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Finance Coordinator

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.

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates is currently looking for a full-time Finance Coordinator. This is a support position that involves working closely with the Senior Accountant. The Finance Coordinator is responsible for organization bookkeeping duties, certain Accounts receivable duties, and other duties as assigned by the Senior Accountant and/or Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Duties:

I. Cash Management

A.      Bank account reconciliations
B.      Assistance with sales and cash reconciliation of ‘art sales at special events’

II.            Accounts Receivable

A.   Create all major contract invoices
B.   Monitor and track expenses against MAP contracts
C.   AR Monthly Statements & Collections
D.   Work with customers to solve any AR problems

III.           Petty Cash

A.   Keep track of all petty cash transactions, ensuring proper documentation
B.   Maintain documentation file
C.   Reconcile petty cash against documentation
D.   Ensure that sufficient petty cash is on hand, including  check cashing at bank

IV.          Miscellaneous

A.   Review and upload Visa account analyses
B.   Assist Senior Accountant & CFO with administrative tasks
C.   Assign and update project budget numbers
D.   Update Project Budgets in Master Project schedule and  Financial Edge
E.   Assist with analysis and upload of payroll files
F.    Assist Auditors with year-end audit
G.   Analyses of Balance Sheet items such as Inventory, Escheats, Accruals and others as requested by the Senior Accountant
H.   Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Associate degree in Accounting or Business Management
  • At least 3 years of administration/bookkeeping experience,
  • Strong computer & Excel skills
  • The ability to work both as a team and individually
  • Must be organized and detail oriented.
  • Financial Edge Software Experience a plus

Salary:  Commensurate with experience, with benefits.

Please provide a resume and cover letter addressed to Employment Opportunity at Mural Arts – Finance Coordinator

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.

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates is currently looking for a full-time Finance Coordinator. This is a support position that involves working closely with the Senior Accountant. The Finance Coordinator is responsible for organization bookkeeping duties, certain Accounts receivable duties, and other duties as assigned by the Senior Accountant and/or Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Duties:

I       Cash Management

A. Bank account reconciliations
B. Assistance with sales and cash reconciliation of ‘art sales at special events’

II. Accounts Receivable

A. Create all major contract invoices
B. Monitor and track expenses against MAP contracts
C. AR Monthly Statements & Collections
D. Work with customers to solve any AR problems

III. Petty Cash

A. Keep track of all petty cash transactions, ensuring proper documentation
B. Maintain documentation file
C. Reconcile petty cash against documentation
D. Ensure that sufficient petty cash is on hand, including  check cashing at bank

IV. Miscellaneous

A. Review and upload Visa account analyses
B. Assist Senior Accountant & CFO with administrative tasks
C. Assign and update project budget numbers
D. Update Project Budgets in Master Project schedule and  Financial Edge
E. Assist with analysis and upload of payroll files
F. Assist Auditors with year-end audit
G. Analyses of Balance Sheet items such as Inventory, Escheats, Accruals and others as requested by the Senior Accountant
H. Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: 

  • Associate degree in Accounting or Business Management
  • At least 3 years of administration/bookkeeping experience
  • Strong computer & Excel skills
  • The ability to work both as a team and individually
  • Must be organized and detail oriented. 
  • Financial Edge Software Experience a plus

Salary:  Commensurate with experience and benefits offered. 

Please provide cover letter and resume by May 9th addressed to Shiffonne Lindsey, Accounting and Benefits Specialist at shiffonne.lindsey@muralarts.org.  

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Request for Qualifications: Lead Artist

To apply for this position, download the application here.

We are excited to present an opportunity to lead a new Porch Light Project about the important issue of problem gambling. Please read below to learn more about the project, the Lead Artist’s role, and application guidelines.

What is the Porch Light Program?

Previously referred to as our Behavioral Health Program, the Porch Light Program situates art and human connection at the heart of recovery, resilience, and healing throughout Philadelphia. Through partnerships with behavioral health agencies and social service agencies, The Porch Light Program works closely with communities to uplift public art as an expression of community resilience and a vehicle of personal and community healing. The Porch Light Program is a partnership between the Mural Arts Program and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services that has resulted more than 20 large-scale murals since 2007.  We have partnered to complete murals that focus specifically on mental health and substance use, as well as other issues that significantly influence our mental health, including faith and spirituality, homelessness, trauma, immigration, war and community safety and tensions.

Why are we doing a project on gambling?

