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.


 

Manager of Institutional Relations 

Mural Arts Philadelphia seeks a Manager of Institutional Relations. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Manager of Institutional Relations is a key role within the Development Department. Working closely with the Director of Development and other members of the development team, along with program/project staff, the Manager of Institutional Relations is responsible for all grant applications, reporting, and securing of new grants for the organization. The Manager of Institutional Relations will craft proposals for institutional stakeholders, delegating writing assignments when appropriate; communicating actively with institutional stakeholders and prospects as project ideas are being developed and implemented; providing support to project/program managers as they work towards specific deliverables and outcomes, including evaluation requirements; and ending each institutional funding cycle with a well-written report that accurately documents use of funds, and positions Mural Arts for continued support.

Responsibilities

Managing the Writing Process – Author grant proposals and reports; collaborate with program and project staff to propose conference presentations; manage the editing process for all documents they originate; delegate writing assignments to available authors, including interns, Development staff, and project/program managers; support them as they encounter challenges; monitor the quality of all out-going written documents.

Institutional Giving Systems Management – Manage the grants/correspondence calendar and build optimum timelines for proposal creation; participate in creating consistency and transparency between different internal budgeting systems; conduct institutional prospect research on a routine basis as well as regular funding audits that offer program managers a better sense of opportunities we could become qualified for as we grow; collaborate on institutional data entry and filing; maintain list of passwords and logins for institutions; track institutional giving and support the director’s reporting needs.

Institutional Relations Management – Maintain written correspondence with institutional stakeholders; prepare and participate in phone calls, meetings, and site visits with institutional partners as needed; pro-actively update institutional partners when staff, program/project implementation, or budgets shift from what was proposed.

Projects and Program Development in Conjunction with Major Grant Opportunities – Identify the appropriate internal staff and external partners; conduct research on funders’ interests and terminologies and share findings with staff and partners; develop timelines and organize meetings with identified stakeholders; channel the interests and concerns of funders during planning meetings; facilitate conversations between stakeholders with respect to outcomes, indicators, and metrics; document information from this process in preparation for implementation.

Institutional Data Gathering and Evaluation – Present and interpret data captured through existing departmental processes in proposals and reports to external stakeholders.

Grant Management Compliance – Facilitate grant compliance by clearly communicating contract requirements and holding meetings to review finances and deliverables; arrange for and attend grant launch and project implementation meetings as requested by project/program managers; pro-actively update institutional partners when staff, program/project implementation, or budgets shift from what was proposed. Manage grant revision processes;

Training/Mentorship – Provide ongoing training and mentorship to staff and interns who aid in the grant-writing process.

Technical Requirements

  • A BA or BS in related field, or equivalent experience and knowledge.
  • Minimum of 2 to 4 years of experience in grant writing, ideally with a focus in arts, culture, or social justice.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office programs is required; Familiarity with nonprofit financial management and restricted grant reporting preferred
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and listening) and ability to work in a fast-paced environment are required
  • Ability to clearly and comfortably communicate with many levels of staff, funders, donors, and public officials, both verbally and in writing.

This job description is a summary of the duties of the above position. Other related duties may be required by the supervisor. This position is an office position and will require significant time using a computer. This position may also be asked to be on-site for events and functions.

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 for the position, please send your resume and cover letter via email with “Manager of Institutional Relations” in the title to Genny Boccardo-Dubey, Chief Advancement Officer at genny.boccardo@muralarts.org.


 

Director of Mural Operations 

Mural Arts seeks a Director of Mural Operations. This individual is essential to the execution of the day-to-day operations of the organization. They are responsible for overseeing the ongoing maintenance of the collection and the lots, gardens, and parks they overlook; supervising the City of Philadelphia labor crew tasked with carrying out site preparation and mural maintenance; developing and managing vendor contracts and relationships. Lead, manage, and staff the Mural Operations team to efficiently and safely ensure that each mural’s artistic vision is realized and maintained for the long-term. Carefully assesses all potential mural sites, evaluating the conditions and helping Project Managers estimate and understand the cost of what needs to happen to prepare the sites. The Director of Operations, coordinates with internal team members and contractors to insure the timely completion of high-quality murals. Continually research, evaluate and field-test new products and techniques to improve the look, ease of implementation, and longevity of the murals and train staff on their application. This individual prepares and is accountable for the design and execution of detailed project plans with clear timeframes.

