• Public Art Project Manager

    Posted Date 6 days ago(7/10/2018 1:50 PM)
    Req ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Office of Arts & Culture
    May Special Events & Tourisim
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  • Overview:

    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.


    • Creates and manages project workflows, manages artist selection processes, and creates budgets and payment schedules to ensure timely completion of public art projects on or under budget.
    • Manages artist participation in the capital project design process and facilitates the integration of artwork into the relevant construction and engineering documents.
    • Develops and monitors scopes of work, RFP’s, payment milestones and project schedules.
    • Monitors the progress of artwork fabrication and ensures that work is produced on schedule and within budget.
    • Tracks projects through project management software.
    • Plans, coordinates, documents, and facilitates community meetings.
    • Attends monthly meetings of the Boston Art Commission and prepares reports and presentations on project process and approval status.
    • Participates in the development of press materials, public outreach, artist resource information and assembly of project information for the web.
    • Performs related work as required.

    Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

    • At least five (5) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, educational or professional project management experience, preferably in the area of public art.
    • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in art history, arts administration, urban planning, community development, architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, or civil engineering is preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.  
    • Strong written and oral communication skills, considerable project management skills.
    • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel) and Google Applications (DOCs, Slides, Sheets). Applicants with experience in project management software preferred.
    • Strong organizational skills, including note-taking and data entry.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
    • Public speaking ability to present information to small and large audiences representing diverse community groups and interests.
    • Ability to facilitate stakeholder meetings, and conduct webinars and workshops on relevant topics.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.




    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


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