Public Art Lincoln Seeks New Director

Title: Public Art Lincoln Director

Reports to: Public Art Lincoln Board of Directors

Job Type: Contracted part-time employee (20 hours per week)

Public Art Lincoln

Public Art Lincoln is an initiative of the City of Lincoln and the Lincoln Community Foundation to develop a public art collection of national prominence in Lincoln, which will enrich the quality of life for Lincoln’s residents, complement the City’s exceptional educational and cultural amenities and support a positive economic environment in the community. Public Art Lincoln advises the City on the curation, placement, and maintenance of over 50 public art installations throughout Lincoln and will soon be embarking on a strategy to substantially increase our public art offerings.

Position Summary

The Public Art Lincoln Director is a pivotal role responsible for bringing this vision and strategy to life. The Public Art Lincoln Director (the Director) is a part-time (20 hours per week), contract employee of the Lincoln Community Foundation, the fiscal sponsor for Public Art Lincoln. The Director leads Public Art Lincoln’s effort to build community awareness and financial support for public art in Lincoln, assists Public Art Lincoln’s efforts to support the City’s management of its public art collection and provides development, marketing, and organizational administrative support for Public Art Lincoln as directed by the Public Art Lincoln board of directors.

Specific duties may include the following:

  • Organizes and provides staff support for the Public Art Lincoln Board and Committees, including working with committee chairs to create and distribute meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes. Maintains and organizes the records of Public Art Lincoln.
  • Assists and coordinates donor cultivation, stewardship, grant writing, and other fundraising efforts for Public Art Lincoln projects including, but not limited to, pending art acquisitions and installations, sustaining and growing funding for general operations and the endowment, and facilitating planned giving discussions and gifts.
  • Assists and oversees the planning, coordination, and execution of public events as directed by the board of advisors.
  • Provides outreach to various groups throughout the community to build awareness and support for the public art collection and for Public Art Lincoln.
  • Facilitates preparation of fundraising, marketing, outreach, and public relations materials.
  • Coordinates fundraising activities with community partners such as the Sheldon Arts Association, the University of Nebraska Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation, and the Lincoln Parks Foundation.
  • Develops and manages a website for Public Art Lincoln in coordination with the Lincoln Arts Council and the City of Lincoln.
  • Assists the City of Lincoln with coordinating management and maintenance of the public art collection and works to ensure Public Art Lincoln is well-positioned to advocate for art with City staff and elected officials.
  • Builds and maintains a relationship between Public Art Lincoln and City planners to provide assistance and guidance during project planning.

Experience and Qualifications:

The Director should possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively execute the management, coordination, and development functions of Public Art Lincoln outlined in the job description. The Director must have great interpersonal communication skills, be able to work collaborative with a wide array of stakeholders including City government representatives, donors, board members, and artists. Preference for individuals who possess an interest and experience in public art; basic graphic design skills are a plus. The experience and qualifications can be evidenced through a mix of education, professional, and/or volunteer experience in the duties outlined in the job description.


  • The Director will be paid between $30/hr and $38/hr for an estimated average of 20/hours per week
  • The Director will receive an allowance for work from home related expenses such as internet
  • The Director will be reimbursed for mileage for work related travel


A resume and cover letter can be submitted to