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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.

Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager provides direct support to the FringeArts Director of Marketing and Communications in executing all facets of the organization’s marketing and communications plan. Responsibilities include website management, creation of print and digital materials, promotional outreach, and content development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the production and distribution of all print materials—including Fringe Festival guide, festival-specific brochures, postcards, and merch—, working directly with external graphic design team and print vendors
  • Manage and update the FringeArts website and app
  • Craft all FringeArts promotional emails and newsletters 
  • Manage marketing calendar for web updates, emails, print materials, and advertising
  • Assist in creating original digital content, including by not limited to: podcasts, video, social media assets, and blog content.
  • Conduct audience research and analysis of sales and marketing data and prepare reports for staff and board
  • Supervise data entry of show information into ticketing system for ticket selling and website display.
  • Design and manage surveys, show programs, inserts, and signage 
  • Research, create, and maintain communications with outside groups regarding strategic partnerships, list exchanges, outreach initiatives, and other cross-promotional work. 
  • Manage and track group sales, including research and cultivation of sales prospects
  • Assist Marketing Director in processing vendor payment requests.
  • Assist Marketing Director in planning and placing advertising campaigns

Qualifications:

  • 1+ years of experience in marketing or related field
  • Familiarity with current marketing trends, tools, and resources
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite software (Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong data analysis and reporting abilities
  • Able to manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously
  • Familiarity with HTML/CSS, WordPress, and MailChimp preferred
  • Knowledge of SalesForce a plus
  • Passion for contemporary performing arts a plus

Compensation:

  • Position is full time, year-round
  • Salary starts at $34K commensurate with experience
  • Generous health and leave benefits package

EOE: FringeArts is an equal opportunity employer. FringeArts works to respond to andreflect 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 and resume to HR@fringearts.com. Include job title and applicant name in subject line.

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.

Community Outreach Coordinator

FringeArts seeks a Community Outreach Coordinator for their Pew Center for Arts and Heritage supported project Awakening. This project is a co-commissioned opera from Courtney Bryan with a creative team of Black women including director Charlotte Brathwaite, librettist Sharan Strange, art director Cauleen Smith, and lead performer Helga Davis. This work channels the legacies of Rebecca Cox Jackson, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman to advance dialogues around power, gender, and race. 

Over a two-year development process anchored by Philadelphia-based residencies, the artistic team will integrate community contributions to the creative process and share newly-crafted songs with local audiences, supporting a generative practice that will encourage participants to consider their present role in advancing Philadelphia’s legacy of social change. 

The Coordinator will work with the Awakening artistic team and FringeArts to grow our audiences and deepen our community engagement through its development period (2021-2022) and public presentation as part of the 2022 Fringe Festival and O Festival 2022 (fall 2022). The Philadelphia-based Coordinator, hired specifically for this project, will organize workshops, connect with community partners, and conduct audience outreach. This Community Outreach Coordinator will bring critical insight into Philadelphia’s context, prior relationships with organizations and audiences, and a commitment to activism that aligns with the themes of Awakening

Through Awakening we desire to connect with an audience that seeks the import of the work’s framing of the stories of Black women and commitment to societal change. In the midst of ongoing activism against racial injustice, sex-based discrimination, and calls for social reform, Awakening presents a contemporary story that channels historical precedents as inspiration for empowerment and justice. The artistic team is particularly interested in providing a platform for Black women, activists, faith communities, and young people to reflect on their histories, share their stories, and move collectively towards justice.

This position reports to the Artistic Producers at FringeArts and will last from Spring 2021 through Fall 2022.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively contribute to conversations with the Artistic team about community engagement within Philadelphia and workshop planning. 
  • Create and maintain relationships with a broad range of community, educational, corporate and government partners.
  • Develop and enact a community outreach plan to strategically expand and diversify audiences for Awakening; and to deepen the engagement of existing audiences.
  • Invite and sustain community members as participants in workshops for Awakening throughout its development. 
  • Manage all logistics of outreach initiatives and programs, including scheduling, transportation, and more.
  • Assist with marketing efforts to share information about development of Awakening with community members and workshop participants. 
  • Collaborate with FringeArts Artistic Producers and the creative team to produce outreach communications and collateral for all workshops.
  • Manage distribution of performance reservations for Awakening for workshop participants.
  • Develop means of reporting and measurement tools to assist in surveying participants and audiences for Awakening to be used in grant reports. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of Community Engagement experience. 
  • The ability to actively engage in and across Philadelphia’s communities by embracing equity, diversity, inclusivity and access while balancing the needs of FringeArts and its partners including the International Contemporary Ensemble and Opera Philadelphia. 
  • Strong rapport in collaboration with artists and communities. 
  • A personal and professional commitment to advancing social and racial justice, in collaboration with leaders in the arts and in other sectors. 
  • Track record of curiosity and confidence operating on the cusp of the field; ability to develop new ideas and cultivate new ideas among diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a sensitivity to various modes of communication. 
  • An openness to new technologies and means of social networking. 
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills.  
  • Excellent attention to detail as well as organization and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet tight deadlines.
  • This position requires occasional evening and weekend hours, and an active supervisory presence at all major events.
  • This position requires remote work, with in-person presence at residency, rehearsal, and performance activities. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place throughout the development of this project, and conversations around health and safety will be ongoing

Schedule: This position is contracted as a fee-based position for $15,000; based on an hourly rate of $30 for an estimated 500 hours. Hours will be tracked and evaluated throughout the project, and should work hours exceed the 500-hour estimate this position will be compensated thereafter at the $30/hour rate.

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 a cover letter and resume to HR@fringearts.com. Applications are due April 15, 2021. Include job title and applicant name in subject line.

FringeArts Internships

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.

Internship Opportunities

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.

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: 2 open, unpaid internships, available for college credit

Dates: This position has closed for the summer. Check back later for fall opportunities.

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.

Development Internship

The Development Intern will provide administrative support to the Development team by assisting in all aspects of FringeArts fundraising efforts. Working collaboratively across departments, they will gain a clear-eyed understanding of how an arts organization functions and fits within its community as they identify its needs and develop creative and strategic plans to address them.

Responsibilities may include:Collaborating on engagement strategies for audiences and supporters of FringeArts; processing and acknowledging contributions and event sponsorships; supporting staff in event preparation; assisting with individual, institutional, and corporate prospect research; gathering information and generating materials for grant proposals; researching best practices and creative strategies of peer institutions; investigating alternative avenues for financial support including social media campaigns; communicating with stakeholders and supporters through a variety of media; working with fellow interns on cross-departmental projects.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be personable, enthusiastic, and flexible; able to work independently and collaboratively; is a people person; computer savvy with database experience; excellent writing skills; a quick learner who easily adapts to changing priorities and can manage multiple tasks at a time. Preferred candidates will have a background in Communications, English, Theatre, Nonprofit Management and/or Arts Administration and have a demonstrable interest in the performing arts.

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

Dates: May – August or June – September

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred, with some availability on evenings and weekends.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com. An optional writing sample will also be accepted. 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

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

Responsibilities may include: Social Media Administration; 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.

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

Dates: May-August (with the option to extend through October)

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.

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:  May–September

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: This position has closed for the summer. Check back later for fall opportunities.

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: This position has closed for the summer. Check back later for fall opportunities.

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:  May-September

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.