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FringeArts is an equal opportunity employer. FringeArts works to respond to and reflect the diversity of our city. We encourage and support applicants of color for all open positions.

Individual Giving Manager

The Individual Giving Manager reports to the Producing Director, dealing primarily with activities and strategies relating to individual giving, the Board of Directors, sponsorship, and data management. This includes all areas of annual and leadership giving, preparing and executing special events, gift processing, prospect research, supervising development intern(s), and several ad hoc projects that support fundraising for, and promoting the mission of, FringeArts. 

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and document a resourceful plan to achieve Individual Giving goals
  • Create and implement strategies for engaging donors at FringeArts 
  • Draft written materials and correspondence, including appeals, proposals, stewardship materials, and any solicitations pertaining to all levels of annual giving
  • Administer individual gift entry, tracking, reconciliation, and acknowledgement processes
  • Maintain and organize database to accurately reflect our constituency and giving
  • Manage private foundation relationships and oversee content for applications and reporting as needed
  • Steward sponsorships and manage onsite activations 
  • Foster growing relationships with existing donors and create relationships with new ones
  • Conduct prospect research and wealth assessment on current and prospective individual and corporate donors
  • In close conjunction with the Producing Director, plan, execute, and manage all stewardship and cultivation activities, with particular focus on leadership donors
  • Planning, implementation, and follow-through of special events, including Inside Look and Fringe Festival VIP Opening Night
  • Work closely with the Producing Director to create and manage ongoing Individual Giving pipelines and solicitations
  • Work closely with personnel across departments to ensure proper crediting on all materials and FringeArts website
  • Coordinate and produce regular creative communications to donors and constituents
  • Attend and take minutes at all Board of Directors meetings and generally act as Board liaison
  • Manage seasonal departmental interns, including the hiring process
  • Track benchmarking data to ensure progress and growth throughout the year
  • Work across departments and stakeholders to carry out the mission of FringeArts

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience
  • Experience in Development, including related processes and software (preferred experience with Patron Manager/Salesforce).
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills across a wide-range of constituencies, including knowing when to exert poise and discretion.
  • Superior organizational skills with the abilities to multitask and establish priorities.
  • Preferably experience in personnel/volunteer/peer management.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team across departments.
  • Passion for FringeArts’ mission and artistic commitment.
  • Strategic, creative, and progressive thinker.

Salary: Starting at $38,000 commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This is a full-time non-exempt position. Minimal nights and weekends may be required. Includes generous health and leave benefits.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to HR@fringearts.com. Include job title and applicant name in subject line.

EOE: FringeArts is an equal opportunity employer. FringeArts works to respond to and reflect the diversity of our city. We encourage and support applicants of color for this and all open positions.

Institutional Giving Manager

The Institutional Giving Manager has a critical role in developing and implementing strategies for FringeArts’ institutional giving goals for foundation, corporate and government support as well as select individuals.  The IGM is responsible for all grant research and proposal writing as well as drafting all reports and management of grant fulfillment requirements.  The IGM reports directly to the President and Producing Director and works closely with the other members of the Development team, Programming, Finance, and Marketing Departments. 

Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement institutional fundraising strategies with stated goals and objectives
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of FringeArts’ organizational structure, mission, vision and programmatic platforms
  • Work with Artistic Producers to gain full understanding of the aesthetic and artistic practice of the artists for whom we are seeking presentation support
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of organizational and project budgeting
  • Draft comprehensive, accurate and well-written funding proposals and interim and final reports to funders 
  • Adhere to fundraising best practices across all responsibilities
  • Adhere to and embrace the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion policies and values
  • Work across departments (programming, finance, and marketing) to compile and synthesize information and data necessary to ensure submission of superior and accurate grant proposals and reports 
  • Research grant opportunities in support of all organizational needs: general operating, individual artists and programming segments
  • Think creatively in matching organizational needs to funder criteria
  • Develop and maintain a system for tracking grant proposals, fulfillment and reporting deadlines
  • Develop and maintain a funding cycle calendar of potential funders
  • Ensure fulfilment of funder recognition and crediting requirements 
  • Oversee completion of annual CDP by coordinating efforts with other departments

