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The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is a contemporary art museum, with an internationally-acclaimed Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program, located in Center City, Philadelphia. Founded in 1977, FWM encourages artists at all stages of their careers to experiment with new materials and new media in a veritable living laboratory. FWM is easily accessible via public transit and is steps from Reading Terminal Market and blocks from Chinatown and historic City Hall.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. FWM’s culture embraces diversity within the workplace, and outside, and welcomes all candidates to apply, without fear of discrimination.

To apply for a job opportunity at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), please follow the instructions for your desired open position listed below. For all general inquiries, email [email protected].

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Offers of employment are contingent upon the return of a satisfactory background check.

For information regarding applying for an apprenticeship, please visit the pages for High School Apprentice Training and College and Postgraduate Apprentice Training Programs.


Employment + Paid Internship Opportunities

Print Project Coordinator 

POSITION SUMMARY: FWM seeks a Print Project Coordinator who will work with artists to develop designs and produce yardage for exhibitions, contracted projects, and the Museum Shop of the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM). Working closely with the Director of Studio Operations and Project Coordinator, they manage print projects that are artist multiples or that exist as part of a larger project, such as an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) or group exhibition, and that are led by the Curator and Project Coordinator. In cooperation with the Exhibitions department and Studio staff, the Print Project Coordinator addresses the technical, conceptual, and administrative project components. The Print Project Coordinator also acts as an assistant on projects coordinated by other Studio staff. Additionally, they participate in general Studio matters, including maintenance of the Studio facilities. 

Preferably, candidates have successfully completed FWM’s College/Postgraduate Apprentice Training Program and are familiar with our process, studio setting, and the materials used.

SALARY & BENEFITS: This full-time (Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm) position takes place onsite. The salary range starts at $41,080–$43,680 annually and benefits include medical, vision, and dental; access to retirement savings; generous vacation time, sick/personal days, and paid holidays; and access to professional development opportunities, employee assistance program, FWM membership, FWM Museum Shop employee discount, and American Alliance of Museums membership.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Manages and assists all aspects of assigned print projects that involve the Museum Shop printing productions, artist multiples, AIR projects, contracted printing jobs, and other productions. 
  • Communicates directly with artists and maintains open lines of communication with Project Coordinator, and Director of Studio Operations, and/or Curator. 
  • Screen prints with pigment and dyes and sews. 
  • Manages the budget and printing schedule for discreet print projects, tracks spending, and communicates with Director of Studio Operations, Project Coordinators, Finance and Exhibitions departments as necessary. 
  • Assists Project Coordinator and other staff with AIR projects as assigned, including research, design, production, art installation, packing, and shipping. 
  • Assists as needed with screen printing, dyeing, and sewing for projects and production for Museum Shop. 
  • Assists other staff with projects, such as apprentice and educational programs, and general studio matters.   
  • Manages studio contractors, interns, and apprentices when necessary. 
  • Manages and maintains functional, organized, and clean studio facilities—especially dye room and print studio. 
  • Maintains inventory and orders supplies and tools for dye room and print studio. 
  • Conducts general maintenance and repairs. 
  • Keeps Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the Studio facilities, general maintenance, and repair arrangements. 
  • Supports adherence to organizational mission in all activities, which is informed by extensive knowledge of FWM’s institutional history, including past projects, as well as emerging trends in the field. 
  • Attends and assists at FWM special events, programs, and meetings. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by Supervisor. 


QUALIFICATIONS:
 

  • BFA or equivalent years’ experience required. 
  • Minimum 2 years of successful experience in a collaborative, professional Studio environment.  
  • Experience in project management is a requirement. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of contemporary artists and practices is a requirement. 
  • Experienced fabricator and builder, utilizing textiles and unconventional materials; high level of craftsmanship, basic sewing skills, expertise with silkscreen, textile printing and repeat pattern design in both pigment and dye. 
  • Creative problem-solver and resourceful; must be able to research and source new supplies and industry partners. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Strong organizational skills with an attention to detail; capable of multi-tasking and meeting tight deadlines.  
  • Ability to compile, analyze, and report project results along with forwarding plan projections and updates; keep and organize records of projects. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively. 
  • Diligent and persistent in follow-up and completion of multiple projects by monitoring each participating department and staff, including apprentices and contractors. 
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and dedicated. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, digital imaging is a must

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

  • Continually required to stand 
  • Frequently required to walk 
  • Continually required to sit 
  • Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity 
  • Frequently required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crawl 
  • Continually required to talk or hear 
  • Continually utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard 
  • Frequently required to lift/push/carry items less up to 50 pounds 
  • Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather) 
  • Occasionally work near moving mechanical parts 
  • Occasionally work in high, precarious places 
  • Occasionally work around fumes, airborne particles, or toxic chemicals 
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions 
  • Occasionally exposed to loud noise (examples: metal can manufacturing, large earth-moving equipment) 


TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should address a letter of interest, resume and contact information for 3 references to hiring manager Nami Yamamoto, Director of Studio Operations, at [email protected]. Kindly include “Application: Print Projector Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.  

