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Director of Special Events and Projects
The Broad

Santa Monica / Los Angeles

JOB TITLE                  Director of Special Events and Projects (“DSEP”)
REPORTS TO              Director and Deputy Director
CLASSIFICATION        Full-time, exempt
DURATION                 Approximately 18 months as DSEP, incumbent may potentially transition into another role at The Broad thereafter
DATE AVAILABLE        November 2014


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 2015). 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 over 500 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

Position Summary

As a key member of the opening team, the Director of Special Events and Projects (“DSEP”) 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 other Broad staff to plan and execute multiple opening events, exceeding 1,000 people per event, which will take place during a celebratory opening period of a week or more. The DSEP 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. Other significant opening events will include press previews, ribbon cutting and civic dedication, panel discussion with nationally recognized figures, 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Execute approximately 10 high profile opening events designed to support the museum’s institutional goals.
  • In concert with other staff, work with partner organizations, offices of government officials and neighbors who may be involved with and/or impacted by the events to ensure smooth and successful execution.
  • Project manage and provide regular reports on every aspect of each event (timeline, vendor selection, logistics, event expense and income budgets).
  • Manage creative and production teams (outside vendors) hired to design and produce the events. In particular, a black-tie gala and a party for artists, galleriests and museum professionals.
  • Develop and manage invitation lists for multiple events.
  • Oversee management of RSVPs, and seating plans.
  • Support solicitation of sponsorships and possible gala table sales.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have the drive and desire to devote significant time, energy and enthusiasm towards the opening of The Broad.  The Broad operates with a lean team in which each individual plays a crucial role.  A hands-on working style, nimbleness and ability to navigate effectively in a complex, fast paced, high stakes and high visibility environment are a must.

Specific requirements include:

  • At least seven years of progressive experience in event planning and/or development.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. 
  • Extensive experience mounting and managing highly successful events for high profile organizations, including invitation-only fundraising events and events garnering intense media coverage.
  • Experience within the cultural sector, specifically modern and contemporary visual arts and related interdisciplinary programming, is highly desirable.
  • Proven ability to interact effectively with government officials, community leaders, major corporate sponsors, the media and the public.
  • Experience managing creative and event production teams.
  • Ability to direct, supervise and motivate external service providers and to facilitate cross-functional coordination.
  • Capacity for developing effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills, organizational skills and attention to detail.

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check, verifications of employment and education, and reference checks. You must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


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.


The appointee’s compensation package will be based on his or her experience and salary history. The Broad offers a comprehensive benefits package including a variety of health plans and a retirement savings plan.


For consideration, please upload a letter of interest and resume at We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.


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.


Deadline: 11-28-2014

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