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.


Please Note: The Fabric Workshop and Museum will be posting a new Museum Technologist position--funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation--in July 2018. Check back soon! 
Development Manager
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) seeks a fundraising professional to become an integral part of a small but nimble development team. The successful candidate will have at least five years’ broad-based development experience, preferably in an arts/culture setting. S/he should possess exceptional communication (particularly grant writing and tracking) and program management (particularly membership and annual fund) skills. The ideal candidate will have a track record of writing successful grants and of managing membership and/or annual fund programs with a demonstrated record of meeting financial goals and effectively managing timelines. This position also requires a broad spectrum of development experience, including database management, event coordination and familiarity with best practices in the field. The Development Manager will report to the Director of Development, but also work closely with the Executive Director, as well as the Development Committee of the Board of Directors. S/he will also work collaboratively with all members of FWM’s staff as needed to accomplish goals.
Working closely with the Director of Development, manage FWM’s foundation and government relations efforts including:
  • Sharing grant writing and reporting responsibility (including the preparation of financial reports) with Director of Development
  • Tracking grants in progress and managing the fulfillment of requirements such as recognition, reporting and financial compliance
  • Maintaining and updating a calendar of grant proposals and reports
  • Researching and identifying foundation and government prospects for targeted support of FWM’s programs and exhibitions; maintaining an active pipeline of prospects
Membership and Annual Fund
Working closely with Director of Development, oversee FWM’s relaunched Membership Program including:
  • Conducting an annual membership campaign
  • Preparing renewals, reminders, acknowledgements and fulfillment
  • Building a calendar of regular communication (mail/online/on-site/web-based and social media)
  • Conceiving and implementing cultivation activities and events 
Manage FWM's Annual Appeal campaign including:
  • Drafting solicitation and acknowledgement letters in coordination with the Director of Development
  • Creating a comprehensive calendar of communication to support the Appeal
  • Implementing all administration of Appeal including: Compiling mailing list and coordinating the design, printing and mailing of the piece; reporting and analysis
Gift Administration
  • Manage all stages of gift processing, including data entry, records maintenance and acknowledgements
  • With the Director of Development, review current Membership Program and revise benefits and materials in anticipation a spring relaunch
  • Coordination with Finance Office on gift administration policies and regular reporting and analysis
  • Participate in the selection of a new development database
Additional Responsibilities
  • Assist with event planning, including: coordinating catering/beverage options; planning space logistics and décor; and working events
  • Expected to work occasional evenings and weekends to support FWM events
  • Provide support for major gifts and corporate programs including conducting prospect research to identify funding opportunities and potential donors
  • As an integral member of the Development team, assist Director of Development as requested
  • At least 5 years fundraising experience at a museum, visual/performing arts organization or educational institution
  • A background in grant writing and membership/annual fund
  • Exceptional communication skills, particularly in persuasive writing, with a track record of successful proposals
  • Excellent administrative skills and fluency in database management
  • Superior organization skills and attention to detail
  • The ability to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with donors, volunteers and staff
  • Proactive, independent and entrepreneurial while working collaboratively as part of a team
  • Positive attitude and commitment to FWM’s culture of “yes”
  • An interest in contemporary art preferred
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. Interested candidates should send letter of interest, resume, salary expectations, and three professional references to lily@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. When applying, include ”Development Manager” in the subject line of email. EOE. No phone calls please.
Communications Manager
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally-acclaimed contemporary art museum in Center City Philadelphia, seeks a full-time Communications Manager with demonstrated experience in marketing and public relations. Ideal candidates will have communications experience within non-profit or for-profit sectors. Preference will be given to those with a background in contemporary art - either through education or work experience. This senior level position reports to the Director of Development and will work closely with the Executive Director.
  • Effectively promote FWM's exhibitions, residencies, and programs in order to drive audience growth, cultivate visitor loyalty, and enhance the institution's local and international reputation
  • Prepare and execute marketing campaigns that integrate print, broadcast, and digital media outlets; develop and track budgets, deadline schedules, and outcomes for each campaign
  • Coordinate all communications with design consultants, PR firms and advertising outlets
  • Manage and maintain FWM's social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), email marketing system (Constant Contact), and website, in coordination with FWM's visual media staff and design consultants
  • Cultivate and build relationships with new and existing media contacts
  • Draft publicity text—such as press releases, announcement cards, and listings—for institutional review, manage the distribution or submission of final materials
  • Oversee logistical planning of all press previews and visits
  • Liaise with various Museum departments to develop communication strategies and messaging
  • Archive and report on all marketing and public relations initaitives to senior staff, board and funders, and other constituents
  • Bachelor's degree required; coursework in marketing, public relations, or art history desired
  • Minimum 3-5 years of professional communications experience
  • Proven track record in media relations; established local and national contacts a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively in a deadline oriented environment
  • Familiar with digital technology and experience with social media and emerging media
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. Interested candidates should send letter of interest, resume, salary expectations, and three professional references to lily@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. When applying, include "Communications Manager" in the subject line of email. EOE. No phone calls please.

Funded Internship Opportunities

Summer 2018 Arts Intern Sponsored by Studio Institute: Museum Programming Internship Position
This summer FWM will offer two paid internship opportunities sponsored by the Studio Institute. The Museum Programming Internship will focus on FWM's summer 2018 exhibition Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling, a retrospective of the celebrated sculptor's work. The Museum Programming Internship will work with FWM's Education Department to conduct community outreach, design hands on tour lessons for K-12 participants and lead tours of The Contour of Feeling. Please click the following link to learn more about the Museum Programming Internship position and application instructions. https://www.artsintern.org/fabric-workshop-museum-programming
Summer 2018 Arts Intern Sponsored by Studio Institute: Museum Education Internship Position
This summer FWM will offer two paid internship opportunities sponsored by the Studio Institute. The Museum Education Internship will focus on FWM's fall exhibition, Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls, featuring three new art installations created in collaboration with FWM. The Museum Education Internship will be responsible for researching Suzanne Bocanegra's artistic practice and making connections to Philadelphia's artistic youth cultural community to build a teen audience for her exhibition. Please click the following link to learn more about the Museum Education Internship position and application instructions. https://www.artsintern.org/fabric-workshop-museum-education

Other 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:  The Director of Development oversees fundraising initiatives for the museum. Under the supervision of the Director, the Development Intern will supply administrative support to the department responsible for fundraising for the museum's annual budget, including grant writing for government, foundation, corporate, and individual sponsorship, as well as cultivating museum membership and helping to organize and staff events. Excellent writing skills are required. Some art history knowledge, non-profit management, or arts administration background is preferred.
  • 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.