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.

Assistant Educator
Chief of Human Resources and Equity
Exhibition Design Assistant
Assistant Preparator
AV Part-time Technician
Exhibition Technician I (Seasonal part-time)
Exhibition Technician II (Seasonal part-time)
Temporary Security Officer
Temporary Prep

YEARLY OPPORTUNITIES

Assistant Educator

Classification: Full-time, non-exempt (2 year contract)

Description: Geared towards an emerging museum educator, this two-year position aims to diversify the museum field and reduce barriers among recent college graduates from historically underrepresented groups from acquiring full-time entry-level jobs. The Assistant Educator will work as part of the Hammer Museum’s Academic Programs team to help visitors of all ages make authentic and personally relevant connections to art, one another, and the world through close looking, dialogue, and inquiry. They will train as a gallery educator and lead tours for audiences of all ages; support educational programming for family, teen, K-12 teachers and students, and university audiences; and assist with departmental administrative projects. With guidance from Academic Programs staff, they will also propose, develop, and implement new programming for family and/or university audiences. Alongside these responsibilities, the Assistant Educator will build their professional skill set, gain skills and strategies for navigating museum career pathways, and grow their understanding of museum education theory and practice through ongoing mentorship and professional development.

Responsibilities:

  • Training as a gallery educator and facilitating tours for a variety of audiences, including K–12 students, public groups, and older adult audiences.
  • Supporting educational programs for a variety of audiences, including families, university students, teens, and K–12 students and teachers.
  • Working with designated Academic Programs Department staff to propose, develop, and implement programming for family and/or university audiences in the second year of the position.
  • Assisting with some of the administrative logistics of the Academic Programs department.

Requirements and Qualifications: This position is made possible with support from the Getty Foundation through its Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals Pilot Program. For a full description of eligibility requirements for this program see the Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals Pilot Program page.

In addition to the Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals requirements, successful candidates should also have:

  • At least 1 year of experience teaching youth, preferably art subjects.
  • A B.A. with some coursework or experience in art, art history, history, education, visual culture, or another museum-related field within the past 2–3 years.
  • Demonstrated facility in managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated interest in contemporary art.

 

Application: visit UCLA Career Opportunities and search the campus job openings for Requisition #36624. 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.

Chief of Human Resources and Equity

Classification: Full-time, exempt

The Hammer Museum’s Chief of Human Resources & Equity (CHRE) provides strategic leadership and direction in the areas of Human Resources, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI).  As a senior member of the Museum's management team, the CHRE is responsible for HR strategy and planning, talent management, organizational and performance management, and the direction and oversight of staff operations and HR budgets.  S/he/they will craft an ongoing strategy to incorporate inclusion initiatives and racial equity best practices by collaborating across the museum with all staff to assess programs and necessary improvements and to proactively champion the continued evolution of an inclusive culture in which everyone can thrive.

The CHRE reports to the Deputy Director of Finance, Operations & Administration.  The CHRE supervises the HR Manager and indirectly manages the HR Coordinator.

Application: To view a full job description and apply, visit UCLA Career Opportunities and search the campus job openings for Requisition #35661. Please submit an online application as instructed. For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact Kathy Johnson, Lawrence Advisory Directory of Operations, at kathy@thelawrenceadvisory.com.

Exhibition Design Assistant

Under the direction of the Manager of Exhibition Design & Production, the Exhibition Design Assistant is responsible for providing support for exhibition design and production. Duties include updating floorplans in AutoCad/SketchUp; general correspondence with vendors such as obtaining quotes and site specific designs; researching materials and fabrication options, communicating with artists and curators on fabrication; and coordinating with other museum staff and contractors as needed. Assisting with administrative workflow such as; updating organizational documents and schedules; checking and responding to email as needed but only during scheduled work hours; and attend team meetings when available and take applicable notes.

Requirements: Knowledge of standard museum display and best practices; proficient in architectural modeling and rendering applications such as AutoCad & SketchUp required; ability to read technical drawings and floorplans required; strong attention to detail; ability to work in a team environment. Proficient in MS Office, and Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator.

