Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 35 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative and equitable process, creating over 4,000 artworks that have transformed public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts aims to empower people, stimulate dialogue, and build bridges to understanding with projects that attract artists from Philadelphia and around the world, and programs that focus on youth education, restorative justice, mental health and wellness, and public art and its preservation.
Through participatory public art, Mural Arts Philadelphia inspires change in people, place, and practice, creating opportunity for a more just and equitable Philadelphia.
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is seeking a Community Murals Project Manager position reports to the Director of Community Murals.
As a member of Mural Arts’ management team, the selected candidate 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.
This position is a full-time grant-funded position anticipated for 2-3 years. Hiring will be subject to securing the full anticipated funding.
- Facilitate formal review of proposed mural designs
- Create contracts with artists and other contractors.
- Communicate responsively to coordinate ordering, distribution and tracking of all project supplies and equipment
- Build and manage partnerships with Mural Arts’ partners/stakeholders, including collaboration with schools, community and nonprofit organizations, city agencies, and vendors.
- Supervise and monitor project team responsibilities as appropriate.
- Create and monitor project timelines.
- Facilitate traditional and creative community engagement approaches, including but not limited to events and workshops, public art unveilings, surveys, virtual or in-person public meetings, or forums, paint days and dedications
- Formally present designs and describe projects to community stakeholders independently, and with artists when their schedules permit, communicating with all affected pirates to share information.
- Coordinate and maintain project documentation for designated projects, including before shots, related permits, images of final design, finished project, and written descriptions.
- Manage and monitor project budget
- Contribute to evaluation of and reporting to funders on project outcomes.
- Represent artists when an artist is not available at design review meetings, and other convenings as necessary.
- Connect with the larger contemporary art scene locally, nationally and internationally to maintain knowledge of current developments in the field of socially engaged art and to generate a pool of artists to source for projects. Identify, initiate, and pursue new programmatic and project opportunities in collaboration with the leadership of the program.
- Maintain compliance with internal project management protocols
Education & Experience
- Four-year degree in arts administration, art education or equivalent experience and knowledge. Advanced degree preferred.
- 3-5 years of experience working with communities of color.
- 3-5 years of experience in project management or equivalent experience managing budgets, people and resources.
Skills & Requirements
- Familiarity with Trauma Informed Care, Restorative Practice, behavioral health and conflict resolution.
- A knowledge and background in public, contemporary art, and/or muralism preferred.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong supervisory and public presentation skills.
- Ability to work in a collaborative team-oriented environment, problem-solve, and respond quickly to requests.
- Ability also to work independently, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and maintain focus in a fast-paced work environment.
- Ability to work administratively, curatorially, interpersonally, and with a social justice mindset on the same project.
- Ability to develop and maintain relationships and partnerships in multiple communities and contexts across race, class, nationality, gender, ability, and language.
- Understanding of Systemic and Institutional Racism with Pro-Justice focus.
- Ability to work in multiple settings with respect and humility, ie: non-English dominant spaces, Queer and LGBTQ spaces, cultural and spiritual spaces and navigating gender assigned spaces, including knowledge of how candidate’s own identities affect their perspective and approaches.
- Understanding that intersectionality exists and that we need to meet people where they are and hold space for dialogue on privilege and power.
- High level of organization.
- Aptitude to perform in confidential situations.
- Computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, data management, web/internet utilization. Google Drive suite and graphic software experience is a plus.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Ability to work flexible hours, such as evenings or weekends.
This job description is a summary of the duties of the above position. Other related duties may be required by the supervisor.
Mural Arts is pleased to offer a competitive comprehensive health and dental benefits package.
Mural Arts Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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