Ends on May 1, 2018

Under the supervision of Fleisher’s business manager and working closely with your colleagues in the programs department, you will coordinate operational details to ensure that delivery of Fleisher’s educational programs are of the highest quality, consistent with the goals and objectives outlined in Fleisher’s strategic plan. You will be the main point-of-contact to ensure that the needs of faculty, models, teaching assistants, and studio monitors are met with professionalism, efficiency, and grace.

You will manage all facets of Fleisher’s visitor services program, supervising a team of part-time staff whose primary responsibilities are to provide an incomparable first and lasting impression to all of Fleisher’s students and visitors. You will have a well-informed, working knowledge of the activities and services available at Fleisher, serving as an advocate for the visitor while promoting a safe, secure, and welcoming campus.

The Operations Manager position requires a highly organized person with strong communication skills, financial acumen, and excellent attention to detail. Must have flexible hours: generally, hours are 11-7 during weekday and 8-4 on Saturdays during the term, with flexibility to accommodate key times for registration and end-of-term surveys.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Faculty: contracts, payroll, and substitutions
  • Models: scheduling, payroll, substitutions
  • Purchasing supplies for classes and store
  • Hire, train, supervise, and schedule Visitor Services staff, including store clerk
  • Lead daily front desk operations
  • Oversee GRID/room set-up
  • Handle Faculty requests for equipment and supply needs
  • Manage Tuition Assistance (includes distribution, and communication with students requesting tuition assistance, and ensuring that tuition assistance is appropriately promoted)
  • Monitor credit card use per budgeted expenses
  • Administer Programs-related job postings, onboarding, and termination
  • Organization of operational files (on and offline)

Secondary (support) responsibilities include:

  • Managing calendar of interdepartmental staff meetings and taking/distributing minutes
  • Equipment oversight, and assistance with set-up
  • Lottery support for our Saturday Young Artists’ program
  • Proofreading and/or filing programs-related handbooks/contracts/agreements
  • Handling offsite program needs, e.g. insurance

General staff support, including:

  • Support Color Wheels Coordinator with site agreements
  • Support Communications with updates on web and printed collateral e.g. faculty bios, supply lists
  • Support Business Manager with budget preparation and monitoring


  • Four-year degree or equivalent
  • Two to three years of administrative experience, ideally in an arts administration/nonprofit organization
  • Excellent communication skills: phone, in person, and writing
  • Capable computer skills such as database entry, accounting software, and Excel.
  • Capable in setting up and troubleshooting meeting tools such as projectors, computers, etc.
  • Interest in local cultural programming and commitment to supporting Fleisher’s mission to make art accessible to everyone
  • Additional language skills preferred but not required


You are a self-motivated professional – personable, reliable, hardworking and results-oriented. You are a smart, thoughtful, and clear thinker, who values open communication, is able to give and receive constructive feedback, and is supportive of a team-oriented environment. Your eye is on the exemplary management of the business and operating culture of Fleisher’s art school. 

You are not hesitant to start projects from scratch because you are patient, open to change and continual improvement. When tackling problems, you easily break down challenges into manageable pieces, finding creative and sustainable solutions to complex, knotty problems. You are always looking outside of the organization to identify best practices and find ways to implement them in your realm of influence. 

Physical requirements: you will be required to unpack heavy boxes and distribute contents to various locations in the buildings, and lock up the building at end-of-day which entails the ability to move heavy gates safely.

You have the following:

  • Strong drive to work collaboratively.
  • High degree of empathy, thoughtfulness, and a natural diplomatic ability.
  • Ability to recognize and use your influence within and on behalf of an organization.
  • Ability to embrace the strategic implications of your role and responsibilities.


Est. $33,000 annually. Fleisher employees receive a competitive compensation package, including options to enroll in health, dental, life insurance, and pension plans; a Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) employee badge that provides access to museums nationwide; and access educational and professional development opportunities.

To Apply

Open immediately. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis for mid-late April, with goal of filling position by May 1 or thereabouts. There is flexibility on the timeline for the right candidate, though we strongly suggest submitting applications by April 15. If this description seems like a good match for your personality, skills, and career goals please submit your cover letter, resume, and three references (all in one document). References will not be contacted until later in the process. No phone calls, please. 

Fleisher is always looking for emerging artists to assist with our classes, tuition-free classes, and workshops for children and adults. To be considered, applicants must include the following items:

An artist statement
Current résumé
Images of current work (maximum of 12)
Images of work created by students (maximum of 12), OPTIONAL
Two professional references
Any supporting documentation that demonstrate any experience assisting in a classroom, OPTIONAL

Please note, an up-to-date PA State Police Criminal Record Check and PA Child Abuse History is required to teach for the Children and Youth program. You do not need these documents at the time of applying, only if extended a formal invitation to work at Fleisher.

Who we are and why this is important:

The Fleisher Art Memorial is a source for inspiration, creativity, and community. Every year, more than 17,000 people experience the transformative power of art by participating in our studio classes, exhibitions, and community‐based programming. We are a non‐profit organization committed to advancing the vision of our founder, Samuel S. Fleisher, who believed that art is one of society’s greatest assets and equalizers, and from the doorway of his Graphic Sketch Club, “invited the world to come and learn art.”

