City of Boston

Project Manager

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(8/23/2021 12:15 PM)
Req ID
Office of Arts & Culture
Regular Full-Time
May Special Events & Tourisim
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Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


Under the supervision of the Director of Public Art, the Public Art Project Manager administers and/or reviews short-term and long-term public art projects that are proposed for or intended to be placed on the City of Boston property. In collaboration with the Senior Public Art Project Manager, these include City-Initiated projects funded through the Percent for Art program and Community Initiated projects supported by external funding or hybrid funding sources. They will be responsible for the management of PaintBox and the administration of the Public Art and Design application portal. They will ensure that proposals comply with City of Boston policies and curatorial vision to be successfully reviewed by the Boston Art Commission (BAC)


The Public Art Project Manager works collaboratively with other Arts and Culture and City of Boston staff. This position will work directly with artists and stakeholders during public art project development, community engagement, and implementation as well as with inter-agency project teams of contractors, engineers, architects, and operations staff to manage the production of commissioned artworks. This role will ensure that all projects follow City guidelines for commissioning public art, including equitable procurement and City approval processes. They will need to be flexible in their approach, adapting in response to the evolving public art field locally and globally.


  • Manages the development of public art projects initiated and driven by community members, artists, and the City of Boston.
  • Creates and manages project workflows using project management software.
  • 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.
  • Plans, coordinates, documents, and facilitates community meetings.
  • Attends monthly meetings of the Boston Art Commission and prepares reports and presentations on the 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 duties 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.
  • Equivalent demonstrated knowledge or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in art, art history, arts administration, urban planning, community development, architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, or civil engineering is preferred. It may be substituted for 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, especially Asana.
  • Strong organizational and administration 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.
  • Preferred: Working knowledge of artwork/architectural fabrication techniques, methodologies, and materials is a plus. Highly advantageous skills are familiarity with municipal and non-governmental organizations in Boston that provide support services to artists, creatives, and design professionals.
  • Knowledge of Boston neighborhoods and demonstrated interest in the history of civic engagement and volunteerism is preferred.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job. 


Boston residency required




Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Nonunion/MO-8

Hours per week: 35


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