Torpedo Factory Art Center, part of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities in the City of Alexandria. Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working with us, we invite qualified candidates to apply for these opportunities.

What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:

  • Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
  • Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
  • Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
  • Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship

About the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities

The mission of the department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities is to enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public spaces, cultural activities, and programming. The Department’s vision is to improve the well-being of every person in our community by connecting them to each other and their environment.  The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to meet 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations.

Current Openings

Property Manager and Artists Relations

Description

In pursuit of service excellence, the Property Manager and Artist Relations performs diverse duties related to the management and the operations of Torpedo Factory Art Center work.  This position will manage leases and subleases for Torpedo Factory Art Center. Administrative, communicational, and organizational skills are needed to be successful in this position. Major areas of responsibility include having a working knowledge of recreational and cultural activities, and/or an visual arts; and demonstrate understanding of lease/rental management.  Candidate will be responsible for the management of leases and subleases for tenants within Torpedo Factory Art Center, ensuring a high-level of customer service and creating exceptional experiences. Additionally, the position will serve as the point of contact for all artists and leaseholders. They will be responsible for organizing minor/internal programs, in the form of sessions, classes, or meet-and-greets, that help provide administrative, business, and community building support to tenants. Work hours will include some weekends and some nights.

What You Should Bring 

Each member of our team is accountable for the outstanding delivery of services to the community.  You will ensure that you are a self-starter and capable of working independently.   You will have the support of and work under the direction of the Regional Program Director.   You will provide customer service that meets the high standards of excellence.

The Opportunity

The Property Manager and Artist Relations position:
  • Communicates with, and represents the Art Center to, tenants while serving as a liaison between staff and artists.
  • Develops and manages tenant business-related programming.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates the usefulness of administrative tools for staff and tenants.
  • Ensures procedures are followed and makes recommendations for new procedures.
  • Investigates and resolves artists complaints, property complaints, or renter violations.
  • Manages all subleases and leases of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
  • Manages meetings with tenant artists and staff at least once a month.
  • Manages the internal e-news process.
  • Participates in staff meetings, in-service trainings, sessions, and workshops.
  • Onboarding and offboarding of new tenants/artists; also assists in the management of artist jurying processes.
  • Serves as Manager on Duty for the building on select days.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; one-year experience managing written agreements, working with diverse populations at the level of manager or higher; or equivalent combination of 3 years’ experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s or master’s degree in arts administration or business and examples of career progression. More than 3 years’ experience as a program administrator in the field of art or property management (or related field) with at least one year related to managing legal documents such as leases or contracts.

Notes

This position requires successful completion of a drug screening, criminal records, and child abuse background check prior to employment.

To Apply

Review the full job description, benefits information, and apply here.


Exhibitions Intern  – Winter 2021 – 2022

Description

The Torpedo Factory Art Center, offers one unpaid Exhibitions internship each semester for students of Art, Art History, Arts Management, or some equivalent.  The Exhibitions interns will primarily be working in Target Gallery in addition to assisting with Site Two Community Gallery, Site Three Project Gallery, and our Seasonal Art Installations in the Art Center common areas. Interns seeking class credit are encouraged. This opportunity will take place December 2021 – January 2022. 

Hours 

Hours are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions*. The intern will be required to work 1- 2 days a week, with one weekend day on reserve. The Curator of Exhibitions will work with the interns on scheduling so as not to interfere with their class and work schedules. Art Center hours are currently, Wednesday – Sunday,  10 a.m. – 6 p.m*, but this is subject to change. Interns will be required to work supplemental days during exhibition installation weeks as their schedule allows.

Responsibilities

The Curator of Exhibitions will work with the interns to create a focus or project for each intern to complete during their internship along with other necessary gallery duties to include but not limited to helping with installation, take down of exhibitions, sales, and so on.  Some projects/focuses in the past have included creating an exhibition plan, assisting with marketing and promotion of exhibitions and special events, managing Target Gallery’s social media accounts,  working on our annual special exhibition March150, developing special programming, workshops, and more.

Requirements

This internship position requires that the student or individual be responsible, able to multitask, show initiative, possess a good work ethic, great attention to detail, and a friendly and positive attitude. The ability to work on both MAC and PC computers and familiarity with social networks is mandatory. Preferred candidate should be familiar with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite programs. Interns must feel comfortable interacting with the public about the work at the exhibition and handling artwork sales.

