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The Clay Studio

Job Opportunities

Director of Development


The Clay Studio, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a focus on the ceramic arts, seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial Director of Development to lead our annual fundraising efforts and play a lead role in a recently launched capital campaign. This is a great opportunity to show your professional skills with individual donors, institutional giving, and special events, while working with a high-achieving team. The successful candidate will be adept at motivating others including donors, staff, board, and direct reports.

The Director of Development plays a leadership role in formulating strategies that support the annual fundraising goals as well as the expansion of the organization’s contributed income. S/he collaborates with the President, Senior Staff and Board members to create, communicate and implement our development activities. S/he is responsible for meeting and expanding all contributed income budget goals.

The Clay Studio is in an extended period of growth including the recent launch of a capital campaign and plans to relocate into a new facility by 2020. The Director of Development will play a key role in driving fundraising effectiveness, community awareness, and growth on a new scale. To be successful, the person in this position will be entrepreneurial, knowledgeable about key fundraising methods, adaptive, highly energetic, and eager to take on new challenges.

Organizational Background

The Clay Studio was founded in 1974 as an artist collective. We have a proud legacy of presenting international programs, hosting three national clay conferences, and serving local artists, students, children, and adults. The organization has worked to attain a strong local, national, and international reputation in the field of ceramic arts programming.

The Clay Studio has a budget of $2 million, of which 50% is contributed income. We are organized in the following six business units: Consignment Shop, Gallery, Studio Rental Program, Ceramics School, Claymobile, and Artist Residency. In late 2016, we launched a capital campaign, and have begun to secure the lead gifts.


The successful candidate will possess a broad understanding of philanthropic practice, have a track record of meeting annual fundraising expectations, and demonstrate a proven history of increasing contributed income. S/he will be a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising. Outgoing personalities are encouraged! CFRE is preferred and/or a track record of fundraising results.

Essential Skills

The Clay Studio is seeking a strategic thinker who also knows how to put the wheels in motion. The successful candidate will have experience and strengths in the following areas of fundraising:

How to Apply

In order to be considered, please submit the following information:

Submit to Charity Thackston, charity@theclaystudio.org. No phone calls, please.


Review of applications will begin immediately with Deadline of November 10th. Anticipated start date of January 3, 2018.


The Clay Studio Intern Program

Become an active member in The Clay Studio’s community by participating in an internship. The Intern Program is geared towards ceramic enthusiast and those interested in the non-profit sector who want to further their experience and be part of a supportive educational community. Interns perform a wide variety of functions throughout the organization and can be required to do physical labor and heavy lifting.

Interns work 5 hours per week, one day a week during the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer term. In exchange for this work, participants will receive a free class, access to open studio hours, and other class benefits such as shelf space, glazes and firings.

It is important to both the educational value of your experience as well as the stability of the program that applicants are prepared for a commitment of one full 12-week term, or 60 hours, to The Clay Studio’s Intern Program.

Internships are available in the following areas: Studio (School and/or Summer Clay Camps), Outreach/Education (Claymobile), Gallery/Shop, and Administration/Development.

To Apply

Application can be downloaded HERE. E-mail application and resume to Jennifer@theclaystudio.org with Intern Application in the subject heading. For more information please contact Vice President, Jennifer Martin at Jennifer@theclaystudio.org

The Clay Studio Clay Camp Intern Program

The Clay Studio’s Intern Program is geared towards college students, recent ceramics graduates, as well as ceramic artists who are interested in teaching or furthering their ceramic education. Teaching Assistants perform a wide variety of functions throughout the Clay Camp program at The Clay Studio in exchange for classes and open studio time. This is an opportunity for artists to join a supportive educational environment while building their resume with essential teaching and technical skills.

Interns work either 15 or 30 hours per week, for a total of 60 hrs. In exchange for this work they will receive access to summer open studio hours. Each person will receive an 18” x 18” x 18” shelf space and free access to all school glazes and firings. In order to maintain a rigorous educational atmosphere, students will be given access to all summer workshops at TCS, as well as the opportunity to participate in one free class.

Duties shall include but not be limited to:

  1. General classroom assistance.
  2. Responsibility for processing artwork and loading and unloading kilns.
  3. Classroom set up and clean-up.
  4. Hands-on assistance to children ages 6 – 12 years.
  5. Assist with classroom and lunch supervision.
  6. Attendance at Clay Camp faculty meeting.

It is important to both the educational value of your experience as well as the stability of our program that applicants are prepared for a 2-4 week (60 hour) commitment to The Clay Studio’s Intern Program.

To Apply

Application can be downloaded HERE. E-mail application and resume to josie@theclaystudio.org with Intern Application in the subject heading.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Clay Studio offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in the School and Gallery. Volunteer duties include assisting in classes and workshops, performing administrative work, staffing the School Store, helping in the Gallery & Shop, and assisting at Clay Studio special events and First Friday openings. Dates and hours vary. We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in ceramics.

To Apply

Application can be downloaded HERE. E-mail application and resume to volunteer@theclaystudio.org with Volunteer in the subject heading. For more information please contact Jennifer Martin at Jennifer@theclaystudio.org.

Artist Opportunities

Learn about residency opportunities.

About The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio is Philadelphia's only nonprofit solely dedicated to the education and promotion of the ceramic arts, and is one of the world's leading institutions in the field. Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio supports the ceramic arts through its artist residencies, gallery, studio space, and school, educational & outreach programs. The programs of the Clay Studio reflect the dual character of the organization: as a community centered institution involved with the life of the city and region, and as a national and international focal point for ceramic arts. The Clay Studio believes in promoting broad access to the ceramic arts, therefore programs are geared to all levels of interest and proficiency.

The Clay Studio is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, 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.