1 Nov 2022


Public Art Project Coordinator (ASO4)-Arts Commission

Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts & Culture  Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Job Description

Public Art Project Coordinator (ASO4)-Arts Commission

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$63,608.96 Annually

Nashville, TN

Job Type
Full-Time Civil Service

Arts Commission

Job Number

11/14/2022 11:59 PM Central

Position Description This position announcement is for Public Art Project Coordinator (ASO4)-Arts Commission, a full-time Civil Service position in Metro Arts Commission. The Public Art Project Coordinator is a member of the Public Art team and manages all aspects of public art and placemaking projects. This Civil Service position will also lead programs, develop tools and support the professional development and cultivation of artists within the Nashville community. The position supports and promotes the agency’s mission and cultural equity practices. Metro Arts is the city of Nashville’s office of arts + culture. Our mission is to drive a vibrant and equitable community through the arts. Our work encompasses a wide range of public programs, grant funding and the management of the public art program and collection for the city. We believe that all Nashvillians should have access to a creative life. Our values statement and strategic plan can be found at www.metroartsnashville.com/
*This posting will be used to fill multiple positions in Metro Arts Commission*

Typical Duties

Project Management

  • Leads development of public art projects, which includes conceptual development, planning, artist selection, community engagement, financial management, artist management and installation of artworks in accordance with the Public Art Guidelines.
  • Uses advanced problem solving and conflict negotiation skills to manage artist and community projects toward mutual goals and project completion.
  • Develops artist and professional contracts, works with Metro Legal; manages procurement processes with adherences to Metro Procurement policies and guidelines.
  • Coordinates as needed with other Metro agencies, including Parks, General Services, WeGo, Nashville Public Library, and MDHA.
  • Manages subcontractors such as architects, structural engineers, contractors and art fabricators.
  • Manages committee and board actions at the Public Art Committee and Arts Commission level.
  • Supervises contractors and interns, as needed.


  • Supports the Metro Arts vision, Metro Nashville Diversity Officer’s guidelines, and the agency’s work in developing and sustaining equitable practices across programs and policies.
  • Seeks out approaches and programs that help drive our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access from national best practice models, with particular attention to public art methodologies.
  • Proactively considers the impact of funding to remove barriers and implements strategies for all communities to engage in the arts with specific attention to previously underserved communities in Nashville.

External Partnerships & Communications

  • Develops strategic partnerships within and outside of Metro, particularly nonprofit organizations, community groups, and neighborhood associations.
  • Participates in outreach to local arts organizations, universities and art collectives, regional and national public art organizations, Tennessee Arts Commission, Public Art Network and other appropriate organizations.
  • Represents the Arts Commission at public events and meetings; makes public presentations at community events, conferences/symposiums and workshops.
  • Coordinates public outreach and external communications content including web sites, social media and other platforms.
  • Creates press releases, articles, reports and visual materials as needed.
  • Other public art duties as required

Program Development & Management

  • Develops programs, trainings and workshops that support artist development.
  • Creates public art opportunities for Nashville-based, emerging artists.
  • Evaluates community art funding proposals involving Nashville-based artists.
  • Leads conceptual development and implementation for public programs, events and dedications.
  • Develops evaluation methods and conducts data collection for outcomes and impact reporting.
  • Assists with development of outside funding and proposal writing, as needed.
  • Experience using digital and in-person strategies to increase engagement with public art and ability to measure impact of public art.

Minimum Qualifications Employees would typically have a Bachelor’s Degree plus considerable (3 or more years) of professional experience in an administrative, financial, technical or arts related field. LICENSE REQUIRED Valid driver license Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply. Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. SO94-1078. All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government. 

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience working at Metro Arts Commission or similar governmental agency
  • Experience with public art, placemaking/placekeeping practices, contemporary visual art, equitable planning practices, including trends and best practices
  • Ability to read construction documents, site plans and communicate with artists, design teams (i.e. engineers, architects, landscape architects), contractors and Metro agency representatives
  • Experience managing subcontractors and with government contracting and procurement
  • Skill in working in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Certification(s) in one or more of the following:  Scrum Master (Program Management Certification), Project Management Professional (PMP) or any other project management certification and LEED Green
  • Experience in digital public arts such as project mapping, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT), light/sound interventions and interactive installations

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. Metro Nashville Government respects the religious beliefs and practices of all employees and will make, on request, an accommodation for such observances when a reasonable accommodation is available that does not create an undue hardship on business operations.
Requests for ADA accommodation for the recruitment process should be directed to Human Resources at 615-862-6640.

Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County

Address Human Resources Department
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1000 Nashville, Tennessee, 37219

Phone (615) 862-6640

Website: www.nashville.gov/Human-Resources/Employment-Oppor…↗↗


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Public Art Project Coordinator (ASO4)-Arts Commission
Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts & Culture
 Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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