Qualifications:

  • Experience in grant writing
  • Prospect research experience
  • Ability to understand organizational and project budgeting.
  • Understand donor funding cycles in relation to organizational needs 
  • Ability to write clearly and persuasively and calibrate writing for varied audiences
  • Ability to understand and articulate FringeArts’ mission, strategic objectives, programming platforms and artistic significance of individual artists 
  • Ability to match FringeArts’ mission and programming platforms to prospective funder criteria
  • Superior organizational skills including meticulous attention to detail, establishing priorities and setting objectives.
  • Knowledge of foundation fundraising best practices, including record-keeping and database management. 
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team across departments
  • Established record of achieving stated goals 
  • Strategic and creative thinker
  • Minimum 2-3 years previous experience in development field
  • Must have a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion principles and values
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Salary: Starting at $42,000 commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This is a 40 hour/week non-exempt position.

EOE: FringeArts is an equal opportunity employer. FringeArts works to respond to and reflect the diversity of our city. We encourage and support applicants of color for this and all open positions. All positions at FringeArts must be willing and able to uphold our DEI initiatives and organizational values.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples (written solely by applicant, one of which is from a successful grant proposal) to HR@FringeArts.com. Include job title and applicant name in subject line.

FringeArts Internships

​FringeArts internships offer empirical training for students and emerging professionals whose career interests include performing and visual arts administration, arts production, and all facets of nonprofit administration and management.

Interns of all academic and professional backgrounds are welcome. FringeArts interns support programming, marketing, development, event operations and more. Academic credit may be available. Internships are available year-round on an ongoing basis. Interns are significantly needed before and during our annual 3-week Fringe Festival, presented throughout Philadelphia each September. Interns typically serve approximately 20 hours per week during regular office hours (10-6, M-F), primarily at our Old City offices. Hours are flexible.

For more information or to apply, please contact Internship@FringeArts.com. Applications should include a cover letter and resume, and additional materials where required (see job descriptions below). Applications accepted on a rolling basis. The FringeArts offices are wheelchair accessible and dog-friendly.

Internship Opportunities

FringeArts is an equal opportunity employer. FringeArts works to respond to and reflect the diversity of our city. We encourage and support applicants of color for all open positions. We are now accepting application material for fall internships (August-December).

Artistic Programming Internship

The Programming Intern will assist the Programming Department in meeting the individual and logistical needs of presented and independent artists.

Responsibilities may include: collecting and organizing show information; coordinating housing and travel needs for out-of-town artists; assisting with artist contracts; assisting with Late Night, First Friday, and Scratch Night programming and logistics; assisting with outreach and Festival artist recruitment; purchasing, delivering, and maintaining hospitality items for artists; tracking and reporting expenses to the admin department; and assisting Programming departments with additional tasks as needed. The Programming Intern will also assist in day-to-day operations including communication with artists, mass mailings, and other administrative tasks. The Programming Intern often interfaces with artists and as such a knowledge of and curiosity about contemporary performance across the genres of dance, theater, music, comedy, cabaret, and circus is essential.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and organized, possess great communication and people skills, and will possess knowledge of the contemporary performing arts scene. The candidate will be experienced in event coordination; a self-starter with initiative who can work on projects independently; detail-oriented and organized; able to work in a high-stress environment; flexible and adaptable to change. Punctuality is essential as well as a warm, friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic personality. If selected for an interview candidate is expected to speak with fluency about their interest and previous experience in contemporary performance.

Position: 3 open, unpaid internships, available for college credit

Dates: September-December

Hours: 15-20 hours per week

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

FEASTIVAL Internship

Dates: September – December

Hours: Minimum of 10 hours per week. Occasional evening hours may be required for events and meetings.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

What is FEASTIVAL?:  Each fall for the past eleven years, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival has joined forces with Philadelphia’s world-class restaurants to present Audi FEASTIVAL, a benefit for FringeArts. 