Through all of our work, we strive to make art accessible to everyone regardless of age, economic means, or artistic experience. We operate one of the nation’s first community‐based arts centers, providing free and low‐cost studio art classes along with opportunities for beginning and seasoned artists to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. To further enhance our mission, Fleisher’s arts education programming reaches deeply into schools and community centers and has brought us national recognition and powerful opportunities to advocate for and shape arts education initiatives throughout the region and the country.

Teaching Artist Key qualifications:

· Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Fine Arts degree a plus

· Experienced teaching artist with a solid artistic skill set, and a minimum of two years teaching experience instructing technique to a broad adult population

· Experience doing community engagement work with diverse populations

· Experience developing a thoughtful, fun, creative, and culturally appropriate lesson plan and a class curriculum spanning from 5 to 10 weeks.

· Can provide clear and thoughtful feedback to students, both in group and one-on-one settings.

· Flexible and can work in a variety of studio environments with large and diverse groups of people.

· Punctual, organized, communicates in a timely fashion with Fleisher staff

· Language skills in Khmer, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese a plus

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

· Design and implement a well-planned lesson

· Communicate with Adult Programs Manager about basic supply needs, curriculum development, model requests, and lesson plans

· Arrive 30 minutes before class to set up

· Manage classroom time to appropriately clean the studio space with students before end of class

· Respectful of student members, models, and Fleisher staff

· Inform Fleisher of any changes to your schedule which preclude you from instructing your committed class no later than 2 weeks prior to your scheduled class

· Inform Programs Coordinator of any unexpected change of plans such as illness or other absences as soon as possible

Fleisher is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

To apply please submit:

An artist statement
Current résumé
Images of current work (maximum of 12)
Images of work created by students (maximum of 12)
Three professional references
Course descriptions and curriculum outlines for courses taught
Other supporting documentation, including evaluation and assessments of previous teaching experiences

Please note, an up-to-date PA State Police Criminal Record Check and PA Child Abuse History is required to teach for the Children and Youth program. You do not need these documents at the time of applying, only if extended a formal invitation to work at Fleisher.

Fleisher has a need for figure models on a rolling basis. We like to employ a roster of models that includes all types to pose for life drawing and painting classes. The environment is professional and welcoming, and the students have a range of experience. Models are especially needed for weekday afternoons. Experience is a plus, but the main requirements are reliability, punctuality, professionalism, and the ability to hold a pose.

Applications must include a headshot and clothed full-body photograph. Models interested in working within our children and youth program must have up-to-date state criminal and child abuse clearances.

Fleisher and Reading Terminal Market, one of America’s oldest public markets, are excited to partner for the third annual design competition of the market’s reusable tote bags. The winning design, created by a Fleisher student, teaching artist, or member, will be featured on 10,000 bags, which are sold by the market’s many vendors. Artwork should reflect the spirit of the market and its status as a destination for shoppers looking for fresh foods rather than its reputation for delicious prepared foods.  A full history of the market is available online.

The competition is open to current Fleisher members as well as teaching artists and students who have taught or taken, respectively, at least one class at Fleisher between May 2015 and June 2018. The winner, selected by a small jury comprising three representatives from Reading Terminal Market and three from Fleisher, will receive a cash prize of $1,000. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the bags will benefit Fleisher's children and youth programming.

Artwork must be digital, vector-based graphics submitted in .eps or .ai file formats. Comps of the bag design may be submitted as JPEGs or PDFs, but final artwork must be available in .eps or .ai to be considered.

Please keep in mind that artwork will be printed on tote bags that have a semi-porous surface, so delicate details and fine lines drawings may be compromised. The background color of the bags will be green (PMS 349) and gold (PMS 123), reflecting the market's branding colors. The main panels, which you artwork will be featured on, will be dark green, and the side panels will be gold. The bags are made of polypropylene. A maximum of three colors can be used in the design. The artwork must include the market's gold branding color (PMS 123). The other two colors may be selected by the artist. 

The artwork will be featured on the outer panels on the bag and must measure 15.25” tall by 13.25” wide. Artwork must include the market’s diamond shaped logo (artistic interpretations and alterations of the logo are not allowed and a vector image of the logo is available for download by clicking here) and URL (www.readingterminalmarket.org) and reflect the spirit of the market, which serves as a public trust providing a venue for independent local businesses to showcase the Philadelphia region’s culinary bounty and cultural diversity. 

Artwork, along with relevant contact information, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m.  May 15, 2017. Up to five submissions per entrant are allowed.


April 11, 2018 – Competition opens at 9:00 a.m.

May 31, 2018– Competition closes. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m.

June 15, 2018 – Winner chosen and notified. 

For questions about the competition, please contact Dominic Mercier, Communications Director at Fleisher Art Memorial, at dmercier@fleisher.org. 

About The Dene M. Louchheim Faculty Fellowship

The Louchheim Fellowship was created in memory of Dene Louchheim, former Chairperson of the Fleisher Art Memorial from 1964 to 1980, and spouse of Stuart Louchheim, Samuel Fleisher’s nephew. The Louchheim Fellow is selected biannually through a juried process with an award amount of $1000.

  • Friday, May 25 at 12:00 am: Deadline for application submiss
  • Award announcement will be made on July 6, 2018 during the Faculty Exhibition opening reception from 6-8pm.
  • The opening reception for the faculty Fellowship will be held on December 6, 2018 at the Dene M. Louchheim gallery at the Fleisher Art Memorial