Employment, Volunteering and Internship Opportunities

To apply for a position at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), please indicate the desired position and forward a cover letter and resume to:
Attn: Human Resources
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2816 

Applicants may also send their resume and cover letter by fax at 215.561.8887 or email hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org.

Volunteering

FWM welcomes volunteers for a variety of projects and events. In the studio or photo/video archives, working on administration or special events, volunteers provide critical support to all of our programs or departments. Please call 215.561.8888 or email hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org for more information.

Employment

 
Museum Education Coordinator
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum in Philadelphia, seeks a full-time Museum Education Coordinator to broaden the understanding of contemporary art practices through educational and public programming. The Museum Education Coordinator organizes two programs: Public Programs and the High School Apprentice Training Program and in a 60/40 divide. The primary role of the Museum Education Coordinator is to coordinate a range of Public Programs—from artist talks and panel discussions to family and teen events—that expand and deepen FWM's audience experience. Additionally, the Museum Education Coordinator runs the High School Apprentice Training Program, an after-school art program that trains students to design their own screen-printed textiles in three, twelve-week sessions annually. This position reports directly to the Director of Education.

 

Public Program Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Education Department to create Public Programs that support the exhibition schedule and FWM's mission
  • Work closely with Director of Education, Communications Manager, Director of Facilities, and other staff as required to coordinate all aspects of Public Programs, including:
  • Draft guest speaker invitation and event descriptions
  • Select preliminary promotion images
  • Research outside organizations for partnerships
  • Schedule site visits for onsite and offsite events
  • Identify and coordinate dates for Public Programs and maintain event calendar
  • Create run of show for each event and coordinate additional event staffing
  • Order supplies and track Program budget and expenses

High School Apprentice Training Program Responsibilities

  • Coordinate all aspects of the High School Apprentice Training Program, including:
  • Educate and evaluate High School Apprentices in their artistic and professional development within the museum setting
  • Each term, recruit, interview, and hire participants for the High School Apprentice Training Program
  • Train 15-18 High School Apprentices annually in repeat pattern design, hand screen printing, and museum education activities
  • Mentor High School Apprentices in their portfolio development for college applications and write letters of recommendation
  • Order supplies and track Program budget and expenses

Qualifications

  • MFA in Studio Art or MA in Museum Education preferred, Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art or Education required
  • Minimum two years' museum education experience
  • Experience with screen printing and other art making techniques, as well as demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art and fine art practices
  • Excellent written, oral communication, organizational, and problem solving skills, with keen attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and dedicated
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, with the ability to learn additional computer/technical skills as needed
  • Ability to work on several projects at once and change priorities on short notice
  • Ability to interact effectively with co-workers and managers

To Apply

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to christina@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. Include "Application: Museum Tour Coordinator" in the subject line of email. EOE. No phone calls please. Application Deadline: February 28, 2019.

 
 

Internship Opportunities

 
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) seeks students with an interest in Philadelphia's arts and cultural community. Students will have the opportunity to work with our administrative, education, collections management, studio, and retail staff on current and future projects.
 
Our interns are college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate/post-graduate students who volunteer their time to gain first-hand experience in the programming and administration of a contemporary art museum and collaborative workshop.
 
Under the supervision of a staff member, interns assist with regular departmental activities and with specific projects assigned by their respective mentors.Internships usually commence with the start of each semester and run through the end of the semester, however, there is no set deadline for applications. Interns are required to commit 10 hours minimum per week. No stipend is available.
  • Collections Intern:  The Registrar works directly with art objects and maintains all artworks at the museum. This internship is an excellent opportunity to learn about a central museum management position outside the familiar sphere of art careers. The intern will assist in organizing the museum collection, specifically computer cataloguing and shaping the photo archive. Art history or studio art background is required; basic computer literacy is essential.
  • Communications Intern:  The Communications Manager coordinates the public relations activities for FWM including media relations, press previews, and special events. The intern will assist in preparing press kits and mailings, filing press clippings, and promoting public receptions and artist lectures. Interns have the opportunity to support the FWM staff during special events, including event setup and hosting visitors. The intern should be interested in non-profit administration, with strong attention to detail and communication skills.
  • Development Intern:  Under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Development Intern will support FWM’s fundraising program. Based on the Museum’s need and the Intern’s skills and interests, s/he will learn the fundamentals of development, including grant writing, gift processing, prospect research, event management, donor cultivation and stewardship, and membership. Excellent writing skills and organizational ability are required. Knowledge of art history and an interest in contemporary art are helpful, as in an interest in a career in fundraising, non-profit management or arts administration. Note: applications for Development Interns should be submitted to lauren@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org.
  • Education Intern:  Assists with school group planning for the academic year; helps with tours for adults, school groups, and family workshops; completes education program evaluation; works on video production; develops, assembles, and distributes educational packets.
  • Exhibitions Intern: Will work most closely with the Exhibitions Manager, who coordinates and oversees all in-house and traveling exhibitions and other special museum projects. The candidate will assist in researching and writing text for artist residencies and upcoming exhibitions, compiling in-depth artist histories and biographies for FWM departments and catalogue publication, and various administrative tasks. Excellent writing and research skills are required; background in art history or demonstrated experience and interest in the field of contemporary art and/or exhibitions is preferred. The position requires the submission of one writing sample (1-2 pages) in addition to FWM's standard intern application materials.
  • Finance Intern: Candidates will have the opportunity to work with the Controller and senior administrative staff who are responsible for overseeing such activities as executing accounts payable & payroll; performing reconciliations; preparing grant reports for Development staff; managing the annual audit; and performing cash projections. Under the supervision of the Controller, Intern duties will include processing weekly bills, copying and filing, compiling data into reports in Excel or Word, and other duties as assigned. Excellent organizational skills are required. An interest in accounting, business, and nonprofit management a plus.
  • Museum Store Intern:  The Museum Store Manager markets a wide selection of unique, artist-designed, functional objects created on-site at the Museum. This internship is an excellent opportunity to work in a non-profit arts organization, while simultaneously learning about general sales and marketing skills. The intern will work closely with the Manager, with an emphasis on developing an aggressive marketing plan, increasing annual sales, and establishing inventory control procedures. Marketing knowledge or business management knowledge is preferred; computer literacy is essential.
  • Photo/Video Intern:  The Photo/Video Coordinators handle all documentation at FWM, including on-site video and photo documentation of artists' projects and activities at the Museum. The Coordinators also create and organize a photo and slide archives of projects and handle multi-media equipment for events, lectures, and exhibitions. The Intern will assist with video/photo shoots of artists' projects in process and finished artworks, organization of photo/slide archives, and also help set up multi-media equipment. Practical knowledge of photography, videography, and computer skills--including Photoshop, Illustrator, and some database programs--is required.
  • Studio Internships:  The FWM Studio staff works with artists-in-residence on research, planning, and execution of artist projects. The Studio intern will have an opportunity to work in a creative and unique environment with experienced art professionals. Candidates should have a strong interest in art, be detail-oriented, work well with their hands, and be self-motivated. Studio internships are offered on an as needed basis.
Internship applicants must submit:
  • A cover letter stating the reason for applying and what the applicant hopes to gain from the internship experience
  • A résumé
  • A list of relevant coursework
After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. EOE. No phone calls, please.