Current Opportunities

About Mural Arts 

Mural Arts Philadelphia is a public private partnership dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.

We create art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. Through this work, we establish new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art. Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding. Our work is created in service of a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society. We listen with empathetic ears to understand the aspirations of our partners and participants. And through beautiful collaborative art, we provide people with the inspiration and tools to seize their own future.

Annually, Mural Arts engages more than 25,000 people. This includes more than 2,000 who enroll in ongoing art and muralism workshops offered by our Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light programs; more than 8,000 who co-create our stunning works of public art; and more than 15,000 who tour our multi-neighborhood collection. Annually, we produce between 80 and 100 temporary and permanent pieces, which together tell an incredible story of Philadelphia’s beauty and resilience.


 

Lead Teaching Artist 

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Restorative Justice Department serves over 100 men and women annually through our Guild employment program and our art programs inside jails and prisons. Our programs provide a creative outlet for some of the city’s most vulnerable populations.

Mural Arts seeks to build safe spaces with and for the population we serve. Our curriculum offers students the technical and creative foundation necessary to imagine, design, and create a wide range of individual and public works of art. Whether creating mural or honing foundational art skills, lessons are designed with both short and long-term goals in mind, incorporating artistic and social history in addition to traditional and emerging art processes. At every turn, we encourage our students to reflect on themselves and make a positive difference in the communities in which they work and play while utilizing restorative and trauma-informed care practices.

In order to best serve the varied needs of our students, the Mural Arts Restorative Justice department seeks passionate and creative art educators who are committed to working in partnership with vulnerable populations. We seek individuals who are excited about mentoring, eager to collaborate with fellow artists, and able to work in an energetic environment that demands flexibility, dedication, innovation, adaptability and enthusiasm. The ideal candidate is patient, has the ability to compromise and embraces challenges.

Lead Teaching Artist

The Lead Teaching Artist work closely with Restorative Justice staff to develop a project-based curriculum. They inspire and guide students in creating individual works of art, designing indoor murals, experimenting with media, and working alongside professional artists on large scale public art projects.

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years teaching experience;
  • Knowledge of contemporary art trends and teaching practices
  • Knowledge of art history and art-making techniques
  • Ability to manage a classroom of up to 20 students
  • Significant experience working with vulnerable populations preferred
  • Ability to connect students to opportunities beyond the classroom
  • Ability to engage students with multiple learning styles and multiple intelligences
  • Ability to create lesson plans, organize projects, and conduct research
  • Ability to mentor, coach and build student motivation
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and site partners
  • 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 Photoshop and social media a plus
  • Ability to obtain clearances and training for work within criminal justice institutions

Please provide cover letter with resume and references by Friday, August 4th to robyn.buseman@muralarts.org.

Art Education Administrative Manager 

The Art Education Administrative Manager reports to the Director of Art Education and is responsible for supervising one key staff member and interns, coordinating the department’s summer youth employment program, and planning major events. The person will also serve as an ambassador for the program, fostering relationships with existing and potential partners in multiple communities and contexts.

Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) Summer Program Coordination

  • Monitor all summer grant and site requirements, manage budget, supervise student recruitment and enrollment, develop work plans and academic project, hire and supervise the PYN Workready Monitor.

Supervision

  • Supervise and evaluate the Art Education Interns who are responsible for database and paperwork management.
  • Manage PYN Workready Monitor, who is responsible for enrolling students in the summer program
  • Recruit and manage department volunteers

Data Management

  • Manage student database
  • Compile narrative and data information for grant proposals, funder visits, and interim and final reporting to funders
  • Manage Registration and Attendance Process and Documentation
  • Update instructor files and database with newly submitted clearance documents and follow up with instructors whose clearances are about to expire
  • Coordinate annual program evaluation with faculty and students

Event Planning

  • Oversee planning, timelines, reservations, publicity, and sales for department exhibitions and events including our annual student art exhibition.
  • Assist with organization of staff meetings and faculty professional development.
  • Create and maintain yearly calendar

Other Tasks

  • Serve as contact for all Art Education issues in Director of Art Education’s absence
  • Assist with the management of the Mural Arts Education Alumni Program

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Four-year degree in arts administration, art education or equivalent experience and knowledge.
  • At least 1-3 years of experience working with youth in communities of color and opportunity youth populations

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • A knowledge and background in public, contemporary art, and/or muralism preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong supervisory skills
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team-oriented environment, problem-solve, manage multiple tasks, and respond quickly to requests.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships and partnerships in multiple communities and contexts
  • Ability to work in multiple settings with respect and humility, ie: Non-English dominant spaces, Queer and LGBTQ spaces, cultural and spiritual spaces and navigating gender assigned spaces
  • High level of organization
  • Aptitude to perform in confidential situations
  • Computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, data management, web/internet utilization. Graphic software experience a plus
  • Update-to-date Child Abuse, FBI and Criminal clearances
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work flexible hours when required ( evening and weekend)

Please provide cover letter with resume and references by Friday, August 4th to arted.resumes@muralarts.org . Please include your minimum salary requirement.

For further information on Mural Arts Philadelphia, please visit www.muralarts.org.

Monument Lab: High School Research Fellows 

Monument Lab, coming to Philadelphia in fall 2017, is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, challenges people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.

A guiding, central question—What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?—will be posed to 21 of the most dynamic contemporary artists working in Philadelphia and around the world today, selected by curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum. Temporary monuments conceived by the artists will appear in public spaces across the city, accompanied by interactive pop-up “laboratories” for creative conversations and research collected by youth art guides. During open hours, staff will be present at all labs to distribute information, answer questions, prompt participation, and collect submissions from members of the public. We are looking to build dynamic, motivated, passionate, and locally-focused lab teams who are devoted to the sites and neighborhoods in which Monument Lab is based.

