Dance/USA Membership Fellowship Opportunity

Dance/USA Membership Fellowship

Currently accepting applications; deadline is Tuesday, February 17 @ 5:00 PM (ET)

Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, sustains and advances professional dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of artists, administrators, and organizations. In 2012, the organization announced its first-ever Fellowship Program.

Committed to leadership development in the professional field of dance, and to honoring, nurturing, and advancing dance through the lens of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity, Dance/USA seeks a 2015 Fellow to work in the organization’s Membership Department.

Dance/USA operates at the center of the national dance field providing dance-related research and information, professional development, advocacy, and service so that members may gain new insights, perspective, and knowledge on their works as dance professionals. Dance/USA’s membership currently consists of roughly 460 aerial, ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, culturally specific, traditional and tap companies, dance service and presenting organizations, artist managers, individuals, and other organizations nationally and internationally.

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.

Click here to read what our past Fellows gained from their Fellowship experience!

The Membership Fellow will work 30 hours per week. During your Fellowship, you will be integral to the operations of Dance/USA’s Membership Department by communicating with members and non-members on a regular basis, serving as point of contact for one or two special projects within the Department, and assisting the Director of Member Services in hiring a fall intern. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to write an article for our e-Journal, From the Green Room.

As the Membership Fellow you will also receive a stipend of approximately $6000 to be evenly divided over the course of your Fellowship (projected Fellowship dates are: March 2, 2015 to September 11, 2015). In addition, you will also receive a two year complimentary Dance/USA individual or student membership, and the opportunity to interact with the field at our 2015 Annual Conference in Miami, FL.

To apply, submit the following items to Melissa Lineburg, executive administrator, with the subject line of “Membership Fellowship.” If you have questions, please direct them to Melissa.

  • Resume.
  • 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; motivated and proactive; solution oriented; patient; curious; and possess a strong sense of service, professionalism, and written and oral communication skills. A background in Website/HTML management and marketing are a plus. Additionally, applicants must be comfortable with database management and be proficient in all Microsoft applications.

This Fellowship opportunity is open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students as well as recent graduates from an undergraduate or graduate program.

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