National Performance Network: Programs Assistant

The National Performance Network (NPN), a national, nonprofit arts organization based in New Orleans, LA, seeks a Programs Assistant for its national and southern regranting programs. The Programs Assistant will manage application processes in the organization’s grant portal, steward the review process of the grant and subsidy applications, maintain the organization’s grants database, and respond to general inquiries.

This new, full-time position requires excellent oral, written, and computer skills; strong attention to detail and project management timelines; and the ability to coordinate work across multiple departments. The NPN staff is a collegial, energetic team, and we offer a flexible work environment and excellent benefits.


The National Performance Network 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. NPN 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.


In collaboration with more than 55 national Partner organizations across the U.S., NPN-supported artists, and culture bearers, 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. Through our National Programs, we regrant approximately $1M annually to support commissioning, documentation, and presenting new performance work. Through our Southern Programs, we regrant approximately $500,000 per year to support artists’ projects. Together with NPN’s Department of Racial Justice and Movement Building, these teams share learning, practices, and technology platforms to administer and evolve this body of work. Learn more about our programs at


Job Title: Programs Assistant

Status: Full-time position

Reports to: Director of Southern Programs

Effective Date: August 1, 2023

Location: Must be based in New Orleans, LA

Compensation:  40hrs work week/$50,000 + benefit allowance

Anticipated Start Date: October 1, 2023


Position Overview

The Programs Assistant is key in supporting NPN as an organization and our network of artists. Assisting NPN’s regranting activities in Southern Programs, National Programs, and Department of Racial Justice & Movement Building, this position will be under the direct supervision of the Director of Southern Programs and receive additional support and training from National Programs staff. The new hire will excel at this position if they have experience working with arts organizations and are interested in cultivating interpersonal relationships with NPN Partners, artists, and the public. Additionally, interested applicants should be willing to develop their knowledge and skill set in racial and social justice and movement building – which the NPN staff, board of directors, and network of artists and art presenters are committed to achieving.


Duties and Responsibilities

·  Manage processes for applications, letters of agreement, and reports in the grant portal, Smart Simple

·  Manage timelines and steps for artists’ subsidies and grants

·  Support the grant review process

·  Process contracts and payment requests

·  Maintain the grant portal (e.g., Smart Simple), and participate in weekly Smart Simple meetings

·  Manage artist lists in Mail Chimp and other platforms

·  Answer general inquiries and provide technical assistance to artists working in the portal


Skills, Experience + Abilities Required

·  Five (5) years of relevant experience

·  A deep commitment to racial and social justice and cultural equity

·  Positive and self-motivated

·  Excellent command of English language and grammar, both verbal and written

·  Proficient with Salesforce or similar Customer Relationship Management (CRM) databases, Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Powerpoint, and Word), Google Drive (Documents, Sheets), Adobe Acrobat, and Asana

·  Excellent organizational skills with the ability to pay close attention to deadlines and details

·  Ability to handle multiple priorities, meet deadlines and multitask

·  Ability to work independently and collaboratively

·  Experience providing day-to-day support to and collaborating with other team members


Working Conditions

·  In-office work is required at least two (2) days a week (including Wednesdays); staff may choose between in-office and remote work at other times.

·  Full-time position with annual performance evaluation

·  40 hours weekly


To Apply

Please complete this APPLICATION FORM which requires these attachments as PDF or URL:

· Cover letter describing your interest in the position

· CV or resume

· Contact information for three references (we will not contact them without notifying you)

The Programs Assistant position is open and available immediately to be filled as soon as NPN identifies the right candidate. We anticipate receiving many applications for the job and ask for questions limited to technical issues with submitting an application or requesting accommodations for the process. If you need help with a technical issue or request accommodations, please email or call 504-595-8008 x702.


In alignment with NPN’s commitment to creating an arts sector rooted in justice, we are committed to ensuring a workplace 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.


Not sure if you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other systematically marginalized people tend only to apply if they meet every requirement. We encourage you to apply if you believe you could excel in this role.


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work the individual(s) assigned to this position perform. The job description is not intended as an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities, and skills. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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