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.

Full-Time Registrar

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) seeks a highly-experienced Registrar to oversee the care and management of a 6,000+ object permanent collection of diverse, contemporary art housed in the museum and off-site storage, as well as an impressive photography/media collection. This collection represents 38 years of visual media works created by over 800 acclaimed contemporary artists. The Fabric Workshop and Museum maintains six galleries within three buildings with a total of 10,448 square feet, and hosts an average of 13 shows a year.  The Registrar will report to FWM’s Artistic Director and the Head of Exhibitions & Publications.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Permanent Collection

  • Oversee the accessioning, condition of, and location of objects in the Museum’s permanent collection, including the movement, packing, and shipping of said objects;
  • Periodically review and evaluate registration and catalog system to maintain applicability, consistency, and operation;
  • Prepare acquisition reports for review of curatorial and administrative staff, as well as reporting to FWM’s Board of Directors on upcoming loans or possible accessions to the Museum’s collection during board meetings.

Loans and Installation

  • Oversee handling and inspection of all objects entering or leaving the Museum, including traveling exhibits, and confer with other personnel to develop and initiate most practical methods of packing and shipping fragile or valuable objects;
  • Process condition reports and all other paperwork for incoming and outgoing loan requests, as well as suggesting and scheduling any artwork conservation as deemed necessary;
  • Supervise installation/deinstallation of artworks.

Essential Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts, Masters in art history or museum studies preferred.
  • Must have demonstrable experience with all aspects of permanent collections stewardship, conservation, and major international loans and exhibitions including contracts, budgets, insurance, transportation, governmental regulations, customs regulations, security procedures and U.S. Government indemnification program.    
  • Knowledge of EmBARK or comparative collections management software program is essential. 
  • Ability to do heavy-lifting is required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required as well as a keen sense of diplomacy, optimizing effective interaction with a broad range of individuals, both within the institution as well as with outside professionals.

The salary for this year round, full-time position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. 

TO APPLY

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or by facsimile to (215) 561-8887. When applying, include “Full-Time Registrar” in the subject line. No phone calls please. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Project Technician / Printer

The Fabric Workshop and Museum, dedicated to creating and exhibiting new work by contemporary artists, seeks a full-time Project Technician / Printer. The position requires exceptional, demonstrated skills in silkscreen printing on fabric, color matching, and repeat pattern design. As well as skills in management and fabrication of artist projects with a working knowledge of traditional and non-traditional materials. The position works with Artists-In-Residence (A.I.R.) and staff to create artwork in new and experimental media. The candidate should strive for excellence in craftsmanship and have a broad knowledge of contemporary art. Recent artists include Ed Ruscha, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Jonas, Chris Burden, Ann Hamilton, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, and many others.

FULL-TIME POSITION SUMMARY

  • Department: Studio
  • Reports to the Artistic Director
  • Full time, salaried with benefits
  • Assisting other Studio Staff with all artist's projects and events
  • Coordinate technical, conceptual, and administrative aspects of artist's projects and multiples
  • Ordering and tracking supplies and materials for active print and construction studio
  • Maintenance of the studio facilities
  • Print artist's yardage production for Museum Shop.
  • Attendance at all FWM events and meetings
  • General support and assistance for all FWM exhibitions and special programs
  • MFA preferred and extensive experience required

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepare and manage budgets
  • Work within strict deadlines
  • Research materials and fabrication processes
  • Manage outside contractors, interns, and apprentices
  • Create a clear line of communication between Artistic Director and other departments regarding scheduling and updates of A.I.R. projects
  • Help to manage A.I.R exhibitions (including: exhibition design, publicity, art installation, photo documentation, packing/creating/shipping, contracts)
  • General studio space improvements, maintenance and repairs

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Proficient at silkscreen repeat printing
  • Familiar with pigment, fiber reactive dye, and acid dye printing process a plus
  • Skills in sewing, patternmaking, and fabric knowledge a plus
  • Must have attention to detail, while remaining on task
  • Knowledge and vocabulary of contemporary artists and practices a must
  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve within tight deadlines
  • Ability to work with a team and lead a team when needed
  • Flexibility and dedication
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Attention to detail a must
  • Exhibition design and planning experience a plus
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite (digital imaging)
  • Sketch Up

TO APPLY

  • Cover letter, PDF portfolio, and resume to: hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org
  • Please put "Your Name / Project Technician / Printer position" in the subject.
  • No phone calls please. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an EOE.
 
Director of Development

FWM seeks a dynamic, creative, entrepreneurial development professional with the ability to lead and inspire while meeting aggressive fundraising goals. The ideal candidate will have a track record of successfully cultivating and closing high-level gifts across all funding areas. Candidates will display a strong commitment to advancing the work of individual artists as they broaden their practice in FWM’s collaborative studio environment. In addition, he or she will have demonstrated ability to devise innovative cultivation opportunities, manage a team, build internal and external relationships, and provide leadership around all aspects of fundraising.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Develop and drive unrestricted giving program directed at individual and institutional donors.
  • Develop and drive restricted fundraising strategies, donor moves management, and proposal development directed at individual and institutional donors.
  • Work closely with the Founder & Artistic Director, Museum staff, and Board to identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts.
  • Lead or participate in fundraising solicitations.
  • Provide leadership and direction on the fundraising activities of the Board and Founder & Artistic Director.
  • Launch planned giving program.
  • Create and execute innovative strategies to attract corporate partners with an emphasis on sponsorship.
  • Build internal relationships to allow effective partnerships with curatorial, archival, education programs.
  • Strategically design and, with the Founder & Artistic Director and current Board, help to build a board development strategy to meet future strategic goals and annual operating needs.
  • Grow a professional development team over time as resources permit.
  • Ensure team members clearly understand funding goals and have the support and resources to meet them.
  • Design and oversee systems for gift management, reporting, and stewardship.
  • 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.
 QUALIFICATIONS
  • Five to ten years of fundraising experience in a results-oriented organization, visual or performing arts organization preferred.
  • Proven track record of successfully cultivating and closing high-level gifts across all funding areas.
  • An interest and passion for contemporary art (visual or performing).
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative and entrepreneurial in relationship to development.
  • Excellent management and administrative skills.
  • Experience supporting the fundraising activities of Board members and executive director.
  • Experience with and understanding of planned giving, planned giving vehicles, and gifts of work of art.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Proven ability to build internal and external relationships.
  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor.
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.
 
The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We are located at 1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
 
 
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.