Arts and Culture Manager

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At the Allegheny County Airport Authority, it is our vision to reflect and serve the community, inspire the industry, and advance the region’s role as a world leader. We look for talented people who are uniquely qualified to serve our mission of becoming a global aviation leader, driving innovation, regional growth and prosperity.

Under the general supervision of the Director, Planning, is responsible for managing the Arts in the Airport program, including arts planning, project implementation, community partnerships, and collection management at PIT and Allegheny County Airports.

At the ACAA we all have a role in the ambitious transformation of becoming a smarter airport that will enhance the passenger experience and deliver on our mission of being a global aviation leader.

Here is how the Arts and Culture Manager role will help:

  • Develops and implements initiatives outlined in the biannual Art in the Airport plan.
  • Manages all permanent and temporary art commissions, temporary art installations and exhibitions.
  • Develops and manage the art program budgets for all projects, including invoicing and artist contract payments.
  • Monitors terms and conditions of public art contracts, leading to the completion of project deliverables and adherence to timelines.
  • Serves as the direct point of contact for artists, commissioning agencies, project managers, project architects and others throughout the process of design, fabrication, installation and maintenance of artworks.
  • Contributes to written policies and procedures for the public art, including the Art Policy, Gift Policy, Deaccession Policy, and others.
  • Seeks opportunities for funding the art program, writes and manages grants.
  • Participates in local, regional, and national meetings to represent the ACAA art program.
  • Represents ACAA and artist in project partnership meetings.
  • Schedules and coordinates artists’ proposal reviews for Airport Art Committee meetings, provides pre-meeting information as well as follow-up reporting at the direction of Planning Director.
  • Coordinates with other ACAA departments as needed to facilitate the art program.
  • Manages unsolicited proposals from inquiry through review by Airport review panels.
  • Manages the Creating a Sense of Place program, which includes coordinating with our partners, developing project plans and overseeing installation.
  • Assists with navigating complex situations that have the potential to impact performance or project deadlines.
  • Manages the PIT Performing Arts Program, including identifying artists to participate in the program, scheduling performances, and assisting artists during their performances.
  • Writes, edits, and produces informational and educational tools for the art program.
  • Disseminates interpretive materials to the community, artists and general public to ensure an understanding and appreciation of the art program.
  • Plans and produces special events related to the art program for ACAA staff and the public.


The successful candidate for the Arts and Culture Manager role will possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of public art policies and experience working with visual and performing artists.
  • Knowledge of the field of public art and skill to apply knowledge to assist with developing programs.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to maintain organized electronic and paper files and records for departmental use.
  • Ability to organize and facilitate meetings, prepare presentations, written reports and create project management timelines and benchmarks.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software, including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and database applications.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent.


Our culture is innovative and customer centric. We are a learning and performance culture where how we accomplish our priorities is equally important as what we accomplish. The successful candidate for the Arts and Culture Manager role will exhibit the following key competencies:

  • Communication – Proactively conveys a clear, convincing, and timely message; communicates effectively using two-way communication through strong verbal, written, and listening skills
  • Strategic Thinking – Thinks “big picture”; Forward thinking and adept at seeing future outcomes and results; Commits to a course of action to accomplish individual, team and organizational goals
  • Team Builder – Recognizes the value of teamwork and being an effective contributor to the team that drives desired results
  • Customer Centricity – Aware of customer needs and the prioritization of our customers both internal and external; Makes decisions with customer in mind; Builds strong customer relationships


The minimum requirements needed to qualify for the Arts and Culture Manager role are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Visual Art, Arts Administration, Art History, Architecture, Urban Design or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Two (2) to three (3) years of experience in project management, with experience in an arts organization or public art program preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Software including Word, Excel, Power Point and Access.

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