Seeking Managing Director

Public Art Saint Paul (PASP), a vibrant 501 (c)(3) located in the heart of Saint Paul, seeks candidates for the position of Managing Director. An organization that commissions artists and produces public art projects, creates civic spaces, improves city systems, and deepens community engagement, Public Art Saint Paul is vital to the public life of our City.

We are looking for a dynamic individual to provide strategic leadership for the operations and management of our organization to contribute to the success of Public Art Saint Paul in our work with stakeholders in the City government of Saint Paul, the local arts community, and Saint Paul citizens and neighborhoods.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume, addressed to Colleen Sheehy, Executive Director, Public Art Saint Paul, by April 17, 2017. (See application procedures below.)

Job Summary

Managing Director
Public Art Saint Paul
Full time, exempt employee
Compensation: Salaried position, commensurate with experience.
Office: Public Art Saint Paul offices are located at 381 Wabasha St. N. in downtown Saint Paul.
Hours: M-F, 9 am to 5 pm, with some evening and weekend events and meetings.
Reports to: PASP Executive Director


Five years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in an arts-related field, business management, or finance are minimum requirements. The ideal candidate has strong skills in financial management and accounting systems, budget preparations and tracking, time management, project management, marketing, and staff supervision. Working for a small nonprofit, the candidate must be effective at working on multiple priorities and projects and be able to structure time and milestones and follow through to completion and success.

The ideal candidate also possesses these traits and abilities:

  • Vision—the ability to see the big picture amid myriad details to achieve strategic goals.
  • Collaboration—good people and communication skills; the ability to work with a variety of people ranging from artists to engineers, City of Saint Paul staff to the general public. Enjoys working in teams.
  • Project Management—experienced at organizing and implementing projects, including goals, activities, action steps, schedules, and budgets. Ability to track progress, keeps projects within budget, and keeps others on track and on task to achieve goals.
  • Communication—knowledge of marketing strategies and organizational messaging; experience working with broadcast, print, and social media. Graphic design skills would be a plus.
  • Passion for the arts and civic life—an interest in the arts and their roles in society. Values citizen engagement and the interplay among city staff and officials, city residents and workers, and arts organizations.



Financial Management

  • Prepare project and organizational budgets in collaboration with ED and other staff.
  • Oversee work of part time accountant on contact for payroll service and employee benefit providers.
  • Prepare all financial reports for ED, Board, funders, and annual audit.
  • Prepare financial forecasting reports as needed.
  • Contribute to PASP funding initiatives.

Communications Management

  • Oversee and coordinate PASP communications work of PASP PR, Marketing, and Graphic design consultants.
  • Direct work of staff on communications materials.

Information Management:

  • Oversee the design, management, and maintenance of PASP data base and other computer based tools essential to the function of the organization

Project management:

  • Oversee some PASP projects in conjunction with ED and other staff
  • Assist with event management for program events
  • Oversee the planning and production of PASP special events, including our annual fundraiser.

Office Management

  • Oversee the work of PASP’s Administrative Assistant and PASP interns to ensure the smooth operations of PASP office, including technology and other infrastructure
  • Oversee Human Resources for the organization.


About Public Art Saint Paul

Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Public Art Saint Paul is a private nonprofit that engages artists in shaping the form and experience of the public realm and civic life in Minnesota’s capital city. Our mission is to place artists in leading roles to shape public spaces, improve city systems, and deepen civic engagement. We work in partnership with the City of Saint Paul on many programs and projects, including City Artists, Western Sculpture Park, our public sculpture stewardship program, and more.

Though our work focuses on Saint Paul, our concepts and practices are informed by and influence contemporary art and public art practice broadly as a dynamic, interdisciplinary field. With our advocacy and support, artists collaborate in the planning and design of public places and structures; create works of art for public places; develop temporary installations; produce public art events, dream up the next ideas of public art and civic life, and help to educate artists on public art practices and processes. Our City Artist Program has been a national model for artists working in city governments. Our Everyday Poems for City Sidewalks, a project by Marcus Young, and Urban Flower Field and Pop Up Meeting by Amanda Lovelee are award winning and beloved by St. Paul residents. We created and maintain Western Sculpture Park and summer youth programs there. Other projects over our history include artist collaboration in design of Mears Park, Kellogg Mall Park, and the Wabasha Street Bridge. Major projects include an International Stone Carving Symposium, Minnesota Rocks, Wing Young Huie’s The University Avenue Project, The Central Corridor Public Art Plan, and Seitu Jones’s Create: The Community Meal. Additionally, our City Art Collaboratory, led by Shanai Matteson, fosters cross-disciplinary sharing and learning among artists and STEM professionals, focused on city systems.

Public Art Saint Paul is a recognized leader in the field of public art and has won awards from Public Art Network, Sensible Land Use Coalition, and Local Government Innovation/Humphrey Institute, among others.


Our Funders

Strong support comes from The McKnight Foundation; K.B. Andersen, Hardenberg, Huss, Saint Paul, F. R. Bigelow, and Mardag Foundations; ArtPlace America; Saint Paul Cultural STAR, and the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as well as individual and corporate supporters.


Application Procedures

Application must include:

▪ Letter of application (1-2 pages) that argues for your ability to meet the qualifications and fulfill the aspirations of this position in this organization.

▪ Resume (3-4 pages) that includes educational background and relevant work experience.

*Please make sure all applications materials are saved together in one pdf.

*Send application via email with one attachment to Kate Sheldon, Administrative Assistant,*

Deadline is Monday, April 17 by 12 midnight.