Associate Director, Human Resources

David Kordansky Gallery

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Monday - Friday (full-time, salaried exempt)

Reports To: Director of Finance

David Kordansky Gallery seeks a highly motivated, extremely organized, and collaborative individual to join our team. Associate Director, Human Resources, oversees all aspects of human resources across the full span of an employee life cycle at both the Los Angeles and New York locations, including hiring; onboarding; performance; growth; employee engagement; and departures. The Associate Director, Human Resources has direct oversight of the Human Resources Manager and the staff as a whole and is also responsible for the integration of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives at 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 competitive benefits package is also offered.


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.

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.



  • Oversee compliance with U.S. as well as CA and NY state employment laws

  • Maintain an intermediate understanding of best practices for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility policies in the workplace

  • Continuously review and monitor employee infrastructure

  • Manage and approve all employee time off in Los Angeles; oversee all employee time off benefits in New York

  • Lead new staff recruitment, hiring, and onboarding; oversee performance review processes for all staff; manage all raise and promotion requests and recommendations; coordinate and oversee staffing transitions and terminations

  • Manage all employee benefits in Los Angeles and New York, including insurance, COBRA continuation, and 401(k) enrollment

  • Proactively address and oversee any employee incidents through investigations, mediation, feedback, and correction

  • Update, maintain, and implement the Gallery Employee Handbook(s), ensuring legal compliance and implementation of best practices

  • Manage and maintain an organized employee personnel file system

  • Oversee the approval of timesheets; ensure that state laws and best practices are followed and that policies are applied consistently


  • Manage the following direct reports: Human Resources Manager

  • Provide general oversight and mentorship of all entry- and mid-level staff (interns, assistants, administrators, associates)


  • Participate in and maintain a culture of respect and belonging

  • Foster a work environment that includes camaraderie, respect, and mentorship of others

  • Incorporate personal education and growth opportunities related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility into weekly and/or monthly tasks; apply knowledge and findings into individual workflow and departmental projects

  • Ensure close collaboration with counterparts at the Los Angeles and New York galleries, as well as all other remote colleagues



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:

  • Interest in contemporary art welcomed, and experience in galleries and/or museums preferred

  • Ten (10) years of professional work experience preferred

  • At least five (5) years of experience in generalist human resource management strongly preferred

  • BA in Human Resources, Business Administration, Art History, or related field preferred; Master’s degree welcomed, with consideration given to candidates with related work experience

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills, including direct experience in performance management

  • Experience handling confidential information and communicating with discretion

  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations; experience with U.S. federal employment law as well as CA and NY state employment law preferred

  • Experience navigating and updating payroll and benefits administration platforms (such as ADP Workforce Now, Ease, Zenefits, and/or similar)

  • Proficiency with talent management systems

  • 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 Artlogic (or similar) preferred

  • Basic knowledge of sales platforms such as Arternal, ArtBinder, and Artsy preferred

  • 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


  • This is a full-time, salaried position.

  • The pay scale for this position is $90,000– $120,000 annually.

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 (starting at 13 days annually, increased over time)

  • 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 401(k) retirement plan (with employer contribution)

  • Staff discounts on gallery publications and merchandise


  • This position is based in Los Angeles, CA.

  • The gallery greatly values the health and safety of its employees, and is following all COVID-19 city, county, and state business guidelines for the pandemic.

How to Apply


Please submit the following via email with the subject line “DKG LA: Associate Director, Human Resources to

  • a cover letter detailing your previous HR experience

  • a resume

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.

Posted on October 26