Officer, Public Art
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Recreation, Cultural & Facility Services Department, Business & Technical Support Services
1 Full-time Temporary Position - 35 hours/week (Up to 7 months)
$75,912.20 to $92,366.82 annually 2019 rates of pay)
172 Guigues Street
Recreation and Culture
The Public Art Officer is responsible for overseeing the development, administration and implementation of
Public Art Programs, which includes, but is not limited to:
corporate fine art collection, art commissioning
and professional exhibitions. The incumbent assists with the development of operational and capital plans,
budgets and the preparation of legal agreements and reports while following corporate policies and
procedures. The Public Art Officer provides on-going evaluation, research and professional advice through
the evaluation, research and analysis of a wide variety of cultural issues in order to incorporate best practices
and standards; develops strategies of cultural programs, builds relationships with cultural organizations and
promotes an appreciation of local arts; carries out public consultation. Responsible for the selection and
facilitation of peer assessed juries.
In accordance with the Percent for Art Policy, the Public Art Officer, Commissions, collaborates with key
stakeholders to develop the parameters of multi-phased commissioning projects. Develops, drafts and
circulates the request for proposals and ensures a fair and competitive juried selection process. The Public
Art Officer provides technical expertise regarding arts methods, materials, and site integration. Oversees
integration, fabrication, installation and ensures that maintenance requirements of art work are fulfilled,
including budget planning, coordinating the public participation process, developing legal agreements,
monitoring and approving artist payments, coordinating documentation and ensuring copyright requirements
The Public Art Officer, Collections, is responsible for the acquisition, installation, conservation, circulation and
maintenance requirements of the corporate fine art collection in accordance with established museum
standards and copyright legislation. The Public Art Officer reviews submissions and ensures a competitive
jury selection process for art acquisitions, as well as coordinates and oversees all procedures pertaining to
the Collection Management database system for documentations, appraisals, circulation, interpretation and
inventory control measures. Oversees the circulation of the corporate fine art collection, including site visits to
determine scope of work, as well as prioritizing facilities and appropriate artworks to be installed in internal or
external spaces. Recruits, trains, supervises and retains contracted specialized technicians for the handling
and installation of the corporate fine art collection. Develops art conservation plans for the preservation and
safeguarding the corporate fine art collection and acts as a liaison for the Firestone Collection of Canadian
Art housed at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
The Public Art Officer, Exhibitions, oversees site operations and program delivery of professional arts
facilities. Develops request for submissions pertaining to exhibitions within the City's Art Galleries (City Hall
Art Gallery, Karsh-Masson Gallery), reviews submissions for accuracy and presents eligible submissions to
peer selection committee for approval. The incumbent liaises and works closely with artists, curators, art and
academic institutions and the diplomatic community as well as protocol and corporate communications, in
order to coordinate the production of catalogue publications, invitations, official receptions and promotional
Education & Experience
A four (4) University Degree in Visual Arts, Art Education, Arts Administration, Art History, Museology or
Minimum of five (5) years of related experience in cultural administration, including progressively responsible
or project management experience
- Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for
stipulated academic requirements.
Language, Certificates & Licenses
English oral, reading, writing required
- Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives and professional standards associated with the Public Art
- Local arts scene in visual and media arts practices;
- Municipal, provincial and national arts development policies, public art policies, funding policies, data
sources and practices;
- Best practices for diversity integration in the cultural sector;
- Museum standards, status of the artists and copyright legislation, conflict of interest guidelines, peer
assessment model and legal agreements relating to art;
- Knowledge of the local and national cultural community in general, and of contemporary issues/trends
concerning contemporary artists, arts institution/organizations and communities in public art
- Extensive knowledge of capital development project and planning management procedures and of
managing multi-phased commission projects and community-based arts projects.
- Technical knowledge of the materials, methods and practices of public art, in addition to conservation
techniques, technical architectural drawings/site plans, and building code regulations.
- Building relationships with diversity stakeholders;
- Strong communication, negotiation and mediation skills.
- Project management of multi-partnership, multi-phased public art projects.
- Technical expertise regarding federal copyright laws, legal agreements.
- Set priorities for both team and individual assignments.
- Develop plans, strategies for the delivery of programs and projects.
- Hands-on experience in art collection management principles, methods including database
management according to museum standards.
- Knowledge of applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and duties of workers.
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reflects the diverse population it serves. The City encourages applications from all qualified individuals.
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