Monday – Friday (Full-time, hourly non-exempt)
David Kordansky Gallery seeks a highly motivated, extremely organized, and collaborative individual to join our team as Artist Liaison Assistant, reporting to our New York-based Associate Director, Artist Relations, the Artist Liaison Assistant is a critical, cross-departmental role, responsible for supporting a range of important artist-management, exhibition production and administrative functions of the Artist Relations department. Day-to-day responsibilities include facilitating communication between artists, their studios, and the gallery, project management, and administrative assistance from coordinating visits, travel, and appointments to sourcing materials and gifts. This position is a full-time role, Monday through Friday, and will require occasional flexibility for additional hours based on the needs of the gallery. A generous benefits package is offered.
ABOUT THE GALLERY:
David Kordansky Gallery is one of the most dynamic venues for contemporary art in Los Angeles and in New York and is internationally regarded as a leading gallery of its generation. Established in 2003, the exhibition program is dedicated to presenting artists’ work with passion and intellectual rigor, and to bringing the utmost care and precision to showcasing artistic visions. The Gallery is committed to presentations that blend scholarship and connoisseurship with equity and inclusion. We are an institution rooted in our hometown of Los Angeles, and in California, even as we embrace cultural activity as a fully global phenomenon.
Maintaining a culture of belonging is important to us—we strive for a workplace where every single team member feels valued, supported, and heard. We believe in the power of creativity and seek opportunities for connection, collaboration, and learning between cultures and communities. We are committed to championing policies and practices that promote diversity, foster cultural equity, and sustain an environment of inclusivity. The Gallery is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit, qualifications, and abilities. The Gallery does not discriminate, and does not permit discrimination against its employees, interns, volunteers, or applicants. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of individuals who contribute their time and talents to our mission, and we pledge to create a safe, accessible, and inclusive place to work.
The Gallery’s consistent growth, developed in tandem with its artists’ ambitions, occurs through the unique participation and contribution of each employee. We look for colleagues who are the most driven, the most talented, and the most creative. Every member of the Gallery’s team should aim for excellence and ingenuity, surpassing challenges and discovering new possibilities together. We value long-term commitment and loyalty, and in turn provide avenues for career advancement across all departments.
- Assist the New York-based Associate Director, Artist Relations with all administrative needs, including scheduling, correspondence and communication management, research, data entry, gifts, and errands
- Assist with project-coordination for gallery exhibitions, art fair presentations, institutional exhibitions and public projects, creating production timelines and tracking progress
- Assist with managing cross-departmental and external communications regarding artist activities, recording and distributing meeting notes, as needed
- Track artists’ schedules including group and solo exhibition openings; coordinating travel/accommodations, meetings, studio visits and regularly updating all required parties
- Proofread and copy edit, as needed
- Assist with grant and residency applications, review project proposals and exhibition materials from institutions and other galleries
- Review and execute loan, consignment, acquisition, and donation paperwork, sending documents and images to the relevant parties
- Process new incoming artworks for sales purposes; confirm caption information for works; assist in compiling comparable work lists for pricing
- Book travel, schedule appointments, and secure reservations for the Associate Director, Artist Relations and artists as requested
- Coordinate and schedule studio visits for clients, curators, academics, and press
Our ideal candidate is highly detail-oriented and creative with exceptional organizational skills; an excellent verbal and written communicator; and possesses the ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. We seek candidates who are extremely self- motivated, responsible, and efficient, and who hold a sincere appreciation for and experience with navigating diverse cultural spaces. In addition:
- Knowledge of contemporary art required
- Minimum two (2) year’s experience working at a contemporary art gallery, institution, and/or with artists in a project-management and production capacity
- BA in Art History or related field preferred
- Demonstrated professional experience with project-management is required
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team is required
- Must be adaptive and at-ease in a fast-paced environment that requires balancing a volume of project deadlines
- Strong knowledge and understanding of the gallery’s artist roster
- Familiarity with various artwork media and production processes
- Skills in a Mac-based environment required, including: Google Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Sheets); Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Zoom
- Skills in the Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat) preferred
- Fluency in ArtLogic or similar database software is strongly preferred
- Editorial or writing experience is strongly preferred
- Fluency in multiple languages welcomed
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
- This is a full-time hourly position (overtime eligible) at 40 hours per week
- The pay scale for this position is $25 – $30 per hour
Benefits for full-time employees, following a waiting period, include:
- Premium medical insurance (partially subsidized, at minimal cost to employee)
- Vision insurance (fully subsidized, at no cost to employee)
- Dental and long-term disability insurance
- Paid personal and vacation days
- Paid sick time
- Paid holidays and floating holidays
- Paid gallery closures
- Paid family leave
- Participation in a 401k retirement plan (with employer contribution)
- This position is based in New York, NY.
- The gallery greatly values the health & safety of its employees, and is following all COVID-19 city, county, and state business guidelines for the pandemic.
- Regular in-person work required.
How to apply
Please submit the following via email with the subject line “DKG NY: ARTIST LIAISON ASSISTANT” to email@example.com:
- a cover letter detailing your previous experience
- a complete CV
- a 250-word writing sample discussing the work of a contemporary artist on the gallery’s roster or recent David Kordansky Gallery exhibition
In your application, please note all relevant skills requested in the qualifications above.
BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with most, if not all, of the requested qualifications are invited to apply. Submissions including the above items will be prioritized. No phone or walk-in inquiries, please.