Project Planner - Public Art

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning and Development Services

Winston-Salem, NC United States


Performs skilled technical work administering a municipal public art program: provides staff support for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission, manages artist calls for public art projects, oversees installation of public art projects, creates plans for future public art projects, works to promote the public art program, and completes related work as apparent or assigned. Completes other planning-related assignments and duties as assigned. Work is performed under the limited supervision of the Principal Planner.


Examples of Duties

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Essential Functions

  • Manages the Public Art Commission, which is appointed by the Winston-Salem City Council and Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, to develop and implement public art projects that meet the needs and interests of the community.
  • Oversees the artist call and selection process for multiple public art projects annually.
  • Develops, negotiates, and monitors contracts with artists, arts organizations, or other organizations related to the public art program.
  • Coordinates, promotes, and holds public art events, including public input sessions, artwork unveilings, and workshops.
  • Manages public art budgets for individual projects and tracks maintenance and conservation needs for City- and County-owned artwork.
  • Prepares, distributes, and updates promotional materials for City- and County-sponsored public art installations, events, and programs. Maintains an up-to-date public art section of the City’s website and finds opportunities to showcase local public art projects.
  • Coordinates the development of an annual work program.
  • Prepares and presents reports and research on subjects pertaining to public art to appointed and elected officials as required.
  • Works with other City and County departments on public art project implementation, as required.
  • Follows City/County procurement policies as related to the public art program.
  • Represents the public art program at various meetings with citizens, stakeholder groups, and elected/appointed officials and responds to information requests from the public, media, artists, and other public art professionals.
  • Responsible for keeping supervisor apprised of progress.
  • May be required to work outside normal work hours.
  • Performs other duties as apparent or assigned.


Typical Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of City policies and procedures; knowledge of fiscal and project management; knowledge of the principles and practice of public art facilitation; ability to complete assignments with minimal direction and supervision; ability to work effectively individually and as a member of a team; ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; excellent writing and public presentation skills, including the ability to present complex information in a concise and understandable manner to appointed/elected officials and the public; advanced skill in using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint software, and position-specific software; ability to respond effectively to inquiries and complaints and solve complex problems; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers and members of the public.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and the equivalent of three (3) years full-time professional experience in public art programs, community arts organizations, municipal or state arts-related programing, or similar experience that includes aspects of: project management, working with government or non-profit boards or commissions, managing artists, developing and implementing art and cultural master plans, and grant writing.


Supplemental Information

Physical Requirements:

This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work regularly requires using hands to finger, handle or feel, frequently requires sitting, speaking or hearing and repetitive motions and occasionally requires standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms and lifting; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, using of measuring devices, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).


Special Requirements:

Valid driver's license in the State of North Carolina.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Other Specialty
Salary Range
$52,168.86 - $65,211.07 Annually