Position: UrbanArt Commission – Senior Program Manager (full time) 

UrbanArt Commission (UAC) is hiring a Senior Program Manager to focus on site-specific public art installations funded through the City of Memphis’ percent-for-art program and private clients and partners. This position will work closely with the Executive Director and Program Management team to engage stakeholders and support artists through the development of public art and programming. This position is responsible for facilitating the commissioning process, managing artists’ progression through design, fabrication and installation. A key component of this role will be the development and implementation of neighborhood engagement efforts that involve, build meaningful relationships with, and invite feedback from residents and partners around project sites and at each stage of the commission and design process. This position will also provide additional support and leadership to the Program Management team by coordinating work strategically across two additional portfolios to align efforts around building Memphis-based artists’ capacity and interest in public art, and intentional neighborhood engagement.     

Finally, all UAC team members are responsible for collaborating internally and externally to implement a new strategic plan and helping to deliver the mission of UAC to connect artists and neighborhoods to shape spaces through public art.


Reports to: Executive Director

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

+ Manage the City of Memphis’ site-specific percent-for-art program, as well as private projects as assigned, including project planning, monitoring fabrication and installation of artworks, and maintenance coordination  

+ Coordinate with key partners in the planning and execution of programs and events

+ Facilitate community engagement efforts through the project development process and support UAC’s relationships in neighborhoods across Memphis

+ Support Program Management team in the execution of their work and strategic implementation across all UAC portfolios

+ Organize, implement, and promote programs and events in keeping with the strategic plan of UAC

+ Manage revenue and expenses for programs based on the organization or project budget

+ Recruit and manage volunteers and interns to assist in program implementation, as needed

+ Contribute social media and communications content related to portfolio, as needed


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Overall qualifications required include proven ability to work with a diverse range of people, personas and public interest.

+ Previous project management experience

+ Previous team management experience

+ Interest or background in art and design strongly preferred

+ Understanding of structural drawings, design, fabrication methods and materials helpful

+ Experience in neighborhood engagement or coordinating with multiple stakeholders

+ Detail oriented, highly motivated and organized

+ Excellent communication and inter-personal skills

+ Able to work nights and weekends, as needed, for events and programs

+ Interest in a lively, creative work culture


Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in arts management, art history, design, or a closely related field. Minimum of 5 years previous project management experience required, specifically coordinating multiple stakeholders and adhering to a timeline. Professional background in public art, design and contemporary art issues a significant plus.

Salary range for this position begins at $48,000 and is commensurate with years of experience and qualifications. 

Applicants should email a current resume including a letter of interest not to exceed 1 page and 3 professional references with the subject line “Senior Program Manager application” to: HR@uacmem.org.

About us: UAC is an independent non-profit organization committed to creating opportunities for artists and neighborhoods to connect and shape spaces through public art. UAC is committed to equity and inclusion in our work. People of color, LGBTQIA individuals, differently abled persons, indigenous peoples and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Visit www.uacmem.org.