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.
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FIRST PERSON ARTS’ STORY
Founded in 2000, First Person Arts, Inc. (FPA) is a Philadelphia-based not-for-profit 501 ( C ) 3 organization incorporated in 2000. Our core belief is, “… everyone has a story to tell, and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world.” The mission of FPA is to transform the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art to foster appreciation for our unique and shared experiences. FPA CULTIVATES true, personal stories through three principal programs: Monthly StorySlams; The Annual First Person Arts Festival; and, Year-Round Applied Storytelling Workshops and Events. FPA ARCHIVES stories in-house digitally and online via our YouTube Channel as a source of content and to document our social and cultural history. FPA SHARES stories annually through digital media products, including: Commonspace – a monthly radio hour and podcasts on NPR-Affiliate, WHYY, The FPA YouTube Channel and, The FPA podcast.
FPA is seeking a Director of Finance to strategically oversee and manage ﬁnancial operations, including ﬁnancial record-keeping, budgeting, and forecasting. You will report to FPAs’ Executive Director and work closely with board treasuer and team members to revise and create new ﬁnancial policies and procedures, apply for and report on grants, budget for FPAs’ growth and track progress, and carry out other ﬁnance tasks as needed. In addition, you will help to plan and guide a long term strategic ﬁnancial plan for the organization.
As FPAs’ work rapidly gains prominence, the Director of Finance has the opportunity to steward the organization’s growth into its next phase.
We are a small team, with an adaptive organizational structure. Position descriptions are therefore approximate, not inclusive of all possible job duties, and dynamic: applicants should be comfortable and excited to try new things, learn, and pitch in to support colleagues as needed. We are looking for a motivated and self-starter who can work both independently and as a collaborative team member dedicated to promoting FPAs’ mission and committed to FPAs values: diversity, inclusivity and empowerment. nimbleness, innovation and empathy.
You will work closely with all team members including FPAs’ Executive Director and board of directors to track, manage and guide ﬁnancial well-being for the organization. Responsibilities include:
- Develop and execute ﬁnancial processes and a comprehensive ﬁnancial plan suﬃcient to support FPAs’ mission and strategic plan
- Manage audits, cash flow forecasts, grant budgets and financial projections that lean into the financial strategy to support our goals
- Supervise bookkeeping contractor’s entry of data in Quickbooks
- Oversee payroll contractor’s operation and reporting
- Responsible for all ﬁnancial management including all ﬁnancial data tracking and recordkeeping
- Prepare quarterly reports for the board about FPAs’ ﬁnances
- Provide CPA with all documents and a ﬁnalized version of Quickbooks for annual audit
- Create, implement, and improve ﬁnancial policies and procedures
- Draft FPAs’ budget, in a participatory process, for board approval
- Forecast future expenses and fundraising needs, and assist in developing strategies to meet them
- Create ﬁnancial summary for annual report
- Plan and facilitate regular ﬁnance team meetings
- Enter payroll, ﬁle annual 1099 tax forms and donor tax receipts
- Administer current employee beneﬁts, and plan and implement new ones
- Participate in recruiting, hiring, and onboarding, especially payroll forms
- Work with other team members to identify funding needs and opportunities and track project budgets
- Work with development team to prepare budgets for grant applications, and monitor grants received
- Ensure that grant funding is applied properly, track grant expenditures, and monitor compliance with grant requirements
- Report to funders on grant expenses
- Oversee subcontractor payments and contracts
- At least 2 years of experience in ﬁnancial management, preferably in nonproﬁt organizations
- Knowledge of, and experience with, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
- Ability to communicate ﬁnancial data to people with diﬀerent levels of ﬁnancial knowledge
- Ability to wisely choose opportunities, and prudently guide a growing organization
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
- Open-minded and self-driven
- Experience with Quickbooks Online is a plus
- Experience with government grants and audit requirements is a plus
- Experience with fundraising and development is a plus
- Excitement for FPAs’ mission a must
Location: FPA is presently a hybrid work environment. Weekly in-person team days at our Philadelphia oﬃce are required and additional in-person work throughout the week is expected. This is a full-time position, between 30-40 hours per week.
Salary: $65,000 – $72,000
Beneﬁts: FPA oﬀers 100% health insurance, two weeks of paid leave plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s, 9 paid holidays, two personal days, and 5 days of sick leave. Employee scheduling needs can generally be accommodated in our highly ﬂexible work environment. We strive to create opportunities for professional development and growth for everyone on the team.
To apply: Please provide a thoughtful cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is ﬁlled.
- General staff administration and company HR support.
- Responsible for maintaining an efficient working office environment including management of office accommodations, equipment and supplies, office health & safety plus IT and online support.
- Provide front line response to general office enquiries from the public and provide administrative advice and support to the wider staff as appropriate.
- Responsible for insurances and 501 © 3 local, state and federal filings.
- Support direct mail campaigns.
- Prepare all board meeting materials and maintain board meeting minutes and materials.
- Communicate with all board members as directed by ED.
- Serve as staff member of the FPA Board Finance Committee.
