Listings for visual arts-related employment opportunities in the Philadelphia region
This page was last updated on April 21, 2014
Deadline May 9: 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 provide cover letter and resume by May 9th 2014 addressed to Paul Dobry, Assistant to Chief Operating Officer at email@example.com.
No deadline: Exciting opportunity to manage this new retail store and tour location in Old City. Candidates will have managed a small location or assistant managed a larger location before. Responsibilities will include:
Opening and closing the premises
Managing part-time staff
Management of the point of sale system
Inventory management and ordering
Layout and upkeep of the store and its inventory
End of day accounting
Decisions about inventory
Management of store cleanliness
The role will also the sale of souvenirs, packaged refreshments and tours from the location and providing information on tour products, the city and what’s going on, so candidates should be very familiar with the area. It would be of benefit to have a passion for the City and for travel in general!
The successful applicant will have a very personable disposition, be sociable and outgoing, as well as energetic. He or she will be adept with excel, Word, software applications and simple technology.
This is a great chance to get in at the ground level of an early stage company in the tour business.
Resumes must accompany your application.
$12 per hour to start plus health benefits.
Deadline April 22: 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
• 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
• 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
• Email cover letter, portfolio (or online link), and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org BY APRIL 22, 2014 ; no phone calls please
• Indicate Summer 2014 Graphic Design Intern in the subject line
Deadline April 30: 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.
Job starts on or before September 2, 2014
Ending date flexible; 2 year commitment required
Hours: 40 hours per week
• 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:
o Coordinating programming
o Supporting community outreach efforts
o Documenting activities through blogging and social media
o Planning and executing a two day national convening
o 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.
$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.
• Email cover letter and resume to email@example.com BY APRIL 30, 2014; no phone calls please
• Indicate FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow in the subject line.
Deadline May 9: 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).
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
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
• 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 addressed to Shiffonne Lindsey, Accounting and Benefits Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No deadline: 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 email@example.com. Please state salary requirements in your cover letter. Candidates who advance in our selection process will be asked to submit writing samples.
Ongoing: Local university needs figure models to pose for college drawing classes. Requirements: willing to pose nude; able to hold poses for up to twenty minutes; punctual and responsible; excellent personal hygiene. Pay rate is $14/hr. Classes last 3 hours, various times, weekdays only. Flexible scheduling. All genders and physiques welcome. Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing: Project Basho seeks instructors for its photography classes and workshops. Applicants must have previous teaching experience. Visit projectbasho.org/opportunities for more details.
Ongoing : The Continuing Education Department at Moore College of Art and Design has opportunities for part-time instructors with master’s degrees or equivalent professional experience to teach courses in the following areas: digital media for print and web, photography, interior design, fashion design, and fine arts (two dimensional and three dimensional). Courses meet one evening a week or on Saturdays for 10-week segments. Salary varies with program and experience. To apply, submit resume with brief cover letter to Natalie Payne, Co-Director for Continuing Education, at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org / Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street and The Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103