Project Manager - Watts Rising Cultural Trail

City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA



The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is seeking a project manager to lead development of the “Watts Towers Cultural Trail.”  As a protective lane accessible by foot, bicycle, or wheelchair, the Cultural Trail will encourage alternate transportation and connect destinations in Watts to public transit.


The project manager will oversee community outreach, planning, design, and installation of wayfinding signage and public art unique to the cultural heritage of Watts. The Cultural Trail will be a part of a broader initiative by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to expand biking and walking opportunities in Watts through the installation of 5.2 miles of new bike lanes and 25 new pedestrian improvements.


As the project’s central point of contact to the public, the project manager will develop a community-informed design process; disseminate information to project partners; create a transparent and fair artist selection process that prioritizes Watts-based artists; track project workflow and budget; and promote jobs and opportunities for local residents throughout the project. The project manager will work in collaboration with the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus staff and other South LA-based community organizations to facilitate resident engagement through all phases.



The Cultural Trail is part of the Watts Rising Collaborative, a coalition of over thirty nonprofit organizations and Los Angeles City Departments that will be implementing 24 different projects in the areas of sustainable housing, active transportation, urban greening and low carbon transportation in Watts over the next three years. The Watts Rising Collaborative is a program of the Housing Authority of the City Los Angeles (HACLA), and supported by the California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities program with funds from California Climate Investments—Cap-and-Trade Dollars at Work.



This position reports to the Senior Project Coordinator in DCA’s Marketing, Development, Design, and Digital Research Division.



  • Facilitate communication between project partners, including Watts Towers Arts Center Campus; HACLA; Department of Transportation; Streets LA; and others
  • Organize and implement a community outreach plan for design
  • Program meetings, charrettes, and focus groups
  • Document goals and scope for the Cultural Trail as identified by local residents
  • Track project timeline, budget, and project partner tasks
  • Promote opportunities for public participation
  • Create social media content, flyers, and postcards
  • Facilitate Requests for Proposal process for local artist selection
  • Develop a fair and transparent process for artist selection
  • Facilitate process for determination and selection of architect/urban designer for the design of the urban trail
  • Facilitate process for determination and selection of a general contractor for the construction of the urban trail and all wayfinding signage or other artistic elements. [The general contractor will coordinate with selected artists during installation]
  • Promote fabrication and construction jobs to local residents
  • Submit regular progress reports
  • Assist with related DCA programs as required



The position requires independent judgment; a collaborative approach that facilitates compliance with applicable Federal, State, and Municipal laws and regulations; and communication with other Watts Rising project managers, contractors, residents, municipal partners, development partners, and HACLA staff.  Strong communication skills and the ability to work within diverse communities is expected. Bilingual ability in Spanish is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have a background in project management and community work, knowledge and history of the Watts community, along with a commitment to environmental issues and social impact.



This is a part-time position of 20-30 hours per week.  Hours worked per week may vary and may include evenings and weekends as needed for community outreach and events.


The term of employment shall be for a period of approximately two-years through June 2022. Based upon project status and budgetary resources, this term may be extended at the discretion of DCA. Compensation is based on the Arts Manager I classification, currently $29.51 per hour. [This position is an exempt at will position.]



EITHER two years (or more) of full-time paid experience as a program coordinator or administrator within a cultural agency, OR A degree from a community college or four-year university in Arts Administration, Art History, Architecture, Business Administration, English, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Communications, or any artistic disciplines (such as: Design, Literature, or Media Arts) plus one (or more) year(s) of part-time or full-time experience coordinating a program which involved communities and creative/cultural expression.



Interested applicants should submit a one-page cover letter explaining the applicant’s qualifications, skills, knowledge of the community, and interest in this position, as well as a professional resume (2 page max). Applicants may include one professional reference letter from a prior/present supervisor, co-worker or client. 



Application packets must be emailed to [email protected] by Wednesday, December 4, 2019.


For more information on Watts Rising, please visit HACLA; or Mayor Garcetti’s website, or follow the project on Twitter. For more information on the Department of Cultural Affairs, please visit CultureLA.

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