Exhibition Production Manager, Grand
Job Details
MOCA - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
$70,000.00 - $80,000.00

The Exhibition Production Manager works under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Production to assist in the organization, management, and installation of all exhibitions at MOCA and management of MOCA's collection. Primary responsibilities include the supervision of full time and temporary employees, overall project management from conception to implementation, maintenance and stewardship of the collection, assisting with the development of annual project budgets, identifying and developing improved procedures and techniques, and working closely with registrars, curators, artists, and MOCA staff to plan for all exhibition and collection-related projects. Because the scope of the Museum's exhibition program incorporates conventional art forms as well as those which are more experimental in nature, the Exhibition Production Manager must perform a wide variety of tasks and functions relating to all aspects of construction, fabrication, installation and maintenance of exhibitions and collections. This is a full time onsite position.


Essential Functions:

  • Work closely with the Registration Department, Curatorial Department, Exhibitions Management and artists to oversee all aspects of exhibition production, including but not limited to planning and establishing a production schedule, identifying vendors, providing installation renderings, overseeing contractors and construction projects, managing installation teams, and monitoring budgets. This includes multiple concurrent projects in varying stages of the production process.

  • Work closely with the Director of Exhibition Production, the Registration Department and Curatorial Department to prepare for quarterly museum acquisition meetings, process new acquisitions, develop installation manuals and iteration guides for objects in the collection, and coordinate movement of works in the collection onsite as well as to/from offsite storage.

  • Work closely with the Director of Exhibition Production, other Exhibition Production Managers, and Senior Preparators to recruit, hire, schedule, train, and manage all members of the Exhibition Production Department, including both full-time and temporary employees.

  • Act as department head in absence of the Director of Exhibition Production in meetings, both internal and external to the institution.

  • Work with curators, architects, exhibition designers, and artists to design and develop floor plans and exhibition layouts.

  • Work well as a team member and relate to a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel.

  • Foster a collegial and synergistic environment, contributing to the development of department staff at all skill levels.

  • Work in a precise and careful manner under stringent deadlines.

  • Display creativity in solving technical problems and flexibility in adapting to unusual circumstances.

  • Develop and implement gallery maintenance procedures with Registration and Exhibition Production. Ensure the maintenance of all gallery spaces, storage areas, workspaces, and artworks on display or in the collection.

  • Safely handle art and objects placed within the Museums care, using best practices. Ensure standards of care and safe handling as set by the Museum are upheld at all times.

  • Coordinate and supervise mandatory safety and equipment training sessions. Comply with and uphold safety standards for all equipment use.

  • Operate fork/aerial lifts.

  • Work closely with the Director of Exhibition Production to develop and maintain ongoing relationships with outside contractors and vendors.

  • Work closely with other departments particularly Operations, Facilities and Security to provide continued assistance to the greater museum.

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of various fabrication techniques and methods required to install all forms of art including video works and large scale multi-media installations

  • Experience working with a museum collection

  • Extensive rigging experience and relevant certification to use forklifts, personnel lifts and other motorized equipment.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, Sketchup, Rhino, Auto CAD and or other relevant exhibition design Software.

  • Knowledge of contemporary art.


  • Minimum of at least five years' experience in museum preparation or related field with a minimum of 2 years working in a supervisory role in a museum, gallery or studio setting. Contemporary art museum experience preferred.

  • Proven managerial skills.

  • Excellent manual dexterity and visual acuity skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Advanced knowledge of museum best practices including the safe handling, care and installation of all art objects, installation hardware, and gallery lighting.

  • Advanced fabrication skills and multimedia installation experience; extensive experience working with hand, mechanical and power tools.

  • Ability to multi task on a variety of concurrent projects. Effectively manage details as well as the larger scope of any given project.

  • Ability to work nights and weekends when needed.

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following:

  • Stand for long periods

  • Bend, stoop, reach, lift, and climb to move materials and operate artwork

  • Climb up and down stairs and ladders

  • Reach both above and below shoulder height

  • Be able to lift up to 50 pounds

  • Manual dexterity to operate manually-controlled equipment and artwork

  • Ability to visually inspect work; specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

  • Be comfortable operating equipment such as mechanical lifts and power tools

Salary range: $70,000 - $80,000

This position is covered by MOCA/AFSCME Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement: No

The Museum of Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the Museum of Contemporary Arts commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.