After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. If you need assistance, contact Jessi Melcer, Human Resources Manager, at 215-561-8888 x234 or [email protected] 

Job Description PDF

FWM’S COMMITMENT: The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. FWM’s culture embraces diversity within the workplace, and outside, and welcomes all candidates to apply, without fear of discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Offers of employment are contingent upon the return of a satisfactory background check. 


Director of Exhibitions & Collections/Curator

Founded in 1977, the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum devoted to the creation and presentation of innovative works of art. FWM presents ambitious exhibitions and educational programming which convey a story of contemporary art that unites process with finished works.

FWM’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program provides artists at all stages of their careers the opportunity to collaborate with FWM’s Studio staff as they experiment with new materials and new media, often taking their work in unexpected directions. FWM’s permanent collection includes completed works of art, material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work and artistic process. The Director of Exhibitions & Collections/Curator will organize compelling exhibitions featuring work made through the AIR program and drawn from FWM’s collections.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Director of Exhibitions & Collections/Curator serves as the senior curator and manager for all exhibitions and collections operations at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM). The Director of Exhibitions & Collections/Curator works with the Executive Director to provide artistic direction and ensure it carefully aligns with FWM’s mission. They develop the exhibitions program of FWM by guiding the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program, draw from FWM’s permanent collections to curate or organize compelling exhibitions, and work with guest curators and partner venues on occasion. They are responsible for scholarship and the advancement of ideas related to contemporary art and work closely with other members of the senior staff to deliver FWM’s mission, to develop support for its programs, and to meet the goals of its strategic plan. They cultivate and maintain a visible presence in the national, international, and local art communities. Like all department heads, the Director of Exhibitions & Collections/Curator is expected to foster and actively participate in the collegial dialogue and sharing of professional opinions related to contemporary art and the museum field within and beyond FWM.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Exhibitions & Collections

  • Originates approximately 3 exhibitions of varying scales per year.
    • Develops AIR and exhibition proposals 1-3 years in advance of exhibition dates for review and approval by the Executive Director, and in dialogue with the Director of Studio Operations, and – when appropriate – Artist Advisory Committee and community members/partners.
    • Works with the Executive Director, FWM Studio, Education department, and Exhibitions department to brainstorm, conceptualize, and shape the AIR projects, with the goal of exhibition and related public programs.
    • Positions AIRs’ work and FWM’s permanent collection in larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts through content development and interpretation.
    • Serves as a contact, along with the Director of Studio Operators (or Project Coordinator), for each AIR.
    • Engages with the Education department and other staff (as required) to produce and analyze exhibition-related programming, educational materials, and interpretive materials that identify emerging ideas and speak to diverse audiences.
    • Collaborates with guest curators and other partners as necessary.
    • Oversees the work of the Exhibition Manager in placing and coordinating FWM exhibitions at host venues.
  • Works cross-departmentally, and closely with the Registrar, to lead the development and implementation of a master plan for care and preservation of the permanent collection.
    • Liaises with Collections Management Committee and Executive Director to recommend acquisition of new works, the dispersal of unaccessioned multiples and editions, as well as consider other issues pertaining to the permanent collection that require Board approval.Liaises with Collections Management Committee and Executive Director to recommend acquisition of new works, the dispersal of unaccessioned multiples and editions, as well as consider other issues pertaining to the permanent collection that require Board approval.
  • Develops and oversees the production of FWM publications and other major printed material.
    • Coordinates with graphic designers, artists, contributing writers, editors, and photographers to manage deadlines, budgets, and project needs.
  • Supports the work of the Artist Advisory Committee and Collections Management Committees and their Chair(s) with consistent meetings and communications.

Public Information

  • Serves as lead spokesperson for FWM’s exhibitions.
  • Provides information regarding exhibitions and curatorial programs to the Communications Manager, in order to develop marketing strategies.

