JOB TITLE: Opening Events Manager
REPORTS TO: Director and Deputy Director of The Broad
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, temporary, exempt
DURATION: Approximately 16-18 month (anticipated)
DATE AVAILABLE: October 2013
In 2010, Eli and Edythe Broad announced plans to open The Broad, a new, public museum of contemporary art on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles (anticipated opening: fall 2014). Designed by world-renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the museum will be a 120,000 square foot, three-level facility, and will include approximately 50,000 square feet of gallery space on two floors, a lecture hall for up to 200 people, and a public lobby with display space and a museum shop. The project will include a state-of-the-art archive, study and art storage space that will be available to scholars and curators who want to research works in the collection and borrow artworks for their institutions through The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending program. The museum will be adjacent to luminary cultural institutions such as the Music Center of Los Angeles and Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Colburn School of Music, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, forming a remarkable locus of culture in Southern California.

The museum’s exhibition programming will focus on the contents of the renowned contemporary art collections of Eli and Edythe Broad, which feature in total 2000 artworks by more than 200 artists and unparalleled, in-depth groupings of works by select artists such as Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat and many others.

The Broads created The Broad Art Foundation in 1984 as a pioneering lending library for contemporary artworks. Dedicated to increasing access to contemporary art for audiences worldwide, the foundation has made nearly 8,000 loans to 485 museums and galleries around the world. In addition to The Broad Art Foundation’s works, the loan program also makes available art from The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Together, the Broad Collections are among the most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art in the world. For more information on The Broad Art Foundation, please visit

The Broad Art Foundation and The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation together comprise The Broad Foundations, which have assets of $2.4 billion. The Broad Foundations were established to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science, and the arts. For more information about The Broad Foundations, please visit

Position Summary

As a key member of the opening team, the opening events manager (“OEM”) will coordinate all the public and private opening events of The Broad. He or she will report to the Director and Deputy Director of The Broad and will oversee temporary staff /contractors and work closely with event chairs and/or a host committee to plan and execute multiple opening events, exceeding 1000 people per event, which will take place during a celebratory opening period of a week or more. The OEM may also have responsibilities related to smaller events prior to opening week which promote the museum. The primary opening week event will be The Broad Gala – a major black tie seated dinner and celebration which will raise funds for various arts organizations. Other significant opening events will include press previews, multiple receptions and private tours for a wide range of stakeholders such as artists and art professionals, public officials and their staffs, community neighbors, leaders in the tourism industry, arts educators, and others. Assistance with public educational events, such as lectures, during opening week(s) may also be required.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop and execute several high profile opening events designed to support the museum’s institutional goals.
  • Plan, coordinate and report progress against the event expense and income budgets.
  • In coordination with The Broad staff, work with partner organizations, government officials and neighbors who may be involved with and/or impacted by the events.
  • Manage creative and production teams hired to design and produce the events
  • Develop VIP invitation lists
  • Manage invite lists, RSVPs, and seating plans
  • Solicit ticket sales.
  • Other duties as assigned
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Develop and execute several high profile opening events designed to support the museum’s institutional goals.
  • Experience in mounting and managing highly successful national and international opening events for major organizations.
  • Successful track record of developing and managing invitation-only high profile fundraising events.
  • Experience working with city government officials, community leaders and major corporate sponsors.
  • Proven ability to navigate effectively in a politically complex, fast paced, high stakes and high visibility environment.
  • Experience managing and coordinating the myriad of creative teams charged with designing, producing, opening, managing and closing long running high-profile events.
  • Experience with events that garner intense media coverage.
  • Experience within the cultural sector, specifically modern and contemporary visual arts and related interdisciplinary programming, is highly desirable.
  • A proven capacity for developing effective working relationships both internal and external stakeholders; excellent organizational skills; ability to direct, supervise and motivate staff and external service providers and facilitate cross-functional coordination; ability to interact effectively with media, the public and colleagues at all levels.

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check, which will include a credit and criminal report as well as verifications of employment and educational records. You must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

Location and Travel

The Broad is currently under construction. This position will be based at The Broad Art Foundation’s current offices in Santa Monica, California until the new facility is complete, at which time the position will relocate to downtown Los Angeles for the remaining term of the position. Periodic travel will be required.

Salary and Benefits

The appointee’s compensation package will be based on his or her experience and salary history. The foundation offers excellent benefits including a variety of health plans.

To Apply
For consideration, please send a letter of interest and resume to Please list the position title “opening events director” in the subject line.

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check which will include a full credit and criminal report as well as verifications of employment and educational records. You must be legally entitled to work in the United States for any employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or other characteristics covered by law with regard to employment opportunities.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.