Employment

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Thank you for your interest in employment at the Skirball. Below is a current list of job opportunities.

The Skirball Cultural Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.



Graphic Design and Web Manager

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks a motivated, experienced, and creative professional for the position of Graphic Design and Web Manager. A member of the Communications and Marketing department, the Graphic Design and Web Manager is responsible for creating design solutions—both print and electronic—that define the Skirball’s visual brand and support its communications and marketing strategies. The position is also responsible for managing the Skirball’s website.
 
Responsibilities:
 
  • Collaborate closely with VP, Communications and Marketing, in managing, monitoring, and evolving the Skirball’s design style guide. Proactively seek to maintain consistency in design aesthetic and identity.
  • Develop concepts, graphics, and layouts for a wide range of communications and marketing materials to promote the Skirball’s exhibitions, programs, and entrepreneurial initiatives to general and target audiences. Materials include flyers, brochures, postcards, street banners, gallery guides, invitations, signage, advertisements (print, outdoor, and online static and animated), and e-mail templates.
  • Cooperate with staff colleagues and web vendors to maximize value and impact of the Skirball website in meeting institutional goals. Update, maintain, and optimize the Skirball website using the content management system. Ensure that all aspects of the website (informational and ticketing) are current and meet content and user needs.
  • Participate in budgeting and scheduling print and web projects; advise on project bids and evaluate vendors for production of materials, ensuring highest-quality results commensurate with cost.
  • Deliver production-ready files to media partners and print vendors, ensuring that all specifications and deadlines are met. Oversee press checks and quality control as needed.
  • Manage Designer or Junior Designer-level staff. Work with and/or supervise freelance graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers.
  • Participate in design of site-wide signage at the Skirball, including wayfinding, identification signage, promotional banners, memorial plaques, and publications as assigned. Collaborate with exhibition design team as assigned.
  • Direct photography and videography shoots as needed.
  • Monitor trends in graphic design, content management systems, and other relevant digital technologies.
  • Develop and grow graphic design and web management expertise through participation in workshops, further education, and reading/researching professional literature; attend professional development conferences when possible.
  • Perform all duties in accordance with the Skirball’s established mission and values.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will exhibit the following skills and characteristics:

  • Experience in the design of effective communications and marketing materials created in accordance with an institutional visual brand identity; experience in developing and evolving such an identity.
  • Ability to assemble and lead graphic design and web teams; skill and experience supervising junior staff.
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, as well as page layout design and typography, photo manipulation, pre-press workflow, and the printing process.
  • Exceptional skills and track record in website maintenance and design.  Prior work with content management systems, such as Drupal.
  • In-depth understanding of user interface/experience (UI/UX) design and information architecture. Keen eye for clean user interface implementation. Ability to recognize problems that arise with site usability and make immediate corrections.
  • Strong command of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming, and SEO best practices.
  • Experience using MailChimp (or other e-blast software) and understanding of social media techniques and platforms.
  • Superior ability to establish and adhere to strict style standards.
  • Positive, energetic, cooperative, can-do attitude. Self-starter approach to problem solving and completing both simple and high-profile projects independently, as well as improving processes and procedures.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills, with a sincere commitment to and proven success at establishing productive relationships with key stakeholders at all levels of the institution and with external contacts.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce high-quality materials in a busy, multi-sensory, and highly collaborative work environment.
  • Superb organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong QA skills.
  • A keen appreciation for and understanding of the Skirball Cultural Center’s mission

Typically, these skills and knowledge are the result of an undergraduate degree in graphic design, and 5–7 years of professional experience in graphic design, including supervision of junior designers. An interest in working in a nonprofit setting preferred.

Please send resume, link to online portfolio, and cover letter identifying your most relevant skills or experiences and indicating the reasons for your interest in working at the Skirball. All materials should be sent by e-mail (PDFs preferred; no Word documents). Finalists may be required to take a skills test.

Human Resources Department
Re: Graphic Design and Web Manager
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Or e-mail to humanresources@skirball.org


Maintenance Engineer, Operations

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks a friendly, qualified, meticulous self-starter for the position of Maintenance Engineer in the Operations department. The position reports to the Chief Engineer.
 
Responsibilities:
 
  • Tour buildings, equipment, and grounds to check for problems; determine priorities and make repairs; discuss problems with supervisor.
  • Make routine plumbing repairs including leaky or plugged faucets, toilets, pipes, drains, and waste lines.
  • Repair plaster, paint, or refinish building interiors and exteriors.
  • Make minor electrical repairs such as repairing fuses, replacing fixtures, lights, and ballasts, and installing electrical outlets where wiring already exists.
  • Repair and erect wall partitions, shelves, floors, doors, and other related items.
  • Perform routine carpentry work; repair office furniture; build shelves.
  • Install and repair equipment such as kitchen appliances, exit signs, and other items.
  • Install/repair windows and screens.
  • Install/repair locks.
  • Hang drapery rods and drapes or blinds; hang pictures and signs, install hooks and other household items.
  • Repair and replace floor coverings.
  • Move furniture, equipment, and supplies.
  • Maintain tools and equipment in good working order; request supplies as needed.
  • Respond positively to request for assistance from staff and others and actively cooperate on projects requiring other staff.
  • Develop and maintain maintenance mechanic skills by participating in educational programs, reading, and meetings with supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will exhibit the following skills and characteristics:

  • Working knowledge of equipment and facilities maintenance in an institutional setting
  • Working knowledge of routine plumbing, electrical, and air conditioning maintenance
  • Working knowledge of routine carpentry and repair of furniture and fixtures
  • Effective troubleshooting skills to identify problems with equipment and facilities
  • Effective reading, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to operate/maintain hand and power tools normally associated with facilities and equipment maintenance
  • Ability to perform the physical labor associated with facilities and equipment maintenance including lifting up to 50 lbs. independently
  • Ability to tolerate different weather conditions
  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with accepted safety procedures
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a changing environment
  • Current California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the Skirball’s insurance carrier
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability and willingness to perform all duties in accordance with the Skirball’s mission and vision

Please send resume and cover letter by e-mail, FAX, or mail to:

Human Resources Department
Re: Maintenance Engineer, Operations
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Or e-mail to humanresources@skirball.org