Armory Building Manager / Employment

February 9, 2023

Organization Name: City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation

Organization Location: Olympia, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


The Olympia Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department seeks to fill a new Armory Building Manager position within the Arts Program Division. This position is the building operations arm of the Armory Creative Campus, working with partner tenants to refine and implement the recently developed Concept Plan, through architectural design and construction, development of an advisory panel, and identifying and managing community partners.

The Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department is committed to building a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage people who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, transgender, non-binary, LGBTQ,
immigrants, people with disabilities, and women to apply.

The City received keys to the historic Olympia Armory in March 2022, acquiring the building from the State of Washington “for use as a community asset dedicated to using the arts to support community development, arts education, and economic development initiatives.” The Concept Plan completed at the end of 2022 sets the stage for future development. Additional support for the arts in Olympia comes from the Cultural Access ballot measure to increase public access to arts, culture, heritage and science experiences throughout our community by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth, passed in 2022. Olympia also has a State-certified Creative District in the downtown core, which is a vehicle to support artists and creative innovators within the current area while expanding its reach.

This position fits into the Arts Program team of the Parks, Arts and Recreation Department, which encompasses a variety of public art programs and special events. This position will work with partner tenants to stand up and manage the first physical location for creativity, arts and culture that the Arts Program has had since its inception in 1988.

The Armory Building Manager reports directly to the Arts Program and Planning Supervisor and works closely with the building’s Lead Worker II staff person. The team also includes an Arts Program Specialist who programs projects outside the Armory. In the near term (1-3 years), the Armory Manager position will be working to facilitate Phase 1 construction design and project management, applying for funding, scheduling interim building use and staff coverage, and working with partner tenants during the first phase of redevelopment. In the longer term, the position will be staffing up the Armory Creative Campus to meet the needs of the partner tenants and the general public.

Olympia is a community of the arts with 6 area theaters (four in downtown Olympia), over 100 arts organizations, and a public art collection of 136 pieces to date.

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