First Person Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salary: $45,000 per year
Employment type: Full Time
Job function: Partnership engagement, contract negotiation, and fulfillment
Impact Producer overview
Do you love connecting people, listening to their stories, and building bridges? Not afraid to tackle the “tough stuff” with groups? Have a flair for organizing people, projects, and events around important issues? This could be the position you’ve been waiting for.
We are looking for a dedicated campaigner to ensure that the impact of our work matches its potential and remains vital to the communities we serve. You will work under our Applied Storytelling division where we put storytelling into action by using true, personal stories as a catalyst to spark dynamic conversations around important issues like gun violence.
This role will have a specific focus on:
- Community inclusion in our monthly StorySlams
- Our Engaging Males of Color (EMOC) program to improve the overall wellness through documentary-based community interventions
- A state-funded regional gun violence intervention based on our documentary film Trigger, but not excluding other intersecting areas of focus
Who we are
First Person Arts is Philly’s premier nonprofit storytelling organization. We believe everyone has a story to tell and that by sharing our stories, we connect with each other and the world. Through our work, we empower individuals to share their true, personal stories or documentary art so that the people that need to hear those stories can–in a safe, embracing environment. Our impact goal is to have audiences activated by the stories we tell and share. Activation could mean many things: making a connection, sharing the story you must tell, thinking differently or transforming how you engage with others.
First Person Arts creates work for the stage, page, on-air, online, and in film. Our program portfolio features:
- Monthly live StorySlams where audience members become storytellers, sharing a real, 5-minute story on stage around a theme
- The First Person Arts Festival, which is the only festival-of-its-kind to feature true stories told across genres (Summer 2024)
- Applied Storytelling, which offers customized storytelling workshops and events including social justice work around gun violence interventions and anti-racism
We have a storybank of over 10,000 story files that archives the collective narrative history of this generation.
Being a part of the First Person Arts team means working alongside dynamic, passionate storytellers and story explorers to bring the transformative power of storytelling to communities.
- Manage and expand our portfolio of partners (i.e., community organizations, institutions, and storytellers) to ensure that our work tells the stories of the community, by the community, and for the community.
- Ensure that key stakeholders that need new narrative perspectives on key issues are made aware of our work.
- Conduct issue-based research to thoroughly understand the subject matter, context, and potential partner landscape to determine how FPA can make a unique contribution to the causes highlighted by our content.
- Execute impact campaigns that leverage our issue-themed content (high quality documentary films, live events, podcasts) to achieve our mission to transform the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art to foster appreciation between people for our unique and shared experiences.
- Develop written materials, in collaboration with the First Person Arts team, including presentations, reports, and communications to communicate campaign strategy and year-end results.
- Collaborate with executive director, other FPA impact producers, and team leads in the development of the overall impact campaign strategy in partnership with a cross-functional campaign team of community volunteers.
- Provide input in creation of campaign budgets to achieve campaign goals.
- Contribute insights to artistic/creative teams on select projects in development.
- Identify and secure relationships with potential impact partners (community-based organizations, nonprofits)
- Identify opportunities for campaign activities (screenings, events, pop-ups, speaking engagements, touring) in service of the goals of the campaign.
- Understand impact partner goals to identify their needs throughout the campaign development phase as well as the execution of the campaign
- Regularly communicate with impact partners on updates, timelines, and progress in order to execute campaigns.
- Manage agreement and payment documentation with impact partners and consultants, where applicable.
- Recruit, train, and manage a team of impact volunteers from community partners and coordinate engagement activities year-round.
- Coordinate cross-functional teams to achieve social impact goals on campaigns, developing project management systems and processes to communicate timelines and keep projects on time.
- Conduct ongoing tracking of goals and data, as well as campaign budgets and spending.
- Communicate campaign progress proactively to the wider team and to external partners via presentations, reports and communications.
- Work with film studio partners and other key external stakeholders to communicate plans, maximize opportunities for impact, leverage impact partnerships, and coordinate efforts.
- Minimum 5 years experience, ideally in social impact campaigning, grassroots organizing, or related field.
- Solutions-oriented, with project management experience and attention to detail
- Passion for storytelling in all forms including: film, live events, podcasts
- Collaborative and dedicated team member.
- Ability to travel as needed.
Reports to Director of Programming
Commitment to diversity
First Person Arts is an equal opportunity employer. This means we are committed to recruiting, training, compensating, and promoting all of our employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, or any other protected classes set forth under applicable law. We are dedicated to reflecting the diversity, and multiculturalism, of our viewers, creators, partners and communities. Inclusion is at the heart of what we do and at the core of our values.
Areas of focus: Community and capacity building through the arts
How to apply
Applications open until the position is filled.
Location: FPA is presently a hybrid work environment. Weekly in-person team days at our Philadelphia oﬃce are required and additional in-person work throughout the week is expected.
This is a full-time position.
Beneﬁts: In addition to salary, FPA oﬀers 100% health insurance, two weeks of paid leave plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s, 9 paid holidays, 2 personal days, and 5 days of sick leave. Employee scheduling needs can generally be accommodated in our highly ﬂexible work environment. We strive to create opportunities for professional development and growth for everyone on the team.
To apply: Please provide a thoughtful cover letter and resume to MPrell@firstpersonarts.org.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is ﬁlled.
* 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.