Under general direction, provides overall art project management of selected integrated public art projects and coordination of community engagement art projects throughout Sound Transit’s three-county transit system in the Greater Seattle area. The project manager will work autonomously within a small team to oversee all aspects of developing art opportunities integrated in new train and express bus facilities. The position works with both established and emerging artists to deliver projects through collaboration with agency staff, neighborhood stakeholders, and the multi-disciplinary teams designing Sound Transit facilities. The successful candidate will have knowledge of public art practices and the contemporary art field, along with clear verbal, written, and digital communication skills to convey information to a broad audience.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
• Manages and implements moderate to large-scale public art projects integrated in light rail, commuter rail, and express facilities throughout Sound Transit's three-county region in Western Washington. Conducts art project planning in collaboration with staff and consultants, then identifies and recruits artist candidates, and facilitates artist selection processes with peer and community panels. Drafts, negotiates, and manages artist and vendor contracts, overseeing the delivery of artwork-related services and tasks to ensure that Agency goals and objectives for the art components of the facilities are met. Provides professional design critique to artists regarding artwork in development. • Manages multiple projects simultaneously for budgeting, project schedules, contingency plans, and critical paths. Negotiates contract changes as agreed upon per Agency policies and procedures, along with agreements with third-parties as applicable. Prepares reports of project phases to leadership and stakeholder jurisdictions as directed. Seeks creative solutions as issues arise and works to build successful collaborative teams. • Communicates effectively within the Agency and the community regarding art, concepts of place-making and urban planning, and design aesthetics using multi-media presentation materials created for the public and technical experts. Expected to have demonstrated proficiency in producing polished written and visual communication materials, as well as public speaking. • Builds relationships with people from a wide variety of jurisdictions, communities, and professions, and has the ability to relate to many cultures. • Demonstrates an understanding of political protocols. • Meets directly and frequently with artists, ST architects, engineers, staff, contractors, and consultants to discuss and resolve issues during the design and construction of the agencies many mega-public works projects. Assists in the preparation of answers to requests for information from the artists, the public, staff, consultants, and contractors. • Supports selective community engagement art projects, which may include the development of STEAM initiatives for schools affected and connected by Sound Transit construction projects, construction mitigation artworks, and other special projects. • Reviews professional services and deliverables from artists for conformance to quality, schedule, and budget requirements. Reviews and approves invoices based on contract requirements. • Provides support during design and construction phases, including coordination of various consultants and determination of the feasibility and constructability of the art project, along with project briefings to jurisdictions and the public where the artwork is located. Working knowledge of artwork fabrication techniques, methodologies, and materials is necessary. Meets with ST staff and other relevant parties to review artist’s ideas and implementation in accordance with Agency policy, procedures, and expectations. • Provides information to inter-departmental staff regarding the specific artwork and long-term maintenance requirements. • Visit construction sites and other locations in the Agency managed transit systems to assess site conditions, analyze project status, and settle any project issues as they arise. • It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees. • It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices. • Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Design, Art History, Fine Art, Architecture, Geography, or related fields, with five years of experience successfully managing multiple public art projects through artist selection, design, fabrication, and installation; or equivalent combination.
Required Licenses or Certifications: None.
Required Knowledge of: • Public art practices, artistic media, and issues in contemporary artistic disciplines; project management and budgeting; and project planning and administration in a government setting. Familiarity with infrastructure construction is beneficial. • Leadership and community alliance building strategies that necessitate handling tasks with diplomacy and sensitivity. • Principles and practices of contract administration. • Principles and procedures of record keeping and information management. • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment. • Solid computer-literacy with working knowledge of Microsoft Office along with basic bookkeeping and database skills. • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation. • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation appropriate for serving as a representative of Sound Transit to the public and to the artists.
Required Skills: • Working positively and delivering results with diverse groups of artists, communities, selection and review committees, and jurisdictional partners, as well as design, fabrication, and construction professionals. • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, government officials, vendors, community groups, and the general public. • Working effectively under pressure, meeting deadlines, and adjusting to changing priorities in a fast paced environment. • Managing multiple public art projects concurrently. • Monitoring project operating budgets, costs, and schedules. • Responding to inquiries through effective oral and written communication.
Physical Demands / Work Environment: • Work is performed in a standard office environment, in outside meetings, jurisdiction offices, and at construction jobsites. • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, physical harm, and extreme noise when conducting site visits and when working in the field. • Must be able to safely navigate a construction site where surfaces are uneven, conditions are not yet to code, and alertness is required due to heavy equipment use in the vicinity. • The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
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Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit service throughout the urban region of Seattle. Sound Transit is currently experiencing major growth and is in the process of planning and building the most ambitious transit expansion in the country. Named by Kiplinger’s as one of the “10 Best Cities to live in the Next Decade”, Seattle is a vibrant city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, economic opportunity, cultural events and educational excellence. It is home to a diverse and growing population with hundreds of thousands of commuters riding Sound Transit services daily.We contribute toward this growth by providing the community with quality service that will generate a better quality of life for commuters and Seattle as a whole. This is an exceptional opportunity with a progressive organization that offers growth potential both professionally and personally. We offer an attractive compensation package to include competitive benefits and a chance to have a positive impact on the environment as well as becoming a key contributor toward Seattle’s quality of life. Join Sound Transit and be a part of its culture which is built around inclusion and respect where everyone is treated fairly and every voice is heard.