Director, Volunteers for the Creative Economy


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (The Chamber) brings area businesses and civic leaders together to promote growth and create opportunity in our region. We support our members with practical, inspiring programs, resources, and events. All that we do serves one clear, bold goal: to make Greater Philadelphia a great place for good business. The Chamber’s Councils support our mission by engaging new constituencies and addressing specific areas of growth for the region.

Our Arts + Business Council’s mission is to catalyze a new framework to innovate by investing in and connecting the creative economy to the business community through programs that foster an immersive exchange. One of the programs through which the Arts + Business Council (ABC) executes its mission is Volunteers for the Creative Economy (VFCE).

VFCE provides pro-bono and low cost legal assistance, business and technology consulting, and educational programming to the creative economy, including arts, culture and heritage nonprofit organizations and individual artists, makers, inventors and startups in need. VFCE also partners with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to offer PA Patent, a partnership with firms around the Commonwealth that provides under-resourced inventors, makers, startups, and nonprofits with the assistance of pro bono patent attorneys.

We are currently seeking a Director for Volunteers for the Creative Economy.

Primary Position Purpose

This position, reporting to the Executive Director of ABC, will oversee the overall operations of VFCE, train, manage and supervise legal fellows, business interns and business volunteers and regularly consult with those seeking legal assistance and business and technology consulting to facilitate the placement of pro bono cases with volunteer counsel and business and technology consultants. The Director will also organize educational programs for volunteers and regional creative economy nonprofits.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Manage all aspects of the VFCE, including publicizing the services available, reviewing and screening applications, coordinating the recruitment of volunteer attorneys and business and technology consultants, matching attorneys and consultants to accepted clients and keeping accurate records of volunteers and clients.

Recruit and supervise legal fellows and business interns; handle hiring and recruitment of additional staff budget permitting; and work with ABC, Chamber and law and business school staff to encourage and mentor the fellows and interns;

Manage the budget; ensure collection of all program-related fees and execute all required reporting and request for reimbursement for grants supporting VFCE’s work.

Ensure that VFCE has the documentation, policies and practices need to execute its mission and ensure that quality services are being provided; and update those documents as needed;

Administer all aspects of CLE programming.

Assist in fund-raising efforts by participating in meetings with VFCE’s major sponsors or donors; speaking at sponsor or donor events, assisting in identifying and applying for grant opportunities and otherwise working with ABC’s development staff to ensure consistent funding of VFCE’s work and ABC’s work in general;

Serve as a spokesperson for VFCE, working closely with ABC’s and The Chamber’s outreach and communications team;

As requested, work with ABC and/or Chamber staff on mission-related initiatives to advance ABC’s strategic priorities.

Job Specifications & Requirements

Demonstrated commitment to the creative economy consistent with the mission and goals of VFCE program;

2-5 years in public interest law or private practice (including part-time or pro bono experience), ideally with experience in contract review, intellectual property, corporate and not-for-profit formation and governance, and disputes. Familiarity with business and technology challenges in the nonprofit sector a plus;

At least one (1) year of supervisory experience;

J.D. from ABA-accredited law school and admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar

Excellent communication, presentation, written and analytical skills including excellent client interviewing and counseling skills;

Familiarity and/or experience with raising funds from individuals, foundations, and other organizations a plus;

Goal-oriented, with strong organizational skills; an ability to recognize and maximize opportunities on behalf of the organization and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects, meet deadlines and work in a team environment; flexibility to adjust to changing priorities;

PC skills and proficiency with database management systems and Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point; Knowledge of Salesforce database, Slack and social media platforms a plus.

Work Conditions/Physical Demands

The Director, Volunteers for the Creative Economy works in a typical office environment. On a standard workday, the majority of time is spent sitting at a desk or conference table, using the computer and interacting with colleagues in internal meetings. However, on a regular basis, this role will be required to attend events or related outside meetings. These meetings/events may take place outside of regular business hours and outside of center city Philadelphia.

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and the names/contact info of three professional references. Applications that fail to fulfill this requirement will not be considered.