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.

Responsibilities:

LA Plaza seeks a dynamic, and creative curator to provide leadership and vision within its mission. Working with the curatorial team, the curator will conceive, implement, and oversee ambitious exhibition programs for permanent and temporary exhibitions, ranging from pre-Columbian to contemporary issues; with a focus on local and untold histories.

Regular duties will include researching and proposing new exhibitions, maintaining permanent exhibitions and gallery spaces, conducting research for temporary and permanent exhibitions, securing object loans for temporary and permanent exhibitions, transporting and condition reporting objects, working with curatorial staff, designers, and vendors on exhibition development and installation, conducting tours, and coordinating with education, programming, development, and marketing staff as needed.

The position interacts with all staff members in creating coordinated, comprehensive programming that drives museum attendance. Curator will report directly to the Senior Curator, Exhibitions.

Qualifications:

• A Bachelor’s degree in History, Ethnic Studies, Humanities, Art History, or related field required
• An advanced degree in History, Ethnic Studies, Museum Studies, Humanities, Art History, or related field preferred • Must be able to curate exhibitions independently from start to finish
• 2-4 years’ experience in a museum setting preferred.
• Knowledge of professionally accepted collections management practices and procedures including art handling and storage, archival materials, and condition reporting
• Fluency in Spanish is highly desired
• A demonstrated interest and passion for local history
• Must be highly organized, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
• Must be a hands-on, active team member
• Independent thinker and worker
• Strong research skills
• Highly motivated
• Ability to communicate clearly, timely, and accurately in person and in writing
• Commitment to LA Plaza's goals and mission
• Sensitivity to a variety of personalities and cultural backgrounds
• Must be a team player with ability to interact in a positive manner with all staff and outside vendors, visitors
• Participate and support Gallery Volunteer Program
• Must regularly participate and provide curatorial support for LA Plaza events and programs that offer extended museum hours and special tours
• Must have good understanding of budgeting and exercise good judgement in spending and contracting outside services

Physical Requirements

  • 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
  • Schedule

    • Regular, full-time– 40 hours per week.
    • Schedule and hours may change to accommodate programs and events.
    • Occasional overtime may be requested or required.

    Reports to: Senior Curator, Exhibitions

    Compensation

    $50,000 - $60,000 salary range

    Non-Exempt position.

    LA Plaza offers a competitive compensation package that includes:

    • Free parking.
    • 90-day introductory period.
    • Direct Deposit, of paycheck.
    • Health insurance for employee.
    • 401K Retirement Plan.

    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.

    How to Apply

    Please send resume and cover letter, demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to jobs@lapca.org.

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