Current Opportunities

A Love Letter for You by Steve Powers. Photo by Adam Wallacavage.

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.


 

Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer/Office Manager 

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Operations team, the Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer/ Office Manager plays a pivotal role in assuring the COO’s calendar and correspondence is up to date and in guaranteeing a positive visit to the Eakins house for an array of visitors.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Serve as the Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer – Manage calendar and coordinate various complex meetings, appointments, and provide other administrative support as needed.
  • Answer the Chief Operating Officer’s phone line and take clear and comprehensive messages. Route and screen all phone, voice mail, and email messages for the Chief Operating Officer
  • Maintain the staff contact list
  • Serve as the first point of contact for all visitors to the Eakins building and answer the main office phone line; answer all inquiries or direct calls to colleagues when appropriate;
  • Receive, organize and store all incoming packages and notify appropriate staff.
  • Work with Public Property staff of the City of Philadelphia and Chief Operating Officer to communicate the maintenance needs of our historically registered building.
  • Maintain a welcoming and neat reception area.
  • Order general office supplies when necessary.

Qualifications include:

  • At least three years of administrative assistant experience
  • Strong organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to successfully interact with colleagues at Mural Arts, the City of Philadelphia, the arts community, consultants, funders, and the general public with diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Experience with MS Office, including Word, and Excel.

Salary:

This is a full-time, exempt salaried position. Mural Arts offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. The annual salary is $45,000.00.

Anticipated start date: July 6, 2021

For more information, call 215-685-0750 or visit muralarts.org. Follow us on social media: @muralarts on Twitter and Instagram, MuralArtsPhiladelphia on Facebook, and phillymuralarts on YouTube.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Mary Baxter, Mary.Baxter@muralarts.org specifying you are applying for the position of “Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer/Office Manager”. Resumes will be reviewed as they are submitted. Deadline to apply: June 18, 2021. No phone calls please.


 

Lead Panelist for Design Review 

The Mural Arts Program is looking for an individual to serve as our Lead Panelist for Design Review. This position is responsible for reviewing the designs for all upcoming projects and for providing feedback that will help our artists and project managers achieve the goals for their projects while advancing the overall artistic and social mission of the program. The Lead Panelist’s commitment, judgment, and artistic eye are essential in ensuring that the works of art that become a permanent part of Philadelphia’s well-known public art portfolio are of the highest quality and will beautify their surroundings for years to come.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead design review meetings at the Mural Arts Program’s office one morning per week. These meetings typically consist of the lead panelist, one or two additional panelists, the project manager, and the artist. The Lead Panelist is expected to facilitate the discussion and typically provides the majority of the feedback to the artist.
  • Review the minutes of each meeting (taken by a Mural Arts employee) to ensure that the content of each meeting has been accurately recorded
  • Communicate with the executive director at the end of each week to review the designs and make recommendations on how each project should proceed
  • Follow-up with project managers as needed

Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience evaluating public art involving a breadth of themes and subject matter. A background in curating and arts administration is preferred. Project management experience is also helpful for this position.
  • Strong critical thinking skills that will enable the candidate to balance aesthetic, political, and budgetary considerations while achieving the goals for each particular project.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and solicit constructive feedback from the panelists and artists.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. The candidate must be comfortable giving constructive feedback to artists who have a broad range of personal backgrounds, artistic styles, and experience levels. This may sometimes entail instructing an artist to significantly revise his or her design if it is not aligned with the artistic vision of the project or the program. This position requires an independent thinker who can also listen and communicate clearly and diplomatically.

Compensation: The position is contracted at $50 per hour, not to exceed 100 hours annually.

For further information on the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, please visit www.muralarts.org.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Kathryn Poole, Project Management Officer at kathryn.poole@muralarts.org. Applications will be accepted until a hire is made.


 

Environmental Justice Project Manager 

Building strong, meaningful and lasting relationships with community members is a key responsibility of the Project Manager. The Project Manager serves as an ambassador of Mural Arts in project communities at all times, while accompanying the artist through their creative process. The Project Manager is an important member of Mural Arts’ project team, working with the full staff on organizational-wide activities. The Project Manager will be expected to work some nights and weekends as project work demands.

