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.


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.

Director of Development
FWM seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial development professional with the ability to lead and inspire while meeting aggressive fundraising goals. The Director of Development will have a track record of successfully cultivating and closing high-level gifts across all funding areas. Ideal candidates will have experience in the development departments of non-profit arts organizations, as well as an interest and passion for contemporary art. He or she will have experience in overseeing program assessment and strategic planning, as well as the demonstrated ability to conceive of and spearhead new, innovative cultivation opportunities, while providing leadership around all aspects of fundraising. This position reports directly to the Interim Executive Director and will supervise FWM's current development staff member.
  • Develop and drive unrestricted giving program directed at individual and institutional donors.
  • Devise and coordinate restricted fundraising strategies, donor management, grant writing, and proposal development.
  • Design and oversee systems for gift management, reporting, and stewardship.
  • Provide leadership and direction on the fundraising activities of the Interim Executive Director and current Board, including identifying, cultivating, and soliciting gifts.
  • Launch planned giving program.
  • Create and execute innovative strategies to attract corporate partners with an emphasis on sponsorship.
  • Working closely with the Interim Executive Director and current Board, strategically design and help build a board development strategy to meet future strategic goals and annual operating needs.
  • Grow and mentor a professional development team over time as resources permit.
  • Develop, maintain, and manage annual expense budget for development.
  • Provide regular reporting and progress on all fundraising activities.
  • Work closely with finance department to ensure that the total financial health of FWM is considered in all expense and income forecasting.
  • Five to ten years of fundraising experience in a results-oriented organization, visual or performing arts organization preferred.
  • Excellent management and administrative skills.
  • Experience supporting the fundraising activities of Board members and Executive staff.Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Proven ability to build internal and external relationships.

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. Interested candidates should send letter of interest, resume, and salary history to development@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. When applying, include “Director of Development” in the subject line of email. No phone calls please.

Manager of Visual Media and Technology
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally-acclaimed contemporary art museum in Center City Philadelphia, seeks a motivated self-starter and leader to assume the full-time role of Manager of Visual Media and Technology.
  • Oversee the operation of the Visual Media Department, including managing employees, interns, and contract staff for special projects, events, and technology-based initiatives
  • Maintain and advance FWM's IT infrastructure, employee work stations, and A/V equipment inventory
  • Assist FWM's Artists-in-Residence in the production of new media artworks
  • Design, install, and maintain audio/video components of FWM's exhibitions
  • Supervise video documentation of FWM's day-to-day activities and resident artists
  • Manage the Audio/Video archives of FWM, including all grant-funded archive initiatives
  • Contribute technical writing for grant proposals and reports
  • Bachelor's Degree in Film, IT, or related field
  • Minimum 2-3 years IT and A/V experience
  • Experience with networking and digital asset management
  • Knowledge of video cameras/projectors and live sound setup
  • Proficiency in Adobe Software, specifically Premiere and After Effects
  • Must be efficient, detail-oriented, and possess the ability to work under strict deadlines
To Apply:
Please send a PDF of your cover letter and resume to
fwmvideo@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org using "MANAGER OF VISUAL MEDIA AND
TECHNOLOGY" as the subject line. EOE. No phone calls, please.
Visitor Services Assistant

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is seeking a qualified applicant for the position of Visitor Services Assistant. Reporting to the Founder & Artistic Director and the Museum Shop Manager, the Visitor Services Assistant is responsible for providing a high quality museum experience in an efficient and friendly manner. The Visitor Services Assistant is the ambassador of The Fabric Workshop and Museum and acts as our visitors' first point of contact. The candidate we are looking for must have exceptional communication and customer service skills and enjoy interacting with a diverse audience.
Hours: Full-time 40 hrs per week and Part-time 32 hrs per week, includes some evenings and weekends
Duties and Responsibilities:
  · Market the various experiences available to FWM visitors including tours, programs, special events,
    memberships and other information related to FWM
  · Process admissions and sales
  · Prepare Museum for visitation at the beginning of day and close at end of day
  · Maintain organization and appearance of admissions desk area, including coat room, brochure and gallery
    notes display
  · Answer phone and route calls to proper staff
  · Generate reports of daily admissions
  · Other tasks as assigned by Founder & Artistic Director and Supervisor
Minimum Qualifications:
Prior front desk, museum or gallery experience with extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary art strongly preferred. He/She must have superb customer service and problem-solving skills, professionalism, and flexibility. Experience in retail and POS systems. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and preferably Quickbooks Point of Sale.
Salary based on qualifications and experience. EOE.
Please send cover letter, résumé, and three references to:
Visitor Services Assistant Search
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Museum Shop Assistant / Gallery Guide

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is seeking a qualified applicant for the position of Museum Shop Assistant / Gallery Guide.  Reporting to the Founder & Artistic Director and the Museum Shop Manager, the Museum Shop Assistant is responsible for daily operations of all Museum Shop activities. The Museum Shop Assistant will open/close shop, perform end-of-day procedures and oversee daily retail operations that includes customer service, visual presentation, merchandising, and inventory control. Required to perform special projects and other duties as assigned.
The candidate will also share responsibilities for serving as a Gallery Guide. The Gallery Guide provides an important service to FWM by greeting visitors and providing general information about the museum and its programs as well as leading visitors through temporary exhibitions in the museum galleries and insuring the safety of the works of art. The position also requires that candidates assist with front desk administrative duties as needed.
Minimum qualifications:
Experience in a museum or high-end design shop setting, with extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary art strongly preferred. He/She must have superb customer service and sales skills, problem-solving skills, professionalism, and flexibility.  Experience in retail and POS systems.  Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and preferably Quickbooks Point of Sale.
This is a Part-time position and includes evenings and weekends.
Salary based on qualifications and experience. EOE.
Please send cover letter, résumé, and three references to:
Museum Shop Assistant / Gallery Guide Search
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email: tracey@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

Current 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.
  • Curatorial Intern:  The Artistic Director and Director manage all in-house and traveling exhibitions, artist residencies, artist multiples, and special projects. The Curatorial Intern works closely with the Director in researching and writing text for artist residencies and exhibition planning, including gallery notes, and artist biographies. Excellent writing and research skills are required; background in art history or demonstrated experience in the field of contemporary art is preferred.
  • Development Intern:  The Director of Development and Communications oversees the financial matters of the museum, as well as education, publication, and development of programs. Under the supervision of the Director, the Development Intern will supply administrative support to the department responsible for fundraising for the museum's 2.3 million annual budget, including grant writing for government, foundation, corporate, and individual sponsorship, as well as cultivating museum membership. Excellent writing skills are required, as well as some art history knowledge, non-profit management, or arts administration background is preferred.
  • Education Intern:  Assists with school group planning for the 2012-13 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.
  • 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.
  • Communications Intern:  The Director of Development and Communications coordinates the public relations activities for FWM including media relations, special events, and membership. 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.
  • 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.