Application: Please email a resume and cover letter to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu and include "Exhibition Design Assistant" 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.

*** Term of this limited appointment position is based on a specific exhibition. ***

Assistant Preparator

Classification: Full-time, non-exempt

Under the general supervision of the Chief Preparator, perform professional duties specific to art handling and general care of the museum's high-value collections, focusing on works on paper in the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Daumier Collection and Hammer Contemporary Collection. These duties include installation of exhibitions in the Works on Paper Gallery and Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts study room, in addition to the general care of these collections. Duties also include matting and framing works on paper for exhibition and loan; designing and producing suitable mounts for books and portfolios; and photographing works on paper collection. Serve as lead preparator on assigned temporary exhibitions, primarily those focused on works on paper, assuming responsibility for installation from planning to completion. Additionally responsible for handling, hanging, installing, and packing art works according to museum standards for all temporary works on paper exhibitions and outgoing loans under the supervision of the Chief Preparator. Mat and frame all works on paper for exhibitions and loans, in addition to re-housing the museum's works on paper collection for long-term storage. Assist with incoming and outgoing loans for the museum, all daily art movement of the museum's collection and temporary exhibitions, and perform regular maintenance of the museum's exhibition galleries and storage including monitoring light levels and environmental conditions. Ideal candidate must be able to work as team leader on assigned projects as well as collaboratively as part of a team. Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

For full job description, please visit UCLA Career Opportunities and search the campus job openings for Requisition # 36514.

Application: Visit UCLA Career Opportunities and search the campus job openings for Requisition #36514. 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.

AV Part Time Technician

The part time AV Technician will assist the AV Supervisors with the general technical support for the operations of the Event spaces and the delivery of AV services throughout the Museum. The AV Technician will deliver AV services in a manner consistent with Museum policies and professional standards. The AV Technician executes regular and seasonal maintenance to ensure safe working procedures and will address or escalate any safety issues as they arise. Under close supervision, the AV Technician provides basic Event Production support with the set up and operation of Audio, Video, and Lighting gear.

The general AV technical support will be based on the specific Event needs of each shift. The AV Technician has a general understanding of the tools, equipment, and protocols used in Live Event Production, and has the ability to apply this knowledge in a team setting in order to provide safe and timely assistance for event set-up, operations and strike.

Application: Please email a resume to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu and include "Part-time AV Technician" 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.

Exhibition Technician I

Under the direction of the Manager of Exhibition Design &Production, the Exhibition Technician I is responsible for readying galleries for the installation of artworks (but not handling artworks). Duties include assisting artists installation; moving exhibition display components and materials; preparing areas for installation of graphics; and coordinating with other museum staff and contractors as needed. Work is seasonal and based on the Museum’s exhibition schedule.

Requirements:

 

  • Knowledge of common museum display practices.
  • General knowledge of the use of hand and power tools.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of current architectural modeling and rendering applications such as CAD & SketchUP a plus but not necessary.
  • Understanding of contemporary art exhibition practices and ability to read technical and architectural drawings required.
  • 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.

Application: please email resume and cover letter to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu and include "Exhibition Technician I" 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.

Exhibition Technician II

Under the direction of the Manager of Exhibition Design &Production, the Exhibition Technician II is responsible for readying galleries for the installation of artworks (but not handling artworks). Duties include assisting artists with fabrication including research materials and fabrication options, communicating with artists and curators on fabrication, site specific designs, and execution; fabricating and moving exhibition display components and materials; preparing areas for installation of graphics; and coordinating with other museum staff and contractors as needed. Work is seasonal and based on the Museum’s exhibition schedule.

Requirements:

 

  • Knowledge of common museum display practices.
  • Proficient with hand and power tools.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of current architectural modeling and rendering applications such as CAD & SketchUP a plus.
  • Understanding of contemporary art exhibition practices and ability to read technical and architectural drawings required.
  • 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.

Application: please email a resume and cover letter to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu and include "Exhibition Technician II" 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.

