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Director of Civic Art Program

Los Angeles County Arts Commission seeks visionary to oversee one of the largest public art programs in the country

Published on LatinoLA: May 12, 2009


Director of Civic Art Program


Los Angeles County Arts Commission seeks Director of its Civic Art Program.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is seeking a visionary Director of its Civic Art Program. This program, which allocates 1% of county capital projects for public art, began in 2005. This position has overall responsibility for planning, developing, and implementing what is becoming
one of the largest public art programs in the country, with close to 50 projects currently in various stages of development.

The Director of Civic Art oversees a team of project managers and a program coordinator. The position reports to the Executive Director of the Arts Commission. The successful candidate will offer the following skills and experience:

‘«ů Knowledge of the field of public art, including artists working in the public art realm and contemporary trends and practices in the field.
‘«ů Structure, functioning, and protocol of local government, public agencies, and community groups.
‘«ů Skill in project management, including managing budgets, timelines and work schedules; understanding of construction methods and materials; and integration of the public art component into the underlying capital project.
‘«ů Skill in negotiating agreements and developing consensus around complex issues and situations.
‘«ů Outstanding oral and written communication.
‘«ů Group dynamics and community organizing techniques.
‘«ů Skill in recruiting, supervising, and motivating professional staff.
‘«ů Ability to form productive working relationships with design and construction professionals, as well as professionals within other County departments.
‘«ů Ability to develop and articulate a broad vision for the Civic Art Program and to motivate others to embrace that vision.
‘«ů Ability to manage a multi-faceted workload with self-motivation under broad general supervision.

The successful candidate will be a senior level public arts administrator with a minimum of four years professional experience administering arts programs, including public arts programs. A Bachelor's degree in public administration, arts administration, visual arts, architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or a related field is desired.

This is a full-time employee position: $74,524 - $112,798 with full benefits, including matching deferred savings plans and retirement. Placement within the range will be commensurate with candidate's qualifications and current salary.

Please submit a cover letter stating why the position is of interest, resume, a list of three references and salary history to: Miriam Gonzalez via employment email at
employment@arts.lacounty.gov

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