Job Openings

Development Consultant, Contracted Position

Position Title: Development Consultant
Reports to: Executive Director

Core Function: Strategizes, develops, and oversees implementation of major gifts program for the Center for Art in Wood and offers high-level guidance for the overall development program.

Key Responsibilities:
¨ Identify existing and new potential major gift donors.
¨ Help to strategize, develop, and implement asks for major gifts.
¨ Provide high-level strategic advisement for annual fundraising activities, including the auction event, year-end giving, and planned giving.
¨ Communicate the museum’s mission with confidence and trust, engaging new prospects with a belief in the museum and its vital importance in the cultural landscape—locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Position: Works in close partnership with the Executive Director and the CAW Board of Directors to initiate and sustain major donor relationships, while also advising the CAW development program. The Development Consultant staffs the board Fundraising Committee.

• 10+ years proven success working as a major gifts officer in a significant multi-million-dollar development program, with a working knowledge of all areas within development, including major gifts, endowment campaigns, annual giving, membership, corporate sponsorship, and foundation giving, fundraising event planning, planned giving, campaigns, and research.
• A proven record of personal achievement exceeding ambitious revenue targets, including securing gifts of six figures or more; securing gifts in a campaign environment; and creating new and/or reinvigorating existing programs.
• Specific knowledge of the philanthropic landscape of cultural institutions, including leading philanthropists, collectors, and organizational boards especially in craft organizations nationally and globally.
• Proficiency in setting goals and evaluating and communicating success.
• Ability to understand, extract, and analyze data for effective prospect strategy and programmatic reporting and tracking.
• Strong skills with prospect databases, MS Office suite, Google suite, wealth management and project management software, and similar applications and programs.
• Superior verbal and writing skills; attentive listener and engaging storyteller able to plan and execute strategic communications to advance philanthropic initiatives and achieve goals.
• Exceptional planning and organization skills. Results- and detail-oriented with the ability to set and meet deadlines. Able to construct, articulate, implement, and evaluate written development plans and budgets.
• Confident self-starter with a positive attitude and charismatic personality who exudes composure, diplomacy, and professionalism under pressure, and engenders the trust of donors, colleagues, board members, and other stakeholders to build long-term relationships.
• Energetic and skilled networker who enjoys community engagement, attending events, and participating in activities to position the organization for success.
• Commitment to diversity and building equity and access to the field, with a history of working effectively with all people irrespective of their economic status, ethnicity, gender, educational level, or sexual orientation.
• Flexible and adaptable work style with the ability to work occasional nights and weekends, manage competing demands, and work independently.
• Ability to enthusiastically articulate the vision and mission of the Museum to an ever-widening audience.

Physical Requirements
• Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer; ability to meet with potential supporters and to be present at onsite/virtual cultivation and fundraising events.
• Travel may be required.

Monthly fee of $3,500–4,500 with an initial 3-month retainer contract, at which time the contract will be reviewed and a decision to continue will be made.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resumé to

The Center for Art in Wood is committed to fostering a diverse, lively, inclusive, and accessible environment and is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that are prohibited by law.

Visitor Services Associate, Part-Time

Position Title: Visitor Services Associate
Organization: The Center for Art in Wood 141 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia PA 19106

Schedule: Part-Time Position, 12-25 hours per week, Saturdays and Sundays, some weekdays
Salary: Hourly rate, starting $15/hour
Start date: by April 18

The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A dynamic, unique, and fast-paced organization, the Center seeks an outgoing, creative, and self-motivated Visitor Services Associate.

The Visitor Services Associate works independently and cooperatively with staff and reports directly to the Retail Manager.

Organizational Background
Since its inception in 1986, The Center for Art in Wood, formerly the Wood Turning Center, has been widely recognized by artists, collectors, scholars and the public as one of the most valuable
resources for the education, preservation and promotion of the field of art made from wood. The Center currently houses over 1,200 permanent collection objects, 25,000 artist files, and annually
mounts four to five exhibitions of new work and museum collection objects. It stages the annual Windgate international residency program, and holds educational programs and events on-site and online via it’s micro-site,

The Center’s focus is aimed at widening the discourse and audience for art, craft, and design in wood and at creating a space for the public to learn, enjoy, and be inspired.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, outgoing, collaborative, and have experience with administration and/or retail sales. The successful candidate will also have customer service core competencies and display an attention to details and results. The Center for Art in Wood promotes a team environment and rewards creativity, critical thinking, and organizational learning toward improvement of operations and mission success. The staff serve as ambassadors for the organization’s mission and vision. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in the arts and cultural organizations, particularly in a gallery, museum, or retail environment, with additional preference for candidates with a passion for visual arts or art, craft, and design in wood. Job requires weekday and  some weekend hours.

Job Duties & Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities for the Visitor Services Associate include, but are not limited to:

Store and Public spaces, including exhibition gallery and permanent collection mezzanine

  • Receiving and welcoming all guests and offering orientation
  • Engaging in sales activities and dealing with the questions of customers or members
  • Entering sales into software systems, including all special initiatives, pricing, and inventory details
  • Helping design, maintain, and rotate store displays and consignments
  • Filling and shipping orders
  • Following up with customers
  • Managing social media campaigns, deals, and initiatives
  • Staying on top of maintenance, storage, general tidiness


  • Entering data and related work for membership and donor records
  • Answering phones and receiving mail
  • Depositing revenue in bank account episodically
  • Engaging in member- and customer-relations and correspondence Executive Assistance:
  • Assisting the administrative and programming staff with specific projects
  • Scanning and copying correspondence and archival/ PR material as requested
  • Planning, scheduling, or preparing for meetings

Other Duties

  • Assisting staff in all matters as requested
  • Attending and providing support for events
  • Supervising sanitation duties
  • Coordinating logistics of event ticket sales and follow-up with customers
  • Generating event related social networking before, during, and after events
  • Other duties as directed and required


Essential Skills

  • Must be self-motivated, creative, detail-oriented, and collaborative, with a positive, upbeat personality
  • Required computer skills: MS Office suite, database management, website, social media best practices.
    Preferred: Shopify, Mac suite, database systems, creative suites
  • Ability to work without direct supervision in a small office environment
  • Ability to climb stairs, regularly lift 25–50 pounds, and handle artwork on occasion
  • May need to pass a background check for working with / around children


How to Apply

In order to be considered, please submit the following information: Cover, professional resume, and three relevant references to

The Center for Art in Wood is committed to fostering a diverse, lively, inclusive, and accessible environment and is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that are prohibited by law.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are currently no volunteer projects nor volunteer opportunities available-please check back for updates.

The Center offers volunteer projects to college students, and recent graduates. When positions are needed, volunteer project opportunities are listed below.  We also offer year-round, volunteer opportunities. If you’re interested in general volunteering opportunities, please fill out the form below and feel free to describe your interests. For library and collection work projects, please send a resume and cover letter to Registrar Karen Schoenewaldt,



10 + 4 =