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.

This is a full-time City of Philadelphia paid position and reports to the Chief Operating Officer at Mural Arts.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Direct, organize and monitor operations and on-site production of 100+ public art projects annually.
  • Oversee all aspects of contract management for wall preparation and cleaning, landscape needs, structural repairs, and project-specific installation requirements.
  • Manage maintenance and clean-up for the entire collection of murals (3500+).
  • Establish and implement operations policies, protocols, and procedures to ensure projects are installed safely and efficiently, liability is limited, and ongoing maintenance is proactive and low-intervention
  • Supervise a department of 5 laborers, and work regularly and closely with staff, Executive Team, program directors, and project managers.
  • Direct inventory of over $3,000,000 in supplies and equipment annually, and departmental budget of approx. $45,000 each fiscal year.
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, independently, and efficiently with numerous deadlines.
  • Coordinate multi-stakeholder relationships with parties, including project managers, businesses, community groups, and members, local government, artists, suppliers, and contractors.
  • Manage fleet of seven City of Philadelphia vehicles; parking, maintenance, and repair scheduling
  • Serve as liaison between city government and city employees on MAP staff.
  • This position requires a significant amount of lifting, carrying, moving heavy equipment, using a ladder regularly, and painting equipment.
  • Occasionally provide consulting services to public art organizations across the country through the Mural Arts Institute.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Organized and methodical approach to work
  • Strong analytical abilities and commitment to problem-solving
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively to meet departmental goals
  • Management skills
  • Resident of the City of Philadelphia
  • HS or equivalent and 3-5 years of experience in construction or a related field.
  • A basic knowledge of masonry, carpentry, scaffold erection, color mixing, general artistic skills/ knowledge a plus
  • Valid Driver’s License and the ability to drive City of Philadelphia vehicles.
  • The ability to work at heights, general painting / artistic skills

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is pleased to offer a competitive and comprehensive health and dental benefits package. The salary is 54,000 annually.

Interested applicants must 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.


 

Development Associate 

Mural Arts seeks a Development Associate. This individual is essential to the execution of day-to-day operations of the Development Department. The main areas of responsibility include data entry and database maintenance, donor services, and departmental administration. They will also have opportunities to contribute to grant reporting, event support, develop relationships with donors, partners, and vendors, and be involved in other departmental activities.

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.

This position is full-time and reports to the Manager of Development Operations.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Accurately completes daily gift entry following established department policies and procedures.
  • Accurately prepares and distributes donor correspondence including acknowledgment letters per established department timeline.
  • Assists Manager of Development Operations with Board administration including meeting materials preparation, recording and preparing minutes, and maintaining of board records.
  • Assists with the creation of sponsorship packets and contributes to grants reporting.
  • Assists with routine and special appeal mailings.
  • Generates pledge reminders following established department policies.
  • Provides back-up for Raiser’s Edge/Financial Edge posting and reconciliation with the Finance Department.
  • Coordinate benefits fulfillment for annual campaigns and special campaigns.
  • Processes development event registrations, ticket sales, and RSVPs.
  • Maintains the integrity of all donor data across individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors. Works closely with the Manager of
  • Development Operations to ensure data health and integrity.
  • Implements the document management procedures for the department, including hard copy and digital files. Scans and stores original gift documentation.
  • Respond to list/data requests from the development team. Create queries and simple reports for mailings or data analysis based on requests.
  • Properly codes expenses for monthly departmental credit card reconciliation and tracks expenses against budget.
  • Acts as representative of the department and Mural Arts at meetings, events, through answering phones, and responding to email inquiries in a friendly, well-informed, and professional manner.
  • Conduct prospect research and maintains a high degree of confidentiality concerning any materials or information relating to donor records.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Organized and methodical approach to work
  • Strong analytical abilities and commitment to problem-solving
  • High degree of confidentiality concerning information relating to donor records
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively to meet departmental goals
  • Desire to be situated in nonprofit Development department and learn about Development services and operations
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or comparable data entry experience strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience (2-3 years) strongly preferred

Mural Arts is pleased to offer a competitive and comprehensive health and dental benefits package. Salary range is mid to high $30,000s.

