Chief Operating Officer

Exciting leadership opportunity as Chief Operating Officer (COO) with Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation's largest public art program. Join a dynamic organization committed to using participatory public art as a catalyst for meaningful change. As COO, you will play a crucial role in enhancing operations, finances, and strategic initiatives, contributing to the transformation of public spaces and individual lives across the City of Philadelphia.
About Mural Arts Philadelphia
Mural Arts Philadelphia is a trailblazing public art program with over 40 years of history. Dedicated to the belief that art ignites change, Mural Arts has created nearly 4,000 artworks, uniting artists and communities through collaborative processes. The organization uses large-scale public art projects to drive impact on youth education, restorative justice, mental health, and wellness, and in the process has made Philadelphia the renowned "City of Murals."
Background of A Highly Favorable Candidate:
We are seeking a senior operations leader with a minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in a comparably complex leadership position, who holds an advanced degree in organizational development or a similar field, or whose professional trajectory reflects equivalent professional achievement. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of internal systems management, strategic planning and change leadership. They will have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a belief in social change. Experience in nonprofit financial systems and operations, and familiarity with the political and cultural dynamics of the City of Philadelphia is highly advantageous.
Professional Characteristics:
  • An advanced degree in organizational development or a similar field, or a professional trajectory that reflects equivalent professional achievement
  • Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible management experience in a matrixed organization, preferably non-profit/social impact-oriented
  • Outstanding supervisory and leadership skills, proven track record of internal systems management, strategic planning and change leadership in a complex nonprofit setting
  • Strong financial oversight and budgeting skills
  • Effective communicator and collaborator with colleagues with a broad range of working and learning styles
  • Ability to navigate legal and risk management matters
  • Familiarity with digital asset management and data analysis tools to optimize operations
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Interest/experience in the arts and culture/social change sector
  • Familiarity with the political and cultural dynamics of the City of Philadelphia is highly advantageous.
Management & Executive Leadership
  • Advance organizational mission in collaboration with board and staff
  • Oversee daily operations and establish systems, policies and practices that are aligned with the core values of the organization
  • Hire, oversee and work closely with the Director of Human Resources to develop, implement and apply best practices
  • Contribute to strategic planning efforts and collaborate with key stakeholders
  • Represent the Executive Director and the organization at City and Board levels
  • Provide leadership in best practice research and legal document oversight
  • Oversee risk management, insurance matters, and metric development
  • Manage maintenance of headquarters and spaces across the city
Financial Oversight
  • Lead the Finance department and manage budget and expenses in close collaboration with other relevant leader
  • Manage relationships and build partnerships with partners/vendors/external stakeholders
  • Create and revise reports to key stakeholders of the organization
  • Oversee the creation of City reports and budgeting documents
$130,000 - $140,000 annually. Benefits include competitive holiday, health, and dental benefits.
Organizational Information:
The COO is the “Number Two” in the organization and reports directly to the Executive Director. The COO works closely with the Executive and Leadership teams, and interacts regularly with the Board of Directors. The COO oversees five leadership level direct reports: the Senior Director of Finance, the Directors of Human Resources, Project Management, and Operations & Crew, and two additional office administrator roles.
Relevant Financial Information:
MAP has an annual operating budget of roughly $16-18M. It has 57-60 full-time, 100+ part-time, and 10 city employees.
Service Area / Industry Information:
Public art, social impact, community engagement, youth education, restorative justice, mental health, and wellness.
Additional Information:
Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Offers of employment contingent upon satisfactory reference and background checks. Mural Arts is an equal-opportunity employer, fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Explore more at
Application Process:
Email your resume to Kori Beaman Cheatham at by 03/04/2024. This is the final date for applications. Please disregard dates noted elsewhere on the job site. Confirmation of receipt of application will be sent by return email. Virtual screening with preferred candidates will be arranged forthwith. No phone calls, please.