The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services approached Mural Arts to explore the issue of gambling through our participatory public art process. As per DBHIDS’ proposal “The Porch Light Program will help the Gambling Initiative to shed light on Problem and Pathological Gambling while maintaining a neither for nor against stance and to impart resiliency and hope.” Problem and pathological gambling have significant impacts on individuals and communities. Data gathered by the National Council on Compulsive Gambling suggest:

  • 1-3% of the Adult Population of the U.S, including over 300,000 people in Pennsylvania, have a gambling problem
  • Surveys show that about 10% – 15% of American youth have experienced gambling-related problems
  • Age 10 is the average age at which many adult problem gamblers had their first contact with gambling.
  • 60% of those addicted to gambling will commit crimes
  • 20% of gambling addicts commit or attempt suicide
  • 75% of all pathological gamblers have had problems with alcohol
  • 20% of addicted gamblers have filed for bankruptcy
  • 50% will abuse spouses and children
  • 20% of the homeless are gambling addicts
  • The average gambling debt is between $63,000 and $110,000
  • The Asian population make up 25% of a casinos revenue

The goals of the project are: raise awareness about the issues of problem and pathological, increase access to services related to gambling addiction, and highlight hope and resilience inherent within communities impacted by the issue.

What role will the Lead Artist play in the project?

The Lead Artist will lead the community engagement sessions and the final mural creation. The programming will consist of a series of workshops at a SEAMAAC. SEAMAAC is one of the oldest and largest refugee-founded agencies in the region. The agency, located at 1711 S. Broad Street, provides a wide array of direct services and takes an active approach to building community leadership through education, organizing and advocacy.

Specific Responsibilities

  • As Lead Artist, your responsibilities will begin in May 2014 and run through November 2014.
  • With support from the Mural Arts Porch Light Program staff and your assistant artist(s), the Lead Artist will:
    • Hold weekly workshops from May through July, hosted by SEAMAAC to explore the issue of gambling and its impact on the community.
    • Hold a community paint days and design discussions for the purpose of engaging the larger community in the participatory public art process and dialogue about the issue of problem gambling.
    • Develop the mural design (The design must be derived from community engagement workshops and include constituents of the project in some way (i.e. including some of their artwork, input, words, etc)
    • Attend design review sessions at Mural Arts
    • Produce and install the final mural by October 31 2014

Budget

  • Lead Artist Compensation: $10,000
  • Programming Supplies: $1,000
  • Mural Supplies: $9,000

To apply for this position, download the application here.

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FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow

Mural Arts seeks an FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow to assist the Art Education department and the Restored Spaces initiative, Mural Arts’ art-based approach to integrating the activities of city agencies, community organizations, and residents to collectively transform schools, recreation centers, and commercial corridors into models for sustainable revitalization.  The Fellow will enter into a cohort of recent college graduates in Philadelphia, New York and Boston, all of whom share a demonstrated interest in youth education and development, that is supported and mentored for the duration of the two-year fellowship through the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation.

Fellow's time will be split evenly between direct service–collaborating with project artists and teaching artists to develop and implement environmentally-themed art curricula–and project work–assisting with Mural Arts staff to plan and manage Restored Spaces initiatives, coordinating programming, supporting community outreach, documenting activities through blogging and social media, following up on various administrative tasks, and planning and executing a two day national convening.

This is an excellent opportunity to have a direct effect on the Restored Spaces project and the lives of individuals within Philadelphia communities, and to gain experience in the backstage work involved in such projects, within an internationally-renowned non-profit arts organization.

Dates: Application deadline: April 30, 2014

Job starts on or before September 2, 2014

            Ending date flexible; 2 year commitment required

Hours: 40 hours per week


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with project artists and teaching artists to plan, deliver, and document environmentally-themed projects with youth and community constituents.
  • Assist in facilitating and coordinating activities with youth including botanical research, exploration of environmental issues, project design, fabrication and installation of public artworks, and field trips.
  • Assist in gathering and updating evaluative data such as attendance, retention, and youth outcomes.
  • Update the Art Education program blog with pictures and descriptions of what classes are accomplishing.
  • Assist Restored Spaces with administrative responsibilities, including but not limited to:
    • Coordinating programming
    • Supporting community outreach efforts
    • Documenting activities through blogging and social media
    • Planning and executing a two day national convening
    • Administrative tasks such as word processing, tracking data in Excel, creating presentations in PowerPoint, making phone calls, etc.
  • Meet weekly with supervisor to monitor process and receive feedback.
  • Communicate regularly with FAO Schwarz mentor.

QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES

  • Candidate MUST BE either a recent college graduate (1-2 years) or be planning on graduating from college before September, 2014.
  • Candidate must be interested in simultaneously balancing “on the ground” direct service work with “behind the scenes” capacity-building projects, both of which will have a profound impact on the host organization’s work.
  • Candidate must be able to exhibit profound interest in education, art, and environmentalism/environmental science.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.
  • Teaching experience strongly preferred.
  • Computer literacy including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs.
  • Creative, forward-thinking individual who is passionate about community engagement and social change through the arts. 

SALARY

$28,000 in the first year, $29,000 in the second year, plus $1,000 bonus for individuals that complete the entire two-year fellowship. Competitive benefits.

TO APPLY

  • Email cover letter and resume to restoredspaces@muralarts.org BY APRIL 30, 2014; no phone calls please
  • Indicate FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow in the subject line.
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2014 Summer Internship Program Sponsored by Independence Foundation

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is seeking dedicated individuals for our 2014 Summer Internship Program, sponsored by Independence Foundation.

