Public Art Project Manager for City of Tacoma / Employment

April 12, 2023

Organization Name: City of Tacoma Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality (OACV)

Organization Location: Tacoma, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


The City of Tacoma’s Community & Economic Development (CED) department is recruiting for the new and exciting position of Public Art Project Manager in the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality (OACV). This position is currently funded through December 31, 2024.

This position develops, coordinates, and implements public art projects for the OACV, with a focus on engaging local artists and community. This includes managing selection processes; coordinating with different City departments and community partners; coordinating events and public outreach; coordinating maintenance projects; and supporting public art planning efforts as needed. This position supports the mission of the City by commissioning public art projects that build community cohesion, give community a voice in the built environment, and help address City priorities and initiatives through high-quality, innovative, and cost-effective artist interventions.

The Public Art Project Manager will implement public art policies, under direction from OACV leadership and the Tacoma Arts Commission. This includes administering 1% for art projects, both for the City and partner agencies (like Metro Parks Tacoma). Projects assigned to this position may include: supporting the development of a placemaking plan for the McKinley Neighborhood; working in collaboration with Puyallup Tribe staff & artists; managing permanent, temporary, and mural projects throughout the city; and supporting community-engaged projects with varied stakeholders, including students and young people.

The position will be responsible for writing and managing contracts, which includes approving invoices, setting deliverables, and ensuring compliance with purchasing (including sole-source justifications when needed). This position is also responsible for scoping projects and researching budgets, with direction from OACV leadership; and will be responsible for impacting budget decisions by conducting and presenting research to OACV leadership and developing project scope recommendations. The position will also manage project budgets for public art and maintenance projects, as assigned.

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