David Kordansky Gallery seeks a highly motivated, extremely organized, personable, and collaborative individual to join our team as a Gallery Administrator. The Gallery Administrator, Archives is a critical, cross-departmental role, responsible for supporting a range of significant functions of the Management & Administration team, including front desk coverage and visitor relations; administrative tasks and data entry; gallery and office tidiness; coordination of supplies; as well as press formatting and publication inventory organization, packing, and shipping. This position is an hourly, full-time role, in-person five days per week, and requires 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 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.
- Greet gallery visitors at the front desk, answer gallery phones, and facilitate client visits with staff
- Maintain a comprehensive understanding of the history of the gallery, its artists, and programming, and provide accurate information to gallery visitors
- Monitor artwork and building safety and security
- Carry out daily opening and/or closing procedures
- Maintain general tidiness of the gallery
- Monitor supply levels and restock supplies
- Run errands and arrange gifts on behalf of gallery staff, as needed
- Assist in maintaining contact database records with up-to-date client and artist information
- Manage event guest lists and monitor RSVPs
- Assist with the preparation for all gallery events, including staffing openings, dinners, and viewings, as needed
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, implement best practices for employee and visitor health & safety, including monitoring symptom and temperature checks; regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces; and overseeing staffing and visitor appointments at the gallery to maintain limited capacity.
- Support the Archivist in a range of tasks, including administration, inventory maintenance, artist record updates, publication assistance, and press requests
- Assist in obtaining publications pertaining to gallery artists
- Scan and format press and published texts in InDesign
- Maintain physical archives and book inventory in a clean, orderly, and safe manner
- Promptly add books and ephemera to artist archives
- Regularly input artist CV updates as requested
- Unpack and inventory all incoming book shipments
- Monitor and fulfill (pack and ship) client book dispersals, complimentary book requests, and e-commerce orders
- Update database records with public collection information and exhibition history, create new records as needed
- Attend and staff local art book fairs, as needed
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
- At least one (1) year of experience working in a public-facing, visitor relations position at a contemporary art gallery or contemporary art museum preferred, but consideration is given to candidates with related experience
- Familiarity with contemporary art books in relation to gallery operations preferred
- BA in Art History, Studio Art, or related field preferred
- Skills in a Mac-based environment required, including: Google Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Sheets) and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Basic skills in Adobe InDesign required; intermediate skills preferred
- Basic knowledge of databases such as ArtBase / FileMaker (or similar) preferred
- Fluency in multiple languages welcomed
- Preference is given to candidates who have familiarity with global contemporary art, including art of the African Diaspora, Latin America, and Asia
- Physical abilities to perform all core functions and duties, including but not limited to the ability to talk; hear; see; sit for extended periods; walk; climb, balance; stoop; kneel; crouch; crawl; push; pull; reach; and lift up to 50 pounds
- Possession of a valid state driver’s license and reliable means of transportation to facilitate local collections and deliveries
- BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
- This is a full-time hourly position (overtime eligible).
- The pay scale for this position is $18 – $22 per hour.
Benefits for full-time employees, following a waiting period, include:
- Fully-paid premium medical and vision insurance
- Discounted dental and long-term disability insurance
- Paid personal and vacation days (starting at 13 days annually)
- Paid sick time (6 days annually)
- Paid holidays and floating holidays (10 days annually)
- Paid gallery closures (typically 8-10 days annually)
- Paid family leave
- Participation in a 401k retirement plan
- 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.
- Due to the nature of this role, all of the work required of this position is in-person.
How to apply
Please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Gallery Administrator”:
- a cover letter detailing your previous experience and your specific interests
- a complete CV
- a 250-word writing sample discussing the work of a contemporary artist or recent exhibition
In your application, please note all relevant skills requested in the qualifications above.
BIPOC and LGTBQIA+ 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.