Art Curator

Los Angeles, CA
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs 

Salary Range: $48,504 - $70,908
apply by February 1, 2016
We are seeking qualified individuals to fill a vacant Art Curator position at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park.
The Art Curator position is a temporary full-time position on an emergency basis until a permanent full-time Art Curator is selected. The duration of this emergency appointment is expected to be approximately 4-8 months. The temporary Art Curator will be qualified to apply to take the Civil Service exam and will have an opportunity to compete for the
permanent full-time position. However, selection as a permanent full-time Art Curator is not guaranteed (see attached for additional information on emergency appointments).
The Art Curator performs professional curatorial work at the City’s art galleries; secures, arranges, installs, and maintains art exhibitions; solicits donations and loans, technical advice and labor; prepares materials to describe and publicize exhibits and special events; supervises
development, installation and maintenance of exhibitions; and promotes interest in the City’s exhibition spaces and does related work, including -
 Contacting art collectors, artists, and professional groups to obtain the use of works of
art and to elicit their cooperation in the City’s Exhibitions Program;
 Plans and arranges for panel discussions, lectures, film series and other special
 Supervises the preparation of art publications and catalogs, including reading, proofing
and checking design, layout, and cuts with printer;
 Acts as registrar in setting up and maintaining records pertaining to location, condition,
and terms of acquisition of works of art owned by, or loaned to, the City;
 Determines the condition of all works of art on receipt and dispersal;
 Arranges for the insuring and transportation of works of art;
 Arranges for receptions, civic group meetings, and special events related to art exhibits;
 Speaks before civic and art groups concerning exhibits and the City’s Exhibitions Program.
 Graduation from a recognized four-year college or university with a major in Art History or Fine Arts Instruction; and three years of full-time paid art curatorial experience.
 Training in an art school may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education for Art Curator.
 A valid California driver’s license is required.
 Strength to perform average lifting up to 35 pounds and occasionally over 75 pounds; arm, hand, and finger dexterity with both hands involved in activities such as reaching, handling and feeling; good speaking and hearing ability; and good eyesight including good color discrimination.
 Persons with medical limitations may, with reasonable accommodations, be capable of performing some of the duties of the position. Such determination must be made on an individual basis in light of the person’s limitations, the requirements of the position, and the appointing authority’s ability to effect reasonable accommodations to the
SELECTION PROCESS: Selection of a candidate will be based entirely on an evaluation of general qualifications by interview with emphasis on the duties and requirements of the position as stated above. Salary will be determined based on candidate’s qualifications.
TO APPLY: Send a completed City of Los Angeles application (available on line at
and current résumé no later than 
5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016 to:
Personnel Department
Attention: Tony Castro
201 N. Figueroa Street, Ste. 1070
Los Angeles, CA 90012, Mail Stop: 115
Prior to accepting an emergency appointment, you should be aware of the following information:
An emergency appointment is not a regular appointment. It is a temporary appointment which does not require that you successfully compete in the Civil Service examination process. The appointment may not exceed one year and must be terminated immediately when a regular appointment can be made from an eligible list. No emergency appointment can
exceed one year (City Charter Section 1013).
In order to receive an emergency appointment, you must submit a completed, signed City application form which will be provided to the Personnel Department along with the Emergency Nomination Form completed by the employing department.
If you meet the minimum qualifications for the examination for the class to which you have been nominated for an emergency appointment, you will be automatically scheduled for the next administration of that examination. You will be required to complete and submit a new application to the Personnel Department, which will be used to determine if you meet the minimum requirements to take the examination. In either case, it is your responsibility to update your application and contact
information with the employing department and the Personnel Department as needed.
If you are a City employee (received a regular appointment) and you accept an emergency appointment within your current
department, you will automatically be on “protective” leave. This means you may automatically return to your former position at the end of the emergency appointment.
If you accept an emergency appointment with another department, your initial employing department must notify you in writing within 10 calendar days that they either will or will not grant you protective leave to the former position. If protective leave is denied and you wish to return to your former position, you will then have 15 calendar days from the initial new appointment to notify the General Manager of the Personnel Department and your initial employing department that you wish to return to your former position (CSC Rule 7.7). If protective leave to another City Department is denied and you are unsuccessful in obtaining another City appointment prior to the expiration of your emergency appointment, you will not be able to exercise protective leave rights and may be terminated from City employment.
If you are not currently a regular employee of the City of Los Angeles when you accept the emergency appointment and you cannot be appointed from an eligible list at the termination of your emergency appointment (one year or establishment of an eligible list, whichever comes first), you will be terminated from City employment. The reason an emergency appointment is a promising opportunity is that it offers the employee a limited term of on‐the‐job training which can result in a higher score on the civil service exam.

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