Interns must be at least 18 years of age or older.

To Apply

Please email resumes with cover letter to Leslie Mounaime with “Exhibitions Internship” as the subject line. Applications accepted until positions are filled.

*  The Art Center’s current schedule is Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm but is subject to change as necessary in response to COVID-19 requirements.


Gallery Volunteer -Fall 2021

Description

The Torpedo Factory Art Center, offers unpaid volunteer position(s) each semester for students of Art, Art History, Arts Management, or some equivalent.  The gallery guides will primarily be working in Target Gallery in addition to assisting with Site Two Community Gallery, Site Three Project Gallery, and our Seasonal Art Installations in the Art Center common areas.  This opportunity will take place November – December 2021

Hours

Hours are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions*. The volunteers will be required to work 1 day a week, with one weekend day on reserve. The Curator of Exhibitions will work with the gallery guides on scheduling so as not to interfere with their class and work schedules. Art Center hours are currently, Wednesday – Sunday,  10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Gallery guides will be required to work supplemental days during exhibition installation weeks as their schedule allows.

Responsibilities

The gallery guide opportunity does not include a guided project. Necessary gallery duties include but are not limited to public engagement, knowledge of the gallery exhibitions and the art center programs, helping with installation, take down of exhibitions, sales, and so on.

Requirements

This gallery guide position requires that the student or individual be responsible, able to multitask, show initiative, possess a good work ethic, great attention to detail, and a friendly and positive attitude. The ability to work on both MAC and PC computers and familiarity with social networks is mandatory. Preferred candidate should be familiar with Microsoft Office Suite  and Adobe Creative Suite programs. Gallery Guides must feel comfortable interacting with the public about the work at the exhibition and handling artwork sales.

Gallery guides must be at least 18 years of age or older.

To Apply

Please email resumes with cover letter to Leslie Mounaime with “Exhibitions Gallery Guide” as the subject line by Applications accepted until positions are filled.


Public Programs Intern

Description:

Torpedo Factory Art Center offers unpaid internships each season in Public Programs. Interns receive behind the scenes experience helping to coordinate programming events.

The intern will be required to work at least 2 days a week for at least 16 hours a week.  The intern will be required to work during Late Shift Art Nights and may need to adjust the schedule to accommodate weekend or evening events that may take place during their internship period.

Responsibilities:

Interns will work with the programming coordinator to come up with goals such as researching content to post on social media, cataloging press clips, maintain departmental metrics, and assist with executing events. Special projects are assigned based on strengths and interests and have included logo design, event photography, program planning, and visitor relations.

Requirements:

This internship requires that the student be responsible, ability to multitask, show initiative, good work ethic, a team player, and have a great attitude. Familiarity with social networks is a plus. Also, preferred candidate will need to be familiar with Adobe Creative Suite and Excel. Interns must also be comfortable engaging with the public during events.

To Apply:

Please email resumes with cover letter to Daniel Guzman with “Programs Internship” in the subject line. Applications accepted until positions are filled.


Marketing Intern

Description

The Torpedo Factory Art Center offers one unpaid slot each semester in marketing and design.  Interns receive behind the scenes experience working in marketing and design.

Hours

The intern will be required to work at least 2 days a week for at least 16 hours a week. Core hours are 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Friday. Modified hours are requested each month for Late Shift Fridays (until 10 pm) and possible weekend dates, with advanced notification.

Responsibilities

Interns will work with the marketing manager to establish goals and projects to complete during their internship. Everyday tasks may include researching content to post on social media, maintaining departmental metrics, and assisting with executing events. Individual tasks are open to customization based on course needs. Special projects are assigned based on strengths and interests and have included event photography, graphic design, and market research.

Requirements

This position requires that the candidate be a self-starter, able to multitask, and show initiative. Working knowledge of social networking is required. Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Illustrator and Photoshop, is a plus. The candidate must have high-proficiency/fluency writing and speaking in English and be comfortable engaging with the public during events.

Candidates seeking to fill the slot must be seeking class credit.

To Apply

Please email resumes with cover letter and three portfolio samples to Alyssa Ross with “Marketing Internship” in the subject line. Applications accepted until positions are filled.


Interested in volunteering?

We are currently looking for Visitor Services and Special Events volunteers at the Art Center. Check out our volunteer page for more information.