Houston Arts Alliance



Title: Civic Art + Design Project Manager

Salary: $47,500- $51,700

Organization Summary: Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a nonprofit agency established by the City of Houston to enhance the quality of life and tourism by advancing the arts in the Houston region. HAA invests in and nurtures Houston¹s thriving creative community by providing more than 225 grants to nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists each year, commissioning the work of artists for public spaces, managing the city¹s art collection, showcasing Houston¹s rich folklife traditions, cultivating skill-based volunteers, and empowering arts organizations to become sustainable and reach new audiences through business incubation and other services.

Position Summary: The Civic Art + Design (CAD) Project Manager is responsible for primary management of civic art projects for the City of Houston and other private sector clients. The position includes a wide range of coordination duties between artists and project representatives, numerous off-site meetings and administrative responsibilities. The Project Manager reports directly to the CAD Director; must demonstrate independent work habits; initiates the development of projects from the facilitation of LOAs, artist calls and selection; and manages concept development through fabrication and installation. The position requires independent thought; decision-making and conflict resolution abilities; a high level of organizational skill; and knowledge of the production and installation of public art.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage City of Houston CAD program projects as assigned in accordance with terms of HAA Program Policies & Procedures, contract terms and best practices from the field;
  • Be a competent communicator with excellent writing, speaking and presentation skills;
  • Have the ability to adapt and manage internal and external changes, failures and limitations;
  • Provide solutions to conflicts and problems in a positive and collegiate manner;
  • Have a proficient knowledge of construction scheduling, materials, techniques and terminology and an understanding of how they fit into the project scheme;
  • Engage with professional artists, stakeholders and other professionals;
  • Maintain and increase personal knowledge of the field;
  • Interface with City of Houston staff from various departments including Public Works, Parks, Libraries, Police and Fire, Finance, et cetera;
  • Interface with project architects, landscape architects, engineers and other project leadership;
  • Manage other, non-City of Houston projects as assigned in accordance with contract terms;
  • Coordinate and document artist selection panels and meetings;
  • Coordinate and document artist activities from artist selection through maintenance documents in accordance with prevailing policies and contract terms;
  • Generate all project-related correspondence;
  • Coordinate billing and payment for artist related services;
  • Coordinate Civic Art Committee reports and presentations, attending Committee meetings as needed;
  • Coordinate presentations for art concept approvals as needed;
  • Collaborate with HAA communications staff to plan and coordinate special events related to civic art projects;
  • Coordinate assignments for CAD and other HAA staff, interns and volunteers as appropriate;
  • Assist in gathering data and producing drafts, reports, proposals and special presentations;
  • Develop education materials including brochures, website information, walking tours, project charrettes, PowerPoint presentations, et cetera as instructed by the Director;
  • Conduct educational opportunities including walking tours and lectures;
  • Assist with all aspects of CAD program administration as needed; and
  • Represent the program and agency at external meetings, workshops, et cetera.

Education: Preferred bachelor’s degree in public art, urban design, architecture or certification in project construction management.

Experience: Three years project management or installation experience required. Experience in civic art, fabrication, installation, construction or urban design preferred. Experience dealing with contractors, contract relationships and the public. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Proficiency in personal computing, word processing, database and spreadsheet experience. Knowledge of standard invoicing.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Matthew Lennon, Director of Civic Art + Design, at  matthew@haatx.com. No phone calls please.