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Employee Relations Specialist

Job Details

MOCA - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
$65,000.00 - $68,000.00 Salary/year


At MOCA we know that art and culture are two of the greatest gifts that we can offer our community. We aim to provide a wide breadth of engagements and know that a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences help us get there. This value lives within the diversity of our programs and among the colleagues that help enliven our culture. Cultivating an inclusive work environment that values a range of talent and ideas is the top priority for us. We enthusiastically encourage candidates of all backgrounds and abilities to apply. Reasonable accommodations may be made.


With the supervision of the CPCO and support from the HR Generalist, the Employee Relations Specialist will assist with maintaining programs focused on employee relations, compliance and accountability. The ERS will be required to exercise sound judgment, tact, and discretion to perform moderately complex, diverse, and confidential duties in support of MOCA’s Human Resources program. Additionally, the ERS will plan, coordinate, and carry out general and complex administrative tasks to support the People & Culture team.



  • Act as the initial point of contact for Human Resources questions in the museum, determining when the involvement of the HR Generalist or CPCO is appropriate.

  • Carry out HR processes including but not limited to onboarding/offboarding, HR system and database management, employee file management, maintaining staff directory and managing job postings.

  • Partner with the HR Gen in the development and facilitation of new-employee training programs, including but not limited to harassment prevention and occupational safety

  • Partner with the HR Gen in developing, facilitating and updating (as needed) MOCA’s New Employee Orientation.

  • Coordinate management training in interviewing, hiring, progressive discipline, terminations, promotions, performance reviews, and grievance response.

  • Coordinate administration of all Leave of Absence requests and processes including transitional work and accommodations.

  • Facilitate open enrollment and other benefits related programs as directed.

  • Facilitate performance review program to ensure compliance and equity within the organization.

  • Participate in employee recognition efforts in coordination with HR Gen, and CPCO to include offering recommendations and facilitating staff events.



For this role, the ideal candidate will be a calm, confident and creative problem solver with knowledge of HR practices & procedures and have at least 1-3 years of HR experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. You will also stand out if you:

  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritize tasks appropriately.

  • Demonstrate an attention to detail

  • Demonstrate self-motivation and initiative.

  • Demonstrate strong communication skills (including verbal, written, and interpersonal).

  • Demonstrate appropriate computer skills: i.e. proficiency in Microsoft Office; Gmail Workspace and Paycom or similar HRIS system


  • You ALWAYS take the extra moment to ensure the work you produce is accurate.

  • You are comfortable asking questions.

  • You listen well.

  • You maintain a positive attitude and goal-oriented focus.

  • You manage your time well, and are organized.

Pay Rate: $65,000 - 68,000 annually

Covered by MOCA/AFSCME Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement: No

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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, hairstyle, 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. Details of our equal employment opportunity policies are further explained in Anti-Discrimination & Harassment.

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.