FWM seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial development professional with the ability to lead and inspire while meeting aggressive fundraising goals. The Director of Development will have a track record of successfully cultivating and closing high-level gifts across all funding areas. Ideal candidates will have experience in the development departments of non-profit arts organizations, as well as an interest and passion for contemporary art. He or she will have experience in overseeing program assessment and strategic planning, as well as the demonstrated ability to conceive of and spearhead new, innovative cultivation opportunities, while providing leadership around all aspects of fundraising. This position reports directly to the Interim Executive Director and will supervise FWM’s current development staff member.


  • Develop and drive unrestricted giving program directed at individual and institutional donors.
  • Devise and coordinate restricted fundraising strategies, donor management, grant writing, and proposal development.
  • Design and oversee systems for gift management, reporting, and stewardship.
  • Provide leadership and direction on the fundraising activities of the Interim Executive Director and current Board, including identifying, cultivating, and soliciting gifts.
  • Launch planned giving program.
  • Create and execute innovative strategies to attract corporate partners with an emphasis on sponsorship.
  • Working closely with the Interim Executive Director and current Board, strategically design and help build a board development strategy to meet future strategic goals and annual operating needs.
  • Grow and mentor a professional development team over time as resources permit.
  • 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.
  • Excellent management and administrative skills.
  • Experience supporting the fundraising activities of Board members and Executive staff.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Proven ability to build internal and external relationships.

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. Interested candidates should send letter of interest, resume, and salary history to 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.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in Philadelphia was founded in 1977 with a visionary purpose: to stimulate experimentation by leading contemporary artists and to share the process of creating works of art with the public. FWM is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum uniquely distinguished as the only U.S. institution devoted to creating work in new materials and new media in collaboration with artists coming from diverse artistic backgrounds—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture. Providing studio facilities, equipment, and expert technicians, FWM originally invited artists to experiment with fabric, and later with a wide range of innovative materials and media. FWM also serves as an education center for Philadelphia’s youth who, as printing apprentices, learn technical and vocational skills along with approaches to creative expression.

Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see artwork from conception to completion. FWM’s permanent collection includes not only complete works of art but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work. FWM seeks to bring this spirit of artistic investigation and discovery to the wider public to ensure and broaden their access to art, and to advance the role of art as a catalyst for innovation and social connection.

FWM has developed from an ambitious experiment to a renowned institution with a celebrated Artist-in-Residence Program, an extensive permanent collection of new work created by artists at the Museum, in-house and touring exhibitions, and comprehensive educational programming including lectures, tours, in-school presentations, and student apprenticeships.

Job Information
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, United States
  • 27546539
  • April 22, 2016
  • Director of Development
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum
  • Development/Membership
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite