City of Portland Parks Arts, Culture and Events Mgr Closes March 28

Job Title:Art, Culture and Special Events Manager

Closing Date/Time:Mon. 03/28/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time

Salary:$6,357.00 - $8,545.00 Monthly

Job Type:Full Time

Location:Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Oregon

In 2011, Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) was honored with a gold medal and designated as the 'Best Park System in the United States' by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  An essential part of this gold medal parks system is a robust set of community recreation facilities and programs.

PP&R is building upon this award winning system by seeking an Arts, Culture, and Special Events Manager. As part of the recently reorganized Recreation Services Division, the Arts, Culture and Special Events department will bring together those programs and facilities that have a focus on arts, culture, and activation of public spaces.  This program will be part of the Recreation Services Division, which includes community centers, sports, aquatics, specialized programs, and enterprise programs such as golf and the Portland International Raceway.

The Arts, Culture, and Special Events Manager will be a key member of the Recreation Management Team, overseeing a large portfolio of recreation facilities and programs.   The Arts, Culture, and Special Events program supports quality arts programming city-wide and includes the following facilities and programs:

  • Facilities

    • Multnomah Art Center

    • Community Music Center

    • Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

    • Laurelhurst Dance Studio

  • Summer Free for All Program

    • Movies in the Park

    • Concerts in the Park

    • Washington Park Summer Festival

    • Playgrounds and Lunch Program

  • Urban Parks Programming

    • Director Park

    • Holladay Park

    • Gateway Discovery Park (under development)

PP&R is establishing the Arts, Culture, and Special Events department within Recreation Services to create a focus on arts, culture, and active civic engagement in our public spaces.  The new manager will create a vision for the new division as a solid foundation for these programs in alignment with the bureau's larger vision for recreation and within the framework of Portland's vibrant cultural fabric.  The manager will have experience with long term development, fundraising, sponsorship management, grant management, donor stewardship, and partnerships with non-profit organizations.

The Arts, Culture, and Special Events Manager will need to be a leader in fostering positive employee relations, managing a diverse workforce and cultivating an inclusive working environment.  This position is responsible for the ongoing development and production of arts-focused recreation and leisure programs and activities including events management; budget development and fiscal management; safe and effective facility operation; proactive communication, marketing and outreach to individuals, groups, organizations and partners.  This position will require a person to understand the value of arts and recreation as a means to achieve civic engagement and social equity, and has a demonstrated ability to develop arts and culture programs that are responsive to varied racial and ethnic communities within the Portland community.
The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 620,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home.  The successful candidate will have experience working with people from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and will have experience with the removal of barriers to access for underserved communities. Portland Parks & Recreation values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. PP&R encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities. Although not required, PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their resume. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

The City is offering an optional information meeting for this recruitment. Please see the Additional Information section below for details.


 To Qualify:

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge and experience managing and directing art, culture, and special event programs.

  2. Knowledge and experience developing programs and providing services to meet the needs of a diverse community, including developing and retaining workforce diversity.

  3. Knowledge and experience applying the principles and practices of budget development, goal setting, administration, revenue generating capability, development and allocation of resources.

  4. Ability to provide leadership and work collaboratively with staff and to build a cross functional team and create a high performance, service oriented work environment that supports the City's and bureau's mission and strategic objectives, specifically including equity and inclusion objectives.

  5. Experience reconciling competing and changing demands for limited resources within the context of short and long-term organizational goals, objectives, and plans.

  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, including the ability collaboratively work through issues and develop programs with both internal and external program/project stakeholders (i.e. non-profit partners, parks committees, neighborhood associations, business groups, and organizations representing communities of color).


 The Recruitment Process:

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.


 Additional Information:

Applicant Instructions


Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.

  • Your resume should support the details described in the cover letter.

  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of four (4) pages combined. Do not attach materials not requested.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted online. The recruitment will close no later than 4:30 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.

Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.



Tamara Larison, Senior Human Resources Analyst, Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3523


An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer



To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer an Optional Information Session that will provide you with details about the position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job. You are welcome to join us for the optional session below:

Matt Dishman Community Center

77 NE Knott St
Portland, OR 97212
Monday, March 14, 2016
6:00 to 7:00 pm