Environmental hazards disproportionately affect marginalized communities, especially communities of color. In an effort to rectify and activate around Environmental Justice issues, the EJ Department facilitates two types of projects: (1) projects that come directly from communities, centering their visions, expertise, and knowledge, and (2) projects that directly support the environmental and climate justice movement. We work at a crux between the strategic and the tactical, allowing access to the strategic advocacy of its parent organization, Mural Arts, and its long-standing relationships with allied entities in city government and the nonprofit sector. To imagine and practice a more just future, projects must prioritise dismantling the systems that maintain these disparities and build relational networks, both in their goals and in their practice.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage projects and their related logistics, including, but not limited to: timelines/schedules, data, budgets, contracts, materials/paint/sundries, contacts, and communication/PR efforts.
  • Manage artists, assistant artists, and other contractors hired to support specific aspects of the work.
  • Communicate and provide ongoing support (e.g. project-specific resources) for project partners, stakeholders, funders, site partners, and community members.
  • Plan and implement project-specific public meetings, events, and programs.
  • Engage the public and negotiate community concerns.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships.
  • Participate and collaborate in routine internal meetings to assess progress, share learnings, trouble-shoot challenges, and discuss big picture directions for the projects.
  • Work horizontally and collaborate to contribute to the justice and anti-racist efforts and practices of the Department.
  • Write a broad range of project-related resources including project descriptions, creative briefs, meeting documentation, contractor job descriptions, and website updates.
  • Develop, monitor, and comply with project budgets and related funding.
  • Negotiate and manage fees, timelines, contracts, and performance expectations.
  • Represent Mural Arts and the EJ Department at conferences and other professional and/or project-related gatherings.
  • Utilize internal project management protocols.
  • Supervise department FAO Fellow.
  • Report to and coordinate with the Director of the EJ Department.
  • Oversee department-level and project-level communications and PR strategizing.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have at least three to five years of experience in project management. A background in environmental justice, activism, and administration is important. Knowledge of public, contemporary, and/or social practice art is a plus. Candidates must be highly organized and have experience with budget management, tracking and managing details, conflict resolution, community engagement and have a solid record of bringing projects in on time and on budget. They must be able to juggle many tasks with grace, ease, and maintain focus in a very fast-paced, high-pressure environment. They must also be able to work well in diverse settings and be comfortable with conducting public presentations and facilitating public conversations. Critical to success in this role, the ideal candidate will have a commitment to the mission and values of both Mural Arts Philadelphia and the EJ Department, a strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills, and have the ability to work with a team engaged in complex collaborations. A valid driver’s license is required and a car is preferred. This position divides time between project administration and project management.

Salary: Mural Arts is pleased to offer a competitive and comprehensive health and dental benefits package. The annual salary for this full time exempt position is $55,000.

To Apply: Please provide a cover letter, salary requirements, resume, and references to the Director of the Environmental Justice Department, Shari Hersh at restoredSpaces@muralarts.org. Please include “Project Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting April 19. Review will close May 3.


 

WorkReady Program Coordinator 

Mural Arts Education partners with the Philadelphia Youth Network’s (PYN) WorkReady 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 WorkReady Program Monitor to complete the logistical coordination required to be a part of the PYN summer program.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Contacting interested students and/or their parents to schedule appointments to complete the paperwork enrollment process
  • Maintaining electronic and paper student enrollment and payroll files for Mural Arts and PYN
  • Serve as liaison for PYN and Mural Arts for all site visits by PYN program monitors
  • Ensure that sites are running in compliance with PYN standards
  • Coordinate with Teaching Artist staff for visits
  • Visit all sites weekly to distribute payments, incentives, transportation passes, and announcements to all program participants
  • Provide regular reports and meet with Mural Arts staff weekly
  • Maintain contact with PYN to stay abreast of any updates in the enrollment process and general programming

This temporary, part-time position will run up to 20 hours/week, from late-March 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 ZipCar account and criminal and child abuse background checks are required for this position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously
  • Ability to respond well to changing demands in a fast paced work environment
  • Experience working with middle school and high school aged youth preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a variety of student and peer staff members
  • Self-motivated and able to work with little supervision once objectives and tasks have been determined
  • Comfort and ease with technology; knowledge of Excel and/or Google Sheets required

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

Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to arted.resumes@muralarts.org by March 28, 2021 with “WorkReady Program Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls please