Employment

The American Dance Festival is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, or race.

Year  Round  Employment: 

No positions currently available.

Seasonal  Employment (Summer 2020):

FESTIVAL SERVICES COORDINATOR

Application Deadline: February 3, 2020 or until positions are filled
Job Location: Durham, North Carolina

Start Date: May 18, 2020
End Date: July 31, 2020

The Festival Services Coordinator provides management of on-campus services and events, as well as hospitality for staff, students and faculty across all school programs and the Festival.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Oversee all housing, dining, ID cards, keys, and maintenance for students, faculty and staff on-campus in coordination with Duke University
  • Provide hospitality and on-call assistance to students, staff, faculty, and VIP guests
  • Oversee Festival Services storage, inventory, and related restocking of supplies
  • Plan and manage key school events and activities
  • Assist with leading and coordinating student check-ins and orientations
  • Supervise one intern and work-study students

Qualifications/experience:

  • Management experience in the hospitality industry or events
  • Arts administration experience or coursework
  • Excellent customer-service and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills, self-motivation, and professionalism
  • Great attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong Google Suite and Microsoft Office skill

This position requires the applicant to have a car at ADF.

All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and day-to-day tasks of running the ADF School, which often includes work outside of specific position responsibilities. This position must be able to work independently with minimal oversight as well as part of a team and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. This position involves physical labor. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references.

To apply, please send materials to:
adf@americandancefestival.org
OR
American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DANCE INTENSIVE DORM COUNSELOR

Application Deadline: February 3, 2020
Job Location: Durham, North Carolina

Start Date: June 30, 2020
End Date: July 26, 2020

Each year, the American Dance Festival (ADF), located in Durham, NC, builds a team of dorm counselors for its Pre-Professional Dance Intensive (PDI). PDI is a three-week, audition-based program for dancers ages 13-17 that provides rigorous technical training, community-building skills, and leadership development. Counselors play a critical role as mentors and gain experience supporting dancers’ training in the classroom and through constructing a healthy, fun, and inclusive residential living experience. The dorm counselor team is composed of six individuals who have experience in one of the following two areas: residence life/camp counselor or dance education.

STUDENT-FACULTY LIAISONS (FOR APPLICANTS WITH DANCE EDUCATION EXPERIENCE)

Student-faculty liaisons specialize in providing classroom support, including: designing and implementing program protocol for students that cannot fully participate in a class for any reason; guiding injured or ill students in modifications of classroom activities and/or building out meaningful alternative activities; and providing other pedagogical support as needed and requested by faculty. Ideal candidates are currently immersed in the dance education field as students or teachers, preferably with the 13-17 age group; have completed or are currently pursuing a dance education degree; and have some knowledge of or familiarity with best practices for creating an inclusive learning environment for students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and physical ability.

STUDENT LIFE FACILITATORS (FOR APPLICANTS WITH RESIDENCE LIFE/CAMP COUNSELOR EXPERIENCE)

Student life facilitators shape the overall student experience outside of the classroom by creating activities and support mechanisms that establish a trusting community and foster relaxation and enjoyment. These counselors also model best practices in how to take class and manage the stresses of an intense training experience. Ideal candidates have prior experience working with students as a residence life assistant, camp counselor, or equivalent role, preferably with/for youth ages 13-17, and have some knowledge of or familiarity with best practices for creating an inclusive community for students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and physical ability.

Details and compensation:

  • Fee: $1,100
  • Dorm Counselors will receive an air-conditioned dorm and three meals a day in the Duke University East Campus dining hall.
  • Dorm counselors will be able to take classes with PDI students, attend ADF events, and receive a complimentary ticket to each performance in the ADF season that PDI students attend.
  • ADF provides dorm counselors with five days of training, team building, and planning sessions in advance of student arrival.

Applicants must be 21 or older. Some portion of the dorm counselors must have a car. All applicants should have excellent communication and organizational skills; be capable of balancing their responsibilities in a fast-paced environment; and negotiate sensitive situations with students with integrity, maturity, and composure.

Candidates interested in a dorm counselor position should carefully consider the magnitude of this rewarding, yet demanding position before applying. Dorm counselors have a great deal of responsibility, work days, nights, and weekends, and are intensively engaged with program participants the majority of each day. Consistent, yet limited time off each week is structured into the schedule for each counselor. 

Please note: All dorm counselors must pass a background check and complete online training on policies and issues relating to interactions with Minors (coordinated by Duke University).

