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Back on the Hunt: Dir. Finance and Admin.

A note from YEA! CEO George Hopkins

emptydeskI am back on the hunt...

But this time, as I look for the YEA! Director of Finance and Administration, I am altering my sights.

I have been working with a few excellent candidates who have lots of experience and jobs in both the non-profit and for-profit world, and they can have an impact. And believe me, we are not going anywhere if this position is not filled.

But I can't wait... and I can't dance. We need to be moving forward here!

And as I travel 5,000 miles back and forth in a plane, I find that that person who might be our guy may be someone with a master's in non-profit management who is looking for a chance to make a name for him/herself... or someone with the MBA who wants to center in non-profits... or that assistant in a not-for-profit in Philly who is not getting the chance to spread their wings.

Is that you? Do you know that person?

Can you be a gladiator?

Can you take on tough times and ridiculous cash pressures?

Can you help a fellow staffer who does not understand finance?

And do you cry when you watch kids accomplishing fabulous stuff?

Lots of people want to work here... but they want tons of money and comfort and no pressure.

That's just not us!

Think start-up.

Think outside events where rain turns the screws on our chance for grand success.

Lots of hours, and a CEO who needs a fiscal wizard with lots of ideas and a can-do attitude. We need one of those people who chooses their attitude. We are dancing with money issues and we are having a ball because hard work, knowledge and a commitment to excellence. Real excellence always results in fabulous stuff.

That person. We need that person!

And for those who think I am nuts, or that the job is too hard or does not pay enough, well, you are not who we are looking for. :-)

I want that person who is reading and thinking, "I know I am good. I just need a chance. And yeah, I love band! I love corps! I love music. And I totally love being a part of an organization that supports kids along the road to magnificence." Or even, "I"m not sure I get all of the programs, but I sure would like to join these folks in saving the world!"

What do you think?

Send in a resume and tell me why you are the person I have been searching for.

One last thing: A quote:

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.

This is commonly attributed to Abraham Lincoln, or Shearson Lehman (American Express), or anon.

Be a gladiator... join us in defeating the skeptics!

So much is possible, and you, if you have these finance skills, are the person. If you were not, you would have never made it to the bottom of the page!

Read the job description, and if you're good, can handle the hours, and are willing to grow with the job, please write to me now at

George Hopkins
Youth Education in the Arts


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