Current Opportunities

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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 December 31, 2022. 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 a portion of the Art & Environment Capacity Building Initiative. With these initiatives, Mural Arts will provide capacity building and technical assistance to individual artists and organizations in six locations 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 knowledge-sharing, field-building, and expanding innovation within socially engaged art. Over time, the Institute will grow to include a range of activities, including workshops and symposia hosted in Philadelphia and other cities, consultancies, internships and residencies, publications, and public programs targeting artists and practitioners. 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
  • 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

Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years 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, and collaboration. This individual should have a strong interest and experience in the issues and fields Mural Arts covers. The candidate must be highly organized self-starter who is able to work independently and achieve success in a fast-paced environment. The candidate should be committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion at the workplace and in his/her body of work. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is 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 or 3 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.

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.

Please provide cover letter with resume by Monday, March 9, at 5 p.m. to institute@muralarts.org.


 

College Seniors: FAO Schwarz Fellow 

*OPEN ONLY TO COLLEGE SENIORS

FAO Schwarz Fellow will work with youth, communities, and public schools connected to the Restored Spaces Initiative, which uses socially-engaged public art practice as a platform for neighborhood change grounded in environmental justice. The Fellow’s responsibilities will be split: 50% direct service, 50% project management.

DIRECT SERVICE

FAO Schwarz Fellow’s direct service work will focus on innovative forms of community outreach and public education through arts and design-based practices—techniques that have been honed by Mural Arts over three decades of working with Philadelphia youth. The Fellow will work with Trash Academy, a youth-led Restored Spaces project that utilizes art-based social practices to engage, educate, and shift citizen perspectives regarding consumption and waste-related issues. This work will inform the implementation of new public art and environmental projects at schools and in public spaces. The Fellow will:

  • Train and support youth participants in Trash Academy.
  • Oversee and guide youth and community collaboration efforts at other Restored Spaces sites.
  • Learn and apply game design as an entry point for environmental education in Philadelphia neighborhoods.
  • Work with project stakeholders to design and apply curricula for youth and community engagement.

PROJECT WORK

The FAO Schwarz Fellow’s project work will include the management of Restored Spaces public art and environmental interventions. The Fellow may also:

  • Conduct outreach and organize community meetings.
  • Design and implement environmental justice and art focused programming.
  • Construct and implement consumption and litter related educational programs at schools.
  • Aid in mural and creative disruption project installations that focus on climate change issues.
  • Generate replication guides, trainings, and other resources for internal use and/or as an external resource.

Requirements:

  • Required skills: arts-based experience, environmental justice-related knowledge/experience, direct community/youth involvement.
  • Preferred skills: research, writing, graphic design, community organizing, tracking and documenting project data, project management, graphic design.

In addition to achieving outcomes in the communities it engages, Restored Spaces has a significant influence on Mural Arts as a whole. At the vanguard of innovative public art practices, Restored Spaces incubates new and more authentic ways to place a community at the center of Mural Arts’ work, as well as modeling innovative approaches to building environmental awareness, action, and activism. The Fellow will be a key player in Restored Spaces’ role as a think tank at Mural Arts by bringing new ideas, expertise, and experience to the team.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must be college seniors at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship. For more about what we are seeking, please see “What We’re Looking For.”

Please visit our website and Trash Academy’s website and send a resume and a cover letter to restoredspaces@muralarts.org by February 15, 2020 (11:59 pm EST)), expressing your interest in working at Mural Arts and your reasons for applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship.

To be considered, please include FAO Schwarz Fellow within the subject line of your email and title your files as follows:

LastName_FirstName_MuralArts2020_CoverLetter

LastName_FirstName_MuralArts2020_Resume

In your cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: Please tell us how you learned about this opportunity and about your interest in the FAO Schwarz Fellowship.

Question 2: Why are you interested in applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship position at this organization?

Question 3: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

After carefully reviewing each application, we will interview promising candidates. We will select our Fellow by April 30th. Resumes and cover letters are also shared with the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. Thanks for your interest.