This paid internship affords the opportunity to work alongside a professional muralist; a great learning experience for any artist and a way to gain solid mural-making and community skills.

Become part of the team and contribute to Philadelphia’s renaissance. Advocate for social change at a grassroots level by collaborating with communities to create enduring and inspiring works of public art.

To learn more about this internship opportunity and to find out how to apply, click the link below.

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City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program: Graphic Design Internship SUMMER 2014

Mural Arts seeks a GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN to assist the communications department with the development and execution of the marketing plan. Available for college credit only. Intern's time will be focused on developing marketing materials that will be used to promote events, tours, educational programs, and support our mission.

Dates:  Flexible on start date but no later than June 2, 2014

            Ending date: flexible

2 month commitment required

Hours: 20 ‐ 25 hours per week

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

  • Candidate MUST EARN COLLEGE CREDIT FOR INTERNSHIP (exceptions made on a case-by-case basis)
  • STRONG GRAPHIC DESIGN SKILLS REQUIRED (proficiency in Adobe suite)
  • The candidate MUST have experience with INTERPRETING DATA and creating INFOGRAPHICS
  • Enthusiastic self-starter
  • 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
  • Honorarium available for interns who complete 2 month internship

TO APPLY

  • Email cover letter, portfolio (or online link), and resume to almaz.crowe@muralarts.org BY APRIL 22, 2014 ; no phone calls please
  • Indicate Summer 2014 Graphic Design Intern in the subject line
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City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program: Marketing & Events Internship SUMMER 2014

Mural Arts seeks a marketing and events intern to assist the Communications department with the development and execution of the organizational marketing plan. This internship is ideal for someone who would like to build on their already impressive portfolio. The marketing and event intern will support the organization's communications, editorial, and promotional materials and will be a key communicator via our social media outlets.

Dates:  Flexible on start date but no later than June 2, 2014

            Ending date: flexible

2 month commitment required

Hours: 20 ‐ 25 hours per week (occasional evening and weekend hours required)

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in planning and implementing special events
  • Submit event information to media outlets, partner organizations, and other relevant listings
  • Write blog entries, newsletter stories, manage e-blast details, and create collateral content 
  • Manage mailings and distribution
  • Coordinate research on how marketing campaigns perform
  • Research and report on marketing trends, with emphasis on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, etc.)
     

QUALIFICATIONS

  • The candidate MUST EARN COLLEGE CREDIT FOR THIS INTERNSHIP (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis)
  • STRONG WRITING SKILLS required
  • STRONG VERBAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS required 
  • Enthusiastic SELF-STARTER
  • Third-year college-level Communications/Marketing/English student preferred
  • Must be PROBLEM-SOLVER who can think on his/her feet, especially in the midst of large-scale events
  • Must be experienced with FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, VINE, and be familiar with how to track user data
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds
  • Experience in marketing, communications, and/or special events preferred
  • Team player, flexible schedule, and punctual
  • SOME EVENING AND WEEKEND EVENTS required
  • Honorarium available for interns who complete 2 month internship

TO APPLY

  • Email cover letter, 3 writing samples, and resume to almaz.crowe@muralarts.org BY APRIL 22, 2014; no phone calls please 
  • Indicate SUMMER 2014 Marketing & Communications Intern in the subject line
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Manager for Individual and Corporate Stewardship

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.  A current exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts positions our work as a leading model for “social practice”, a term applied to creative processes developed by artists and arts organizations to address and ameliorate social, economic, and environmental challenges.  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.

The Manager for Individual and Corporate Stewardship will help diversify Mural Arts’ base of support by increasing the size and number of gifts made by individuals and corporations.  This position is full time and reports to Mural Arts’ Director of Development. Some evening and weekend hours may be required. 

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Managing our annual appeal and targeted fundraising campaigns.
  • Proposing levels and benefits for individuals and corporations.
  • Preparing written materials and packets targeted to these audiences.
  • Managing fulfillment of benefits for corporate and individual donors.
  • Managing donor-oriented events designed to draw people closer to the work of the organization.
  • Stewarding/cultivating an assigned portfolio of key individual and corporate stakeholders.
  • Conducting routine prospect research on individuals and corporate prospects.
  • Working closely with the Board’s Development Committee and our Major Gifts Consultant.
  • Helping to develop projects requested by corporations, in collaboration with artistic staff.
  • Representing the organization at public events.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven track record in individual giving.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to meet departmental goals. 
  • Knowledge of the Philadelphia arts and culture landscape preferred.
  • Experience managing donor events preferred.
  • More than five years experience in the field preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Please provide a resume and cover letter addressed to Caitlin Butler, Director of Development, at development@muralarts.org.  Please state salary requirements in your cover letter.  Candidates who advance in our selection process will be asked to submit writing samples.  

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