructions.
  • The ability to work well in various installation settings; in groups, with couriers, with artists, and/or solo. The ability to work well in both high and low stress situations. Self-motivated and detail oriented.
  • A safe and mindful approach around works of art and equipment.

Requirements:

  • Ability to comfortably lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time; ability to bend to lift, move, carry, artwork safely.
  • Ability to use tools and equipment safely, properly, and skillfully.
  • Basic math skills: addition, subtraction, fractions.
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Application: Please email resume to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu and include "Temporary Prep" 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. This is a limited appointment position.

Gallery Ambassador

Department: Gallery Operations

Salary: $15.50 hourly

The Gallery Ambassador position combines the responsibilities of art protection with museum information and art appreciation. The primary responsibility of a Gallery Ambassador is the safety of the artwork and enforcement of museum policies. A Gallery Ambassador is responsible for monitoring the gallery spaces and protecting the art while engaging with the public to answer questions and provide information about the exhibits and the Hammer. A Gallery Ambassador also provides exceptional customer service by greeting visitors as they enter the galleries and ensuring that all guests have proper access.

Days/Hours: Approximately 15–18 hrs/week, or as needed for operations. Must be able to commit to a set schedule each quarter.

Qualifications:

  • Registered UCLA Undergraduate, UCLA Extension (full-time), and Santa Monica College (full-time) students encouraged to apply
  • Experience/interest in working in a dynamic environment with both fast-paced and slower settings
  • Customer service experience
  • Ability to work a variable schedule per week; must have availability for at least one 10:30 a.m.-6:15pm shift Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, as well as one other shift Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to wear a mask for long periods of time
  • Solid interpersonal and communication skills
  • Friendly and outgoing, able to conduct oneself in a polite and professional manner in a variety of situations
  • Ability to assert oneself when needed in order to enforce policies and protect artwork
  • Ability to use good judgment and to respond to visitor feedback and inquiries
  • Experience with, knowledge of, appreciation for, or interest in visual art, especially contemporary

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and work availability to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu, with "Gallery Ambassador" in the subject line.

Due to the volume of resumes we receive, we are regretfully unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process.

Frontline Ambassador

Department: Visitor Experience

Salary: $15.50 hourly

The Frontline Ambassador position aims to create a welcoming and engaging experience for visitors that carries out the Hammer’s mission. A Frontline Ambassador is responsible for engaging with the public, answering questions, providing information about the exhibitions, and promoting membership. There are additional opportunities to assist with public programs in the Billy Wilder Theater, and assist with special events. This position reports to the Visitor Experience Manager with direction and oversight from Visitor Experience Leads.

Days/Hours: Approximately 15 hours/week, or as needed for operations.

Qualifications:

  • Registered UCLA Undergraduate, UCLA Extension (full-time), and Santa Monica College (full-time) students encouraged to apply
  • Ability to work a variable weekly schedule; Must have availability for at least one 10:30 a.m.–6:15 p.m shift Tuesday, Wednesdays, or Thursday, as well as one other shift Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
  • Customer service experience/interest; prior retail, food service, hospitality, or museum work preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; able to conduct oneself in a polite and professional manner in a variety of situations
  • Ability to assert oneself when needed in order to enforce policies and protect artwork
  • Ability to use good judgment and to respond in handling crowds while remaining calm and presenting a professional demeanor
  • Ability to wear a mask for long periods of time
  • Experience with, knowledge of, appreciation for, or interest in visual art with emphasis on contemporary work

To apply please submit a resume, cover letter, and work availability to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu, with "Frontline Ambassador" in the subject line.

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.

Student Educator Program

Student Educators are paid UCLA students from diverse disciplines who lead tours for all audiences. Student Educators participate in mandatory summer training and extensive professional development throughout the year. As the museum’s core teaching staff, student educators lead public and private tours, support family programming, and assist with curator walk-throughs. Student Educators are hired in Spring Quarter for the following academic year. Please contact academicprograms@hammer.ucla.edu for more information.