Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
HAA ($141,918.40 - $177,923.20 - $213,907.20)
Job Summary
Plan, direct, and manage assigned Percent for Art and design programs and activities for capital project delivery and/or related environmental planning and public engagement initiatives to achieve the promise of a world-class regional transit system for all.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Directs and leads staff, consultants, and multi-disciplinary, cross functional teams in the delivery of bold, innovative high-visibility Percent for Art design-build capital projects from concept/engineering through close out on time and on budget
  • Directs the development and architectural integration of art and design into the environmental planning and preliminary engineering phases of new transit projects
  • Directs the development of large-scale Percent for Art projects that are part of the construction of Metro capital projects, including evaluations of work and negotiation of contractual agreements
  • Evaluates the work of artists and fabricators and their abilities to successfully deliver capital projects
  • Establishes, monitors, and implements performance measures for department staff, consultants, and contractors in delivery of transit corridor construction projects and programs and ensures they meet quality standards and expectations; modifies as necessary to ensure alignment with Metro′s missions and goals and eliminate impediments to peak performance
  • Oversees the preparation of both capital and operating budgets, and annual reports, and establishes and monitors short-range and long-range goals, budgets, and strategies
  • Leads staff in cross-departmental and inter-agency collaboration with internal and external organizations and construction authorities, and ensures cooperation and coordination and resolves legal, contractual, and technical issues related to Percent for Art and design capital project integration
  • Provides policy recommendations, technical assistance, and information to the Board of Directors, executive management, and departments involved in the design, construction, and management of capital projects and programs
  • Serves as agency spokesperson on Percent for Art and design with media, elected officials, public agencies, businesses, and the public, represents Metro on national advisory panels and at conferences and events
  • Establishes procedures, standards, guidelines, and controls, including systemwide Metro Rail Construction Design Criteria and related detailed construction submittal reviews and approvals
  • Develops and optimizes a wide range of high-visibility partnerships with leading cultural organizations and initiates arts and design related public engagement activities
  • Coordinates activities of commissioned artists within multi-disciplinary design and construction efforts
  • Develops, implements, monitors, and evaluates annual work programs and staffing plans for assigned programs
  • Coordinates arts and design related issues for joint development projects
  • Reviews and analyzes local government ordinances and development plans for their impact on Metro Percent for Art and built environment programs; develops and makes recommendations regarding Metro action
  • Attracts, develops, and optimizes strong management teams to implement programs which foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the built environment to improve the customer experience
  • Supervises staff and the work activities of consultants
  • Supervises the Docent Council functional area volunteers who provide informed, interactive public and VIP (Very Important Person) tours of Metro facilities
  • Communicates Metro's safety vision and goals; oversees the implementation of agency and departmental safety rules, policies, and procedures; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)
  • Theories, principles, and practices of transit art, design, construction, operations, construction management, safety, and capital project delivery oversight and methods, including development and oversight of both capital and operating budgets
  • Theories, principles, and practices of public art, design, architecture, urban and experiential design
  • Leadership principles and methods, including strategic goal setting
  • Design-build and other construction project delivery methods practices and procedures
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules and regulations
  • Social, political, and environmental issues influencing transit projects and programs
  • Contemporary art history and practices
  • Art fabrication techniques and materials, multimedia equipment, and applications
  • Budgeting and cost estimating for art and creative work
  • Group dynamics and community organizing techniques
  • Organizational and project management theory and techniques
  • Structure, functioning, and protocol of local government, public agencies, and community groups
  • Laws and regulations governing local legislative processes
  • Modern management theories
  • Change implementation

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)
  • Directing the overall operations of major public art programs and visual communications
  • Providing strategic leadership and inter-disciplinary teambuilding
  • Project delivery, including project planning, conceptual and advanced engineering, estimating, budgeting, design, specification development, contractor selection, construction/contract management, quality, and safety
  • Contemporary art, design, construction management, and cultural partnership building skills
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, thinking creatively, implementing solutions, and evaluating outcomes
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Serving as agency spokesperson with the media, elected officials, executive staff, and the public
  • Mediating and negotiating

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)
  • Plan, organize, direct, and lead multidisciplinary teams in delivery of diverse range of capital projects and programs
  • Develop and implement creative strategies, initiatives, policies, and procedures to achieve agency goals and plan financial and staffing needs
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and budgets
  • Adapt rapidly to new construction materials, methods, and technologies and nimbly address contractor requests for information/changes
  • Develop new concepts for creative placemaking, experiential design, way finding, and approaches to public engagement initiatives
  • Demonstrate and communicate overall appreciation and understanding of creative fields
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret complex data
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Lead, develop, motivate, attract, and evaluate multidisciplinary department of staff and consultants
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications
A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Art, Architecture, Transportation and/or Urban Planning or Design, Public Administration, or a related field; Master′s Degree in a related field preferred

  • Five years of relevant senior management-level experience in Percent for Art design and construction of major capital projects, including engineering, construction management and project delivery; or public art and urban design and environmental planning, policy and program management, and related public engagement initiatives for public sector organizations; transit experience preferred

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements
  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
Special Conditions
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions
  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

Physical Effort Required
  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Standing
  • Walking (distance 5' to 100')
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required
  • Good distance vision and/or depth perception to judge distances
  • Color recognition (e.g., distinguishing wires, resistors, containers, light signals, etc.)


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This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.