David Kordansky Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
David Kordansky Gallery seeks a highly motivated, extremely organized, and collaborative individual to join our team as Artist Liaison Assistant. The Artist Liaison Assistant is a critical, cross-departmental role, responsible for supporting a range of essential administrative functions of the Artist Relations team. This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, and may require 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.
- Assist the Artist Liaisons with all administrative needs, including scheduling, correspondence and communication management, research, data entry, gifts, and errands
- Assist the Artist Liaisons with creating production timelines and tracking progress
- Record and distribute meeting notes, as needed
- Proofread and copy edit, as needed
- Track artists’ group and solo exhibition openings; add these events to the calendars and group spreadsheets; routinely verify for changes; regularly update team
- Execute donation paperwork, sending documents and images to the relevant parties
- Review artist proposals from other galleries, museums, and other institutions
- Request and confirm caption information for works; assist in compiling comparable work lists for pricing
- Book travel, schedule appointments, and secure reservations for the Liaisons 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 and time management skills; an excellent verbal and written communicator; and possesses the ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Must be able to work across multiple projects simultaneously with the ability to quickly and efficiently reprioritize. 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) years experience working at a contemporary art gallery, auction house, or with an art advisor required
- Experience working in an artist’s studio or directly with artists welcomed
- BA in Modern or Contemporary Art History or related field preferred
- 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) and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Skills in the Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, PhotoShop, InDesign) preferred
- Basic knowledge of databases such as ArtBase / FileMaker (or similar) preferred
- Fluent in English; fluency in an additional language welcomed
- Access to a vehicle for transportation and errands preferred
- Preference is given to candidates with expert knowledge of global contemporary art, including art of the African Diaspora, Latin America, and Asia
- 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 $20 – $25 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.
- This is a primarily in-person position with some temporary flexibility for remote work.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit the following via email with the subject line “Artist Liaison Assistant” to [email protected]:
- a cover letter detailing your previous experience and how you would approach the position
- a resume
- 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 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.