Open Opportunities

Want to work with a small, dynamic team? Lawndale is currently hiring and is looking to fill the following positions.

If you would like to apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and references (3 maximum) as a single PDF file to [email protected]org with the subject line “Assistant Director Application.” Multiple documents will not be opened.

We will get back to you as soon as we can regarding your application! Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Lawndale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thank you for your interest!

Assistant Director

The Assistant Director is a full-time position (exempt) and is responsible for organizing and coordinating exhibition, administrative, and operational support systems and procedures for Lawndale’s internal and external activities. The Assistant Director works closely with Lawndale’s exhibiting and performing artists and programmatic partners, Artist Studio Program participants, Board of Directors, and staff, and acts as a steward and advocate for Lawndale at on-site and off-site events. The Assistant Director reports directly to the Executive Director.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Exhibitions and Programs

  • Coordinate all exhibitions, including special exhibitions such as The Big Show and annual Artist Studio Program exhibition, and oversee all aspects of pre-and-post production (approx. 8 exhibitions annually).
  • Assist the Executive Director with research and development of exhibitions, existing and potential programs, and publications.
  • Ensure development of an installation schedule for exhibitions and programs and execute in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate the Artist Studio Program, including studio visits, networking opportunities for participants, and monthly meetings.
  • Coordinate production of Lawndale’s SPEAKEASY performance and music program (3 annually).
  • Liaise with programmatic partners including Nameless Sound, Artadia, Zine Fest Houston, among others.
  • Manage open-calls for exhibitions and Artist Studio Program, as well as artist communications.
  • Maintain exhibition and program files, and equipment inventory.
  • Actively participate in outreach and promotion of Lawndale exhibitions and programs.
  • Participate in all exhibition openings and select programs, and conduct exhibition tours as needed.
  • Train part-time gallery attendant to care for exhibits on view.

Financial and Development

  • Support planning and execution of fundraising events.
  • Oversee execution of Lawndale’s grant calendar and coordinate Lawndale grant applications and reports; liaise with Lawndale’s grant writer and contribute to the development of grant narratives.
  • Manage donor database and donor acknowledgments (excluding membership).
  • Maintain foundation, corporation, and individual donor files.
  • Process and submit invoices to ensure timely payment of vendors.

Communications and General Office

  • Answer, screen, and forward incoming calls while providing basic information when needed.
  • Oversee cleanliness and organization of office space, storage areas, and classroom.
  • Manage office equipment and supplies.
  • Manage vendor relationships, including cost comparisons and negotiating contracts.
  • Coordinate with IT support provider to ensure effective and efficient IT service and usage.
  • Oversee website and social media accounts.
  • Oversee production of communications including newsletters, press releases, and targeted communications.

Other

  • Assist and work with all staff members in projects as requested by the Executive Director.
  • Oversee undergraduate and graduate intern training and performance.

Professional Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years demonstrated experience and passion for contemporary art.
  • B.A. in art history or studio art (or related field); M.A. preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent time-management and project management skills with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Desire to work with a small, committed team, to work cooperatively and effectively with others, and to remain flexible in a dynamic environment that requires an “all hands on deck” approach by all staff.
  • Strong computer skills. Must be fully proficient in available software, including Microsoft Office Suite, in particular, Microsoft Word (including mail merges) and Microsoft Excel, and Adobe.
  • Flexibility to work night and weekends.
  • Ability to run errands in one’s own vehicle and perform physical tasks as needed for exhibition and event set-up.

Part Time Gallery Assistant

Lawndale is seeking a part-time Gallery Attendant who will report to the Executive Director and will oversee the galleries and visitor services during Gallery Hours.

The ideal candidate possesses excellent customer service, verbal communication skills, knowledge of and passion for contemporary art, interest in working on the public-facing side of an art institution, the ability to work independently; is self-motivated, punctual, responsible, organized, and detail-oriented; and exhibits a professional demeanor.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Setting up and shutting down exhibitions at the beginning and end of gallery hours
  • Select administrative and communications assistance
  • Greeting visitors and sharing information about Lawndale and its exhibitions
  • Relaying information about Lawndale to visitors, including its mission, history, and the artwork and artists on display
  • Recording audiences counts and promoting the Audience Survey
  • Troubleshooting exhibition technology
  • Maintaining stock of printed matter
  • Developing a docent program to expand Lawndale’s engagement with the public
  • Developing a Lawndale “Reading Room” to bring more attention to Lawndale publications and the Lawndale Lending Library
  • Select projects as requested by the Executive Director

Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from or current enrollment in bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university
  • Background in and display of excellent customer service
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and In Design
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Internships

Lawndale welcomes current students and recent graduates (within 1 year of graduation) to apply for our 6-month internship program. The internship program is designed to allow students an immersive, hands-on experience in the field of arts administration. Interns will work on projects ranging from development to exhibition prep to general office and administration duties.

The internship call is sent out twice a year. To apply, a cover letter and current resume should be emailed to [email protected] with the subject line “Internship Application”.

Undergraduate/Recent Graduates Internship

Lawndale seeks interns to assist the staff with tasks such as assistance with exhibition installation, research and archiving, special events, and daily activities associated with gallery administration. Preference is given to individuals currently enrolled in junior or senior level undergraduate studio art degree programs, and recent graduates – within one year of graduation.

Duties and Responsibilities
– Commit to a 6-month internship and adhere to a set schedule
(4-hour blocks of time, 2-3 times a week)
– Be responsible, punctual, detail-oriented, and comfortable working independently
– Enjoy attending and being present as a representative of Lawndale for events and workshops
(may include night events)
– Possess strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel
– Perform routine office administration tasks
– Perform miscellaneous gallery duties as needed – painting, equipment organization, etc.
– Have reliable access to your own transportation

Physical Requirements
Due to the varied tasks associated with operating an art gallery, the following physical activities may be required: climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, pushing/pulling, and lifting (approx 20lbs).

For more information, and to apply, contact us at [email protected].

Graduate/Recent MFA Internship

Lawndale seeks Graduate-level interns to assist the staff with tasks such as assistance with exhibitions, research and archiving, and special events. Preference is given to individuals currently enrolled in Master’s programs with a focus in art history, and recent graduates – within one year of graduation.

Duties and Responsibilities
– Commit to a 6-month internship and adhere to a set schedule
– Be responsible, organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable working independently
– Possess strong critical writing and copy editing skills
– Be able to take on research tasks and present findings in a professional manner
– Possess strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel
– Enjoy attending and being present as a representative of Lawndale for events and workshops
(may include night events)
– Have reliable access to your own transportation

For more information, and to apply, contact us at [email protected].

Hear what past interns have to say!

I had a really great experience working at Lawndale. I really enjoyed being a part of an incredibly friendly and talented group of people. Everyone was so eager to help me learn and grow! I can’t even begin to list everything I have learned in these six months but I’m confident the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired will benefit me throughout my career and personal life. It’s been such a unique and memorable experience that I know I could have only had here at Lawndale! – Katherine