City of Boston

Senior Public Art Project Manager

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Office of Arts & Culture
Regular Full-Time
Boston City Hall
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Under the supervision of the Director of Public Art in the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the Senior Public Art Project Manager is responsible for the administration and/or review of all permanent public art projects that are proposed for or intended to be placed on City of Boston property. These include City driven projects that are funded through the Percent for Art program as well as third-party drive/community generated projects supported by external funding. The Senior Public Art Project Manager will ensure that proposals comply with City of Boston guidelines, policies, and the curatorial vision of the BAC. The Senior Public Art Project Manager’s duties will also include art project development, planning, community engagement, coordination, administration, and implementation for City driven projects.


The Senior Public Art Project Manager works with the Director of Administration and Finance and other arts office staff, including a Public Art Project Manager and Art Collections Manager, as well as staff from several different public agencies and external team members and artists. This position will provide professional oversight and process alignment to ensure project excellence and equitable consideration of projects whether City or community driven. 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.


About the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture


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 public art on public property via the Boston Art Commission (BAC). 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 2021.


  • Manages the development of Third-party Driven, Artist Driven, and City Driven public art projects for the City of Boston.

  • 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 and outreach activities.

  • 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 work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least ten (10) 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.

  • 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 who 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.




Union/Salary/Grade: MYO/MO-10

Hours: 35


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