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David Kordansky Gallery

Overview of Position

GALLERY MANAGER

Monday–Friday (Full-time, exempt)

Job Description

David Kordansky Gallery seeks a highly motivated, extremely organized, and collaborative individual to join our team as Gallery Manager. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Gallery Manager is a critical, cross-departmental role, responsible for a range of significant functions of the business, including management of front desk staff, the daily functions of the office, and general operations, facilities, and security. The Gallery Manager oversees gallery visit hospitality, ensuring that clients, staff, and visitors have a pleasant, streamlined, clean, and safe experience when visiting the Gallery. This position is a full-time role, Monday through Friday, and will 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.

Primary Responsibilities

General Office Administration:

Management of all aspects of gallery hospitality and the client / visitor experience, including direct leadership of a team of Gallery Administrators at the front desk

Maintain an efficient, organized, and streamlined office environment

Adhere to and update all gallery administration manuals and protocols

With Managing Director, oversee the tracking of all staff travel logistics

Management & HR:

Support the Managing Director in human resource administration and projects, including leadership training, staff development, all-staff group enrichment opportunities, and legal compliance; all with a consideration for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA)

Review, update, and approve time sheets for Gallery Administrators

Health & Safety:

  • During COVID-19, research and maintain best practices for employee and visitor health & safety in collaboration with the Managing Director

Hospitality & Facilities:

  • Oversee the maintenance of the aesthetic of the Gallery’s interior and exterior
  • Oversee the gallery’s facility maintenance vendors, including anticipating issues, scheduling repairs, and processing invoices

Security:

  • Monitor all facility security measures; remain on-call for emergencies

Technology:

  • Liaise between staff and the gallery’s IT consultant for all office technological needs

Finance & Accounting:

  • Perform material and supply audits for cost-saving measures

Private Events & Public Programs:

  • Assist with all private events and public programs (virtual and in-person), in collaboration with the Programs and Events Manager
  • Assist with all dinners, celebrations, and other special events held at the gallery
Compensation

This is a full-time, salaried position.

The pay scale for this position will be shared at the time of an initial phone interview.

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
Qualifications

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
  • Experience working at a commercial contemporary art gallery strongly preferred
  • BA required; preferred in Modern or Contemporary Art History, Studio Art, Art Administration, but consideration is given to candidates with related experience
  • At least four (4) years of professional experience as a Gallery Manager, Gallery Coordinator, or related facilities and operations management position required
  • At least two (2) years of people management experience strongly preferred
  • Advanced 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, InDesign, Photoshop) welcomed
  • Intermediate knowledge of databases such as ArtBase / FileMaker (or similar) preferred
  • Fluency in multiple languages (including Spanish) welcomed
  • Preference is given to candidates with expert knowledge of global contemporary art, including art of the African Diaspora, Latin America, and Asia
  • BIPOC and LGTBQIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

COVID-19:

  • The gallery greatly values the health & safety of its employees, and is following all COVID-19 city, county, and state business guidelines.
  • Approximately 80 – 90% of the work required of this position must be completed in-person, with some limited flexibility for remote work.

Please submit the following via email with the subject line “Gallery Manager” to [email protected]:

  • a cover letter detailing your previous experience and how you would approach the position
  • a complete CV

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.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Application Deadline: 09/07/2021

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