Cherry Street Pier Manager

Who We Are:

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is the nonprofit leading the development and programming of the six-mile Central Delaware River Waterfront, with parks like Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Race Street Pier. We are an innovative organization redefining how cities use public space both in Philadelphia and nationally. Our latest effort is the forthcoming Cherry Street Pier, a multi-functional public and artistic community space that will be a resource for creativity, civic engagement, and community building. As the project gets under construction, we are looking to hire a manager for the pier, who can be brought on board before the public opening. This individual will ensure that the space is a welcoming resource for the city’s creative community and a successful public destination for the city’s residents and visitors.    

DRWC is an inclusionary organization that values and promotes diversity in all aspects of its operations. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, religion, handicap, or sexual orientation.

Interested individuals should send cover letter, resume, and at least two professional references to Dave Moore at In your cover letter, please describe your favorite public art installation or performance. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until March 9, 2018.

Position Description

This position will manage the pier’s artistic and community operations, coordinating the use of the pier for different audiences and ensuring that it functions smoothly and safely for all users. Working closely with DRWC staff across all departments, the manager will:

  • Oversee the calendar of rentals of various spaces within the pier, including the “Garage,” the collection of artist studios, the “Market,” an adaptable space for small scale retailers, and the “Platform,” the flexible, open space for artistic installations, exhibitions, and performances.
  • Provide logistical and resource support to prospective and current artist tenants to help foster a sense of community amongst the tenants.
  • Help develop new public programming and events in the pier as well as coordinate the implementation of these programs across all departments.
  • Work closely with the marketing department to provide on-the-ground feedback and create new programmatic and promotional partnerships.
  • Coordinate with Parks and Attractions to help oversee food and beverage operations.
  • Help implement maintenance and security plans in conjunction with site operations staff.

Furthermore, the manager will monitor the success of the pier based on pre-determined metrics and a thorough data collection and analysis program. They will document the impact of the pier for a variety of audiences through written reports, video and photography, and other forms of media.

This position will report to the Director of Parks and Attractions.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus 3-5 years’ experience in related field or equivalent combination of skills and experience
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to oversee multiple projects and responsibilities with overlapping schedules and deadlines
  • Experience managing complex budgets and implementing detailed operations plans
  • Experience managing medium to large-scale events, productions, or performances, particularly with a public art focus
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia’s creative community, arts funding sources, and experience working with artists, curators and/or arts organizations preferred
  • Facility with data collection and analysis
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite required, Adobe Creative Suite preferred

Please note that this position will require working night and weekend hours.