PROJECT MANAGER –WATTS RISING CULTURAL TRAIL

DEADLINE

Dec 4, 2019 - 12:00 am

STATUS

Open

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is seeking a project manager to lead development of the
“Watts Towers Cultural Trail.” As a protective lane accessible by foot, bicycle, or wheelchair, the
Cultural Trail will encourage alternate transportation and connect destinations in Watts to public transit.
The project manager will oversee community outreach, planning, design, and installation of wayfinding
signage and public art unique to the cultural heritage of Watts. The Cultural Trail will be a part of a
broader initiative by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to expand biking and walking
opportunities in Watts through the installation of 5.2 miles of new bike lanes and 25 new pedestrian
improvements.

As the project’s central point of contact to the public, the project manager will develop a communityinformed design process; disseminate information to project partners; create a transparent and fair
artist selection process that prioritizes Watts-based artists; track project workflow and budget; and
promote jobs and opportunities for local residents throughout the project. The project manager will
work in collaboration with the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus staff and other South LA-based
community organizations to facilitate resident engagement through all phases.

ABOUT THE WATTS RISING COLLABORATIVE
The Cultural Trail is part of the Watts Rising Collaborative, a coalition of over thirty nonprofit
organizations and Los Angeles City Departments that will be implementing 24 different projects in the
areas of sustainable housing, active transportation, urban greening and low carbon transportation in
Watts over the next three years. The Watts Rising Collaborative is a program of the Housing Authority of
the City Los Angeles (HACLA), and supported by the California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative
Climate Communities program with funds from California Climate Investments—Cap-and-Trade Dollars
at Work.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
This position reports to the Senior Project Coordinator in DCA’s Marketing, Development, Design, and
Digital Research Division.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Facilitate communication between project partners, including Watts Towers Arts Center
  • Campus; HACLA; Department of Transportation; Streets LA; and others
  • Organize and implement a community outreach plan for design
  • Program meetings, charrettes, and focus groups
  • Document goals and scope for the Cultural Trail as identified by local residents
  • Track project timeline, budget, and project partner tasks
  • Promote opportunities for public participation
  • Create social media content, flyers, and postcards
  • Facilitate Requests for Proposal process for local artist selection
  • Develop a fair and transparent process for artist selection
  • Facilitate process for determination and selection of architect/urban designer for the design
    of the urban trail
  • Facilitate process for determination and selection of a general contractor for the
    construction of the urban trail and all wayfinding signage or other artistic elements. [The
    general contractor will coordinate with selected artists during installation]
  • Promote fabrication and construction jobs to local residents
  • Submit regular progress reports
  • Assist with related DCA programs as required

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
The position requires independent judgment; a collaborative approach that facilitates compliance with
applicable Federal, State, and Municipal laws and regulations; and communication with other Watts
Rising project managers, contractors, residents, municipal partners, development partners, and HACLA
staff. Strong communication skills and the ability to work within diverse communities is expected.
Bilingual ability in Spanish is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have a background in project
management and community work, knowledge and history of the Watts community, along with a
commitment to environmental issues and social impact.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This is a part-time position of 20-30 hours per week. Hours worked per week may vary and may include
evenings and weekends as needed for community outreach and events.
The term of employment shall be for a period of approximately two-years through June 2022. Based
upon project status and budgetary resources, this term may be extended at the discretion of DCA.
Compensation is based on the Arts Manager I classification, currently $29.51 per hour. [This position is
an exempt at will position.]

EXPERIENCE
EITHER two years (or more) of full-time paid experience as a program coordinator or administrator
within a cultural agency, OR A degree from a community college or four-year university in Arts
Administration, Art History, Architecture, Business Administration, English, Marketing, Nonprofit
Management, Communications, or any artistic disciplines (such as: Design, Literature, or Media Arts)
plus one (or more) year(s) of part-time or full-time experience coordinating a program which involved
communities and creative/cultural expression.

TO APPLY
Interested applicants should submit a one-page cover letter explaining the applicant’s qualifications,
skills, knowledge of the community, and interest in this position, as well as a professional resume (2
page max). Applicants may include one professional reference letter from a prior/present supervisor, coworker or client.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Application packets must be emailed to wattsrising@lacity.org by Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
For more information on Watts Rising, please visit HACLA; or Mayor Garcetti’s website, or follow the
project on Twitter. For more information on the Department of Cultural Affairs, please visit CultureLA.

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