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Fowler Staff Positions

Museum Visitor Services & Security Supervisor

Responsible for interacting with visitors to the Museum and safeguarding the Museum’s collections, temporary exhibitions, property, employees, and visitors through highly proactive, appropriately preemptive, and immediately responsive action. Ensure visitors feel welcome at the museum and provide guidance to Museum Attendants on providing exceptional customer service to museum visitors. Inspects and patrols all museum spaces on foot: including onsite and office program spaces: monitors and operates computerized alarm, access, and closed circuit television systems; watched for, reports, and addresses potential security and safety hazards and problems; checks entrances and exits; and performs dispatch duties. Maintains and files security logs and reports, and performs other security duties as assigned by Supervisor and Management. In addition, the incumbent helps to coordinate events and may set up tables and audiovisual equipment for public and private events. The incumbent is also responsible for serving as back up supervisor for up to 20-part time student Museum Attendants.

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Volunteering at the Fowler

The Fowler often has volunteer opportunities for people ages 18 and older who seek greater involvement at the Museum. From assisting with research and conservation to staffing membership tables at events, volunteers play an important role in maintaining the Museum’s tradition of excellence.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteering Request Form.

Opportunities for Students

Student Educator
Part-time position, Work-Study required. No exceptions.
Compensation: $16.25/hr

The Fowler Student Educator program offers three main areas of activity to UCLA students:

Professional Development: Student Educators are invited to three quarterly discussions with the Fowler staff about museum education, curatorial practice, conservation, collections management, publications, and development.

Grade 6–12 Engagement: Student Educators lead in-gallery conversations focused on art and other cultural materials that represent various perspectives on leadership, liberation, wellness, and the environment. Facilitated dialogues around these themes highlight the knowledge developed and valued by different cultures and communities. Conversations in our Intersections: World Art, Local Lives gallery are followed by hands-on activities and guided writing exercises, and serve Common Core Standards. Our goal is to support and augment classroom instruction in social studies/history, visual arts, ethnic studies, and social-emotional learning.

Teacher Institutes: Student Educators may assist with the organization and implementation of the museum’s professional development series for teachers titled “Engaging Lived Religion” and “The Art of Liberation: Africa and the African Diaspora.”

How to apply: Starting September 1, 2022, we are accepting Student Educator applications for the 2022–23 academic year. We invite candidates from a wide range of academic disciplines in order to foster cross-disciplinary perspectives and culturally responsive dialogues with K–12 students, teachers, and museum visitors. Applicants will be evaluated on their commitment to making global arts and cultures inspiring and accessible.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Jeniffer Perales Garcia, Manager of K-12 & Family Programming and Bilingual Educator at fowlereducation@arts.ucla.edu

Fowler Out Loud Coordinator
Part-time position, Work-Study required. No exceptions.
Compensation: $16.25/hr

Fowler Out Loud is an evening concert series that invites UCLA students from various disciplines to perform at the Museum.

Under the supervision of the Curator of Public Programs (CPP), temporarily under the Manager K–12 & Family Engagement, the Fowler Out Loud Coordinator will support the Fowler Out Loud series and public programs on site. In this role, they will lead the development of a schedule for Fowler Out Loud performances in Winter, Spring, and Fall 2023 on Wednesday evenings and execute events in Fall 2022, Winter and Spring 2023.

Fowler Out Loud
·  Wednesday nights, 6–8 pm beginning Fall 2022 (not always 2 full hours)
·  Open to public with light refreshments
·  Students perform for free and recruit others to attend
·  Minimal set up (sound system can support 4 mics and a cd-player, 2 light stands can be used in winter, no stage, usually held in courtyard of museum)
·   Advertised through Fowler enews, flyers to departments, word of mouth, social

Essential Responsibilities:
·  10-15 hours a week TBC
·  Network with university community to contact and schedule performers for Spring and Fall quarter
·  Maintain communication with all scheduled groups
·  Work with Director of Communications and Engagement Team to promote events, distribute flyers, and announce on museum enews
·  Be present at the museum to execute the events, from 4–8:30pm when Wednesday performances are scheduled
·  Purchase refreshments and supplies for event on weekly basis
·  Act as liaison to performers, security, and museum staff
·  Other programmatic activities as assigned

This position requires excellent communication skills, reliability, a positive attitude, and enthusiasm for museum event management. As a public-facing employee, applicants must be professional, punctual, and able to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Prior experience in museums and event planning would be helpful, but is not required. Knowledge of audio/visual equipment is a plus. Prior musical education is also a plus.

Position will begin in early September. The first few weeks of work may be done remotely if the student is not yet in Los Angeles for the academic year.