You will provide fundraising support for the Director of Strategic Partnership and Event Coordinator. The FEASTIVAL Intern will be working collaboratively with the FEASTIVAL team on fundraising, auction, ad sales and ticketing strategies.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Sponsor research and outreach
  • Event Entertainment Coordination
  • Assisting with event logistics including auction set up and sponsor activation
  • Auction Administration
  • Ticket administration
  • Various event tasks and administration

Qualifications: 

  • Ideal candidates have excellent written and verbal communication skills, are self-motivated and creative.

Graphic Design Internship

The Graphic Design Intern will provide promotional support to the Marketing & Communications department by developing and maintaining the visual identity of FringeArts. Working collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications team, they will be provided a great deal of creative freedom in developing promotional materials for both print and digital marketing.

Responsibilities: help maintain and keep consistent the visual identity of FringeArts in both print and web materials, communicate with local printers and compare quotes, collaborate with the Development Department on campaign materials, design Festival-specific badges and signage.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate would have training/experience in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and seek a practical application of the creative process of design to communicate organizational messages to audiences. Prefer candidates with academic background or experience in marketing.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates:  September-December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and design portfolio to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Marketing & Communications Internship

The Marketing & Communications Intern will provide promotional support for the Marketing & Communications department by engaging new and existing audiences and maintaining the brand identity of FringeArts. Working collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications team, they will develop and implement strategies to sell tickets, provide resources for patrons, support press relations, monitor social media and increase accessibility to all members of the public.

Responsibilities: Research new shows, maintain a digital press archive, develop and manage promotional campaigns, write press releases, generate social media content, communicate with press, write blog posts, write copy for various communications avenues conduct audience research, support collateral distribution, assist with data entry, email building, website updates, marketing collateral editing, community engagement events, and more.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, are self-motivated, and possess a sense of humor. A background in the arts, marketing, or communications is preferred, although all are welcome to apply.

Position: 2 open, unpaid internships, available for college credit

Dates: September-December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Patron Services & Venue Management Internship

The Patron Services & Venue Management Intern will provide to the General Manager and Client Services Manager. This is a hands-on opportunity to learn the critical Front of House operations behind producing the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and other events. You will learn the entire audience service process. Ability to work through the September Fringe Festival is critical to encompassing the full extent of this opportunity.

Responsibilities: Data entry, scheduling assistance, helping with building maintenance and general upkeep issues, coordinate and follow up with facility needs. Fielding ticket and membership inquiry calls; assisting with front of house operations at venues; coordinating volunteers for events; other administrative support as needed.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be highly organized and detail-oriented, with great customer service and phone skills. Candidate must be enthusiastic, quick moving, quick thinking, and ready to jump in on the often physically demanding needs of the job. Being on your feet, interacting with audience members, and assisting at various venues to produce shows and events are all part of the job. Previous Box Office experience a plus.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: September-December 

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Podcast Production Internship

The Podcast Production Intern will work with the Marketing and Communications Department to manage the research, production, post-production, and branding of the FringeArts podcast, Happy Hour on the Fringe, and other audiovisual needs.

Responsibilities may include: Communicating with podcast guests about recording times and publish dates, researching podcast guests and presenting information to the hosts for each episode, preparing the recording space and operating recording equipment, editing recordings for publishing, preparing transcriptions of episodes, maintaining the publishing schedule, assisting with other audiovisual projects as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate has excellent verbal and written skills, is detail oriented and organized, is able to manage multiple deadlines and work independently, and is adaptable to change. Experience with Adobe Premiere, Bandcamp, Audacity, Anchor, and/or other audio editing software is preferred.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates:  September-December

Hours: 15-20 hours per week preferred.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com.  Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Equal Opportunity Policy

FringeArts has been, and remains committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination. FringeArts does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, military status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, employment practices; selection of board members, interns, volunteers and vendors; and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. In keeping with this policy, FringeArts seeks to recruit, hire, train and promote into available jobs the most qualified persons and to administer personnel matters such as compensation, benefits, training, and terminations in accordance with this policy. All employees, board members, interns and volunteers are expected to conduct themselves in the workplace in a manner consistent with this policy.