City Arts Program Manager

City of Portland

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The City of Portland’s Office of Management and Finance is seeking a City Arts Program Manager to join the Strategic Projects and Opportunities Team (SPOT).

This recruitment will remain open until 50 applications have been received or until the posted closing date, Friday, July 19, 2019, whichever comes first. Applications received after the 50 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process.


The City Arts Program Manager develops and oversees program activities, agreements and contractor work plans for major elements of the City’s arts and culture program, which are principally implemented with the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), a non-profit organization.

The City Arts Program Manager collaboratively develops clear goals, objectives and performance measures for a program of work; manages the contractual relationship with RACC; serves as the main point of contact for the City’s public art and culture goals, policies, and practices for RACC, City bureaus, and other arts partners; and prepare and presents a variety of analysis and documents in writing and orally.


About You

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

superior skills in organizing and self-directing a complex program of work that involves significant coordination with elected and/or appointed leaders, organization managers and staff, contractors and external stakeholders;

excellent written and verbal communication skills;

initiative, critical thinking, keen political acumen, sound judgment and attention to detail in program development and oversight of contractual relationships and financial obligations.

Knowledge of or experience with arts and culture policy and/or program development and implementation is helpful but not required. Experience working with elected officials, their staff and representatives of other governmental agencies is desired.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

Ability and experience applying the principles, tools and techniques of program administration and financial management in the development and oversight of complex agreements to ensure contractual and regulatory compliance and fulfillment of performance objectives.

Ability and experience in planning, organizing, managing, and directing a variety of complex program functions at a public agency, non-profit organization or large entity.

Ability and experience analyzing complex administrative, operational, economic, political and organizational needs; interpreting, explaining and applying relevant laws, regulations, ordinances and policies; evaluating alternatives and reaching sound, logical, fact-based conclusions and recommendations.

Ability and experience presenting issues, research, conclusions and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively to a variety of audiences, such as elected officials, attorneys, organization leaders, managers and staff, and community stakeholders, and preparing clear, concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other documents appropriate to the audience.

Ability and experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with organization leaders and staff, contractors, and the public and external stakeholders and others encountered in the course of work.

How to Apply

In addition to providing a resume and answers to the supplemental questions, please submit a separate equity statement outlining your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Please limit the equity statement to two (2) pages double spaced. Experiences may include, but are not limited to the following:

lived experience as a member of an underrepresented group;

experience living, working and meaningfully interacted with diverse communities or individuals with a variety of identities;

track record or instilling equity and inclusion within program development.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in your resume and responses to the supplemental questions weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Posted on July 9