Monument Lab High School Research Fellows join a collaborative team working at one of the labs to foster conversations with public participants about art, history, civic engagement, and monuments. The fellows will be based at one of the 10 research labs, two afternoons a week. Fellows will assist in collecting ideas and proposals from members of the community, and help make sure those ideas are documented as part of a larger report to the city. The fellows should be high school students from the Philadelphia community, and should be excited about talking with other Philadelphians about art, history, and the city.

RESEARCH FELLOW SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Possesses a strong familiarity with the city of Philadelphia and its history, to help facilitate conversations about the city.
  • Demonstrates ties to their communities through activism, volunteerism, and other interests.
  • Shows a strong track record of leadership experience and is motivated to be a member of a team.
  • Experience with critical writing, public speaking, poetry, blogging, and/or social media communication platforms.

RESEARCH FELLOW DUTIES

  • Works with lab manager, college students, and one other high school fellow to create understanding around Monument Lab’s temporary public art exhibition and public history themes.
  • Elicits public participation by collecting monument ideas from the general public.
  • Serves as an ambassador of the temporary exhibitions by being present, informed, and helpful within the lab and public spaces.
  • Helps keep the lab organized, clean, and fully-stocked.
  • Adheres to correct procedures, policies, and health/safety guidelines.
  • Participates at community events for the lab and the exhibition
  • Provides organizational assistance, and data entry support as needed.
  • Fellows must be able to participate in a training period in Late August/Early September.

LAB LOCATIONS

City Hall, Franklin Square, Logan Square, Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square, Malcolm X Park, Marconi Plaza, Norris Square, Penn Treaty Park, and Vernon Park.

BENEFITS

This position requires one weekday (Wednesday or Thursday) from 4 to 7 pm, and one weekend day from 12 to 5 pm for the duration of the project in addition to participation in orientations and training.

From September–November 2017 (9 weeks). $800 stipend to be paid in eight $100 payments.

HOW TO APPLY

Deadline to apply is July 21st.

Must be available for interview the week of July 30th-August 4th, 2017
If interested in this position, please send a resume and cover letter to pmo@muralarts.org with “High School Research Fellow” in the subject line.


 

Research Lab Manager 

Monument Lab, coming to Philadelphia in fall 2017, is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, challenges people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.

A guiding, central question—What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?—will be posed to 21 of the most dynamic contemporary artists working in Philadelphia and around the world today, selected by curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum. Temporary monuments conceived by the artists will appear in public spaces across the city, accompanied by interactive pop-up “laboratories” for creative conversations and research collected by youth art guides. During open hours, staff will be present at all labs to distribute information, answer questions, prompt participation, and collect submissions from members of the public. We are looking to build dynamic, motivated, passionate, and locally-focused lab teams who are devoted to the sites and neighborhoods in which Monument Lab is based.

Monument Lab Managers lead a collaborative team working at one of the labs to foster conversations with public participants about art, history, civic engagement, and monuments. The ideal candidate will possess an interest in public art and history, the ability to engage the public in conversation, and is both personable and highly organized.

Each lab manager will be based at one of the 10 research labs throughout the city, and will be present at the labs Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The lab manager is responsible for ensuring the safety of the lab staff and community, and for making sure that each lab is a vibrant, welcoming environment for community conversations about the public art and monuments of Philadelphia. The lab manager is also responsible for the accurate collection of monument proposals from the public and should be passionate about engaging members of the public around themes of contemporary art, history, and collaborative research. Lab managers will perform core operational functions in support of the exhibition, wayfinding, opening/closing of the lab, and modeling behavior for support staff. Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

LAB MANAGER JOB DUTIES

  • Leads the small team of lab staff including two high school students and a community member in all day-to-day lab operations.
  • Learns exhibition content and activities grounded in historical research, contemporary public art, and community engagement.
  • Engages guest participation with questions, activities, and educational content related to exhibit and overall related concepts.
  • Adapts guest engagements to reach diverse audiences of varying age, background, and educational levels.
  • Communicates with other teams of facilitators at other labs throughout the city.
  • Supports team members with a positive, professional, and collaborative attitude.
  • Incorporates ongoing coaching notes and feedback into all aspects of job.
  • Maintains lab space as organized and fully stocked for each day.
  • Completes projects by assisting project team
  • Consistently attends and participates in group and project meetings/events.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities.
  • Managers must be able to participate in a training period in Late August/Early September.

LAB MANAGER SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passion for public art, community organizing, education and civic engagement.
  • Strong familiarity with and work experiences in the city of Philadelphia.
  • Local relationships and proximity to one of the Lab locations is preferred.

LAB LOCATIONS

City Hall, Franklin Square, Logan Square, Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square, Malcolm X Park, Marconi Plaza, Norris Square, Penn Treaty Park, and Vernon Park.

HOURS AND COMPENSATION

September 16 – November 19, 2017 (9 weeks), with an orientation in late August.

This position requires two weekdays (Wednesdays and Thursdays) from 3:30 to 7:30 pm, and both weekend days from 11:30 to 5:30 pm for the duration of the project in addition to participation in an orientation and meetings.

Lab managers will receive a $3,000 stipend, to be paid in six $500 installments.

HOW TO APPLY

All offers of employment are contingent upon obtaining and successfully passing required background checks, including but not limited to criminal and child abuse. As an independent contractor the cost of background checks are not covered by Mural Arts Advocates.

Deadline to apply is July 21st.

Must be available for an interview the week of July 30th – August 4th, 2017
If interested in this position, please send a resume and cover letter to pmo@muralarts.org with “Lab Manager” in the subject line.