Public Art Manager

New York, United States Full-time

The Times Square Alliance seeks an experienced Public Art Manager to oversee projects and support all aspects of its high-profile public art program, Times Square Arts.

Times Square Arts collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage with one of the world's most iconic urban places, presenting public art throughout Times Square’s plazas, vacant spaces, and digital billboards.

Arguably one of the largest public platforms for contemporary visual art and performance with 300,000 - 450,000 people passing through it daily, Times Square also celebrates a long history of innovation, creativity, and risk-taking. Since its inception in 2010, Times Square Arts has invited both emerging and world-renowned artists to engage with this dynamic and powerful public platform, including Laurie Anderson, Tania Bruguera, Nick Cave, Mel Chin, Yoko Ono, Pipilotti Rist, and Kehinde Wiley. Times Square Arts also frequently partners with New York City-based cultural organizations, including institutions such as The New Museum, The Queens Museum, and The Whitney; festivals such as Crossing the Line, Performa, and the World Science Festival; and venues such as Danspace Project, The Kitchen, and The Lot Radio.

Candidates should:

  • Have significant experience producing and shepherding projects and/or events within at least one of the following fields: visual arts including sculpture, installation and video; performing arts including contemporary music, dance, theater, and performance art; and architecture and design. Technical knowledge in one or more of those fields is desirable.
  • Have a depth of knowledge in at least one of the fields listed above, and stay current with the work contemporary artists, and cultural organizations, as well as timely social and political issues. 
  • Have experience managing and producing art programs within an organization, including research, planning, budgeting, timelines, artist contracting, production/execution, marketing, communications, and documentation. Knowledge of legal, insurance, and liability issues is desirable. 
  • Have experience working directly with diverse publics, and be passionate about engaging the public in critical conversations through and around contemporary public art.  
  • Be articulate, meticulous, organized, proactive, curious, cool under pressure, adept at working independently and collaboratively.

More specifically, the 
Public Art Manager will:

  • Collaborate with Public Art Director and Deputy Director on program visioning and curatorial research.
  • Work with artists and partners to execute unique projects and recurring programs.
  • Attend early meetings with Public Art Director and Deputy Director to solicit and shape proposals, including complex technical requirements for Times Square.
  • Assist with various proposal / approval / selection processes, including open calls and invited submission-based initiatives.
  • Draft Agreements with artists and partners.
  • Build and drive project timelines and budgets, and track deliverables. 
  • Obtain necessary permits.
  • Coordinate and facilitate production meetings and collaborate with Operations staff to generate site and staffing plans. 
  • Hire and supervise project-specific tech/production vendors, front-of-house staff, etc., as needed.
  • Collaborate with Communications department on Marketing and Communications.
  • Support public and community engagement efforts around the program and specific projects.
  • Co-manage, with Public Art team, Public Art Assistant on a variety of tasks including:
  • Financial tracking including invoices and payments
  • Generating “runs of show” for events
  • Management of documentation process and vendors
  • Coordination with programmers of electronic billboards on Midnight Moment content. 
  • Support the program in a variety of other ways.

 Salary + benefits, commensurate with experience and industry standards. The Manager reports to the Public Art Director and Deputy Director. 

The Times Square Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Interested candidates should send a resume, three professional references with contact details, and a cover letter that demonstrates an understanding of our program and highlights the candidate’s qualifications for the role.