Artist Liaison Assistant

David Kordansky Gallery

Monday – Friday (Full-time, hourly non-exempt)

David Kordansky Gallery seeks a highly motivated, extremely organized, and collaborative individual to join our team as Artist Liaison Assistant. Reporting to the Director, Artist Relations, the Artist Liaison Assistant is a critical, cross-departmental role, responsible for supporting a range of significant administrative functions of the Artist Relations department. Day-to-day responsibilities include facilitating communication between artists, their studios, and the gallery, project-management, and administrative assistance from coordinating visits, travel, and appointments to sourcing materials and gifts. This position is a full-time role and will require occasional 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 in New York 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.

Responsibilities

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:

  • Assist the Artist Liaison department with administrative needs, including scheduling, research, data entry, gifts, and errands

  • Assist with project-coordination for gallery exhibitions, art fair presentations, institutional exhibitions and public projects, creating production timelines and tracking progress

  • Assist with managing cross-departmental and external communications regarding artist activities, recording and distributing meeting notes, as needed

  • Help track artists’ schedules including group and solo exhibition openings; coordinating travel/accommodations, meetings, studio visits and regularly updating all required parties

  • Proofread and copy edit, as needed

  • Assist with grant and residency applications, review project proposals and exhibition materials from institutions and other galleries

  • Review and execute loan, consignment, acquisition, and donation paperwork, sending documents and images to the relevant parties

  • Process new incoming artworks for sales purposes; confirm caption information for works; assist in compiling comparable work lists for pricing

  • Book travel, schedule appointments, and secure reservations for the Director, Artist Relations team and artists as requested

  • Coordinate and schedule studio visits for clients, curators, academics, and press

  • Respond to video screening and image use requests from external parties

Requirements

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

  • Minimum two (2) years experience working at a contemporary art gallery, related institution, and/or with artists in a project-management and production capacity strongly preferred

  • BA in Art History or related field preferred

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the gallery’s artist roster

  • Familiarity with various artwork media and production processes

  • Demonstrated professional experience with project-management

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • 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) preferred

  • Basic knowledge of databases such as Artlogic (or similar) preferred

  • Valid California driver’s license and access to a vehicle for local errands welcomed

  • Fluency in multiple languages 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 LGBTQIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • This is a full-time hourly position (overtime eligible) at 40 hours per week

  • The pay scale for this position is $25 – $32 per hour

Benefits for full-time employees, following a waiting period, include:

  • Premium PPO or HMO medical insurance (fully subsidized, at no cost to employee)

  • Vision insurance (fully subsidized, at no cost to employee)

  • Dental, long-term disability, and voluntary life insurance

  • Paid personal and vacation days

  • Paid sick time

  • Paid holidays and floating holidays

  • Paid family leave

  • Participation in a 401k retirement plan (with employer contribution)

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • This position is based in Los Angeles, CA.
How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit the following via email with the subject line “DKG LA: ARTIST LIAISON ASSISTANT” to jobs@davidkordanskygallery.com:

One PDF containing the following:

  1. a cover letter detailing your previous experience

  2. a complete CV

  3. 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 LGBTQIA+ 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.

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Posted on June 28