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.


Murals on the Move Driver/Lead Teaching Artist Position - Recreation Specialty Instructor – Teaching Artist (Spring/Summer 2022) 

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, and experimenting with media. In addition, teaching artists assist with recruitment and maintain classroom documentation and records.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Prepare course material for presentation to groups of varying levels, backgrounds and interests and determine types and amounts of supplies for various types of projects
  • Drive vehicle to and from events, park and secure in designated parking spot
  • Maintain supply inventory and collateral for communications table for special events
  • Support administrative correspondence with rec center leaders and onsite event staff
  • Instruct and supervise youth in summer and after school art activities.
  • Assist with outdoor special events by directing participants, teaching activities, set-up and breakdown.
  • Employee will also be responsible for record – keeping (attendance, transportation and progress of activities).
  • Perform related work as required.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Valid Driver’s license with minimum 2 years’ experience (driving)
  • 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.

SKILLS & 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 elementary school students;
  • Ability to engage youth with multiple learning styles and varying artistic abilities;
  • Ability to create lesson plans, organize projects, and facilitate workshops.
  • Excellent classroom management skills;
  • Ability to manage paperwork and ongoing communications between program sites and Mural Arts staff;
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and in partnership with, program managers, parks leaders, event planners;
  • Access to reliable transportation;
  • Willing to attain PA Child Abuse Report, PA Criminal Background Check, and FBI Check upon interview.

ANTICIPATED COMMITMENT & WORK SCHEDULE:

This employment opportunity is a seasonal part-time position with a 6-month commitment period beginning in March 2022 with 12 – 15 hours per week. Summer hours are during the day. After School hours are generally between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00pm.

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.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to hr@muralarts.org by February 4, 2022.


 

Restorative Justice Director 

Mural Arts is seeking a Director to lead the work of its nationally recognized Restorative Justice
Program. Restorative justice is an alternative to traditional means of rehabilitation and punishment. It brings together offenders, victims, and community members, focusing on conversation and understanding as the first steps on the path to healing.

Consistent with the multiple levels of impact Mural Arts strives to achieve across its practice, our Restorative Justice Program aims to:

  •  Improve opportunities and quality of life for those in and returning from prison in order to reduce recidivism and increase chances of successful re-entry
  • Stimulate healing in communities negatively impacted by crime and incarceration, including those who are victimized by crime and the families that suffer from the disruptive effects of mass incarceration
  • Engage and inform diverse audiences about specific issues and challenges relating to the justice system in order to create a more supportive environment for those re-entering society and increase advocacy for effective policies
  • Influence the systems that devise and implement our criminal justice system to reduce inequity and bias and pursue strategies that best serve the needs of individuals and communities

The Restorative Justice Program accomplishes these goals through an interconnected series of activities, including: high profile public art projects examining topics of critical relevance to the justice system; art workshops at state and local prisons; a four to six month re-entry program in which participants learn skills, apprentice on public art projects, and receive job training and placement support; and peer mentorship and continuing support for re-entry graduates. The program also facilitates public events, symposia, and exhibitions designed to foster dialogue about key issues and offer a platform to underrepresented voices within the system. All of these efforts are led in deep collaboration with the City of Philadelphia and a vast network of partners.

Key duties

  • Develop and advance the vision and goals of the program in collaboration with the team and Mural Arts’ leadership
  • Supervise, mentor, and support the team assigned to the work
  • Oversee the work of consultants, artists, instructors assigned to the program
  • Develop and maintain the partnerships necessary to advance the work in collaboration with key staff
  • Develop and manage the program’s budget
  • Oversee the collection of necessary data and prepare reports as required
  • Coordinate project management of public art projects aligned with core curriculum
  • Collaborate with core support divisions (Communications, Development and Finance) to assist the efforts to fundraise, market, and track the work of the Program
  • Support the cultivation of donors interested in the work of Restorative Justice
  • Serve on the senior team of the organization and participate in strategic discussion about Mural Arts’ work and future
  • Serve as ambassador for Mural Arts and the Restorative Justice Program in wide range of settings locally, nationally and internationally

