Manager of special projects and community partnerships sought, Staten Island

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Manager of Special Projects and Community Partnerships

Job Description

Areas of Responsibility:

Lead Project Manager for Future Culture/Neighborhood 360 program implementation: Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront project is an effort by the Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with Staten Island Arts, to experiment with ways for artists and developers to engage in planning Staten Island’s North Shore waterfront together. Future Culture’s activities in the Bay Street corridor are supported by NYC Department of Small Business Services through its Neighborhood 360 program. Staten Island Arts is working closely with SBS and Design Trust on the implementation of public art pilot projects that will test the Future Culture recommendations.

Specifically, the Special Projects Manager will: Manage, organize and administer artist contracts; work with city agencies to obtain permits; coordinate project meetings and coordinate project with permitting, engineering, construction support services; confer and work with all necessary parties throughout the design, development, construction, fabrication, installation, maintenance/operations, and de-installation phases of pilot; management of project chronologies/timelines; budget management and tracking, including submission of payment request; completion and submission of detailed reports to city agencies and stakeholders Manage process for fabrication and presentation of public art pilots chosen for FY18 implementation

Prepare and submit reports to stakeholders, including reporting to government agency With Staten Island Arts and Design Trust, serve as an ambassador for Future Culture in Future Culture and Neighborhood 360 planning meetings, community events, and any other relevant meetings. Interfaces with community and civic leaders, industry professionals and artists.

Advocate for the Future Culture recommendations document in collaboration with community stakeholders

In close coordination with Staten Island Arts Executive Director and the Design Trust, develop, deliver and manage public communications about projects as well as manage internal communications among stakeholders

Document and archive pilot process and materials Assist in developing an assessment strategy and tools to realistically evaluate of pilot placemaking activities. Maintain archive of digital documents used by staff, community partners and project stakeholders

Community Partnerships: The Manager of Special Projects and Community Partnerships supports collaborative programs with arts organizations, social service organizations, for-profit businesses, and other community partners. Work in this area requires a commitment to arts advocacy and a multi-cultural sensitivity, specifically an affinity for working with a culturally and politically diverse community. Responsibilities include:

Maintain existing and develop new partnerships which utilize existing community resources with city, state and federal government agencies, elected officials, local developers and business owners, nonprofit organizations (both cultural and other), and other unaffiliated groups that support and enhance SIA’s mission and programs;

Active participation in existing partnership activities, including those with NOCD-NY, CultureAid, Wagner-Port Richmond Partnership, Grantmakers in the Arts, and others;

Provide support and information to artists, and arts and community organizations to foster a supportive network of arts and community groups.


The candidate must possess the following demonstrated attributes and abilities:

A minimum of 4 years of experience in creating and managing programs at an arts organization, or a Bachelors degree in arts or business administration, or a combination of both qualifications;

Outstanding project management skills, including creation and management of project budgets and tracking of detailed project budget; clear communication among project stakeholders; and coordination across multiple partners and formats;

Experience in working with city and state government agencies preferred;

Vendor management experience helpful;

Excellent oral and written communication skills;

Ability to work well with a diverse range of people, prioritize work assignments, delegate effectively, and function independently;

Ability to innovate, adhere to close deadlines, work under pressure, multi-task and pay attention to detail;

Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; strong presentation skills;

Excellent analytical skills;

Computer savvy with broad knowledge of desktop and web applications and an ability to perform digital/online research;

Experience with Excel, Adobe suite, WordPress, Google drive, helpful but not required;

Flexible schedule including managing evening and weekend events.

Compensation: Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Health insurance benefits. Paid vacation and sick days plus paid holidays.

Requirements/Other Staten Island Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Application Instructions: Please submit cover letter and resume to Executive Director Elizabeth Bennett at No Phone Calls, please.