Director of Art Education: Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Posted February 26th, 2015 at 4:55 pm.

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program unites artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Since its inception in 1984, Mural Arts has created more than 3,000 community driven murals and provided thousands of under-served youth and adults with award-winning arts education programming.


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.

Director of Art Education

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates (PMAA), the non-profit arm of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, is searching for a new Director of Art Education. The art education department serves over 1,000 at-risk and adjudicated youth annually through free out-of-school and in school project based art education programs in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

The ideal candidate for this leadership position will have a proven record of success managing a team able to engage and inspire youth aged 10 to 21 to express themselves fearlessly through the visual arts, become engaged in their communities, and build skills that will serve them through their school years and beyond.

As a member of Mural Arts’ senior management team, he or she will be able to articulate goals and create strategies that serve not only departmental objectives, but also the mission of the organization, and build and maintain effective relationships among staff, artists, funders, and community partners.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Establish department and programmatic vision, goals, policies, and procedures with the Executive Leadership Team and art education staff;
  • Oversee the financial management of the art education department, including annual programming and project budgets totaling over $2 million, representing government contracts, and institutional and federal grants;
  • Oversee and manage formal evaluations of program quality and content;
  • Recruit, hire, directly manage, and evaluate four program managers, two project managers, and an administrative manager.
  • Facilitate communications between art education staff and Mural Arts senior management;
  • Provide support and professional development for program staff and teaching artists in areas that include curriculum development, classroom management, and youth leadership and workforce development;
  • Support the development office in maintaining positive relations with funders by providing needed narrative and statistical reports and by helping to cultivate new donors;
  • Identify, initiate, and pursue new programmatic and project opportunities;
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships and communications with Mural Arts’ partners and potential partners, including social service agencies and youth-oriented organizations, arts and cultural institutions, universities, and community and government leaders;
  • Ensure that all programs and projects run effectively and efficiently in support of Mural Arts’ mission, goals, and implementation of Mural Arts recently completed strategic plan.

The Director of Art Education reports to Chief Operating Officer.

Qualifications include:

  • At least five years experience in an urban educational setting, preferably art-based, preferably working with under-served, at-risk, truant, and/or delinquent youth;
  • Not-for-profit administration and management experience in the arts, art education, education, or related field, including supervisory management of budgets, staff, projects, long-term partnerships, and short and long-range planning.

Additional requirements include:

  • Excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills, including superior writing skills;
  • Knowledge of national art education field, including best practices in community-based education;
  • Demonstration of innovative thinking and implementation of art education and digital media initiatives;
  • Experience implementing best practices in youth development;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team-oriented environment;
  • Ability to thrive in a high profile and high pressured environment;
  • Personally and professionally motivated;
  • MA in Education, Art Education, Arts Administration, related field or equivalent experience in field of education or art education;
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, data management, graphic software, and web/internet utilization;
  • Up-to-date Child Abuse, FBI and Criminal clearances;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, such as evenings or weekends.

Competitive compensation, including health and dental benefits.

Anticipated start date: April 2015

For further information on the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, please visit

How to apply

Please submit cover letter, resume, three references, and salary requirement to with Director of Art Education in the subject line. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Deadline to apply: Friday, March 13, 2015.

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