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Driver/Lead Teaching Artist Position - Recreation Specialty Instructor – Teaching Artist (Spring 2019)  

Lead Teaching Artists work closely with Art Education staff to develop an art-based curriculum. They inspire and guide students in creating individual works of art, designing murals, experimenting with media, and working alongside other professional artists on large-scale public art projects. In addition to assisting with recruitment and maintaining a classroom blog and attendance records as required by Mural Arts.

Typical examples of work:

  • Drive vehicle to and from events, park and secure in designated parking spot
  • Maintain inventory and collateral for communications table for special events
  • Support administrative correspondence with rec center leaders and onsite event staff
  • Instructs and supervises youth in a summer outdoor adventure club. Activities include games, environmental education, service projects and trips.
  • Employee will also be responsible for record – keeping (attendance, transportation and progress of activities).
  • Employee will prepare course material for presentation to groups of varying levels, backgrounds and interests.
  • Employee will determine types and amounts of supplies for various types of projects.
  • Assist with outdoor special events by directing participants, teaching activities, set-up and breakdown.
  • Perform related work as required.

Required Knowledge’s and Abilities

  • Valid Driver’s license with minimum 2 years’ experience
  • Comfortable driving cargo van
  • Knowledge in outdoor art making activities is helpful
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques used in instructing groups of youth or adults
  • Knowledge of the sources of information and literature in the area of outdoor recreation
  • Ability to organize, instruct and motivate individuals and groups, and maintain order among recreation and social groups
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with participants, associates and general public.

Minimum Acceptable Requirements

  • 3-5 years teaching experience;
  • Knowledge of art history and art-making techniques;
  • Ability to manage a classroom of 10-15 students;
  • Significant experience working with under-served youth and/or middle and/or high school students;
  • Ability to engage youth with multiple learning styles and varying artistic abilities;
  • Ability to conduct research, create lesson plans, organize projects, and facilitate annual student exhibition;
  • Excellent classroom management skills;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills necessary for managing paperwork and ongoing communications between program sites and Mural Arts staff;
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and in partnership with parents, program managers, student advocates, and artists;
  • Access to reliable transportation;
  • Familiarity with digital media and social media a plus;
  • Willing to attain PA Child Abuse Report, PA Criminal Background Check, and FBI Check upon interview.

Anticipated Work Dates

  • This employment opportunity is a seasonal part-time position. Employment dates are April-June. Work hours during the spring are approximately 12-15 hours per week

Hourly Rate: The hourly rate for this position is $25 and time sheets are split between the Parks and Recreation department and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Health benefits are not included with this position.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to by Monday, February 11, 2019.



Teaching Muralist for Day Wage Program 

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the largest public art initiative of its kind, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative and equitable process, creating nearly 4,000 artworks that have transformed public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts aims to empower people, stimulate dialogue, and build bridges of understanding with projects that attract artists from Philadelphia and around the world, and programs that focus on youth education, restorative justice, mental health and wellness, and public art and its preservation. Popular mural tours offer a firsthand glimpse into the inspiring stories behind Mural Arts’ iconic and unparalleled collection, which has earned Philadelphia worldwide recognition as the “City of Murals.”

Mural Arts seeks a teaching muralist for our new Day Wage Program. In April 2018 Mural Arts and Mental Health Partnerships (MHP) will begin a new day pay program as an alternative approach to engaging individuals who have a need for additional resources and support. The program will offer an opportunity to participate in meaningful, compensated work while also being connected to a range of services designed to respond to the specific needs of the community we are engaging. Up to ten individuals will be recruited from the Rittenhouse neighborhood each day to participate in the program. Those that sign on will be transported to a painting studio located in the Suburban Station concourse where they will collaborate with the teaching muralist to design and create artwork for the Station. After three hours of work, they will be transported to New Life Center for lunch, access to amenities, and opportunities to engage with a range of services (at their discretion). A stipend of $50 will be provided to participants and they will be transported back to a location of their choosing.

The program will operate four days per week. We anticipate a 28-week implementation period (April-October). Individuals will be allowed to participate for just one day, but will be encouraged to attend multiple sessions. Mural Arts and MHP will monitor openings in the program on a daily basis, and develop a streamlined system for recruiting new participants as spots become available. We will endeavor, through evaluation, to asses an ideal level of engagement and build incentives to foster participation at that level.

This position is PART TIME and reports to the Director of the Porch Light Program.
Responsibilities include:

  • Develop a mural design plan, muralism instruction and art skills education for participants
  • Coordinate and oversee storage, set up, clean up, site preparation and completion for the program and mural sites
  • Coordinate with other Mural Arts staff on site evaluation, site needs, project and program supply purchases
  • Implement the day wage program supervising ten participants four days a week in the SEPTA concourse working with MHP and Mural Arts support staff
  • Design a gallery of murals for the SEPTA concourse working with input and feedback from participants, SEPTA and the design review process at Mural Arts
  • Facilitate the creation of the designed murals working with participants as assistants

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years teaching experience, strong leadership and site management skills, strong organizational and communication skills, demonstrated work experience and ability to collaborate with diverse populations. The Teaching Muralist will be creating a gallery of murals for the SEPTA concourse so they will ideally come with experience designing and producing murals for public spaces and have an ability to produce participatory public art. Commitment to the mission and values of the Mural Arts Program, a solid work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills, political savvy, and a respect for teamwork are critical to success in this position.

This position is part time and temporary and the compensation is $30.00 per an hour, 20-25 hours per week for 28 weeks April through October. Interested applicants must submit resume, cover letter, and portfolio to Laure Biron, Porch Light Program Director at Applications will be accepted until February 15th.


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