Community Lab Manager for Mural Arts project

This Deadline Expired: Friday, July 21, 2017

Monument Lab, coming to Philadelphia in fall 2017, is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, challenges people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.
A guiding, central question—What is your vision for a monument that represents Philadelphia?—will be posted to 21 of the most dynamic contemporary artists working in Philadelphia and around the world today, selected by curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum. Temporary monuments conceived by the artists will appear in public spaces across the city, accompanied by interactive pop-up “laboratories” for creative conversations and research collected by youth art guides. During open hours, staff will be present at all labs to distribute information, answer questions, prompt participation, and collect submissions from members of the public.

Job Description
Research Lab Manager

Each lab manager will be based at one of the 10 research labs and will be present at the labs Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3–6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. The lab manager is responsible for ensuring the safety of the lab staff and community, and for making sure that each lab is a vibrant, welcoming environment for community conversations about the public art and monuments of Philadelphia. The lab manager is responsible for the accurate collection of monument proposals from the general public and should be passionate about engaging members of the public around themes of contemporary art, history, and collaborative research. Lab managers will perform core operational functions in support of the exhibition, wayfinding, opening/closing of the lab, and modeling behavior for support staff. Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Laboratory Manager Job Duties:
Leads the small team of lab staff including two (2) high school students and a
community member in all day-to-day lab operations.
Learns exhibit content and exhibit activities grounded in historical research,
contemporary public art, and community engagement.
Engages guest participation with questions, activities, and educational content
related to exhibit and overall related concepts.
Adapts guest engagements to reach diverse audiences of varying age,
background, and knowledge levels.
Helps on other teams of facilitators to deliver program throughout project sites
as assigned.
Supports team members with a positive, professional, and collaborative attitude.
Incorporates ongoing coaching notes and feedback into all aspects of the job.
Maintains lab space as organized and fully stocked for each day.
Completes projects by assisting project team; attending and participating in group and project meetings and events.
Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities.
Enhances laboratory and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments and troubleshooting routine problems.
Laboratory Manager Skills and Qualifications:
Passion for public art and civic engagement
Connection to the city of Philadelphia preferred, but not required

Benefits
This position is a part-time/temporary position, August–November 2017.
$2500 stipend to be paid in five $500 installments.

How to Apply
All offers of employment are contingent upon obtaining and successfully passing required background checks, including but not limited to criminal and child abuse. As an independent contractor, the cost of background checks is not covered by Mural Arts Advocates.

Must be available for interview the week of July 30th -August 4th, 2017
If interested in this position please send a resume and cover letter to Attn: Maya Thomas Research coordinator, pmo@muralarts.org with Lab Manager in the subject line.

Kathleen Vaccaro

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