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Commitment to the principles of Restorative Justice
  • Familiarity and connections with the criminal justice system is a plus
  •  Belief in the power of participatory public art to ignite change
  •  Alignment with core organizational values (curiosity, collaboration, innovation, diversity, equity, accountability)
  •  Ability to work well with diverse populations, especially those impacted by trauma
  • Ability to motivate and lead people and programs with vision, creativity, and strategy
  • Capacity to work collaboratively to ensure a robust cross sector approach to the work
  • Capacity to develop, nurture, and advance people and partnerships
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced environment
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets

Additional qualifications:

  • Masters or equivalent experience in social service, criminal justice or related field
  • Must have 10 years of experience managing people, programs, and projects
  • Valid driver’s license

 

Chief Operating Officer 

This position oversees the organization’s ongoing operations including the financial and administrative components of the work (budget, systems, protocols, contracts, and compliance), human resource management, program and project divisions, and field operations. The COO ensures that the staff and the work promote the organization’s vision and advance its mission to use participatory public art as a way to ignite meaningful change in place, people and practice.

The COO is a key member of the Executive and Leadership teams and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jane Golden. The position will work closely with the CEO, and the Chief Advancement Officer, Director of Human Resources and the Director of Finance. This position is a City of Philadelphia appointed position in representation of the organization.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure the work advances the organization’s mission in close collaboration with board and staff leadership
  • Oversee the daily operations of both full time and part time staff with a budget of $12M
  • Establish policies and support practice to ensure alignment with the core values of the organization
  • Design and implement plans, procedures, and tools to ensure efficient, effective and safe operations
  • Contribute to the strategic planning efforts of the Executive and Leadership teams of the organization
  • Provide leadership to support best practice research in areas of materials, supplies, fabrication and installation
  • Oversee and work closely with the Director of Human Resources to develop, implement and apply policies following best practices.
  • Oversee the Finance department, and work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Finance, and Chief Advancement Officer to develop and manage the budget and all expenses
  • Provide oversight to development and review of legal documents, e.g. contracts, authorizations, professional services agreements
  • Oversee risk management and insurance related matters
  • Support development and implementation of metrics to evaluate and guide the operations work
  • Manage relationships and build partnerships with partners/vendors/external stakeholders
  • Creates and Revise reports to stakeholders of the organization
  • Oversee the maintenance of the organization’s headquarters in communication with corresponding City representatives
  • Represent the organization at the City level in monthly meetings and other instances where the organization is called to present at the City in close collaboration with the ED
  • Present at quarterly Board meetings and maintain relationships with Board members when applicable and in collaboration with the CAO

Qualifications

  • Evidence of commitment to core values of organization with emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience in operations management in the nonprofit sector
  • Experience with the City of Philadelphia in areas of budgeting, managing contracts and advocacy a plus
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving abilities
  • Systems thinker
  • Skilled facilitator
  • Attention to detail
  • Understanding of key functions of core responsibility (HR, finance, project and program management)
  • Outstanding supervisory skills
  • Ability to forge and develop collaboration within the organization and with key stakeholders
  • Proven experience as COO or in a leadership position with a minimum of 5 years’ experience
  • Advanced degree in business administration, organizational development or relevant experience
  • Experience/interest in arts and culture sector preferred

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.

Mural Arts is pleased to offer a competitive and comprehensive holiday, health and dental benefits package. The salary range is $110,000 – $120,000, Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter addressed to HR@muralarts.org with the job title in the subject line. Candidates who advance in our selection process will be asked to submit writing samples and references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


 

Artist Relations Director 

Mural Arts is creating a new grant funded 18 month position. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Artist Relations Director will be someone with leadership experience, with a history of collaborating with and advancing opportunities for artists of color, and with systems design and management capabilities. Initially this individual will work with Yancey Consulting, who has been contracted to lead and facilitate a broad group of artists, staff, and collaborators, with the purpose of creating a plan that will identify a range of pathways for artists of varying experience, which will lead to sustainable work with Mural Arts, the creation of a broad network for artists, and continued opportunities in career advancement and training.

The Artist Relations Director will not only be building out systems to identify and recruit artists in public space, they will also be working with MAP staff to create internships and apprenticeships, workshops, training programs, supportive technology, and ongoing collaborations. Additionally, they will identify needs amongst the project managers to make sure project managers are continually growing and learning in their roles as leaders in projects with artists of all backgrounds and levels.