How to apply: Email the following materials to Jeniffer Perales Garcia, Manager K-12 & Family Programming and Bilingual Educator, at jperalesgarcia@arts.ucla.edu

• Letter of interest that includes commitment to making yourself available from 4–8pm on Wednesdays
• Current résumé

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through September 18 or until position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Office Assistant
Part-time position, Work-Study required. No exceptions.
Compensation: $16.25/hr

Under the supervision of the Executive Assistant to the Director, the Office Assistant works with Curators, Communications, Development, the Exhibitions Project Manager, and the Financial Service Analyst engaging with the public as well as assisting in-house projects. 

Essential Responsibilities:
·  Up to 19 hrs a week
·  Answer the Museum’s front desk phone and record legible, accurate and grammatically correct telephone messages
·  Record new outgoing voicemail messages when necessary
·  Perform routine clerical duties such as typing, filing, completing forms, creating new files, inventory supplies, distribute mail and supplies, run errands, and arrange guest parking
·  Participate in training new front desk students. May occasionally work at Museum events and programs.

Must have verifiable work experience in a business office answering phone calls and performing clerical duties such as filing and computer work. Skill in operating a PC, and MS Outlook, Word and Excel. Must have friendly and helpful manner with a can-do attitude to function as effective initial phone contact person for the Museum. Ability to operate a multi-line telephone instrument and message system. Must have neat and legible handwriting. Must be able to perform basic mathematical calculations. Must have an interest in the activities of the Museum including its exhibitions. Must be familiar with the campus sufficient to give directions and run errands. Must be able to understand, speak and write clear and grammatically correct standard English. Must have excellent interpersonal, verbal communication, writing, organizing and time management skills. Ability to follow up on assigned tasks to their conclusion. Must be punctual, reliable, and have verifiable record of excellent work attendance. Must be able to follow directions accurately. Continued employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

Position will begin in early September. The first few weeks of work may be done remotely if the student is not yet in Los Angeles for the academic year.

How to apply: Email the following materials to Sarah Chenault, Interim Executive Assistant to the Director, at skchenau@arts.ucla.edu

Letter of interest stating why you are interested in working for the Fowler Museum in this position, why you believe you are a good applicant to fill our position, all of your available work hours during the Fall quarter, and the amount of your work study award.

• Current résumé

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through September 18 or until position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Fowler Student Council

The aim of the Fowler Student Council (FSC) is to increase the participation of students who have been historically underrepresented at the museum. With the support of Fowler staff, council members serve as advocates for a diversity of stakeholders across UCLA campus to inform museum programming and exhibitions. The FSC will consist of UCLA undergraduates and graduates from a range of academic disciplines and campus organizations.

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Work-Study

The Fowler offers paid work-study positions for UCLA students.

Current openings: Gallery Attendant,  Events Assistant, Fowler Student Educator, Office Assistant, and Fowler Out Loud Coordinator.

To review open work-study positions:

  • Logon to MyUCLA
  • Select Finances and Jobs
  • Select Work-Study Job Search

Scholarships and Awards

The Arnold Rubin Award and the Ralph C. Altman Award are for Ph.D. students planning a career in a field related to non-Western art. Applicants should be a graduate student working in the areas of African, Pacific, Asian, or Native North and South American arts and material culture, or popular culture phenomena emphasizing the unconventional arts of living peoples, regardless of geographic area.

The recipient of the Rubin award will receive $3,000 and the recipient of the Altman award will receive $4,000. Applicants will be considered automatically for both awards. Any Ph.D. student registered at UCLA (or receiving a Ph.D. degree from UCLA) in the fields described above is eligible; students from a wide range of departments are encouraged to apply.

Recipients are expected to present their findings at a roundtable session with the staff of the Fowler Museum and to credit the awards in any resulting publication, a copy of which should be provided to the Museum.


The Sarah Elizabeth Gilfillan Award was established in 2007 by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Sarah Gilfillan. She was associate director of development for the Fowler Museum and did curatorial work on several important Latin American projects. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Ms. Gilfillan had extensive experience researching and working in art museums and galleries in Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Her goal had been to enter a Ph.D. program in Latin American art history.

This award provides a travel stipend of $3000 to assist with field research or study abroad. Only Ph.D. students in the field of Latin American arts may apply.


Established in 2017 to honor the legacy of Dr. Charles E. Rozaire, the Rozaire Research Award focuses on his life’s work conducting archeological fieldwork and researching museum collections across California, the US Southwest, and Mexico. The award supports costs associated with undergraduate or graduate student research analyzing existing material cultural collections and/or archives with priority given to students using Fowler Museum collections and/or following indigenous research protocols. For an example of the latter, see Section 3 of www.uvic.ca/hsd/research/igovprotocol.pdf.

The recipient of the Rozaire Research Award will receive $2,500.

Application forms for the 2023 awards will be posted in December 2022.

Please check back then or contact Sarah Chenault with any questions at skchenau@arts.ucla.edu.

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