The LA County Arts Commission seeks an independent contractor to serve as a Project Manager for its Civic Art program.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Civic Art and working as a member of a team, the Project Manager plays a pivotal role in the planning, development, and implementation of civic art projects and grants funded projects from inception through completion and final close-out, and ensures the highest quality of commissioned public art projects. Examples of Duties include:

  • Conceptualizes, implements, and expedites all aspects of civic art projects, from inception to completion, according to approved policy and procedures including artist selection process, final design, construction documents, permitting, and onsite construction coordination.
  • Evaluates new projects to identify opportunities and constraints and to determine most appropriate scope of work, selecting from permanent and temporary art options, as well as creative placekeeping and develops new approaches.
  • Serves in an advisory capacity for civic art project committees and artists. Provides leadership to committees, colleagues, and artists in areas including public engagement, aesthetics, siting, durability, context, content, architectural integration, and scoping.
  • Uses advanced problem solving skills to manage teams, projects, and group processes to ensure project completion within budget and in compliance with contracting guidelines.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of project scoping, programs, or services, and makes procedural or system recommendations to ensure successful implementation and adherence to policies.
  • Coordinates with Arts Commission communications staff on public outreach, including content, events, social media, photography, and other media.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in art, public art, art history, architecture, landscape architecture, arts administration, urban planning, urban design, engineering, or a related field, and a minimum of three years of relevant experience in permanent public art project management. A Master's degree in a related field is desirable but not required.

Required Experience/Skills

  • Demonstrated project management for permanent public art and design team work
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted workload, budgets, and timelines
  • Demonstrated knowledge of record keeping and finance management
  • Innovative and curatorial perspective, as demonstrated in the type of work commissioned and completed
  • Knowledge of public art, creative placekeeping, and contemporary visual art, including trends and best practices
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse constituencies
  • Skills developing consensus around complex issues and situations
  • Proven organizational skills with attention to detail and exceptional time management
  • Self-motivation and the ablility to excel in a fast-paced environment
  • Outstanding oral and written communication
  • Proven knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and the ability to utilize computer-based research tools

How to Apply


Please submit a cover letter stating why the position is of interest, a resume, a list of three professional references, and a one page (.pdf) project description of a permanent project that you managed within the last three years (with up to three .jpg photos of the project) to civicart@arts.lacounty.gov

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until the staffing need is met and may close without advance notice.

Applicants selected for an interview will be expected to give a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation about their past work experience and how it relates to this position.

Term & Compensation

This is a contract position. The monthly compensation is $4,200 – $6,000 based on experience. The contractor is required to have a valid driver’s license, access to a personal vehicle, general liability and auto insurance, and must complete a Live Scan (criminal background check). This contract position allows for flexible hours with the potential for renewal annually.

Background

The Civic Art Program was established in 2004 after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the County’s first Civic Art Policy, which allocates 1% of design and construction costs of new County capital projects to a Civic Art Special Fund. The program provides leadership in the development of high-quality civic spaces by integrating artists into the planning and design process at the earliest possible opportunity, encouraging innovative approaches to civic art, and providing access to artistic experiences of the highest caliber for the residents of Los Angeles County.

Civic Art works with leading and emerging public artists, County departments, and unincorporated communities to create permanent artwork, creative placekeeping projects, public engagement activities, temporary art, and event-based programming for new and renovated facilities throughout Los Angeles County. Rooted in a commitment to cultivate our community’s experience of a deep civic life, the staff invests time and resources into bridging relationships and connecting County departments to an ever-expanding network of collaborators in the creative sector, cultural institutions, professional affiliations, private partnerships, researchers, and neighboring municipalities.