Current career opportunities
at FirstWorks

FirstWorks is a fast-paced, growing non-profit arts organization dedicated to enhancing our community through world-class performing arts and education programs. FirstWorks curates two annual performing arts series and produces ground-breaking projects with renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Paul Taylor Dance Company. We are the proud Founding Partner of PVDFest, the City of Providence’s signature cultural celebration, which showcases the diversity and vibrancy of the Creative Capital. We also provide art education to 4,000 K-12 students at 30+ Rhode Island schools each year, helping fill the gap left from severe public spending cuts.


FirstWorks seeks a Program Manager to coordinate the development and operations of the FirstWorks Season including The Artistic Icons and Frontier Series, arts learning, and PVDFest. S/he reports to the Executive Artistic Director, who sets the curatorial direction, on the development, implementation, evaluation, and documentation of programs.

FirstWorks is a fast-paced non-profit arts organization that enhances the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences with world-class performing arts and education programs. Candidates will be considered for either a full-time position with benefits or ¾ time position. Job includes some evenings and weekends. Start Date: January 2019

Scope of responsibilities includes:

• Assist EAD in researching and curating FirstWorks season
• Serve as overall project manager for the PVDFest, coordinating with staff, City, and partners
• Build and strengthen relationships with community partners and artists
• Create backgrounders and communications materials on artists and projects
• Generate artist contracts and assist in negotiations
• Screen/respond to booking inquiries from artists and agents
• Maintain artist database and production calendar
• Track program budgets and monitor projected expense
• Preview local artist performances
• Provide programming support to donor events
• Oversee evaluation and documentation

• Create production schedules, distribute and coordinate production staff
• Coordinate venues for performance and engagement activities
• Develop Festival work plan, Asana communications, and schedule of performances
• Track the details of all artist contracts and tech riders
• Work to negotiate and fulfill artist production requirements, within budget
• Coordinate all requirements/details with venue technical director/staff
• Provide or secure stage and/or house management at FirstWorks events
• Oversee on-site front of house, signage plan and installation
• Manage artist hospitality
• Coordinate Artist transport, including curb-to-curb delivery, vehicle rentals, reservations
• Work with Education & Community Coordinator to plan and implement engagement activities

Marketing & Fundraising
• Provide information about artists and programs for grants and reports
• Maintain knowledge of the organization’s Strategic Plan, and participate in its implementation
• Compile and edit artist descriptions
• Coordinate performers for promotional appearances
• Assist in developing marketing campaigns
• Assist in developing sponsorship proposals, attending sponsor meetings as requested

• Bachelor’s degree
• 3-4 years experience in performing arts/program development and management as well as
production, logistics and/or stage management
• Broad knowledge of performing arts
• Excellent writing skills (writing samples to be provided)
• Facility and knowledge of Powerpoint, Asana (project management programs), and excel
• Experience negotiating and managing contracts
• Good communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills & attention to detail
• Effective computer skills and facility with databases and spreadsheets
• Reliable automobile/transportation
• A team player willing to roll up sleeves and help the organization thrive

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send:
• Cover letter
• Resume
• Writing and/or work sample
• Contact information for 3 professional references

Send applications to: (include the position title in the subject line).
Or by mail at: FirstWorks, 275 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903


FirstWorks seeks a process-oriented, flexible, enthusiastic intern to join its staff this spring leading up to and during PVDFest 2019, which takes place this year June 6-9. The intern will gain experience working with professional arts programming, festival planning and execution, and local event organizing. Duties include implementing artist liaison, outreach, assisting in the general day-to-day operations of the FirstWorks office and on-site at PVDFest. Interns should be available from 15 to 20 hours per week, with extended hours during the days of the festival. Positions are available March through June 2019. Both graduate level and qualified undergraduate students may apply.

Responsibilities include:
• Assist Program Manager with details relating to logistics, artist arrangements, and technical needs for educational & public performances
• Assist Marketing Director with implementation of publicity campaign and distribution of marketing materials
• Assist Education and Community Outreach Manager with the coordination of student festival participation and school publicity initiatives
• Assist with stage and inventory preparations and on-site management
• Provide general support to the organization in various areas as needed

Valuable skills include:
• Ability to work well in a team
• Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite
• Strong organizational ability
• Willingness to handle generalized tasks as needed including office tasks and computer work
• Attention to detail
• Self-motivated work ethic
• Enthusiasm for and knowledge of the performing arts

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, one writing sample, and two academic references to
***Be sure to include the term “Internship” in the subject line.***

About FirstWorks
FirstWorks is a non-profit based in Providence, Rhode Island whose purpose is to build the cultural, educational and economic vitality of its community by engaging audiences with world-class performing arts and education programs. Since 2004, FirstWorks festivals, performances and programs have attracted more than 500,000 participants. The FirstWorks Arts Learning Program reaches over 4,000 students from public and charter schools across Rhode Island with transformative arts-based learning experiences. FirstWorks is Founding Partner for PVDFest, collaborating with the City of Providence to produce an international arts celebration held each June that draws tens of thousands of visitors to Providence to experience music, art and spectacular performances.