Temporary Services – Public Art Coordinator

Temporary Services
Public Art Coordinator


The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities needs a qualified individual to provide temporary support to senior management on the agency’s DC Creates! Public Art program.  The Public art Coordinator will play an essential role in upholding the vision of the public art program, implementing policies and procedures related to public art, and ensuring that individual projects follow the program’s procedures for selecting artwork and meet the established criteria and goals for projects.

This temporary position will report directly to the Director and Deputy Director and will work directly with two other full time public art coordinators. The Public art Coordinator will have a tour of tour from 9:00AM to 5:30PM at our offices located at 1371 Harvard Street, NW Washington, DC 20009.  These services are needed on an ongoing basis until the completion of the initiative.

General Purpose

The public art Coordinator will work with senior staff to manage the planning, design, fabrication, and implementation of the Commission’s DC Creates! Public Art program. This position will also play in meeting with internal and external stakeholders for each public art project. Reports to the Deputy Director and works closely with the Board on Public Art issues.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

The public art Coordinator agrees to provide, but is not limited to, the following services:

  • Research, develop and write materials including guidelines, policies, procedures, project descriptions, calls for entry and other documents as required;
  • Organize and preside over public meetings with regard to public art issues;
  • Collaborate with architects, planners, artists and community representatives to determine sites and appropriate artistic criteria for artworks to be placed in the public domain;
  • Coordinate, implement and monitor the grant activities including panel selection, panel review and artist selection process;
  • Negotiate, develop and write all agreements with artists, site owners, participating organizations and governmental agencies;
  • Develop and write other programmatic materials including, but not limited to, permit applications, program evaluations, and status reports;
  • Manage an inventory cataloguing system that maintains and supports proper stewardship of artworks added to the District’s collection;
  • Maintain records, files and correspondence related to project assignments;
  • Develop and manage regular condition, assessment and maintenance for artworks in the District’s collection;
  • Produce and maintain online content and liaises with Outreach Coordinator to sustain development of website, blog network, and other internet outlets;
  • Secure and monitor insurance and liability coverage of artworks as appropriate;
  • Other duties as assigned verbally and in writing.

Education and Experience

  • Requires Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of five years experience in urban planning and public art projects.
  • Thorough knowledge of different approaches to public art including one that stresses the value of multi-disciplinary design teams and community processes.
  • Access to a strong network of local, national, and international curators, artists and designers.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Experience with relating to and coordinating with multiple government agencies.
  • Experience with managing artist selection process.
  • Experience with technical aspects of public art fabrication and installation.
  • Evidence of strong writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be proficient in using word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office preferred) and experienced with Access database use and management.
  • Successful organizational and public relation skills required.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others is essential, as well as ability to set priorities, coordinate multiple projects, manage details, and work effectively under deadline pressure with minimal supervision.
  • A commitment to public art projects.

Submission Requirements:

All submissions must be submitted directly to Ayris.Scales@dc.gov and include the following information:

1.  A resume (maximum 2 pages).

2.  Letter of Interest

3.  Salary Requirements

Duration of Assignment:     Not to exceed 9/30/2011

About Art(202)

Since 1968, the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has developed and promoted local artists, organizations and activities.
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