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31 May 2023


Executive Director

Philadelphia Folklore Project

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Job Description


For nearly 40 years, the Philadelphia Folklore Project has documented, supported, and promoted Philadelphia-area folk arts and culture, including the arts of people who have been here for generations and those who have just arrived. In collaboration with local artists and community groups, we preserve and strengthen Philadelphia’s folk cultural life because of its power to be transformative in community-level social change.
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Together with a small, dedicated, and caring Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for PFP’s programs, partnerships, funding, and the execution of our mission. They are an influential, energetic, relational, culturally competent leader who delivers on organizational goals by planning strategically, building authentic relationships, publicly representing PFP, managing all operations, and raising funds.

The next ED will guide the organization in defining its vision, strategic direction and the optimal structure, staffing, and governance model to support the strategic direction. While the organizational goals remain the same, this is an opportunity for a new perspective on how to reach those goals and to energize and extend PFP’s reach.

The ED is both a big picture and strategic thinker who is able to translate vision into action. They spend their time evenly between strategic thinking and executing the work of the organization by seamlessly blending strategy and implementation.

The ED has a solid foundation on which to build their work. PFP has deep trust in the community, meaningful relationships with artists, and decades of good work in a city rich in culture and folk traditions. While candidates with a background in folk arts or cultural heritage are preferred, the next ED must be experienced engaging diverse cultural communities, building connections, and sustaining relationships. They are responsible for addressing underserved and underrepresented identities and perspectives in the field of folklore today.

This is an ideal position for a person who has a background in both the arts and nonprofit management. The generous leave policy (including an annual month-long sabbatical) allows the candidate to focus on the success of PFP and, during the sabbatical, pursue their personal goals.



The ED reports to the Board of Directors. The ED is responsible for recruiting, managing and retaining staff, consultants, contractors, and volunteers in delivering the work of the organization.



  • Lead strategy, finances, and operations including planning, monitoring, evaluating, reporting, on progress, and adapting strategy as necessary to achieve organizational goals.
  • Build sustainability through fundraising, partnerships, and board development.
  • Develop and execute an annual and longer-range strategic fundraising plan to raise a minimum of $400,000 a year.
  • Manage finance and administration including designing and overseeing the annual budget, audit, compliance, and risk management.
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
  • Support the Board in their governance role by providing education, training, and the information the Board needs to make good decisions.
  • In coordination with the Board Chair, ensure proper governance practices, Board management, communications, and recordkeeping.
  • Engage the Board to identify and recruit potential Board members with diverse perspectives to expand the organization’s reach and to establish Board expertise in identified skill sets.
  • Serve as the public representative of the organization with partners, funders, peers, artists, and communities.
  • Connect and build relationships across diverse communities.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and rigorous program evaluation.
  • Oversee all aspects of marketing and communications including website, social media, defining and delivering PFP’s brand promise, and increasing visibility.
  • Ensure adequate staffing by recruiting, supervising, supporting, coaching and evaluating full-time and part-time staff.
  • Identify areas to outsource and oversee consultants, contracted employees, and interns.
  • Oversee management and care of PFP’s extensive archives.



  • Minimum of five years of nonprofit or other management experience in increasingly more responsible positions.
  • Skills and experience to deliver on key responsibilities.
  • Background, education, knowledge and/or deep appreciation of folklore, folk arts, and/or cultural arts.
  • Ability to raise funds through diverse channels including grants, sponsorships, individual donors, etc.
  • Deep understanding of the needs of artists and communities that have been under-resourced due to varying kinds of oppression.
  • Experience building the capacity of small nonprofits.



PFP is headquartered in Philadelphia and is a hybrid workplace with work required in the office. The candidate will need to live in or be willing to relocate to the Philadelphia region.



The starting salary for the ED is $80,000. Generous leave time includes an annual month-long sabbatical plus an additional 41 paid days off. Compensation package includes a medical insurance contribution and a 5% employer contribution to a Retirement Savings Account.



The anticipated interview process, includes:

  • Email and telephone screenings
  • Two interviews, the first virtual and the second in person with travel subsidized if necessary
  • Position-appropriate exercise

The Philadelphia Folklore Project has a longstanding tradition of centering the experiences of people who have been historically marginalized, including people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. PFP is committed to continuing that work. We strongly encourage all qualified candidates interested in the opportunity to apply and encourage applications from people with diverse identities.



To apply, please submit your cover letter, resumé, and two work samples to
All inquiries and discussions are strictly confidential.

To make recommendations, please contact Lori Blair (Vice President, Fairmount Ventures) at

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Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Executive Director
Philadelphia Folklore Project
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: culture. States: Pennsylvania.