CALL FOR APPLICANTS: Director of Civic Art

CALL FOR APPLICANTS: Director of Civic Art

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a local arts and
culture organization whose principle work is to implement the City of Houston’s
vision, values, and goals for its arts grantmaking and civic art investments.
HAA’s work is conducted through contracts with the City of Houston, overseen by
the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. HAA also executes privately funded
special projects to meet the needs of the arts community, such as disaster
preparation, research on the state of the arts in Houston, and temporary public
art projects that energize neighborhoods.


In short, HAA helps artists and arts nonprofits be
bold, productive, and strong.


The Civic Art Division
services a City of Houston contract to execute the City’s percent for art
ordinance, which requires a percentage of certain public construction projects
be dedicated to public art commission or acquisitions. The contract also
employs HAA in conservation of the City’s nearly 650 works of art. Areas of
expertise include public art best practices, project planning, management of public
approval processes, art integration into landscape and architecture,
neighborhood and community engagement with public art, and contract and budget



  • Ensure Civic Art programs are accessible to and accessed by artists at various stages of career growth and of all backgrounds and self-identities
  • Work with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) and the CEO to define short and long-term goals for the program and to prioritize and provide oversight to civic art projects
  • Manage civic art projects and the Civic Art division in accordance with the City of Houston Civic Art Ordinance, HAA’s contract with the City of Houston, the City’s policies and procedures about civic art, and with generally accepted public art standards and governing ordinances and policies
  • Serve, honor, and exalt the artists who inquire or compete for public art opportunities, both interpersonally and through formal contracting and contract implementation procedures. 
  • Provide oversight to all Civic Art projects for all client types, including staff management of projects and tasks or direct project management, as needed
  • Ensure positive, productive relationships with MOCA and other City officials, as well as any private or nonprofit clients or stakeholders
  • Support and facilitate the operations of the Civic Art Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Generate reports and presentations as required for City officials and others  
  • Annually prepare Civic Art budget, goals, annual report, and other artifacts 
  • Cultivate and close contract engagements with nonprofit and for-profit clients
  • Establish, with organization leadership, and meet annual income goals 
  • Administer contracts outside of the City of Houston on time and within budget, managing positive relationships with clients for ongoing engagements
  • Manage Civic Art staff and budget in accordance with organizational policies and procedures


Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, arts administration,
architecture, planning or related area is required. Master’s degree in a
relevant field of study is preferred.



  • Five years of experience in public art planning and administration
  • Substantial knowledge of public art, design, and contemporary art issues
  • Knowledge of the processes for design, fabrication, and construction of public art projects of various scale and complexity
  • Knowledge of public art conservation practice
  • Familiarity with both public and entrepreneurial methods of funding public art
  • Ability to manage multiple programs, to develop and coordinate team approaches to problem solving, and to work successfully with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership and relationship management abilities, including staff management
  • Positive organizational culture contributions, cooperation, humor, and soft skills value additions
  • Killer communication skills 


Keyboard and calculator use. Use of routine office
equipment (copier, postage machine, telephones, computer, facsimile, etc.). Must
be able to lift objects up to 25 pounds. Occasional work on evenings and
weekends, as needed. Must be able to travel throughout the greater Houston



Supervises all Civic
Art staff, interns, and volunteers. Is supervised by CEO.



To apply, email a cover letter and resume to John
Abodeely, CEO, at, with
“Civic Art Director application” in the subject line. Please address job responsibilities
in the application materials. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2019. 

Due Date: May 22, 2019
Contact Name: John Abodeely
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