Public Art & Artist Programs Coordinator (Program Analyst 3)


Public Art & Artist Programs Coordinator (Program Analyst 3)

Website Business Oregon (OBDD)

Business Oregon, the agency that houses the Oregon Arts Commission, is currently hiring a Public Art & Artist Programs Coordinator (Program Analyst 3). This position will administer the statewide Percent for Art in Public Places program. This involves working with artists, architects, state agency representatives, educators, heads of institutions, contractors and the general public.  This position is also responsible for policy and education related to Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places program and collection. Additional duties for this position include leading visual arts grants management and activities of the Commission, public speaking, technical assistance, serving as a resource for artists, and providing information on topics related to the visual arts or Arts Commission programs.

Note: We value our employees and want to encourage work-life balance and flexibility. This position may have the ability to work remotely with required days in the Salem office every other week.


What the Oregon Arts Commission does:

The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives, and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic, and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.


What you will do:

• Administer Percent for Art in Public Places program and artists services through grantmaking programs consistent with agency policy, which includes program budget oversight.

• Develop policy recommendations to encourage and support underrepresented artists, organizations, and projects. Maintain equity in grantmaking.

• Maintain positive working relationships with representatives of agencies, project managers and colleagues.

• Coordinate and facilitate the selection process for Art in Public Places projects.

• Review applications, contracts, and RFQs for completeness and compliance with Arts Commission guidelines and perform application reviews for eligibility and completeness.

• Create and maintain partnerships to identify and implement strategies to advance the field of public art in Oregon and develop funding recommendations for artist programs.

• Provide training and technical assistance to stakeholders including artists, state agency representatives and contract project managers.

• Manage Art in Public Places project managers (contractors).


Business Oregon strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.


Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed.  We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background.  We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every one of our qualifications listed.  If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, feel free to contact us to discuss your application.


The ideal candidate will possess a combination of some or all of the following skills:

• Experience managing small to largescale public art projects.

• Experience and knowledge of public art policy development, best practices, and initiatives.

• Successful implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion and/or accessibility initiatives.

• Experience working with artists, galleries, and collecting institutions.

• Experience with grant program management, and public art commissions including providing technical assistance for applicants.

• Positive and passionate about the work and maintains a growth mindset.

• Ability to organize and analyze large volumes of information for reporting and policy development.

• Detail-oriented with ability to meet deadlines.

• Strong communication skills including written and oral presentations, facilitation, and negotiation.


Please note: if you are interested in applying for this position, you must attach your current cover letter and resume to your application. Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter will remove your application from consideration.


What you need to qualify:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, or a degree related to the agency program that demonstrates the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and four years experience coordinating or administering a program
Any combination of experience or education equivalent to seven years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skill requirements listed for the classification.


What Business Oregon does:

Business Oregon is the economic development agency for the state of Oregon. We have about 150 people on our team, and we work with communities and businesses. We use our programs and expertise to help businesses grow, so they can in turn add jobs, diversify the economy, and increase Oregon prosperity. We work with communities to enhance and expand infrastructure and community safety with projects such as water/wastewater systems, seismic rehabilitation for schools, or rural broadband development. This also sets the stage for future business development. Our mission is to invest in Oregon’s businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy, all carried out with an agency strategic plan.


How to Apply Please Note: Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM PST on October 10, 2022.


·       Complete your online application.

·       Attach your current cover letter and resume. Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter will remove your application from consideration.

·       Complete the questionnaire.

·       The candidates whose work experience most closely matches the qualifications and skills of this position will be invited to interview.

·       Warning – Workday will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity and will not save your application progress. You must submit your application after you begin the process.



Family Friendly Work Life Balance: Paid time off, 11 holidays, 3 personal days & optional short- and long-term disability benefits.
Take Care of Yourself and Your Family: Comprehensive employee benefits, choice of medical plans, vision plan, life insurance, employee assistance program.
Invest in Your Future: Pension plan, deferred comp, short- and long-term disability plan, flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care.
Be Appreciated: Employee recognition events, agency unique employee recognition program allowing for additional leave options such as vacation buy-out and sick leave roll-over, dynamic employees doing impactful work.
ADA: At Business Oregon, we value community and foster a sense of belonging for our employees.
Additional Information:

·       It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations to all applicants who may need them.  Should you need assistance, or an accommodation please contact Janeen Hilbrink in Employee Services to discuss how we can best meet your needs.

·       Veterans’ Preference – Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, we will ask you for your documents later in the process. Click on the Veterans’ Preference link for additional information.

·       Criminal Records Check – Hiring of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the results of a Criminal Background Check.  Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.

·       Work Authorization – The Oregon Business Development Department (dba Business Oregon) does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

·       This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

·       This position is a management services, full-time position, and is not represented by a union.

·       PERS – This is a PERS qualifying position. After a six-month waiting period eligible Management Service, Executive Service, and Unrepresented employees will have their base pay increased by 6.95% and the 6% PERS contribution deducted from their base pay rather than a direct 6% contribution by the State of Oregon to the employees PERS account.  This will mirror the bargained SEIU and AFSCME PERS process.

Need help?

For questions about this job, contact Janeen Hilbrink, HR Analyst in Employee Services, at 971-707-0252 or email

Business Oregon is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.


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