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Public Art Project Manager

Sponsoring Organization

City of San Antonio



San Antonio, TX





Job Summary

Under general direction, is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing public art project efforts that utilize solutions for moderately complex projects.  This position will assist in standardizing performance metrics and reporting; integrating data across reporting systems; and setting up an overall framework for ongoing data tracking and reporting.  May exercise functional supervision over assigned staff.

This position is an "unclassified" position and has no disciplinary appeal rights to the Municipal Civil Service Commission. This position is likewise subject to at-will employment status and can be terminated at any time for any reason.


Essential Job Functions


  • Responsible for providing project management for the City of San Antonio's Public Art Program, a Division of the Department of Arts & Culture.
  • Responsible for delivering all public art related capital projects associated with bond and non-bond funding allocations approved by City Council.
  • Responsible for project management of public art capital projects that are moderately complex projects. Public art capital projects are like any other capital project, however they must adhere to additional public art policies and guidelines that impact various phases of each project, selecting artists, design review and approval process, and innovations and creative solutions for built-environment and open spaces.
  • Organizes and plans multiple projects and leads a team of professionals, including artists, design professionals (architects/landscape architects/engineers), outside contractors, vendors/suppliers, as well as other City staff.
  • Ensures successful project implementation from start to finish and quality performance/function of municipally- commissioned public art.
  • Manages the design, development, and implementation of projects to include, but not limited to gathering and defining the project requirements; obtains staffing requirements; and forms projected teams.
  • Develops methods, procedures, and quality objectives including metrics for assessing progress; utilizes established project standards, procedures, and quality objectives.
  • Conducts project kickoff meetings, communicates individual roles and project expectations; ensures all project team members have the tools and training required to perform effectively.
  • Develops detailed project plans and schedules.
  • Provides work direction and leadership to assigned projects, including scheduling, assignment of work, and review of project efforts.
  • Monitors project milestones and critical dates to identify potential risk to project schedule; identifies ways to resolve schedule issues; keeps management current on any changes.
  • Assesses variances from the project plans; gathers metrics, and develops and implements changes as necessary to ensure that the project remains within specified scope and is within time, cost, and quality objectives.
  • Conducts formal quality assurance reviews with business sponsor during and upon project completion to confirm acceptance and satisfaction.
  • Provides the team with constructive feedback as it pertains to project performance.
  • Interviews, selects, supervises, develops, and if necessary, counsels personnel according to established COSA policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Develops and maintains a productive working relationship with project sponsors, project team members, and vendors.
  • Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.


Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Public or Business Administration, or a related field.
  • Two (2) years of project management experience.


  • Master's Degree.
  • Professional work experience in the field of Public Art.
  • Experience in arts administration and the implementation and management of art projects.
  • Experience in database management and project schedule reporting.
  • Knowledge and application of project management principles and practices.


  • If selected for this position, official transcripts, diplomas, certifications and licenses must be submitted at the time of processing.  Unofficial transcripts and copies of other relevant documents may be attached to the application for consideration in advance.
  • Please be advised that if selected for this position, information regarding employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position will be needed for employment verification. Applicants claiming military service to meet the experience requirement for this position may attach a DD214 to the application.
  • Full-time City of San Antonio employees are allowed to substitute two years of related experience for one year of higher education or one year of related higher education for two years of experience. Effective July 9, 2010, external applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the job without substitution.
  • Applicants selected for employment with the City of San Antonio in this position must receive satisfactory results from pre-employment drug testing and background checks.  If required for the position, a physical, motor vehicle record evaluation, and additional background checks may be conducted.


  • Physical requirements include occasional lifting/carrying of 10 pounds; visual acuity, speech, and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer keyboard and basic office equipment.  Subject to sitting, standing, reaching, walking, twisting, and kneeling to perform the essential functions.  Working conditions are primarily inside an office environment.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and  methodologies.
  • Knowledge of organization, administration, and personnel management.
  • Knowledge of principles of accounting.
  • Knowledge of principles of budget development and administration.
  • Skill in developing project plans and scope of work.
  • Skill in using personal computers and a variety of MS Office software  applications.
  • Skill in tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to estimate, plan, track, control costs and provide status reporting.
  • Ability to plan, execute, and control a project (establishing realistic estimates and reporting metrics).
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to assess and analyze project risks and exposures; identify options and alternatives, make decisions, and implement corrective actions.
  • Ability to lead a group to accomplish a common goal.
  • Ability to promote and build a team atmosphere, motivating team members.
  • Ability to prepare detailed technical reports and presentations.
  • Ability to plan and organize projects.

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