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Employment Opportunities at YEA!

Founded in 1934, Youth Education in the Arts is an off-shoot of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Today, YEA! is the parent  organization of The Cadets, Cadets2, the Urban Arts Center of the Lehigh Valley and USBands.

Our mission is to support the development of young people into magnificent human beings through their participation in the performing arts. We are a pageantry organization, we are a true non-profit in terms of our approach to and philosophy of operations, and we believe that we have an unlimited pathway to a new tomorrow.


Managing Director of Finance and Administration

Reporting to the CEO, the Managing Director of Finance and Administration will implement the infrastructure and systems needed to support strategic objectives. S/he will be responsible for the oversight of administrative and financial systems including finance, accounting, information technology, human resources, communications and physical infrastructure. As a member of the senior management team, the Managing Director of Finance and Administration will be involved in a range of strategic planning and internal initiatives.

S/he will work closely with the CEO and the senior management team to develop YEA!’s strategic plan and, most importantly, guide and assist our young staff in executing this plan.

The Managing Director of Finance and Administration will act as the primary liaison to the board of directors' finance committee, working closely with the committee to strengthen YEA!’s financial position and other items as required. S/he will continually evaluate best industry practices in comparison to internal systems and needed resources, with an eye toward both future needs and budget realities.

This executive will be a deputy director, filling the role of office leader when the CEO is traveling, often for weeks at a time. As for direct reports, the DFA will have at least three, including the Chief Accountant, the Director of Marketing, the Building Manager and other responsibilities as the relationship develops.


Finance and Budgeting

The Managing Director of Finance and Administration will have overall financial management responsibility, including the review and approval of monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting materials and metrics for the CEO and board of directors. S/he will oversee budgeting, financial forecasting, cash flow and coordination of audit activities as well as accounts payable and receivable. The ideal candidate will not only be able to reconcile financial activities but should also be skilled at capturing key data and processes in order to demonstrate the relationship between YEA!’s goals and resulting fundraising needs.


The executive will serve as a partner to the CEO on the organization's administrative and operational processes, with a goal of continuously developing and improving systems. S/he must evaluate and improve YEA’s information technology infrastructure, implementing new technologies to support key capabilities as required for future growth and to drive key human resource initiatives. Often, this will all need to occur within a limited budget.

In addition, s/he will have overall responsibility for recruitment of staff. This will include marketing, operations and management of this process. The Managing Director of Finance and Administration will also partner with the CEO and the rest of the management team to ensure that the focus remains on the organization’s mission while maintaining YEA!’s unique culture.


The Managing Director of Finance and Administration will have 10+ years of experience, with at least five years managing the finance and administration of a $5 million to $10 million organization or business unit. The successful candidate will have experience leading planning efforts and running operationally effective organizations that have multiple functional areas. The Managing Director of Finance and Administration must harness technology solutions in order to more quickly and efficiently communicate resources needed for key activities and performance against plans. Working knowledge of public education would be helpful, but not mandatory. Nonprofit experience is a plus, with a strong preference for someone who has operated in a fast-growing environment with a limited budget and resources.

Other Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting
  • Allentown resident or willing to relocate
  • Experience with audit, legal compliance and budget development
  • Organization development, human resources management experience
  • General management skills
  • Proven effectiveness managing others and empowering them to make decisions
  • Technologically savvy with experience overseeing information technology staff/vendors
  • Experience effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, the board of directors or other outside partners/influencers/clients
  • Success seeing beyond the numbers, identifying trends and new possibilities
  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree and/or CPA preferred

Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills, extremely collegial
  • Outstanding communications skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and good judgment
  • Hands-on, leads by example
  • Values diversity of thought, backgrounds and perspectives
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining vigilant attention to details
  • Integrity/ethics beyond reproach
  • Constantly looking to apply best practices
  • Predisposition to mentor and subsequently increase responsibilities as team develops
  • Connection to the mission of YEA!

To Apply

If you are interested in applying for or talking more about this position, please send your resume and a cover letter to YEA! CEO George Hopkins at


Closing Editorial Comment from the CEO and Executive Director

The person selected for this job will be a man or woman who brings very much-needed organization and financial sense to YEA!. For 31 years, I have shepherded this organization from a small non-profit to a $5-million, multi-program service provider.

To move to the next level, we need an executive who has the ability to be a confidant, a leader, a mentor and an excellent manager.

At this point in our existence, the fiscal skills are very, very important. If you are not skilled in this area and not capable of leading a three- or four-person finance department, this is NOT the job for you.

If you do have the fiscal skills, we are also offering the opportunity to join with the leadership team in moving YEA! to a far higher level of existence and service. We have ideas – and we have always had ideas – but we are unable, for now, to execute at the level needed to make a true difference in the world. This is where the operational aspect of the position comes into play.

