City of Boston

Creative Placemaking Project Manager

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(11/3/2022 12:58 PM)
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Office of Arts & Culture
Regular Full-Time
Boston City Hall
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The District 7 ‘ARTery’


The ARTery is an art corridor and community revitalization plan spanning from Mass Ave and Columbia to Grove Hall. The route contains a high prevalence of diverse local businesses but suffers from numerous vacant lots, low foot traffic, and a diminishing number of public spaces. The ARTery represents equitable revitalization in historically disinvested neighborhoods. Highlighting existing public art along the route, commissioning local artists to reface businesses, and contracting entrepreneurs to activate city-owned lots, would enliven communities. Increased foot traffic also helps fortify budding commercial districts

and balance car-centric areas.


Brief Job Description:


The Creative Placemaking Project Manager will work with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) to help build strategy and execute the City’s creative and cultural place-based projects. This position will report to the Director of Cultural Planning at MOAC. The position will work collaboratively with MOAC, BTD, and other City departments and stakeholders to implement place-based programs, beginning with the District 7 ‘ARTery.’ This position will also help research best practices and inform a theory of practice around municipal placemaking in Boston. 



The Creative Placemaking Project Manager will:


  • Project manage creative place-based projects in priority areas, beginning with the District 7 art corridor (‘The Artery’) and Boston’s cultural districts. Projects may include public artworks, street pedestrianization, street painting or street graphics, community events, block parties, and art installations or performances. This will include being responsible for any required permits, approvals, or other coordination.
  • Serve as primary contact for external partners with respect to creative placemaking, creative activations, and related design interventions in public spaces.
  • Work on contracting processes and oversee contracts with artists, consultants, event producers, and other service providers as needed to implement creative place-based strategies.
  • Support commercial space activation strategies, including engagement with landlords, small businesses, Main Streets, and Business Improvement Districts.
  • Support placemaking initiatives to strengthen community identity and enhance branding.
  • Share subject matter expertise with neighborhood Main Street organizations and community development agencies engaging in creative public realm activities and strategies.
  • Assist with research and case study work to inform City place-based strategies.
  • Ability to work occasional evening or weekend hours depending on event schedules
  • Perform related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in public administration, events production, arts programming, public relations, community organizing, human services, or a related field.
  • Bachelors preferred and may substitute 2 years of experience. Associates may substitute 1 year experience. High School Diploma or equivalent must include 4 years experience.
  • Experience working on community place-based projects, such as local events, temporary art, and pop-ups.
  • Familiarity working with community-based organizations and artists.
  • Skilled communicator: ability to easily build trust and resolve conflicts; strong visual communication skills.
  • Fluency in issues related to and comfort talking about racial equity and resilience.
  • Technology skills: familiarity with Google Suite (Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets), able to use social media to advance and promote programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the City of Boston’s permitting process.
  • Familiarity with local artists and local cultural assets and producers.
  • Experience working with or for municipal government.
  • Experience community organizing and/or community-driven projects.
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, sociology, public policy, political science, or a related field. Three years of relevant work experience can be substituted for one degree qualification.
  • Familiarity with GIS or QGIS (ability to geocode, produce asset maps), familiarity with design software (e.g. Adobe, Canva)
  • Additional language proficiency in one of the City of Boston’s top ten commonly requested language accommodations is highly preferred.
  • Strong writing ability.
  • 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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