Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) seeks to support the enhancement of quality of life, the economy, and the design of the City of Boston through the arts. The role of the arts in all aspects of life in Boston is reinforced via equitable access to arts and culture in every community, its public institutions, and public places. Key areas of work include support to the cultural sector through grants and programs, as well as the commissioning, approval, and maintenance of art in public places via the Boston Art Commission.
The Boston Art Commission (BAC) is the nation’s longest standing art commission established in 1890. The BAC commissions and approves innovative and transformative artworks that engage communities, enrich and enliven the urban environment, are driven by a clear artistic vision, enhance the diversity of the existing public art collection, respond directly to a specific environment, and possess durability appropriate to the lifespan of the work.
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, along with the community, is responsible for the creation and implementation of Boston Creates, the City of Boston's ten-year cultural plan. Goals of the plan include providing fertile ground for a vibrant and sustainable arts ecosystem, keeping artists in Boston and attracting new ones to the City, making the arts accessible to everyone, ensuring that all cultural traditions are respected, and integrating arts and culture into all aspects of civic life. One of the largest public investments made to date to implement Boston Creates is the launch of a “Percent for Art” public art program, which sets aside one percent of the City’s annual capital borrowing budget for the commissioning of public art. In fiscal year 2018, $1.7 million was allocated toward this effort, and starting in July, $1.8 million will be allocated for fiscal year 2019. With expanded funding, there is a need to similarly expand our capacity to effectively manage the growing number of public art projects generated by the MOAC.
Under the supervision of the Director of Public Art, the Public Art Project Manager works collaboratively with other arts office staff, as well as staff from several different public agencies and external team members and artists. The Public Arts Project Manager is responsible for administration of temporary and permanent public art projects, especially those associated with public buildings such as schools, libraries, and community centers. This includes project development, planning, coordination, administration, and implementation. The role necessitates working directly with artists and stakeholders during project development and implementation and working with inter-agency project teams of contractors, engineers, architects, and operations staff to manage the production of commissioned artworks.
We are seeking a professional who has experience working in the built environment, has flexible and adaptable skills, is resourceful, and is committed to providing excellent customer service to community members. Candidates must be comfortable in a fast-paced environment and be able to manage multiple projects on a tight deadline with composure.
Working knowledge of artwork/architectural fabrication techniques, methodologies, and materials is a plus. Familiarity with municipal and non-governmental organizations in Boston who provide support services to artists, creatives, and design professionals highly advantageous. Knowledge of Boston neighborhoods and demonstrated interest in the history of civic engagement and volunteerism is preferred.
Boston Residency Required
Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Nonunion/MO-8
Hours per week: 35