I would say that unless you have a background in or passion for pageantry or at least youth services, this job will be difficult. Speaking personally, this is not a job for me, it is my life. And although I realize to ask that of a deputy director is extreme in their commitment, I am looking for someone willing to lead the way, play off of my strengths and assist in supporting my weaknesses. I need a partner, not a critic. YEA! needs a partner.

And let’s not forget, with weekend events, fundraising and other activities, this is more than a 9-to-5 position.  And therein, this is not suitable for someone looking to slow down or semi-retire. This position is perfect for someone who wants to set the world on fire.

If you need more information or have questions, feel free to write to me at any time at

Thank you,

George Hopkins
CEO, Youth Education in the Arts

videographer.jpgMedia Producer/Videographer

Youth Education in the Arts is looking for an experienced videographer to join our creative in-house media team.

The media producer will be a member of the full-time YEA! office staff and a member of our dynamic marketing team. S/he will shoot YEA!'s events -- rehearsals, performances, competitions -- and edit the footage to create videos for our YouTube channel, social media pages and website. Videos will tend to be one to three minutes long, featuring the highlights from the event.

We're looking for someone capable of producing fresh, relevant content for today's market, consistent with current production trends.

Click here to visit our YouTube channel for examples of our approach to coverage.

Events Will Include:

  • USBands Indoor colorguard/percussion competitions
  • The Cadets rehearsals
  • Cadets2 rehearsals
  • Cadets Winter Percussion performances
  • Xcape Dance Studio performances

Events will primarily occur on weekends, ranging in length from two hours to a full day.


  • Bachelor's degree in video production or a related field, or minimum 4 years experience
  • Experience editing video
  • Knowledge of lighting and audio
  • Able to produce fresh, contemporary content for our broad audience
  • Able to complete projects in a timely manner
  • Skilled in photography
  • Adaptable, creative and professional
  • Familiar with marching music and/or dance

As all of our events feature amateur performers, the videographer must have an understanding of the marching arts or dance and the patience and ability to portray student performers in the best light possible.


  • Maintain awareness of current media trends
  • Turn around videos in a short amount of time (sometimes as quickly as 1 hour)
  • Author DVDs
  • Manage digital archive
  • Manage YEA!'s YouTube channel
  • Produce in-house video training sessions & announcements as needed (often short notice)
  • Create 10-30-second video ads as needed
  • Proactively brainstorm & create meaningful/fun content


To Apply

Interested? Please e-mail your resume, cover letter and samples of your work to


Fall Marketing Internship

LauraPond_ChristineGaydos_GrantMacElhiney_interns2013.jpg"The mission of YEA! is to turn young people into magnificent human beings, and I believe that mission extends to all their educational endeavors, including their summer internship program. I learned valuable skills through unique, hands-on experiences, and I was even given leadership opportunities on several projects and events! My time with YEA! not only helped prepare me for a career, but also taught me valuable life skills including responsibility, teamwork and initiative. I returned for my final year of school as a more confident person, ready to take on the world." - Christine Gaydos, YEA! Marketing Intern, Summer 2013


Youth Education in the Arts is now accepting applications for its fall 2014 Marketing Internship which will run from September 1 to December 1.

The fall intern will assist with the marketing, ticketing and promotions efforts for USBands over the course of a fall season that will encompass over 140 events.


Youth Education in the Arts
601 W Hamilton St.
Allentown, PA 18101

What It's Like

Don't expect to be filling up the boss's coffee cup. YEA!'s small office environment means everyone plays an important role, and our interns are active members of the creative team. The real-world experience you'll gain is invaluable, but be prepared to work hard among hard workers and achieve great things with us!

The Marketing Internship is flexible based on the successful candidate's particular focuse(s) of study and interests, and we encourage interns to let us know how they want to grow as young professionals. YEA!’s Director of Marketing will assign tasks based on the candidate’s personal goals and skill set, and the intern will be entrusted to manage a project all their own in addition to assisting with more general marketing efforts.

The marketing team is always open to creativity, and we'll give you room to make this internship your own. Bring a positive attitude, ideas that reflect your personality and a passion for music and the arts!


"My internship experience with YEA! was better than I could have ever imagined. I felt like a valued member of the team and worked in several areas during the summer including marketing, merchandising, ticketing, development and event promotion. It was so rewarding to work to make sure that the drum corps shows in PA and NJ were the best they could be for both the corps members and fans. This internship allowed me to apply what I learned in school to real-world scenarios." - Laura Pond, YEA! Marketing Intern, Summer 2013

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma
  • Currently enrolled in college/university- level studies of advertising, journalism, marketing or arts management
  • Able to write professionally & concisely
  • Proficient in Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest & YouTube (Google+ and other platforms are a plus)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite


  •  Marketing Interns will be compensated based on experience and qualifications.
  • This internship may qualify for academic credit. Please consult your academic advisor.


  • Fall: September 1 to December 1
  • 35-40 hours per week with select weekend hours based on events

To Apply

E-mail your resume to Please specify whether you are applying for the summer, fall, or either one.


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