Paid Fellowship Opportunity at Dance/USA

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Paid Fellowship Opportunity at Dance/USA

Potential Start Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Potential End Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Dance/USA National Office
1111 16th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

Dance/USA seeks an individual interested in performing arts research to fill a paid fellowship opportunity for the fall 2014. This opportunity is open to recent college/university graduates, graduate students, and early career arts administrators with an interest in research and arts administration.

Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, announced its first-ever Fellowship Program in 2012. Committed to leadership development in the professional field of dance, Dance/USA seeks a Fellow for the inaugural John R. Munger Research Fellowship.

Dance/USA conducts research in three main areas:
-the state of the national field
-member surveys and services
-in conjunction with our special initiatives

Our research serves as a platform for talking about the national dance field, demonstrating commonalities among members, and cultivating dialogue grounded in facts among local dance-makers.

The John R. Munger Fellowship presents the opportunity for aspiring arts administrators and researchers to work with Dance/USA. The Research Fellow will work with Dance/USA’s Research Department on national field research and ongoing annual member research. Victoria Smith, supervisor, will work with the Fellow to construct a unique research project on a topic of interest to the Fellow that would advance Dance/USA’s research. Presently, Dance/USA is interested in research on economics of the performing arts, network analysis, communities of dance, artist and administrator demographics, and more.

This opportunity will connect the Fellow to the national dance community, raise his/her awareness of dance in America and field-wide trends, and provide him/her with practical work experience. This Fellowship is geared toward early career arts administrators who are motivated, curious, possess a strong work ethic, and have a special interest in dance.

The Research Fellow will work a total of approximately 210 hours, spread evenly throughout the months of September-November. The dates of this fellowship are negotiable.

As a Research Fellow you will also receive a stipend of $1500 to be evenly divided over the course of the Fellowship. In addition, you will also receive a two year complimentary Dance/USA individual or student membership.

To apply, submit by August 1, 2014, the following items to Melissa Lineburg, executive administrator, with the subject line of “Research Fellowship 2014.” If you have questions, please direct them to Melissa.
-Cover Letter that states why you are applying for this Fellowship, what you hope to gain from the experience, and your short and long term goals related to working in the field of dance and arts administration
-References (2)
-Letter of recommendation (1; different than your references)

The ideal Fellow will be detail-oriented, curious, motivated and proactive, possess a strong sense of professionalism, and good oral and written communication skills. Additionally, applicants must have an interest in data collection and arts research and be proficient in Microsoft Excel. Familiarity with SPSS is a plus.

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