Temporary Security Officer

The Hammer Museum’s Security Part-Time Security Officers primary responsibilities are to observe and report activities and incidents during special events/programs and interact with visitors, vendors, and employees while enforcing Museum security and safety policies. Duties include providing access and/or escorts to visitors, vendors, and employees to public/restricted area. Additional duties may include safeguarding the Museum’s collections, temporary exhibitions, property, employees, and visitors through highly proactive, appropriately preemptive, and immediately responsive action. Security Officers inspect and patrol all Museum spaces on foot; monitor and operate computerized alarm, access, and closed circuit television systems; watch for, report, and address potential security and safety hazards and problems; check entrances and exits; and perform dispatch duties. They maintain and file security logs and reports, and perform other security duties as assigned by supervisors and management.

Requirements:

  • Ability to observe, report, and respond to safety and security issues in both public and sensitive museum areas.
  • Ability to think on one’s feet, exercise good judgment, and respond appropriately.
  • Skill in interacting diplomatically with the public in a high-volume, continuous-public-contact setting.
  • Ability to maintain composure in the face of resistance and hostility.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service.
  • Ability to learn and operate Museum’s Access Control, Camera, Radio and Daily Log systems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and tact; working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Physical abilities to perform all core functions and duties.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including overtime and varying shifts, as required.
  • Physical abilities to perform all core functions and duties, including but not limited to the ability to talk; hear; stand and walk for extended periods; climb stairs; push; pull; reach; occasionally lift up to 50 pounds; manual dexterity to operate a computer; visual acuity including but not limited to color vision, depth perception, central and peripheral vision, distance vision; visual acuity to read and view computer and video monitors; ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions; ability to work overtime and varying shifts as required.

 

Currently looking for applicants that are available to work at least two days per week; Fridays-Mondays 3:45pm-12:15am hours. Other shifts may be available based on applicant’s availability.

Application: Please email resume and cover letter to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu and include "Part-Time Security Officer" 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.

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: $17.00 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:

  • Must be Registered Full-time Undergraduate Student
  • 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: $17.00 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:

  • Muse be Registered Full-time Undergraduate Student
  • 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 Lead Gallery Operations

Classification: Part-Time
Salary: $16.50/hour

The Student Lead, Gallery Operation position is responsible for assisting with operations of galleries/public art areas. Ensure galleries are posted correctly and assist with breaks, rotations, and relief duties as needed. Will be trained on exhibitions and museum departments to ensure continuity of expertise and knowledge of artworks, including the ability to contact appropriate departments or staff members for assistance when needed. Assist with visitor interactions and ensure customer service is provided, assist with wayfinding, etc. May assist with some administrative duties that pertain to training or daily operations, including necessary updates to deployments and break schedules as needed.

Qualifications:

  • A registered UCLA Student who will be enrolled for at least one year
  • Must have experience working with the public in a forward-facing role, preferably in an art museum or gallery setting
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook), as well as Google Workspace (Docs, Slides, Spreadsheet, etc.)
  • Able to work 15-20 hours per week
  • Must be interested in art and eager to learn about the Hammer’s exhibitions
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to walk/stand for long periods of time
  • Must be resourceful with good problem-solving skills
  • Comfortable working in a team setting and adhering to a tight schedule
  • Must be able to wear a radio and ear piece comfortably
  • Must have attention to detail

Application: Please submit a resum resumes@hammer.ucla.edu, and include "Student Lead, Gallery Operations" 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.

Public Programs Student Assistant

DEPARTMENT: Public Programs

SALARY: $15.50 hourly

JOB SUMMARY:

The Public Programs Student Assistant position is open to all undergraduate UCLA students. The student will aid in Public Programs administrative tasks, including but not limited to organizing files and storage, coordinating hospitality, accounting, program outreach, preparing marketing materials and assisting with overall departmental logistics.

DAYS/HOURS: 10-20 hours a week

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Registered UCLA undergraduate students.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail, work independently, and follow through on assignments.
  • Requirement: intermediate knowledge of graphic design programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word.
  • Preferred: Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Keynote.
  • Preferred: Experience with marketing and social media outreach.
  • Preferred: Evening availability 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, two-three weekdays a week.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and work availability to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu, with “Public Programs Student Assistant” in the subject line.

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.