Job Posting: Director of Programs at Dance/USA

Job Posting

Director of Programs
Deadline to apply is Friday, August 18, 2017

Title: Director of Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Executive Director of Dance/USA
Status: Full-time, exempt

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. 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 consists of 500 aerial, ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, folk/traditional-based, and tap companies; dance service and presenting organizations; artist managers and producers; individuals, and other organizations nationally and internationally.

Dance/USA’s Core Values of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Dance/USA is committed to honoring, nurturing and advancing dance through the lens of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity in all aspects of its programming, services and organization. You can learn more about our values here:

Position Overview
The Programs Director is in charge of three major programs at Dance/USA:

  • Annual National Conference
  • Annual Dance Forum
  • Institute for Leadership Training 

Annual National Conference
Dance/USA’s Annual Conference brings together hundreds of administrators and artists working in the not-for-profit dance sector, and working in all regions of the United States. These professionals convene to discuss timely issues, learn best-practices, honor their colleagues, and benefit from peer-to-peer discussions. Dance/USA’s Annual Conference takes place in different regions of the United States each year and includes four full days of professional development programming and special events.
Annual Dance Forum

The Dance Forum is an annual 3-hour convening hosted as a pre-Conference event at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference in New York. The Dance Forum brings together a wide variety of individuals working in the dance industry to connect with peers and discuss immediate, field-wide issues.

Institute for Leadership Training

Dance/USA’s Institute for Leadership Training (DILT) is a mentorship program meant to leverage connections between industry leaders and emerging artists to bolster personal and professional development through one-on-one mentoring relationships. The program runs June- December each year, and all participants meet at Dance/USA’s Annual Conference to kick-off the program.

High Level Responsibilities include but may not be limited to:

  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Conference Host Committee, Board Programming Committee, and the Board Awards Committee as well as report to the Board of Trustees on departmental activities
  • Work within set event budgets and participate in frequent budget discussions related to programming and convenings;
  • Oversee logistics and relations with all event locations and vendors including site contracts and hotel master accounts in coordination with the Director of Finance and Operations;
  • Assemble speakers and panelists for Conference sessions, coordinate speaker agreements, A/V needs, materials for distribution;
  • Develop and upload content for the Annual Conference website, the Conference mobile app, and the main Dance/USA website;
  • Manage application processes for the Institute for Leadership Training, annual Award Nominations, and Calls for Ideas for conference programming. This includes setting priorities, outlining criteria, fielding questions, summarizing for Committees, and coordinating with accepted and rejected applicants;
  • Select and manage contracts for event vendors (mobile app, equipment rental, awards, florists, photographer/videographer, graphic designer, caterers, etc.);
  • Conduct conference city site-visits: meet with local government agencies, tourism institutions, local dance leaders, philanthropic institutions, corporate sponsors, etc.

Qualifications, Skills, and General Knowledge Required

  • Must be self-motivated, organized, and comfortable working independently.
  • Must have a commitment to embedding equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout all aspects of the Annual Conference, Dance Forum, and the Institute for Leadership Training.
  • Requires exemplary attention to detail, diplomacy, interpersonal skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, strong written and communication skills, and ability to establish priorities.
  • Experience with planning and implementing major professional conferences and special events strongly preferred.
  • Requires a working knowledge of the professional not-for-profit dance field and its needs.
  • Requires the ability to update the Conference website and update the Conference mobile app.
  • Ability to collaborate with many constituencies and manage group discussions well.
  • Bachelor Degree required.

Salary and Compensation
Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and references by Friday, August 18 to:

Casey John McEnelly
Director of Finance and Operations
202-833-1717 ext. 110

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