Director of Scottsdale Public Art

Scottsdale Arts

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Responsible for oversight of the Scottsdale Public Art program related to public art development, related programming, collections conservation/maintenance and operational functions.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Under direction of supervisor)

Senior Management Functions:

  1. Ensures clarity around the priorities and goals for the area managed in accordance with the President/CEO direction and Strategic Plan.

  2. Responsible for the development of the division budget and for ensuring fiscal compliance. Ensures compliance with finance policies with regards to expenditures, processing payments, approving requests that have fiscal impact, etc.

  3. Responsible for communicating and reporting goal results, fiscal operations and key performance indicators related to division and organization to appropriate stakeholders including other SMT members, City of Scottsdale, etc.

  4. Responsible for working with Public Art Board, developing and nurturing relationships with new Board Members.

  5. Utilizes high level of discretion in the management of team including oversight of personnel functions within the organizational guidelines. Works across functions with peers, managers, staff, and volunteers to ensure collaboration for shared goals.

  6. Works in conjunction with senior management for strategy development and execution planning.

  7. Responsible for setting, maintaining and promoting a positive culture of inclusiveness and performance.

Divisional Functions:

  1. Provides oversight for the planning and implementation of public art projects, including those mandated by the City’s public art ordinances.

  2. Provides oversight for public art programmatic activities, permanent and temporary exhibitions, and the care and maintenance of the City’s portable and public art collection.

  3. Responsible for the administration of the public art event, Canal Convergence.

  4. Works collaboratively with the City to ensure alignment and conformance with contractual stipulations governing the Public Art Program.

  5. Performs other duties as required.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Education: Master’s degree in related field in highly desirable. Combination of education and experience may be substituted for Master’s degree (Example 4 year degree plus 2 years’ experience in field = master’s degree).

  2. Experience: Minimum 8 years’ experience in field with proven track record in the administration and oversight of a public art program serving a large municipality.

  3. Attributes: Must possess

a. Strong communication skills (verbal and written)

b. Excellent organizational abilities with strong initiative driven method of work production.

c. Ability to analyze, read, and interpret common and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.

d. Demonstrated ability to respond to and facilitate common inquiries or complaints from variety of constituents or members of the community.

e. Experience managing and overseeing complex budgets

f. Enthusiasm for the arts and ability to articulate their value to a broad range of people

  1. Work Environment: Normal office for the most part. May need to work outside, possibly in inclement weather for festivals, amphitheater events, etc. Required to work computer keyboard, process visual and auditory cues. May be required to stand or walk as part of job function. Evening and weekend hours required as part of job function.

  2. Other requirements:

a. Must drive for organizational purposes, therefore must hold and retain valid AZ license, appropriate proof of insurance and have acceptable driving record.

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Posted on October 26