SUMMARY OF POSITION
4Culture is hiring a Public Art Project Manager. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals with exceptional organizational and communication skills and previous project management experience. The selected candidate will and join a nationally-recognized public art program with staff including a Director, a Senior Project Manager, a Collection Curator, a Program Assistant, and a Public Art Preparator.
4Culture is a municipal corporation chartered under state law in January 2003 (and based upon a 35-year history as the King County Office of Cultural Resources) to provide cultural services to King County residents and visitors. A unique integration of four program areas: Arts, Heritage, Preservation, and Public Art, 4Culture is committed to advancing community and enhancing a sense of place through investment in cultural programs.
The 4Culture Board, Executive Director, Staff, and Advisory Committees are dedicated to addressing racial, geographic, and income-related funding inequities and creating an environment in which all King County residents actively participate in cultural opportunities. As such, 4Culture is currently working with experienced consultants to inform organizational change and a reimagining of its vision, mission, and values as well as designing new policies, practices, and systems to embrace, integrate, and model racial equity and social justice.
PUBLIC ART PROJECT MANAGER POSITION
4Culture Public Art commissions artwork for shared public space throughout King County, stewards the King County Public Art Collection, and offers expertise to public and private developers through consulting.
The primary job of the Public Art Project Manager Level 1 is to manage and implement all stages of select public art projects located throughout King County, including the following: calls for artists and applicant technical assistance, artist selection processes, budget development, construction document and artistic design development, preparation of outreach and education materials, public dedications and community meetings, and contract administration. This position will also serve as support staff to the 4Culture Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC), as related to the management of public art projects, and will assist in work supporting the PAAC’s long-term plans and policies.
PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS
- Manage all aspects of the development of specific public art projects throughout King County.
- Coordinate artist selection processes including the preparation of RFQs (and occasional RFPs) and facilitation of artist selection panels.
- Work cooperatively with artists, clients, private developers, contractors, design professionals, community members, government project personnel, and elected officials.
- Prepare, negotiate, and administer artist contracts, including development of budgets and scopes of service and monitoring compliance with contractual deadlines and milestones.
- Facilitate community involvement, dedication events, and the development of education and outreach materials for specific public art projects and the Public Art program as a whole.
- Participate in the development of the Public Art program annual work plan and budget.
- Serve as support staff to the 4Culture Public Art Advisory Committee.
- Facilitate public information and technical assistance programs related to specific public art projects.
- Contribute to the overall health and welfare of 4Culture by participating on internal sub-committees that address overarching issues affecting the operations of the agency and work collaboratively to create publications, presentations, and other 4Culture outreach and advocacy materials
BA or BFA in arts administration, art, art history, architecture, landscape architecture, construction management or a related field plus two years or more of experience in public art, community, or capital construction project coordination (or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and transferable skills) are the minimum requirements for this position.
The most successful applicants will also have experience working with artists, art commissions and/or non-profit boards, artist selection processes, public construction projects, design professionals, and contractors. Top-notch written and verbal communication skills, organizational abilities, and advanced software skills are valued.
DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Written and oral communication skills.
- Public speaking and presentation skills.
- Ability to organize and facilitate meetings and document consensus and outcomes.
- Ability to build teams among diverse audiences.
- Ability to consider the impacts of the work of 4Culture Public Art on multiple communities, including communities of color.
- Ability to manage several team-based projects simultaneously, often in a high-stress, high-pressure environment.
- Skills in problem solving, budget analysis, and preparation of long-term schedule milestones.
- Understanding of construction management practices including the preparation of architectural plans, specifications, and construction documents.
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, e-mail, and the internet.
- Ability to work independently and with 4Culture staff, County employees, media, and members of the general public in an effective, congenial, and professional manner.
- A positive attitude that will contribute to the effectiveness of a highly accomplished team.
The most highly qualified applicants will have demonstrated knowledge or experience in at least three of the
- Knowledge of contemporary art and an understanding of public art issues and current trends in the field.
- Familiarity with local, regional, and national visual artists.
- Facilitation of processes for commissioning artists to design, fabricate, and install site-specific and site-integrated artwork;\.
- Contract administration with public agencies or for design services, construction, or artwork
- Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Publication development, including educational support materials, exhibition catalogs, and interpretive materials for visual art exhibitions, artists, or collections.
- Resource development, which may include development of sponsorships, partnerships, and community-based collaborations.
- The work location for this position is at 4Culture’s offices, currently at 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Downtown Seattle, with field work throughout King County, Washington.
- This position works a 37.5-hour work week, generally Monday through Friday. Occasional early morning, evening, and/or weekend hours are required.
- This position reports to the Public Art Program Director, and works collaboratively with Public Art Program staff and other 4Culture professional staff.
- Finalists for this position will be asked to share a portfolio or PowerPoint presentation showing examples of visual artwork, design, or architectural work they have directly managed or produced.
- This position has a salary range of $60,940.33 to $77,517.64, includes a competitive package of comprehensive benefits, and is classified as Regular Full Time, Exempt.
Interested applicants should email the following to email@example.com:
- A cover letter
- A current resume
- One writing sample that is applicable to the field of public art or this position in particular
- Three professional references
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-263-1587, or email@example.com, 206-263-1606.
The privacy of applicants will be respected and preserved until the last phase of the hiring process. For example, references will be checked during the process of interviewing the finalists and with the applicant’s knowledge.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION
Monday, July 9, 2018, 5:00 pm PST (all submissions must be submitted via email).
4Culture is committed to upholding and promoting equal opportunity in employment. We recognize that diverse perspectives, ideas, cultures, and life experiences of all employees are critical to our success. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace that reflects our residents, meets the needs of the communities we serve, and leverages the power of our employee's individual uniqueness.
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