Project Manager, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Posted by Philadelphia Mural Arts Program on May 5, 2014

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 Managerutilizes 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.

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