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.

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; an interest and passion for contemporary art is an asset. This senior level position reports directly to the Associate Director of Administration and will work closely with the Executive Director.
 
Responsibilities:
  • 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 communication 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 initiatives to senior staff, board, funders, and other constituents
Qualifications:
  • 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 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. Please send a PDF of your cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org using “COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER” as the subject line. EOE. No phone calls, please.
 
 
Spinner
 
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally-acclaimed contemporary art museum in Center City Philadelphia, seeks qualified applicants for the position of Spinner. This temporary position will be part of an onsite team for Ann Hamilton’s installation at Municipal Pier 9, habitus, from Tuesday, September 6 – Monday, October 10, 2016.
 
habitus weaves text, textile, and image together as mediums for an imaginative and tactile exchange between artist and audience. In the vast space of Municipal Pier 9—a venerable 55,000-foot warehouse along the Delaware River—visitors will propel a field of gigantic cylindrical curtains to billow to atmospheric proportion.
 
Reporting directly and daily to the Museum Shop Director, the Spinner’s primary responsibility is hand-spinning wool into yarn using the drop spindle method. The Spinner’s onsite presence is critical to the conceptual framework for habitus, creating a multi-sensory experience for the public.
 
Candidates must have hand-spinning experience and will be asked to demonstrate that they can use a drop spindle during the interview. Candidates must also enjoy interacting with a diverse audience and have a background in fine arts or fibers. Additionally, candidates must be able to remain seated for extended periods of time, and tolerate the non-climate controlled Pier 9 space, which will be open to the elements.
 
Hours: 20-40 hours per week, includes some evenings and weekends. Two mandatory training sessions to be held on Wednesday, August 31 and Friday, September 2, 2016. One mandatory performance shift at the reception (Saturday, September 17, 4:00-8:00 pm).
 
Salary for this temporary position is based upon qualifications and experience. Please send a PDF of your cover letter, resume, and three references to tracey@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org using “Spinner Search” as the subject line. Application deadline: Sunday, August 28, 2016. EOE. No phone calls, please.
 
 
Public Installation Guide

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally-acclaimed contemporary art museum in Center City Philadelphia, seeks qualified applicants for Public Installation Guide. These temporary positions will be part of a team that provides coverage at Ann Hamilton’s offsite installation at Municipal Pier 9, habitus, from Tuesday, September 6 – Monday, October 10, 2016.
 
Reporting directly and daily to the Museum Shop Director, the Public Installation Guide is responsible for facilitating a high quality public art experience in a professional, friendly, and supportive manner. The Guide will serve as the ambassador for The Fabric Workshop and Museum and act as our visitor’s first point of contact at Municipal Pier 9, a venerable 55,000-foot warehouse along the Delaware River. The Guide will assist with operating rope and pulley mechanisms, activated by viewers to set a group of curtains spinning into motion. Other responsibilities include: tracking visitor attendance; maintaining a sign-in book; stocking literature materials; and light sweeping to keep the space clean.
 
Candidates must have exceptional communication and customer service skills, enjoy interacting with a diverse audience, and a background in art history or fine arts. Additionally, candidates must be able to lift 25 lb easily, and tolerate the non-climate controlled Pier 9 space, which will be open to the elements.
 
Hours: 20-40 hrs per week, includes some evenings and weekends. Two mandatory training sessions to be held on Wednesday, August 31 and Friday, September 2, 2016.
 
Salary for this temporary position is based upon qualifications and experience. Please send a PDF of your cover letter, résumé, and three references to tracey@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org using “Public Installation Guide Search” as the subject line. Apllication deadline: Sunday, August 28, 2016. 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 directly and daily to the Museum Shop Director, 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. Please send a PDF of your cover letter, résumé, and three references to tracey@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org using “Visitor Services Assistant Search” as the subject line. EOE. No phone calls, please.
 
 
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 directly and daily to the Museum Shop Director, 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. Please send a PDF of your cover letter, résumé, and three references to tracey@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org using “Museum Shop Assistant / Gallery Guide Search” as the subject line. EOE. No phone calls, please.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.