Careers

First Person Arts is a community. Our teams of staff and contractors represent a broad range of individuals whose talents and dedication make our work possible.


First Person Arts is a Philadelphia nonprofit organization that unleashes the power of voice by developing true personal stories from artists and everyday people for the page, stage, on-air and online. Our StorySlams, Applied Storytelling, and First Person Arts Festival programs reinforce our mission to “transform the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art to foster an appreciation for our unique and shared experiences.” By sharing these stories we connect with each other and the world.

First Person Arts does not discriminate in its hiring practices on the basis of race, age, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, or different ability.

If you don’t see any positions open below which match your skills, check out opportunities to volunteer or intern with us as well!

Deadline for applications  November 20, 2020

First Person Arts is a Philadelphia nonprofit organization that unleashes the power of voice by developing true personal stories from artists and everyday people for the page, stage, on-air, and online. Our StorySlams, newly launched #US Podcast, Applied Storytelling, and First Person Arts’ festival programs reinforce our mission to “transform the drama of real-life into memoir and documentary art to foster an appreciation for our unique and shared experiences.” By sharing these stories we connect with each other and the world.

First Person Arts is looking to continue that storytelling tradition with an Outreach Manager. We are looking to fill this project-based, contracted position as soon as possible. This position will be active through March 1st with the potential to extend the contract through the next fiscal quarter.

Please submit CV and cover letter to marketing@firstpersonarts.org.

The Outreach Manager will identify, target, build and maintain strategic partnerships on behalf of First Person Arts with community-based organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, non-profits, and other private partners with the aim of increasing participation in First Person Arts live and digital events. The Outreach Manager will also be expected to identify and evaluate the potential benefits and impacts of new partnerships, define and track key indicators and metrics, and measure the effectiveness of our partnerships and outreach programs. We are seeking a passionate candidate with an interest in storytelling, social justice, and arts engagement who want to work with diverse audiences reflective of the demographics of Philadelphia. The person who assumes this role will manage all outreach activities. Compensation is commensurate with your experience. This position reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • In collaboration with the Director of Marketing & Communications, set annual and quarterly goals for audience engagement and strategies that will produce annual goals.
  • Work with First Person Arts’ marketing and production staff to create and maintain programs that support strategic goals for engaging diverse audiences in our programming and in financially supporting the organization.
  • Identify, establish, manage, and maintain partnerships with organizations to support the overall goals of FPA.
  • Establish and manage person-to-person outreach programs to advance our mission, including training and informational presentations to interested groups.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to engage a volunteer base that utilizes digital organizing methods, including relational organizing and digital text and phone banks.
  • Identify and build resources and tools for partners to support their efforts, including digital resources such as a monthly newsletter and online community group.
  • Foster a collaborative, cohesive team environment.
  • Represent First Person Arts at public events.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Familiarity with tools and methods of organizing, coalition-building, and community outreach.
  • Comfort with communicating and interacting with diverse audiences online and in-person.2
  • Ability to represent FPA publicly and serve as a spokesperson for media outlets
  • Basic data literacy; comfort using data to support decision-making and program design.
  • Sound judgment and appropriate discretion when engaging with varied stakeholders.
  • Ability to assess resources, prioritize effectively, manage workflow, and meet deadlines.
  • Employs a thoughtful, inclusive, collaborative approach to leading and managing teams.
  • Employs a thoughtful, inclusive, collaborative approach to leading and managing teams.
  • Systemic thinker and creative problem-solver with a well-developed sense of the operational needs of programs and events and the vision to understand the big picture.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience developing key relationships and partnerships with multiple external stakeholders.
  • Possesses critical thinking and demonstrates solid project management skills.
  • Collaborative and positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated public speaking ability; effective oral and written communication skills.

First Person Arts' policy is to fully and effectively maintain a program of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination for all employees, to employ affirmative action for all protected classes, and to recruit and develop the best-qualified persons available regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Deadline for applications  November 20, 2020

First Person Arts is a Philadelphia nonprofit organization that unleashes the power of voice by developing true personal stories from artists and everyday people for the page, stage, on-air, and online. Our StorySlams, newly launched #US Podcast, Applied Storytelling, and First Person Arts’ festival programs reinforce our mission to “transform the drama of real-life into memoir and documentary art to foster an appreciation for our unique and shared experiences.” By sharing these stories we connect with each other and the world.

First Person Arts is looking to continue that storytelling tradition with an Digital Fundraiser. We are looking to fill this project-based, contracted position as soon as possible. This position will be active through March 1st with the potential to extend the contract through the next fiscal quarter based on results.

Please submit CV and cover letter to marketing@firstpersonarts.org.

The Digital Fundraising Consultant develops and implements strategies that will generate funds through targeted online programs as well as fundraising initiatives involving new and developing media and technologies.
The Digital Fundraising Consultant meets short-term and long-term goals from new and existing membership sources by developing “best practices” for digital fundraising across multiple platforms.
The Digital Fundraising Consultant focuses on cultivating donations and membership through email acquisitions; social media and mobile; third-parties; fund-a-thons and is responsible for cultivating new member prospects through newly developing avenues.
This position reports to the Executive Director.


Essential Functions

  • In collaboration with the Director of Marketing & Communications, set annual and quarterly goals for audience engagement and strategies that will produce annual goals.
  • Develops and implements digital fundraising programs (including new and existing e-newsletters and e-renewals), online content monetization, widgets, online application development, second-screen donations, hybrids utilizing traditional mail and online techniques, as well as collaboration with organizational partners. Ensure delivery of fundraising campaigns across digital, mobile, social media, and developing channels. Provides leadership for improving online fundraising pages and member communications, for projects such as continuing member development, micro-donations, and other activities.
  • Manages the cultivation of prospects through digital fundraising tools and initiates strategies to foster higher giving levels.
  • Works with team members to ensure the implementation of key touchpoints across digital media to foster member cultivation on social media, web, mobile, and developing platforms.
  • Develops standardized digital fundraising and membership procedures and ensures those standards are followed so that online and digital facing constituents receive a tailored and structured set of online and digital giving opportunities and services.
  • Works to set performance benchmarks and targets across all digital fundraising channels. Implement user testing techniques to improve response rates and increase donor retention. Evaluates and reports on monthly project accomplishments and budgets

Knowledge/Experience Required

  • Strong knowledge of current and developing online fundraising strategies, social media, mobile, and new technologies.
  • Must understand “best practices” across multiple platforms and the knowledge base to develop “best practices” for emerging media types.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • A true team player who understands how to work productively in a team environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Working knowledge and a strong interest in storytelling, digital fundraising, marketing, and design.
  • Knowledge of customer relationship management systems (CRM), email service providers, internet applications, and content publishing tools.
  • Familiarity with a variety of resources to keep up-to-date on the latest news in digital fundraising, marketing, sales, and design.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and goals while working under pressure.
  • Project management experience in digital media required.

First Person Arts' policy is to fully and effectively maintain a program of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination for all employees, to employ affirmative action for all protected classes, and to recruit and develop the best-qualified persons available regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please submit CV and cover letter with answers the following questions:

  • I am interested in First Person Arts because…
  • My ideal workplace looks like…
  • Submit your application for:
    • Outreach Manager via email with job description in the subject.
    • Digital Fundraising Consultant via email with job description in the subject.