Job Opportunity: Beaverton Arts Program Manager, Deadline May 17

Are you passionate about developing successful art programs and thrive in a leadership role while capturing the creativity of a team? Do you have demonstrated experience managing an arts program, specifically with local government? Does public service work excite you? Are you an effective communicator and excel at building relationships to meet the goals and objectives of a wide range of stakeholders? If this sounds like you, we may have the perfect opportunity for you!

The City of Beaverton is excited to announce the opening for an Arts Program Manager to join the Public Engagement team and be responsible for the daily operations, strategic development, evaluation and overall success of the Arts Program.


The City of Beaverton Arts Program:

The origins of the Beaverton Arts Program began with a grassroots effort of local citizens, resulting in the establishment of the Beaverton Arts Commission by city ordinance in 1983. Today, the Arts Program thrives as a City of Beaverton division, providing culturally enriching activities, programs and services throughout the year.

Current priorities of the Arts Program include public art and the 1% for Art Program funding art integrated into qualifying capital projects, placemaking, artist resources and grantmaking, and Signature Arts Events including Ten Tiny Dances, and the Beaverton Arts Mix! Art Show and Sale.

The Arts Program is a program of the Public Engagement Division within City Services, and operates interdependently with the other department programs including Community Development and The Reser (performing arts center).


About the Position:

The City of Beaverton seeks an experienced program manager with a dedication to the arts, collaborative work, innovative program development, and public service. Reporting to the Public Engagement Division Manager, this position manages two staff members and serves as the primary staff liaison to the Beaverton Arts Commission.

This is an exempt, Management 2 classified position. The classification of this position is Program Manager. This position may include evening and weekend hours. There is one vacancy.

**A cover letter and resume is required with your job application submission.**

Please note: Only required or requested documents are guaranteed to be considered. Additional supporting documentation included with your application may not be reviewed.



Depending upon assignment, the incumbent may perform a combination of some or all of the following duties: 

  • Manage Arts program operations including but not limited to: public art and placemaking projects, including 1% for Arts projects; artist and community resources including grants programs; and signature arts events. Develop, review, approve and implement program work plans, services, policies, procedures and reports. Set performance standards. Evaluate performance and program effectiveness and take action for improvement as necessary.
  • Manage staff to ensure city goals and objectives are met. Schedule, assign, review work, and conduct performance evaluations. Make hiring decisions. Respond to employee grievances and oversee disciplinary process according to the collective bargaining agreement and city policy. Provide opportunities for employee developmental training. Serve as a member of the City Services Department, and the management team of the Public Engagement Division (PED).
  • Work collaboratively with other City departments to implement public art projects and events and maintain the public art collection.
  • Research, develop and recommend new programs or program improvements. Implement new programs.
  • Prepare, recommend and monitor program budget. Provide explanation for variances. Authorize payments to contractors and consultants.
  • Promote and market programs to new and under-reached audiences. Provide positive public relations and customer service. Coordinate with other city departments, other agencies, school districts, businesses, housing complexes and residents. Develop and design materials to promote program area. Represent program at events.
  • Promote professional and courteous behavior with a creative approach to problem resolution that creates a positive experience for the customer.
  • Represent the City of Beaverton in the greater arts landscape of the metro area by participating in select discussions and collaborations with neighboring jurisdictions. Serve as a staff liaison to regional arts convening’s and meetings.
  • Serve as an internal resource and establish collaborations with staff in other city departments to maximize creative placemaking and place-based initiatives in urban development projects across the city.
  • Liaison to the Beaverton Arts Commission. Provide support for all aspects of the BAC and its subcommittees including board recruitment and retention; preparing agendas and reports; facilitating communications; and executing the decisions, actions, and plans of the Commission.
  • Ability to travel as necessary to meet the needs of the position.
  • Create a workplace that promotes the organizational values of workplace diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Assist in creating a positive and supportive work environment with a culture of teamwork and communication.
  • Actively promote an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society.
  • Perform duties outlined in the Program Manager classification or other duties as assigned: Class Specifications.





The most successful candidate is a collaborative leader who actively demonstrates inclusion and respect for diverse voices, backgrounds and ideas. She/he/they has experience with creating original arts programs; excels at community collaboration; and has knowledge of best practices and experience with public art management.



  • Bachelor’s degree in arts or public administration
  • 5 years’ experience in administration of a similar program area
  • 2 years’ experience in a supervisory or management role
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience enabling the incumbent to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to meet city’s driving standards.
  • Ability to pass reference checks, drug screen, a degree verification check, if applicable, and satisfy the requirements of a background check.



  • Program management with local government
  • Advanced knowledge of practices and principles of administration of an Arts program.
  • Advanced knowledge of the codes, ordinances, standards, laws and regulations governing an Arts program.
  • Advanced knowledge of professional ethics relating an Arts program.
  • Working knowledge of practices and principles of public/business administration practices and decision-making.
  • Advanced knowledge of strategic planning methods with an emphasis on services related to an Arts program.
  • Working knowledge of public purchasing and contracting laws and regulations.
  • Advanced knowledge of human resources management practices.


Beaverton is a diverse city, boasting a large population of qualified persons, including women, veterans, Black, Indigenous and people of color, persons with disabilities, generational groups, persons who speak many languages and are of diverse national origins.

It is widely stated—and supported by studies—that candidates, especially women, are less likely to apply for a job unless they believe they meet 100% of the hiring criteria. The city’s talent acquisition goals include hiring the candidate who is best able to meet the performance objectives of the role. We therefore encourage persons with non-traditional skill sets and experiences to apply, even if you believe you do not meet 100% of the qualifications and hiring criteria described.  



Salary Rate: $5,967.01 – $7,997.17 monthly


Salary rate will be determined depending on relevant work experience as outlined in the Equal Pay Act. New hires who meet minimum requirements will start at step one. Higher steps may be offered to those who have additional years of directly related experience to the position.

The city pays the full retirement contribution to PERS; provides employees with an opportunity to participate in a deferred compensation retirement plan; makes available a public service loan forgiveness program and tuition reimbursement program; and offers excellent health, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. In addition to the hourly wage, bilingual pay (4% above the base) may be offered, contingent on the candidate passing a proficiency test provided by the city.

For more information about the Job Application Process and to review the City of Beaverton’s Statement of Nondiscrimination, please follow this link to the Selection Statement.    


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