Volunteering and open positions.

The MBCAC relies on volunteers to help with the many programs we offer. From board positions (some of which include a stipend) to general help around the galleries, we are always looking for people interested in contributing. Below are some of the current roles that are now open. Please apply using the form at the bottom of this page.

(For all other non-position issues, please contact us here.)

Immediate opening:

Gallery Manager and Organization Coordinator

Reports To: The Executive Board of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, Inc.
Wages: $18-$20 per hour 15-20 hours per week 
Please apply by February 7, 2022

The Gallery Manager and Organization Coordinator is essentially the public face of the MBCAC as this person has the most in-person contact with artists and visitors. This position’s goal is to focus on the unity and sustainability of MBCAC’s mission and programs including: Joshua Tree Art Gallery (JTAG), the exterior mural, Art In Public Places (AIPP), and the annual outdoor sculpture rotation, with additional time dedicated to administrative duties as outlined below.

Managing Joshua Tree Art Gallery: JTAG’s goal is to include a mix of exhibitions available to MBCAC members and non-members. The yearly schedule mixes both large group shows with low or no exhibition fees for our membership and solo or small group exhibitions that showcase 1-4 artists for a $1000 fee. Non-members may exhibit in large group shows, but their exhibition fee will be greater than member artists. Annual exhibitions like HOLIDAZE, the mural, and outdoor sculpture, are only open to members. JTAG is expected to be self-supporting by collecting exhibition fees and sales commissions to cover operation costs. A percentage of expenses are apportioned to the MBCAC for administrative costs. JTAG’s purpose is to help fulfill the MBCAC’s mission statement: “to inspire and enliven the community through the arts, and to enhance the cultural and economic health of the region.”

Responsibilities and Duties

General Responsibilities for JTAG

  • The Gallery Manager and Organization Coordinator will be the gallery sitter and maintain regular office hours each Friday from 11am-3pm. Additional hours for completing the job requirements are flexible, depending on the exhibition schedule.
  • Develop or curate exhibits by fielding guest curator requests and pursuing and coordinating member artists. This includes setting the season schedule that starts in September and securing artists’ commitments before the end of the previous season in June.
  • Present an annual budget and have quarterly check-in meetings with the Treasurer to review the budget and discuss revisions to present to the board.
  • Create and oversee all gallery and AIPP communications to the public, press, and artists, including promotions for gallery shows (e.g., posters, press releases, website updates, social media posts, email announcements) and work with the Communications Director as needed.
  • Respond to -and resolve- artists’ issues and concerns.
  • Email gallery sitters a scheduling reminder and helpful information weekly.
  • Be available to handle gallery sitter’s questions or emergencies as needed (i.e., trouble processing sales, Gallery Sitter no-shows, etc.) This requires availability by phone on the weekends.
  • Coordinate artwork pick-up for buyers.
  • Recruit and oversee a volunteer team to assist with varied duties, including installing artwork and various maintenance in the gallery space and delegating those duties as evenly as possible among the team members. Volunteers can aid in aspects of the exhibition design as needed, including physical work to hang and move the artwork, technical help with poster design, etc. An ability to delegate responsibilities is crucial, lest the Gallery Manager and Organization Coordinator become overburdened.
  • The Gallery Manager and Organization Coordinator is responsible for the aesthetic presentation of the artwork and promotional materials to be of a high standard.
  • Check gallery sales weekly and contact artists whose work is sold to ask if they’d like to replace the work with a new piece. Update all consignment forms and labeling as needed.
  • Giving gallery status reports at monthly Board meetings as part of the general reports mentioned in the administrative section above. Any significant changes in operations must be cleared with the board first. As per our bylaws, an employee of the MBCAC is not a voting board member but is welcome to voice opinions and concerns at said board meetings.

Administrative Responsibilities for the MBCAC:

  • Work with the accountant to process and reconcile gallery income and expenses.
  • Work with the Membership Director to process membership sign-ups and payments made through the gallery.
  • Work with the Communication Director for the monthly gallery and AIPP contribution to MBCAC Newsflash.
  • Provide requested material to grant writer for applications and reports as needed.
  • Present a monthly financial report for the gallery and AIPP at the monthly board meetings.
  • Present to the board for approval any non-budgeted expenses, including compensation or substantial changes, either programmatic or operational, to the running of the gallery.
  • Receive and process all incoming mail and correspondence as needed (e.g., Thank you cards to donors, letters to local officials, etc.)
  • Read and respond to gallery email and the MBCAC general contact email account.
  • Attend art advocacy meetings hosted by the Arts Connection, California Arts Council, Arts for IE, Joshua Tree Arts Professionals, and others, whose programming helps include the MBCAC in the broader dialogue with local, regional and state arts initiatives.
  • Encourage and track volunteer hours for general record keeping and grant applications.
  • Be a member of the Open Studio Art Tours committee to assist the OSAT Director as needed, assist in coordinating the Collective Show and be knowledgeable enough to convey promotional information and answer questions asked by member artists and the public.
  • Work with the building management to approve repairs and maintenance as defined by the lease, coordinate monthly window cleaning, gallery cleaning, gallery wall maintenance, storage space organization, etc.

Qualifications 

Please provide the following details as applicable, explaining why you feel qualified in a cover letter.

  • Education level.
  • Experience.
  • Specific skills.
  • Personal characteristics.
  • Computer literary and social media experience

To apply, please scroll down and upload your resume and cover letter by February 7, 2022

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The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council (MBCAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. MBCAC is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at MBCAC are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. MBCAC will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. MBCAC encourages applicants of all ages.