Job Responsibilities

Ensuring rapid implementation of the Yancey Consulting plan

For the first six months, the director will focus on learning about the work, building relationships, and participating in and helping lead Yancey Consulting’s process. Once the plan is adopted by the Board and Executive Team, the director will be empowered to advance recommendations and oversee expenditures relating to the work. Responsibilities may include (to be identified and finalized from outcomes from the process):

  • Bring an anti-racist lens to developing and managing artist systems and prioritize advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) in how Mural Arts recruits, develops, and retains artists
  • Streamline and manage artists’ RFPs and RFQs to better serve artists and projects
  • Develop and manage centralized policies and practices pertaining to artist selection and advancement
  • Build, maintain, and support consistent utilization of a central database of artists
  • Develop regional and multidisciplinary connections to artists
  • Coordinate learning and professional development opportunities for artists and artistic personnel across departments
  • Develop and maintain strategic educational partnerships and opportunities to advance the professional expertise of artists
  • Serve as an ambassador to artists and arts leaders regionally and nationally
  • Attend professional conferences and organize presentations and other materials for print and/or online
  • Advocate for artists’ needs and interests in internal decision-making processes
  • Clarify pipelines for artists and facilitate movement through the pipeline

Qualifications Include

  • Knowledge of the artist community in Philadelphia and beyond
  • Intellectual agility and an open curious mind combined with a passion for the arts and working with contemporary artists
  • Experience mentoring and collaborating with diverse staff
  • Proven track record of upholding DEIA values.
  • Comfort and ease with technology and building systems
  • Diplomatic, proactive, and solution-driven professional; strategic, pragmatic, and creative thinker
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness with a strong work ethic
  • Five to ten years of experience in project management with comparable levels of responsibility
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience with place-based work preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience required

Job Specifications

  • Full-time, exempt salaried position, 40-hours per week
  • Based in Philadelphia, PA, working remotely initially
  • Immediate start date

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.

Mural Arts is pleased to offer a competitive and comprehensive holiday, health and dental benefits package. The annual salary is $70,000 for the duration of the grant period of 18 months.

Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter addressed to HR@muralarts.org with the job title in the subject line. Candidates who advance in our selection process will be asked to submit writing samples and references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


 

Job Developer 

Mural Arts is creating a new position. Reporting to both the Director of Restorative Justice and Porch light, the Job Developer will be someone who is able to build relationships within the community among organizations that will train and hire the participants within our programs. The Restorative Justice participants xxxx. The participants the candidate would be working with in the Porch Light department are experiencing housing and economic security. The ideal candidate will know how to navigate systems for job placement and job training, as well as be a liaison for the participants within the programs and the employers.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with business leaders to identify job openings and to promote the benefit of job training and placement services.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with work development organizations, business leaders and community clients, gathering feedback to learn how job placement services can benefit and meet these individuals’ needs.
  • Meets with job seekers including students, recent graduates, unemployed, under-employed, and currently employed individuals to understand interests, skills, abilities, and education.
  • Develops and maintains a list of available positions in the immediate and surrounding geographic area, and remote or otherwise reasonably accessible opportunities.
  • When appropriate, recommends additional education and skill training opportunities to reach higher career goals.
  • Coaches and prepares job seekers for interviews.
  • Schedules and tracks the results of interviews.
  • Following a placement, gather feedback from the job-seeker and the employer to assess the employee’s success in the role, the fit of the placement, and whether the parties are satisfied with the placement service.
  • Develops and maintains records of training, placements, and interview results; uses this data to continually modify and improve the placement service.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Basic understanding of vocational assessment and counseling techniques.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software needed to maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least one year of experience in similar counseling is preferred.

Job Specifications

  •  Full-time, exempt salaried position, 32-hours per week
  • Based in Philadelphia, PA, working remotely initially
  •  Immediate start date

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.

Mural Arts is pleased to offer a competitive and comprehensive holiday, health and dental benefits package. The annual salary is $43,000.00-$46,000.00

Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter addressed to HR@muralarts.org with the job title in the subject line. Candidates who advance in our selection process will be asked to submit writing samples and references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.