Institutional Advancement

  • Participates in the field through lectures, panels, conferences, and publications at FWM and elsewhere.
    • Cultivates and maintains strong relationships with artists, donors, galleries, press, and colleagues at other institutions.
  • Working alongside the Executive Director and Director of Development, takes an active role in the identification of possible funding sources, in grant preparation and reporting, and in donor cultivation.
    • Participates in the planning and execution of programs for affiliate support groups such as FWM members and circles.
    • Performs research and outreach related to elements of FWM’s history and artists included in fundraising activities.
    • Collaborates with the Shopworks Coordinator to identify works that can be commercially licensed from FWM’s permanent collection and conceptualize limited editions that function as an extension of AIR exhibitions.
  • Supports adherence to organizational mission in all activities, which is informed by extensive knowledge of FWM’s institutional history including pas projects, as well as emerging trends in the field.
  • Drafts, maintains, and tracks the annual expense budget for Exhibitions Department.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by Executive Director.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Directly supervises 2 employees within the Exhibitions department.
  • Indirectly supervises 7 additional employees within the Exhibitions department: Visitor Services Assistants.
  • Serves as staff liaison to Artist Advisory Committee and Collections Management Committee.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Project Management – Develops projects plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
  • Oral & Written Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Presents numerical data effectively; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization’s goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization’s strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA or BF required, MA in Art History or Curatorial Studies of MFA preferred. In the absence of these qualifications, the Director of Exhibitions & Collections/Curator must show:
    • Extensive knowledge of contemporary art and culture
    • Understanding of critical histories and theories of race, gender, and socio-economic factors in the production, reception, and institutionalization of art
    • Broad knowledge of world art from all periods and all media
  • Demonstrated ability to work with artists in the creation of new works.
  • 5 year’s experience organizing exhibitions and art projects, preferably within an institutional context.
  • Superior public speaking ability, as well as excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and dedicated.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to work on several projects at once and change priorities on short notice.
  • Understanding of collections management and publication production process.
  • Comfort with the convergence of curatorial, education, development (fundraising), communications (marketing), and studio departments and their work.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Occasionally required to walk
  • Continually required to sit
  • Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
  • Continually required to talk or hear
  • Continually utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard
  • Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather)
  • Occasionally work around fumes, airborne particles, or toxic chemicals
  • Occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

CANDIDATE PROFILE: The ideal candidate for the Director of Exhibitions & Collections/Curator position will exhibit a deep understanding of what it means for artists to create new work for public display and how to serve as a conduit for artistic collaboration between FWM and its AIRs. The Director of Exhibitions & Collections/Curator will bring to FWM the proven ability, or endeavor, to:

  • Thrive in an unconventional curatorial role within a unique institution.
    • Support a culture of collaboration in programming and among staff.
    • Contribute to new, forward-thinking, multi-vocal strategies for exhibition development and interpretation.
  • Expand access to FWM’s exhibitions and collections; increase inclusionary measures for people of all abilities, cultures, identities, socio-economic statuses; and promote FWM as a site of social impact through investigations of materiality and techniques.
  • Center both artists and publics in programming.
  • Maintain a deep commitment to artistic practice and the role of artists in society.

SALARY & BENEFITS: This full-time position takes place via hybrid work arrangement for the foreseeable future. All full-time FWM staff work on-site Tuesday – Thursday and off-site Monday and Friday as responsibilities allow. The salary range starts at $72,000 – $77,000 annually and benefits include medical, vision, and dental; access to retirement savings; generous vacation time, sick/personal days, and paid holidays; and access to professional development opportunities, employee assistance program, FWM membership, FWM Museum Shop employee discount, and American Alliance of Museums membership.

TO APPLY: Interested candidates are asked to please provide a one- to two-page letter of interest that outlines key competencies, approach(es) to working with artists, and any pertinent work with permanent collections; resume (3 pages max); two writing samples (8 pages max); and contact information for 3 references, to hiring manager Christina Vassallo, Executive Director, at [email protected]. Kindly include “Application: Director of Exhibitions & Collections/Curator” in the subject line of your email. Ideally, the start date is late-spring/early-summer 2022.

After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. References will be contacted only during the final interview stage and the identities of applicants will be held in the strictest of confidence. If you need assistance, contact Jessi Melcer, Executive Assistant & Human Resources Manager, at 215-561-8888 x234 or [email protected].

RECRUITMENT & HIRING: The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. FWM’s culture embraces diversity within the workplace, and outside, and welcomes all candidates to apply, without fear of discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Offers of employment are contingent upon the return of a satisfactory background check.

JOB TITLE: Director of Exhibitions & Collections/Curator

CLASSIFICATION: FT/Exempt EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK: M-F, 10AM-6PM, some evening and weekend hours required

DEPARTMENT: Exhibitions REPORTS TO: Executive Director

Job Description PDF

FWM’S COMMITMENT: The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. FWM’s culture embraces diversity within the workplace, and outside, and welcomes all candidates to apply, without fear of discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Offers of employment are contingent upon the return of a satisfactory background check. 


Internships

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) seeks students with an interest in Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community. Our interns are high school and college students who are interested in 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 specific programmatic activities as assigned.

To support more equitable opportunities in the museum field, FWM offers only paid internships via designated funding from grants or an intern’s school. Paid internship positions will be listed here.

Please email Executive Assistant and Human Resources Manager, Jessi Melcer, general inquiries at [email protected].