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Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program of its kind, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative and equitable process, creating nearly 4,000 artworks that have transformed public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts aims to empower people, stimulate dialogue, and build bridges of 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. Popular mural tours offer a firsthand glimpse into the inspiring stories behind Mural Arts’ iconic and unparalleled collection, which has earned Philadelphia worldwide recognition as the “City of Murals.”


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, while accompanying the artist through their creative process. 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.

Environmental hazards disproportionately affect marginalized communities, especially communities of color. In an effort to rectify and activate around Environmental Justice issues, the EJ Department facilitates two types of projects: (1) projects that come directly from communities, centering their visions, expertise, and knowledge, and (2) projects that directly support the environmental and climate justice movement. We work at a crux between the strategic and the tactical, allowing access to the strategic advocacy of its parent organization, Mural Arts, and its long-standing relationships with allied entities in city government and the nonprofit sector. To imagine and practice a more just future, projects must prioritize dismantling the systems that maintain these disparities and build relational networks, both in their goals and in their practice.


Responsibilities:  

  • Manage projects and their related logistics, including, but not limited to: timelines/schedules, data, budgets, contracts, materials/paint/sundries, contacts, and communication/PR efforts. 
  • Manage artists, assistant artists, and other contractors hired to support specific aspects of the work.
  • Communicate and provide ongoing support (e.g. project-specific resources) for project partners, stakeholders, funders, site partners, and community members.
  • Plan and implement project-specific public meetings, events, and programs.
  • Engage the public and negotiate community concerns.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships. 
  • Participate and collaborate in routine internal meetings to assess progress, share learnings, trouble-shoot challenges, and discuss big picture directions for the projects.
  • Work horizontally and collaborate to contribute to the justice and anti-racist efforts and practices of the Department. 
  • Write a broad range of project-related resources including project descriptions, creative briefs, meeting documentation, contractor job descriptions, and website updates.
  • Develop, monitor, and comply with project budgets and related funding.
  • Negotiate and manage fees, timelines, contracts, and performance expectations.
  • Represent Mural Arts and the EJ Department at conferences and other professional and/or project-related gatherings.
  • Utilize internal project management protocols.
  • Supervise department FAO Fellow.
  • Report to and coordinate with the Director of the EJ Department.
  • Oversee department-level and project-level communications and PR strategizing.

 

Qualifications:  

 

The ideal candidate will have at least three to five years of experience in project management. A background in environmental justice, activism, and administration is important. Knowledge of public, contemporary, and/or social practice art is a plus. Candidates must be highly organized and have experience with budget management, tracking and managing details, conflict resolution, community engagement and have a solid record of bringing projects in on time and on budget. They must be able to juggle many tasks with grace, ease, and maintain focus in a very fast-paced, high-pressure environment. They must also be able to work well in diverse settings and be comfortable with conducting public presentations and facilitating public conversations. Critical to success in this role, the ideal candidate will have a commitment to the mission and values of both Mural Arts Philadelphia and the EJ Department, a strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills, and have the ability to work with a team engaged in complex collaborations. A valid driver’s license is required and a car is preferred. This position divides time between project administration and project management. 

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program of its kind, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative and equitable process…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 17, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 3, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

Up to $55,000

Benefits

Salary: Mural Arts is pleased to offer a competitive and comprehensive health and dental benefits package. The annual salary for this full time exempt position is $55,000. 

Salary: Mural Arts is pleased to offer a competitive and comprehensive health and dental benefits package. The annual salary for this full time exempt position is $55,000. 

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Philadelphia, PA
Associated Location
1729 Mount Vernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

How to Apply

Please provide a cover letter, salary requirements, resume, and references to the Director of the Environmental Justice Department, Shari Hersh at restoredSpaces@muralarts.org. Please include "Project Manager" in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting April 19. Review will close May 3.

Please provide a cover letter, salary requirements, resume, and references to the Director of the Environmental Justice Department, Shari Hersh at restoredSpaces@muralarts.org…

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