City of Seattle King Street Station Program Lead in Seattle, Washington

Position Description

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is pleased to be opening a new cultural space in the top floor of King Street Station in the fall of 2018. This dedicated cultural space will provide public access to presentation and creative spaces, ARTS staff and resources, space for city convenings and professional development, meeting space, and other services that were requested through an extensive public outreach process. The space is being created with the goal of realizing tangible impacts for race and social justice, specifically by increasing opportunities for communities of color to present their work.

To ensure the success of this new space, we are looking for a Program Lead who will be the first staff hired to explicitly carry out this mission. In this role, you will carry out a set of recommendations for the programming model of the space, which were provided by Community members, Seattle Arts Commissioners, and staff. Some of these access programs may include Calls for Artists, Requests for Proposals, curation, management of open salons, and implementing inclusive practices for people of all-ages, the full gender spectrum, many languages and cultures, and people with disabilities.

Your primary responsibilities in this role will include:

  • Acting as project manager for programming and access programs
  • Managing and facilitating the volunteer King Street Station Oversight Committee, which will provide direction and feedback on the state of the programming and may partner in developing themes, programs, direction, and approaches
  • Serving as a resource for incoming guests, volunteers, artists, and other visitors to the space Job Responsibilities

Here is more of what you'll be doing:

Facilitating the process of selecting artists for projects:

  • Coordinating panels of community members and arts professionals to evaluate applicants through a racial equity lens
  • Providing technical assistance to applicants
  • Acting as a liaison to individual artists and arts organizations concerning the panel process
  • Preparing correspondence to all applicants

Building relationships with partner organizations and community groups:

  • Preparing and delivering presentations to community groups, artists, and arts organizations concerning King Street Station programs and opportunities
  • Building relationships with partner organizations and developing collaborations and partnerships
  • Liaising with the Communications Team for public awareness and community outreach

Managing art projects and community events:

  • Preparing calls for artists or requests for proposal
  • Developing project schedule and budget
  • Selecting consultants, negotiating agreements, monitoring contracts, and supervising payment and closeout processes
  • Managing the facility calendar and collaborating with other Office of Arts & Culture teams to disseminate information
  • Working in partnership with rentals coordinator to determine when space is available and alleviate impacts from multiple and back-to-back events
  • Coordinating and participating in all event set up and break down, including moving tables, chairs, art walls, artwork, and other event supplies and equipment

Ensuring the positive experience of incoming guests:

  • Providing backup duties for staffing reception desk
  • Assisting incoming guests
  • Answering mainline phone
  • Participating as part of a team offering facilities oversight, including policy recommendations, compliance with City regulations, security protocol, and problem solving
  • Facilitation of program evaluation and assessment
  • Ensuring inclusivity and accessibility best practices Qualifications

In addition to the ability to perform the responsibilities described above, you will need to possess the below required qualifications (or a combination of education, training or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):

  • Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts or a related field
  • Two years professional experience in project management, including experience with arts organizations; public speaking, or a related field


  • Associate Degree in Fine Arts or a related field
  • Three years professional experience in project management, including experience with arts organizations; public speaking, or a related field


  • Four years professional experience in project management, including experience with arts organizations; public speaking, or a related field

As well as the ability to pass the following:

  • Pre-employment physical
  • Criminal background check


You will be prepared to take on this role if you have:

  • Strong project management skills
  • A depth of knowledge of inclusive practices
  • An intersectional racial equity lens
  • A team-based approach with strong collaboration skills
  • Flexibility and grace with regards to lack of set protocols

You will be successful in this role if you have experience:

  • Organizing and/or producing arts or community events
  • Working as/with artists and arts organizations
  • Facility management or operations
  • Navigating the complexities of working in a public-facing political environment
  • Acting as a resource and facilitating involvement for volunteers, community members, and other members of the public Additional Information

This position is classified as an Arts Program Specialist. Regular hours are still being determined, but will likely be a Tuesday – Saturday schedule. This position will require the ability to work a flexible schedule, as events in the evenings or weekends will be required.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To be considered for this position, you must submit your application, attaching both a cover letter and resume at* no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.*This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The Office of Arts & Culture values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy. The Office of Arts & Culture encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. If you have questions, please contact Lindsey King at

Salary: $31.63 - $36.92 Hourly

Location: S. and S. King St, WA

Job Type: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time

Department: Office of Arts & Culture

Job Number: 2018-00274

Closing: 3/27/2018 4:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Seattle

Address: Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500 Seattle, Washington, 98104