Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture

1 City Hall SquareRm 802
Boston, MA 02110

Date Posted:
December 22, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Art Collections Manager

The Art Collection Manager is responsible for the physical and intellectual care, custody, and maintenance of 500+ works of art owned by the City of Boston. This includes managing the information infrastructure of the City’s art holdings and coordinating conservation and maintenance projects in accordance with the Boston Art Commission guidelines. TheArt Collection Manageris a staff position reporting to the Director of the Boston Art Commission (BAC) in the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC).

Responsibilities include:

Art collection management:

  • Manages the administration of the Boston Art Commission; e.g., setting up presentations, scheduling, writing and keeping meeting minutes, drafting agendas, etc
  • Manages and implements new collection software adoption.
  • Documents collection growth, curatorial vision, and project development.
  • Manages inflow of all public art and design applications, and manages interdepartmental review, and response.
  • Organizes the City’s public art paper and digital documentation.
  • Manages art storage, relocation, loans, and gifts to the City.
  • Coordinates image reproduction requests in accordance with the city's and the artist’s authority over copyrights.
  • Assists with various institutional policy development (i.e., diversification of collection) in collaboration with Director of the BAC.
  • Cultivates relationships with neighborhood historic districts, landmarks organizations, preservation organizations.
  • Makes information accessible to researchers and constituents.

Maintenance planning and conservation project management:

  • Creates and manages multi-year conservation budgets.
  • Advises and informs acquisition, commissioning, and maintenance agreements in conjunction with the City of Boston Law Department.
  • Reviews installation maintenance strategies for new artworks.
  • Oversees conservation of the collection, working with conservators as needed.
  • Conducts site visits and surveys to prioritize and identify the maintenance needs of the public art collection.
  • Provides condition assessments and creates reports for the BAC’s 500+ public art collection.

Performs related work as required.

  • At least five (5) years of fulltime, or equivalent part-time, experience managing art collections, including installation and conservation of collections, or related field.
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in library science may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience. In exceptional circumstances, specialized education or training may be substituted for part of the experience, up to three (3) years.
  • Experience in art/design or related field preferred.
  • Experience managing a collection in the public realm preferred.
  • Experience with collection digitization preferred.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, including note-taking and data entry.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships across departments and with community groups.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Applications (DOCs, Slides, Sheets).
  • Strong ability to organize and manage multiple projects within stated timelines.
  • Knowledge of Boston neighborhoods and a history of civic engagement is preferred.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

Boston Residency Required.


Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Nonunion/MO-6

Hours per week: 35

How To Apply:
Emailed applications will not be considered. All applications must be submitted online via the City of Boston Career Center.
Apply by:
January 16, 2019
48,531.93 - 67,568.37
About this Organization:
The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture oversees the Boston Cultural Council, the Boston Art Commission, the Strand Theatre. Our priorities are outlined in the City's cultural plan, Boston Creates.