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Photography Apprenticeship

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program seeks a motivated photography student or advanced amateur looking to take the next step.

Under the supervision and instruction of the Staff Photographer, the Photography Apprentice (PA) will work as lead or second shooter for project based events at Mural Arts. While the majority of the work is event related, there will also be regular opportunities for editorial, portrait, and other genres of photography.

This is an assignment driven position and does not have regular hours. An average month requires a 15–20 hour commitment. Events often take place weekends and evenings, in all corners of the city.

Instruction is built into the position and work will be reviewed regularly. 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is able to work independently and keep to strict deadlines. Photographers must have their own equipment, reliable transportation, and proficiency in Adobe Photoshop. 

The PA will receive a stipend for the 6 month apprenticeship period. (Spring/Summer 2015)

To Apply: Please email a resume, brief cover letter, and a minimum of 6 work samples to the Steve Weinik: sweinik@muralarts.org. Links to online portfolios are welcome. The application deadline is March 31. No phone calls please.

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Graphic Design Intern


The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program seeks a Graphic Design Intern to assist the communications department with the development and execution of the marketing plan.The intern's time will be focused on developing marketing materials that will be used to promote events, tours, educational programs, and support our mission.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design print collateral including but not limited to: flyers, postcards, posters, brochures, signage, advertisements, logos, invitations, newsletters, etc.
  • Create engaging INFOGRAPHICS for various projects and programs
  • Manage aspects of mailings and distribution


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong graphic design skills required (proficiency in Adobe suite)
  • The candidate should have experience with interpreting data and creating infographics
  • Third- year college-level graphic design student preferred
  • Team player, flexible schedule, and punctual
  • Creative, out-of-the- box type who is forward- thinking and courageous in design ideas and confident in aesthetic

HOURS

20 hours per week. Flexible schedule. Monday, Wednesday, Friday preferred.

TO APPLY

Please send a resume, cover letter and 3 work samples to Steve Weinik at sweinik@muralarts.org. No phone calls please.

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Senior Accountant

The Senior Accountant is responsible for all accounting details leading up to the month-end financial close and supervises the Finance Coordinator, Finance and Admin Specialist, and Accounting and Benefits Specialist positions.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the general ledger month-end close and presentation of the balance sheet and income statement results and analysis to Vice President of Finance
  • Responsible for the preparation of general ledger entries and reconciliations for month closing to close books in a timely manner
  • Oversee the cash receipts, accounts payable and payroll functions
  • Responsible for Cash Management and ensuring that all restricted funds are ‘earmarked” and allocated correctly.
  • Responsible for monthly grant tracking and preparation of  monthly grant analysis
  • Supervises grant reimbursement invoices and funder financial reports as required
  • Assistance with annual audit and budget preparation
  • Responsible for all balance sheet analyses and/or reconciliations
  • Responsible for all project analyses which involves tracking of all projects to funders and ensuring restricted funds are correctly allocated
  • Responsible for monthly project management meetings to assist mangers with their understanding of budget vs. actuals
  • Responsible for tracking Revenue against budget and following up with Development on any issues with funding
  • Responsible for maintaining a Government/Grants contracts database ensuring proper tracking against conformed/approved budgets
  • Other projects as assigned.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Accounting
  • Five years of experience in non-profit accounting
  • Blackbaud Financial Edge experience a plus
  • Auditing skills with the ability to research and reconcile complicated accounts
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Microsoft Excel experience
  • Detail oriented and organized in work
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines.

Salary: Competitive compensation, including health and dental benefits.

For further information on the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, please visit www.muralarts.org.

To Apply

Please provide cover letter with salary requirements, resume and references to shiffonne.lindsey@muralarts.org

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Work Ready Program Monitor

Mural Arts Education partners with the Philadelphia Youth Network’s (PYN) Work Ready Program to provide summer programming and employment opportunities for youth enrolled in the Art Education program. Youth work in teams at sites across Philadelphia with Teaching Artists on various large or small scale mural projects. Mural Arts seeks a Work Ready Program Monitor to complete the logistical coordination required to be a part of the PYN summer program.

