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.


 

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 Arted_resumes@muralarts.org by Monday, February 11, 2019.


 

Work Ready Program Monitor 

Mural Arts Education partners with the Philadelphia Youth Network’s (PYN) Work Ready Program to provide summer programming and employment opportunities for youth enrolled in the Art Education program. Youth work in teams at sites across Philadelphia with Teaching Artists on various large or small scale mural projects. Mural Arts seeks a Work Ready Program Monitor to complete the logistical coordination required to be a part of the PYN summer program.

Responsibilities:

  • Contacting interested students and/or their parents to schedule appointments to complete the paperwork enrollment process.
  • Maintain contact with PYN to stay abreast of any updates in the enrollment process and general programming.
  • Maintaining electronic and paper student enrollment and payroll files for MAP and PYN.
  • Serve as liaison for PYN and MAP for all site visits by program monitors.
  • Ensure that sites are running in compliance with PYN standards.
  • Visit all sites weekly.

Provide regular reports and meet with MAP staff weekly.

This temporary, part-time position will run 20 hours/week, from April to mid-August – mostly afternoons and evenings from mid-April to June, and mostly Monday, Thursday, and Fridays in the mornings and afternoons July through mid-August. A driver’s license with reliable vehicle or eligibility to join the Mural Arts Program Zip Car account and criminal and child abuse background checks are required for this position.

Qualifications:

  • Experience managing multiple work sites.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to respond well to changing demands in a fast paced work environment.
  • Experience working with high school aged youth preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills with a variety of student and peer staff members.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to Jessica Im at jessica.im@muralarts.org by February 8, 2019 with “Work Ready Program Monitor” in the subject line. No phone calls please.


 

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 Laure.Biron@muralarts.org. Applications will be accepted until February 15th.


 

Research Intern 

Mural Arts seeks a Research Intern for its Development Department. They will support the department’s efforts to grow its individual giving program by learning more about its donor base and capturing relevant information in Raiser’s Edge. The intern will conduct research on current and prospective donors and trends in philanthropy. This is a great opportunity for an individual interested in research and nonprofit fundraising.

This position is part-time (20-25 hours per week) and reports to the Chief Strategy Officer. A stipend is available for a six-month to one-year period.

Responsibilities include:

  • Augment donor profiles by conducting research through available research tools
  • Confirm and sync ResearchPoint data into Raiser’s Edge, our donor database
  • Use Prospect function of Raiser’s Edge to capture philanthropic interests/classification
  • Enter Reports of Contact into Raiser’s Edge according to departmental procedure, using any prospects as a lead to conduct further research
  • Prepare leadership for networking at events by pulling data on donors and prospects who will be present
  • Stay abreast of articles and reports providing insights into trends in philanthropy, and report out to department

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional attention to detail and adept organizational skills
  • Strong analytical abilities and commitment to problem-solving
  • High degree of confidentiality concerning information relating to donor records
  • Experience and competency using research tools
  • Familiarity with donor management software; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred
  • Competency using Microsoft Office suite
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional or educational experience

Mural Arts seeks candidates who value and demonstrate the following core competencies: committed problem solving, deep thinking & fearless creation, inquisitive learning, thoughtful communication, mindful collaboration, personal accountability, and a commitment to actively prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the attention of Emily Cooper Moore at development@muralarts.org. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.


 

Staff Muralist 

We are regularly recognized as a force for excellence and innovation in public art. Most recently, we had projects honored by the Public Art Network, the Venice Biennale, and the United Nations. We attract interest from an international audience of artists, scholars and practitioners, who attend conference sessions on our work, register for convening’s we host in Philadelphia, and set up professional consultancies with our staff. More than 12,000 visitors annually participate in public and private tours led by our Tours Department.

The staff artist engages a diverse set of communities in the creation of participatory public art with a special emphasis on mural making and restoration. The position serves as a primary ambassador for the Mural Arts Program and is an integral member of the entire Mural Arts organization team.

Responsibilities: Staff Muralist responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate community input to inform and influence the development of designs for murals.
  • Integrate community ideas into the mural making process.
  • Create professional design renderings to scale for submission to design reviews and for community and stakeholder presentations
  • Figure and portrait painting skills
  • Estimate time and materials required to complete assigned tasks.
  • Complete small, medium, and large scale mural projects on schedule and on budget.
  • Knowledge and experience in various mural painting techniques, including direct painting on walls and the use of parachute cloth
  • Manage assistant artists, volunteers, or interns assigned to mural projects
  • Manage and maintain interior assigned studio space or on-site exterior mural locations
  • Organize and manage workshops and community paint events that will allow participation by wide range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of and strict adherence to all safety protocols
  • Participate as a panelist on design reviews
  • Collaborate on selection process for MAP’s Summer Internship Program and the Mural Training Program
  • Support the larger work of MAP as appropriate.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have at least five years’ experience in designing and creating community murals. Although a formal art degree is not required, a strong portfolio of previous work is very important and knowledge of worldwide trends in public or contemporary art or muralism is a plus. Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or other design software is also a plus. This Staff Artist will be detail oriented and have a solid record of bringing projects in on time and on budget. They should be able to juggle overlapping schedules on several mural projects at the same time and maintain focus in a fast-paced, high pressure environment with ease and grace. They must also be able to work well with many different kinds of people in diverse settings and be comfortable with conducting public presentations, workshops, and community paint activities. The Staff Artist may need to work some nights and weekends as project work demands within the scope of the assigned work portfolio. They will need to attain child abuse, criminal background, and FBI clearances, and will also need to attain lift certification and be vigilant in observing all safety protocols. 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.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must be a Philadelphia resident or be able to establish bona fide residence in the City within six months of appointment.
  • Competitive compensation and excellent benefits package, including health and dental benefits.

To Apply: Please provide a cover letter and include salary requirements; a resume, 10-15 digital jpeg images of completed mural projects or other related artwork (images should be RGB color, 1240 x 1240 pixels max), a sheet describing your portfolio images, and references to: David.Mcshane@muralarts.org by January 31, 2019