Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.
For over 35 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.”
This position oversees the organization’s ongoing operations including the financial and administrative components of the work (budget, systems, protocols, contracts, and compliance), human resource management, program and project divisions, and field operations. The COO ensures that the staff and the work promote the organization’s vision and advance its mission to use participatory public art as a way to ignite meaningful change in place, people and practice.
The COO is a key member of the Executive and Leadership teams. The position will work closely with the Executive Director, the Chief Advancement Officer, Director of Human Resources, and the Director of Finance. The COO reports directly to the Mural Arts Philadelphia Executive Director, Jane Golden, who is the COO’s supervisor and is responsible for evaluating the COO annually. The position is funded and appointed by the City of Philadelphia, and is eligible to participate in City benefits, but is considered a permanent staff position of Mural Arts Philadelphia.