Interested applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirement to Dane Allison, Manager of Development Operations at development@muralarts.org. Applications will be accepted until a hire is made.


 

Director of Communications and Brand Management 

Mural Arts Philadelphia seeks a Director of Communications and Brand Management. This individual serves as the strategic brain of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Communications team and is responsible for guiding the evolution and impact of the Mural Arts brand. As a senior member of the Mural Arts staff, the Director guides the strategy and implementation for all communications, to consistently articulate and represent the organization’s core values. The Director ensures that Mural Arts stands out in a crowded arts and culture field as a creative, dynamic, and mission-driven public art organization that engages and builds community among local, national, and international audiences.

The Director leads a staff of marketing and communications professionals (currently four full-timers, plus seasonal interns), charged with ensuring that all communication—both internal and external—fit the framework of the organization’s strategic plan and brand guidelines. The Director works in close collaboration with Mural Arts’ staff, board, advisory council, and other stakeholders to manage the consistency and effectiveness of all brand and message development, ranging from major institutional and project-based marketing campaigns to everyday tactics, including public relations, print and direct mail, public programs and events, social media, email marketing, website, and other digital platforms. The Director also develops and upholds clear and consistent internal procedures, in service of advancing the goals of the organization. The Director of Communications reports to the Chief Advancement Officer of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the effectiveness, reputation, and strategic vision of the Mural Arts brand.
  • Co-create, implement, and evaluate the Mural Arts communications plan on an annual basis in keeping with the priorities outlined in the strategic plan
  • Ensure that all of Mural Arts communications tactics and marketing materials are compelling, timely, and consistent, and in accordance with the organization’s mission and core values, as well as established protocols and style guides
  • Lead and guide collaboration with outside partners on communications efforts that build and support greater visibility, engagement and value for the Mural Arts brand and its unique programs
  • Support the Development department’s efforts in the field of fundraising and partner with Development staff on the creation of key materials such as the annual appeal, spring appeal, and annual report
  • Develop and maintain internal systems and procedures that support the communications strategy and the broader Mural Arts staff
  • Develop and provide training for Board and staff to communicate in ways that aid in program effectiveness and organizational coherence
  • Develop and manage the annual budget for the Communications Department, the budget for Mural Arts Month, and liaise with Mural Arts program staff on communications, marketing, and PR costs for project budgets
  • Oversee the promotion, implementation, and messaging for all public programs and events across the organization
  • Manage the work of all branding, and PR consultants and vendors to ensure that all are working in service of the brand
  • Works with project managers and department heads to align programs and messaging with MAP’s overall communications strategy.
  • Work directly with the Executive Director and other senior leadership on speech-writing, talking points, and consistent delivery of strategic and brand-focused messaging

Technical Requirements

  • A BA or BS in related field, or equivalent experience and knowledge
  • Minimum of six to ten years of experience in the communications, marketing, and/or public relations fields, ideally with a focus in arts and culture
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and listening) and ability to work in a fast-paced environment are required
  • Experience with budget management, budget reporting, and income and expense procedures is required
  • Management experience and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, board, and external partners is required
  • Proficiency with MS Office is required
  • Strong sense of design, knowledge of new and emerging marketing platforms, and familiarity with print production is preferred
  • Must be able to attend evening and weekend events when required, and be available for consultation outside of office hours.

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.

For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Genny Boccardo-Dubey, Chief Advancement Officer at genny.boccardo@muralarts.org, t: 949-436-3156.