Seeking Program Assistant for Fiscal Sponsorship Program

July 13, 2020  •  3 minute read

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The National Performance Network (NPN), a national, nonprofit arts organization based in New Orleans, LA, seeks a Program Assistant for its Fiscal Sponsorship Program. The program assistant will oversee the organization’s resource development engagement with its growing number of fiscally sponsored projects to strengthen their development capacity.

This new, part-time position requires excellent oral, written, and computer skills; strong attention to detail and project management timelines; the ability to coordinate work across multiple projects; and strong interpersonal skills to support long-term relationships while cultivating new ones. The NPN staff is a collegial, energetic team and we offer a flexible environment.

The National Performance Network believes artists and arts organizations are essential for creating a just and sustainable world, and we believe communities deserve broad access to art and culture that reflect their own experiences and inform the experiences of others. NPN contributes to a more just and equitable world by building artists’ power; advancing racial and cultural justice in the arts; fostering relationship-building and reciprocity between individuals, institutions, and communities; and working towards systems change in arts and philanthropy.

In collaboration with more than 70 national Partner organizations across the U.S. and a local network of more than 30 artist projects, NPN seeks to provide original, risk-taking artists with the resources needed to develop and present new work, to ensure arts leaders have the skills and opportunities to be change-makers in the arts presenting field, and to influence cultural policy for more just and artist-centered practices. Learn more about our programs at

The program assistant is an opportunity for an energetic and thoughtful professional to work collaboratively with practicing artists and artistic projects to develop and execute their individualized resource development approaches and activity. The ideal candidate will enjoy coordinating and managing detail-oriented work that contributes to the sustainability of the growing number of fiscally sponsored projects supported by NPN services while deepening our organization’s direct impact for artists’ careers across the U.S. and especially in the south.


Assist with the managing of the Fiscal Sponsorship Program in collaboration with the director of Local Programs and executive staff.

Grant Management Responsibilities (50%)

  • Grant management: review submissions and reports, coordinate the submission of required institutional documents and materials
  • Update Salesforce and other institutional databases

Research and Resource Development Responsibilities (40%)

  • Work with the director of Local Programs to identify the development needs of the fiscally sponsored projects and design ways to support each project’s capacity
  • Research new funding opportunities on behalf of the fiscally sponsored projects
  • Provide support with one-on-one grantsmanship coaching

Administrative Support (10%)

  • Onboard new fiscally sponsored projects with NPN systems and practices
  • Provide administrative assistance when monitoring fiscally sponsored projects’ grant deliverables and outcomes
  • Interface with the public and answer inquiries from potentially new projects


  • At least 3 years of relevant experience
  • A deep commitment to social justice and equity
  • Energetic, positive, and self-motivated
  • Excellent command of English language and grammar, both verbal and written
  • Proficient with computer applications, including Salesforce or a similar CRM and Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to pay close attention to deadlines and detail
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively
  • Experience providing day-to-day support to team members


  • Reports to director of Local Programs
  • Part-time, salaried position with a commitment of 20 hours per week required
  • Salary: $20,000/year


  • Application deadline is July 31, 2020. The position is available immediately, and we expect to begin the interview process within 2-3 weeks of the application deadline.
  • Please include cover letter, resume/CV, and at least two writing samples (catchy headlines, short blurbs, long articles, blogs, grant proposals, press releases, inspirational e-blasts, etc.!). Email to (no phone calls or snail-mail submissions, please).

In alignment with NPN’s commitment to creating an arts sector rooted in justice, we are committed to ensuring a space that is free of racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, misogyny, classism, or other bias. NPN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, marital status, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage diverse applicants to apply.