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ArtWorks now hiring a Mural Studio Manager for 2023

ArtWorks, an equal opportunity employer is strongly committed to building and retaining a diverse team that creates an inclusive workplace which harnesses each voice to collectively advance ArtWorks’ mission.


Job Title: Mural Studio Manager

Salary Range: $25,000 (25hrs/wk)

Job Type: Part Time Exempt

Location: ArtWorks Administrative Office, 2460 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Reports to: Director of Creative Projects

Start date: January 16, 2023

Job Description

ArtWorks is expanding its mural production studio launched in 2022 and is seeking a second Mural Studio Manager who will co-team with another Mural Studio Manager to fulfill a range of client services with a focus on mural design and production, while providing youth, ages 18-24, with mentorship and guidance. The role offers a talented teaching artist with expertise in mural design and production to work alongside an emerging artistic team to maximize their social impact through ArtWorks’ mission.

Reporting to the Director of Creative Projects, the Mural Studio Manager is responsible for the execution of ArtWorks’ program mission and overseeing the Mural Studio projects. The Mural Studio Manager focuses on murals of varying scales, both public-facing, exterior and interior projects. Most projects are client commissioned and provide sustainability income for the Studio.

This role requires the ability to inspire a diverse group of young people with high energy and strong organizational skills. The role requires the ability to engage young people in the design and production process by communicating and breaking down tasks into steps that help the Junior Muralists uncover their best ideas and strengths.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead projects and teams from start to finish by managing client communication, presentations, production schedules, team delegation and collaboration, design process, quality control, onsite or studio production logistics and coordination, and final delivery/completion of projects.

Design, Production, & Studio Management

  • Apply a strong understanding of mural design and production to interior and exterior mural projects.
  • Identify, create, and implement strategies and systems for studio management, maintenance, and file/spatial organization. Ensure all aspects of the project are uploaded, accessible, and maintained through to project closing.
  • Develop a team workflow with a strong sense of deadline and time management.
  • Delegate the design process, including the creation of designs, to a team of 20 Junior Muralists (JMs) and 5+ subcontracted Artists/Designers.
  • Coordinate expectations, production timelines, and invoicing with third party Designers/Artists (subcontracting).
  • Monitor project budgets: human and material resources against project budget parameters and create solutions that maximize efficiency and produce quality results. Ensure all materials are purchased and ready for use as needed in the production schedule.
  • React to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently that arise during production.

Youth Workforce Development

  • Create and communicate clear expectations to Junior Muralists by making project goals, action plans, schedules, files, and materials accessible.
  • Design curriculum that strengthens JMs’ understanding of client management, the design and production process, creative problem solving, and interpersonal communication skills (among team members and as part of the client management and relationship building process).
  • Identify training opportunities, workshops, field trips, activities, etc. that inspire JMs.
  • Build individual relationships with JMs through active conversation and one-on-one instruction, ensuring their professional development.
  • Share important information to JMs regarding ArtWorks activities and programs that they can leverage.
  • Track JM attendance/lateness, approve hours worked, and evaluate performance.
  • Support the Impact Department in compiling qualitative data; JM evaluations and surveys are completed.

Client Management

  • Establish and maintain positive client relationships to determine project scope, expectations, deadlines, pricing and budget development, and invoicing of clients.
  • Lead the development and pitching of project proposals/presentations and creative briefs.
  • Facilitate ongoing communication amongst the client, JM production teams, Artists/Designers (when needed), and ArtWorks Impact Team during the project cycle.
  • Act as an ArtWorks ambassador to current and potential clients and guests.

Qualifications and experiences:

  • Commitment to support ArtWorks’ mission, culture, and an equitable workplace
  • BFA preferred, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years experience in mural production and design
  • Experience managing projects, design process, and clients from start to completion
  • Experience leading, mentoring and managing a diverse team; preference is with young adults
  • Proficiency in digital design software – Illustrator, Photoshop, Coral Paint, and Procreate preferred
  • Excellent project management skills (time management, verbal and written communication, presentation)
  • Flexibility to a work schedule that includes hours outside of normal business hours as needed. The weekly schedule is flexible but requires alignment to the other Mural Studio Manager and the Director of Creative Projects that ensures all projects and timelines are progressing.
  • Practice ArtWorks core competencies: relationship builder, thrive through collaboration, champion diversity, embrace change, and approach opportunities with creativity.

Skills and abilities:

  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills independently and with a team
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to manage time well, particularly while managing competing priorities
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and information management systems
  • Adhere to ethical behavior and business practices; handles sensitive information with integrity
  • Sets priorities, develops work plans and schedules, monitors and reports progress
  • Comfortable working with community partners, youth, artists and across departments
  • Creative, flexible and innovative, with proven ability to implement projects

The Payoff:

  • Be part of an amazing mission and make a mark in transforming the Greater Cincinnati region with public art, building community, and investing in young artists
  • Help build a future home for ArtWorks with a site for permanent art studios, gallery, and event space to build a more vibrant community
  • Be part of a dynamic team that embraces a growth mindset
  • Be part of a collaborative, creative and flexible work culture that is people centered.
  • Join a team that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in community-centered work that creates positive change. Read our full commitment here.

To Apply:

Click here to apply. Please include cover letter, resume,10 portfolio samples, and references. For the portfolio samples, please include large scale projects that you have worked on and artwork of your own design. Please combine all images into one PDF document no larger than 4MB. Upload using the additional materials button.

Apply here

About ArtWorks

Since 1996, ArtWorks has collaborated with community organizations and residents, businesses, governments, foundations, and nonprofits to build creative works of art that built the Greater Cincinnati region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ArtWorks has employed and trained over 3,500 professional artists and 4,000 youth, ages 14 – 24. We invest in our creative economy by creating jobs that support local talent, pairing professional artists to inspire and mentor diverse teams of youth, helping them build 21st-century career-readiness skills. Over the past 26 years, this collaborative approach has created a citywide gallery with more than 14,000 public and private art projects, including more than 250 permanent outdoor murals.