Public Art Manager (part-time)

Deadline to Apply is Weds. Aug. 16, 2023, 11:59pm. Click here for position posting and to apply.

General Summary

In 1977 significant legislation passed that cemented The Arts Commission’s role in the community with the founding of the City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art program. Overseen by The Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places Committee, the program allocates a portion of City funds for public art. Toledo’s One Percent for Art program was the first in Ohio, among the first in the nation, and has since served as the adopted model for other regional agencies. It continues to this day and features an impressive collection of public art with work from more than 40 local, national, and international artists installed in nearly every neighborhood in the city.

This position manages the maintenance and conservation of the city’s Municipal Art Collection, which includes approximately 60 works of major outdoor public art projects and 45 works of indoor portable works. Other responsibilities include assisting in developing public educational and outreach initiatives, managing database and mapping systems and assisting in the coordination of new public art projects and community engagement efforts.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Coordinating field assessments and condition reports and needs of the city’s public art collection;
  • Procuring and managing contractors carrying out the maintenance and restoration of artworks in the City’s collection;
  • Managing and updating maps, databases and records documenting works in the collection, according to best collection management standards and practices; and
  • Assist in developing public educational and outreach initiatives, including artist professional development workshops, related to the Public Art collection and program.
  • Assist in coordinating new public art projects and community engagement efforts


  • Attend Board and staff meetings as scheduled.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge about all Arts Commission programs and be ready to advocate for The Arts Commission at any time.
  • Support organizational fundraising efforts, including events, building new donor relationships, assuring appropriate sponsor recognition, p roviding documentation for all in-kind contributions to development staff, and providing a monthly listing of new contacts, along with contact information for inclusion in the organizational database.
  • Support all program committees to ensure cross-program integration, and appropriate program planning and goals attainment
  • Participate in development of grant applications.
  • Assure statistical and narrative tracking systems are in place to support grant reporting and organizational reporting requirements.
  • Assure organizational marketing, logo, and branding guidelines are implemented in organizational materials.
  • Work to assure that all organizational funds raised and expended are activated cost-effectively and with the greatest impact possible and in compliance with established policies and procedures and legal requirements.

Impact on the Organization

  • Create opportunities to engage in and support the arts within designated neighborhoods.
  • Build sustainable organizational connections with neighborhood organizations and residents.
  • Increase the number of engaged volunteers and arts advocates within neighborhoods.
  • Utilize the arts as a point of connection, and working alongside neighborhood residents, implement programming that promotes positive community self-image.

Qualifications/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art, museum studies, fine art conservation or a related field from an accredited college or university
  • Proficient in the use of Apple operating systems, Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite and Google Apps.
  • Experience in GIS mapping / ESRI ArcGIS

Communication and/or other skills:

  • Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, including those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
  • Knowledge of and / or interest in the arts and/or experience with capacity building within non-profit organizations and/or grassroots community development experience.
  • Experience as a volunteer; experience with volunteer coordination preferred.
  • Experience in a non-profit organization or board membership of a non-profit organization

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience developing and implementing priorities and budgets for maintaining public and/or fine art collections;
  • Two years of experience with hiring and coordinating contractors carrying out art conservation and maintenance;
  • Experience with managing and/or coordinating people and/or projects.
  • Experience with collection database management;
  • Experience with and knowledge of best practices for proper collection care and preventative conservation;
  • Experience with art exhibition curation and installation;
  • Experience writing and administering grants; and
  • Experience with collection digitization.
  • Experience in GIS mapping

Please Note

  • Hours may occasionally increase by 5-10 hours per week based on organizational need.

Reporting Relationships

  • Position receives work direction from this position: Director of Art in Public Places, Chief Operating Officer, and President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Works in Coordination with: Art in Public Places Committee, Art in Public Places Conservation Sub Committee, and Art in Public Places Education Sub Committee

Wage & Benefits

  • $23-27 per hour
  • Paid time off available