The 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. We carry out our mission by annually engaging more than 20,000 people in the creation of 50 to 100 public art projects, including 2,000 individuals enrolled in one of our three core programs—Art Education for Youth, Restorative Justice for inmates and those re-entering society, and Porch Light for those in treatment for trauma, addiction, or mental illness. Through the liberating, joyful, and open context of artistic co-creation, we galvanize diverse constituencies, give voice to myriad perspectives, enhance the built environment, and bring visibility to issues in a way that sparks changes in perception and policy.
We are regularly recognized as a force for excellence and innovation in public art. Most recently, we had projects honored by the Public Art Network, the Venice Biennale, and the United Nations. We attract interest from an international audience of artists, scholars and practitioners, who attend conference sessions on our work, register for convenings we host in Philadelphia, and set up professional consultancies with our staff. More than 12,000 visitors annually participate in public and private tours led by our Tours Department.
Project planning and implementation; partnership development and maintenance; logistics management; budget development, monitoring and compliance; and communication with the full range of stakeholders including community members, funders, internal staff, site partners, faculty, and students. The Project Manager utilizes internal project management protocols and manages artists, assistant artists and other contractors, negotiating fees, timelines and performance expectations.
Project Manager’s role will include engaging the public and negotiating community concerns to secure buy-in. Building strong, meaningful and lasting relationships with community members is a key responsibility of the Project Manager. The Project Manager serves as an ambassador of Mural Arts in project communities at all times.
The Project Manager also collaborates on project-specific marketing and public relations efforts with assistance from the Public Engagement team and shapes grant proposals and reports with the Development staff. The Project Manager is an important member of Mural Arts’ project team, working with the full staff on organizational-wide activities. The Project Manager will be expected to work some nights and weekends as project work demands.
The ideal candidate will have at least three years’ experience in project management. In light of Mural Arts’ goals of individual and community transformation using art, the best candidate will come to the position with a background in, social services, community development, education, and/or community outreach. A knowledge and background in public or contemporary art or muralism a plus. He/she will be detailed oriented and have a solid record of bringing projects in on time and on budget. He/she should be able to juggle many tasks and to maintain focus in a fast-paced, high pressure environment. Ability to reorder priorities, delegate and multi-task – with ease and grace – a must. He/she must also be able to work well with many different kinds of people in diverse settings. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of organizational finance and project management software and a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record. Commitment to the mission and values of the Mural Arts Program, a solid work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills, political savvy, and a respect for teamwork are critical to success in this position.
Additional Requirements Include:
Requires a BA or BS in related field, or equivalent experience and knowledge. At least three years of experience in small and large scale project development and management. Previous experience with budgets, purchasing, inventory, staffing and short and long range planning required.
Salary: Competitive compensation, including health and dental benefits.
For further information on the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, please visit www.muralarts.org.
Please forward cover letter and resume to Sara Ansell, Porch Light Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Project Manager position.