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.
Mural Arts Institute Manager
Mural Arts Philadelphia is seeking a Manager for the Mural Arts Institute. This position is a nearly three-year grant funded position going through June 30, 2023. Continuation is contingent upon securing new resources. During this three-year period, the Manager will dedicate significant time to implementing the Public Art & Civic Engagement Capacity Building Initiative and participate in other Institute programs and projects. With these initiatives, Mural Arts will provide capacity building and technical assistance to individual artists and organizations outside of Philadelphia. Specifically, we will invest in their ability to use public art as a catalyst for community engagement, leadership, and stewardship in advancing goals they have identified with their communities. The Manager may also be assigned to support client relationships outside of the two Initiatives.
The Mural Arts Institute is dedicated to advancing research on and development of socially-engaged public art practices. Established in 2017 as an initiative of Mural Arts Philadelphia, the Institute’s approach is centered around connection: building networks, developing partnerships, and convening artists, community and partners to collaborate around participatory public art practices. Our work is in service to a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society. We believe that by investing in the development and growth of artists, organizations, and partners working in the field of socially engaged art, we enhance our ability to ignite change through art and to learn and grow alongside those participating in our offerings.
The Mural Arts Institute Manager is responsible for the following, primary roles:
- Assist with the design of learning agendas for client engagements
- Serve as the first point of contact for initiative partners and clients and provide ongoing support
- Coordinate the internal teams necessary to execute learning agendas for clients
- Collaborate to develop curriculum, content, presentations, and toolkits for trainings, workshops, symposia, and other gatherings
- Develop trip itineraries for visits to client cities or agendas for remote consultations
- Travel to client cities to coordinate and support colleagues, and directly deliver content as needed
- Represent Mural Arts and the Institute at conferences and other professional gatherings
- Compile and share resources that may assist clients, including resources developed outside of Mural Arts
- Implement data collection procedures designed as part of evaluations
- Participate in routine internal team meetings to assess progress, share learnings, trouble-shoot challenges, and discuss big picture directions for the Institute
- Develop and monitor budgets
- Manage outside consultants hired to support specific aspects of the work
- Support Institute communications and storytelling by helping produce and manage a to-be-launched digital hub
- Produce proposals in response to inquiries about the Institute’s services
The ideal candidate should have experience in the community-centered work Mural Arts engages in, centering racial, cultural, and social equity. For this reason, BIPOC candidates and individuals are particularly encouraged to apply. This individual will have a minimum of five years of experience in project management, program development, client relations, and/or teaching and curriculum development. They are an experienced culture traveler, a highly inquisitive learner with advanced interpersonal and communication skills, who is also proficient at problem solving, teambuilding, compassion and collaboration. The candidate must be a highly organized self-starter who is able to work independently and achieve success in a fast-paced environment, and be fun to work with on a team. The candidate should be committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion at the workplace and in their body of work. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. While proficiency in multiple languages is desirable, it is not required.
Travel is required periodically for the purposes of delivering services individually or part of a team to clients, attending conferences, or leading public workshops mostly nationally. Trips are frequently organized in 2 to 4 day periods and can be planned as often as 2 times a month. Travel may cross weekends and, on occasion, holidays to accommodate meeting schedules. Anticipated travel requirements are the equivalent of roughly five days per month on average, with some months not requiring any travel at all. Given the ongoing constraints of COVID-19, these travel expectations will change dramatically based on CDC guidelines and internal MAI protocol to prioritize staff wellbeing and overall public health.
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 $50,000, with comprehensive benefits. While MAI is not typically a remote work environment, current standards due to COVID-19 have required remote work for staff throughout the organization. Functional home wifi, and an appropriate area to conduct work is necessary. The duration of the work from home expectations are not yet known.
Please provide a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through August 28.