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.
- 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.
- 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.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.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
- Cover letter, PDF portfolio, and resume to: email@example.com
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
· Answer phone and route calls to proper staff
· Generate reports of daily admissions
· Other tasks as assigned by Founder & Artistic Director and Supervisor
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.
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