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Senior Monuments and Memorials Program Manager, 1844

Recruitment: REF30923K

Published: October 04, 2023

Accepting applications until: October 24, 2023


Lauren Rowe -
Mary Chou -

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Department: Arts Commission
Job class: 1844-Senior Management Assistant
Salary range: $106,496.00 - $129,454.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


***This recruitment has been reopened for applicants to apply. Applicants that have applied to this recruitment do not need to resubmit a new application.***

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on October 23, 2023. The portal will close at 12:00 a.m. on October 24, 2023, and applications will no longer be accepted.

This is a full-time 3 year grant funded position. 

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is hiring a Senior Monuments and Memorials Program Manager to manage Pulse Check: Accountably and Activation of Future SF Monuments, a special 3-year project dedicated to an assessment of the City’s Monuments and Memorials. San Francisco comes in as the top three on the list of U.S. art cities for its lasting connection to art and culture and is named a vibrant hotbed of art and culture among major cities.  SFAC is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. We believe that the transformative power of art is critical to strengthening neighborhoods, building infrastructure and fostering positive social change. Learn more about our work at: 

The SFAC has adopted the following Racial Equity Statement: 

The San Francisco Arts Commission is committed to creating a city where all artists and cultural workers have the freedom, resources and platform to share their stories, art and culture and where race does not predetermine one’s success in life. We also acknowledge that we occupy traditional and unceded Ohlone land. Fueled by these beliefs, we commit to addressing the systemic inequities within our agency, the City and County of San Francisco and the broader arts and culture sector. This work requires that we focus on race as we confront inequities of the past, reveal inequities of the present and develop effective strategies to move all of us towards an equitable future. 

Role description

The Monuments and Memorials Program Manager (MMPM) will assist the Civic Art Collection and Public Art Director (PAP Director) with implementation of Pulse Check. This project is informed by the results of the City’s work with the Monuments and Memorial Advisory Committee, as presented in the May 2023 Final Report, to review and examine the monuments and memorials in the Civic Art Collection. The Program Manager will manage the procurement and work of the equity audit contractor, artist advisors and community facilitators, the procurement and implementation of a number of art activations, and possible implementation of ongoing programming.  Duties include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Work closely with SFAC staff to further develop and refine program goals of Pulse Check: Accountably and Activation of Future SF Monuments.
  • Manage grant and deliverables; serve as liaison with Mellon Foundation
  • Conduct the selection process for an equity audit contractor, artist advisors, and community facilitators, including research and identification of consultants, writing and issuing Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and outreach for the RFQs. 
  • Conduct the selection process for art activations including establishing a pool of qualified panelists for activations, writing and issuing RFQs, developing and implementing an outreach plan to inform artists of the opportunity, researching and recruiting qualified artists, scheduling and conducting the artist review panels in accordance with SFAC protocols. 
  • Write, negotiate, and manage  all program contracts and loan agreements ensuring that all contractor/artist responsibilities, deliverables, and milestones are met. 
  • Work with Director and Senior Registrar to review artists proposals for feasibility, safety, and appropriateness of materials 
  • Oversee and manage the work of artists, fabricators, installers, performers, and other contractors in the implementation of temporary art and activation projects.  
  • Communicate with other City departments about project schedule, proposed sites for artist activations, and the specific approvals (i.e. permits) required from departments with jurisdiction over the proposed sites. 
  • Ensure that all phases of the project are thoroughly documented, maintain organized paper and digital file. 
  • Present the project to the Visual Arts Committee and Arts Commission at critical project junctures for approvals; make presentations of project to other city and governmental agencies, community organizations and the general public.   
  • Work with SFAC Director of Communications to develop community outreach and involvement plans, including attending community meetings and identifying community stakeholders.  Help plan and attend public events and other project publicity and public information. 
  • Anticipate and address possible problems or issues that may arise in course of the project to prevent future complications, and to use initiative, creativity and diplomacy to address and resolve any problems and conflicts that arise in the course of the project, either technical issues, or disagreements between the parties, problems with the interface between the project and the community to name a few.   
  • Job requires attendance at some evening and/or weekend meetings, events or workshops.  It also requires site visits to construction sites and fabrication shops and artist’s studios to monitor the progress of the fabrication and installation of artists’ work. 
  • Contribute to the efforts of the PAP Director, other program staff, and the commission to develop policies, procedures and guidelines as necessary.  

How to qualify


Possession of a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university.


Three (3) year full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level management and/or administrative duties in functional areas such as: program/office/operations management, budget development and/or administration, development and administration of contractual agreements and/or grants, or other closely related functional areas.

License and Certification:


Applicants may substitute up to 2 years of required education with additional qualifying experience in program/office/operations management, budget development and/or administration, or contract/grant administration. One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.

 Desired Qualifications

  • Two years work experience in Public Art including commissioning and installation.
  • Experience in public art and program management, and ability to manage multiple contractors and work with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Familiarity and experience working with San Francisco communities and institutions, namely the artist community, local community groups, and arts and culture organizations.
  • Experience in navigating, working in or with local, state, or federal government.
  • Experience and recognition for working successfully within historically underseved communities, and with a wide range of diverse stakeholders.

What else should I know?

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Lauren Rowe at

Additional information

Hybrid work culture
We work in a hybrid environment, and you may be expected to work in the office up to 3 days per week.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (, and

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.