Responsibilities:

  • Contacting interested students and/or their parents to schedule appointments to complete the paperwork enrollment process.
  • Maintain contact with PYN to stay abreast of any updates in the enrollment process and general programming.
  • Maintaining electronic and paper student enrollment and payroll files for MAP and PYN. 
  • Serve as liaison for PYN and MAP for all site visits by program monitors. 
  • Ensure that sites are running in compliance with PYN standards. 
  • Visit all sites weekly. 
  • Provide regular reports and meet with MAP staff weekly.

This temporary, part-time position will run 20 hours/week, from April to mid-August - mostly afternoons and evenings from mid-April to June, and mostly mornings and afternoons July through mid-August. A driver’s license with reliable vehicle or eligibility to join the Mural Arts Program Zip Car account and criminal and child abuse background checks are required for this position.

Qualifications:

  • Experience managing multiple work sites. 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Ability to respond well to changing demands in a fast paced work environment.
  • Experience working with high school aged youth preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills with a variety of student and peer staff members.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to arted.resumes@muralarts.org by March 27th 2015 with “Work Ready Program Monitor” in the subject line.  No phone calls please.

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Community Organizer

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is seeking a talented South Philadelphia resident with excellent interpersonal communications skills, and a passion for engaging community members in neighborhood activities and events. The part time Community Organizer will be responsible for working with community leaders and local residents in South Philadelphia. The goal is to raise awareness and to build community participation for different local initiatives proposed by Cohabitation Strategies Mural Arts’ Restored Spaces Initiative. The community organizer will work as part of a project team. Within this group, community outreach is one of the strategies used to promote social and physical changes. The position is for 5 months, from May to September 2015.

Project location is in South Philadelphia, particularly in the neighborhoods bound by 6th Street to the East, 9th Street to the West, Morris Street to the North, and Oregon Avenue to the South.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1. Provide leadership for the development and implementation of initiatives requiring community outreach and organizing;
2. Work as part of a team of individuals with a range of specialties;
3. Act as project liaison with residents, representatives of local schools, leaders of community organizations, planning commission members, project coordinators and other partners;
4. Build collaborations and cultivate partnerships with the aim of supporting the initiatives by Cohabitation Strategies and the community;
5. Participate in regular meetings with participants and report on project activities;
6. Conduct community assemblies, facilitate community interaction, and develop dissemination campaigns;
7. Report to project coordinators on relevant local activities and outcomes on a weekly basis.

MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

1. Minimum one year demonstrated direct organizing/base building experience;
2. Computer skills;
3. Ability and passion for building group cohesion and motivating others to action;
4. Good communication skills, written, verbal, and interpersonal;
5. Self-motivated and skilled at working as part of a team;
6. Ability to find creative solutions and to be adaptive to local constrictions.

PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

1. Research skills, preferably in participatory-action research;
2. Fluent in spoken and written English and good in spoken Spanish;
3. Flexible hours, including willingness to work evening and some weekends;
4. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Community Development, or Public Art.
5. Knowledge of Philadelphia (best if with a specific focus on South Philadelphia).

JOB SCHEDULE AND SALARY:

Salary commensurate with experience
May 4th through September 27th.

TO APPLY:

Please submit cover letter, resume, three references and salary requirement to restoredspaces@muralarts.org with Community Organizer in the subject line or drop off at Mural Arts Program, 1729 Mount Vernon Street, Philadelphia PA 19130. Deadline to apply: March 30th 2015.

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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 the 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 www.muralarts.org.

To Apply

Please submit cover letter, resume, three references, and salary requirement to arted.resumes@muralarts.org with Director of Art Education in the subject line. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Deadline to apply:  Friday, March 25, 2015.

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