Please submit the following application requirements:

  • Resumé with relevant dorm counselor experience featured
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak directly about your qualifications for the specific dorm counselor position for which you are applying.
  • Three references who are willing to speak with ADF about you; at least one reference must have been directly involved with your previous dorm counselor, resident assistant or educator experience.

To apply, please send materials to:
adf@americandancefestival.org
OR
American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708

Production Positions

Application Deadline: February 3, 2020 or until positions are filled.
Job Location: Durham, North Carolina

Start Date: June 11, 2020
End Date: July 29, 2020

Available positions for 18+ performance schedule:
• Technical Director
• Sound Technician
• Production Stage Manager
• Master Carpenter
• Master Electrician

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references.

To apply, please send materials to:
adf@americandancefestival.org
OR
American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708

SCHEDULE & SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR

Application Deadline: February 3, 2020
Job Location: Durham, North Carolina

Start Date: May 18, 2020
End Date: July 27, 2020

The Schedule and Special Projects Coordinator focuses on managing the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) drop-in class schedule (WFSS) as well as assisting the Dean and the Co-Director of School Administration in many aspects of running the ADF School.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Administer all aspects of the drop-in class schedule (WFSS):
    • Create and distribute schedules using the ADF app and other technologies
    • Coordinate logistics and schedule with appropriate ADF offices
    • Track attendance
    • Assist with financial reconciliation
  • Assist in onsite oversight of select school and WFSS-related events
  • Act as ADF’s primary liaison for the Duke MFA program
  • Distribute festival-wide communications through the ADF app
  • Oversee ADF’s babysitting staffing

Qualifications/experience:

  • Experience overseeing and managing programs, especially those in a dance education/performing arts context
  • Arts administration experience or coursework
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills, self-motivation, and professionalism
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong Google Suite and Microsoft Office skills
  • Prior experience with ADF beneficial, but not required

This position requires the applicant to have a car at ADF.

All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and day-to-day tasks of running the ADF School, which often includes work outside of specific position responsibilities. This position must be able to work independently with minimal oversight as well as part of a team and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Early morning, late evening, and weekend work required.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references.

To apply, please send materials to:
adf@americandancefestival.org
OR
American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708

SCHOOL OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Application Deadline: February 3, 2020
Job Location: Durham, North Carolina

Start Date: May 18, 2020
End Date: July 28, 2020

The School Operations Coordinator focuses on managing all studio, transportation, equipment, and technical needs for the ADF community.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Manage all transportation for students, VIP guests, and faculty
  • Oversee all studio schedules
  • Manage ADF bus/van schedules, maintenance, and bus drivers
  • Maintain studio upkeep and inventory
  • Execute the setup/breakdown and equipment operation for all school-related events
  • Arrange all technical needs (sound, video, etc.) for all ADF School classes, rehearsals, events, and showings
  • Oversee equipment checkout for the entire ADF community
  • Supervise one full-time intern and work-study students

Qualifications/experience:

  • Experience in dance production, facilities, and/or event planning
  • Excellent customer-service and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills, self-motivation, and professionalism
  • Great attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong Google Suite and Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Comfort with daily physical tasks

This position requires the applicant to have a car at ADF.

All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and day-to-day tasks of running the ADF School, which often includes work outside of specific position responsibilities. This position must be able to work independently and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references.

To apply, please send materials to:
adf@americandancefestival.org
OR
American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708

STUDENT & WORKSHOP COORDINATOR

Application Deadline: February 3, 2020
Job Location: Durham, North Carolina

Start Date: May 4, 2020
End Date: July 27, 2020

The Student & Workshop Coordinator assists with all administrative aspects of student services and helps administer ADF’s Dance Professionals Workshops (DPW), which is comprised of three, weeklong programs for graduate-level and professional dance artists.

Primary responsibilities:

  • DPW program oversight includes:
    • Act as primary point person for DPW participants and faculty
    • Monitor program progress and develop customized workshop activities in coordination with the ADF Dean
    • Generate and disseminate a range of program-specific documentation and communication materials
  • Student Services assistance includes:
    • Process, organize, and follow-up with students for all program-specific and academic credit-related forms
    • Facilitate payments
    • Assist with program orientations and events

Qualifications/experience:

  • Experience or coursework in developing and overseeing education programs for dance professionals/ educators
  • Experience and interest in engaging in the administrative aspects of running education programs
  • Excellent customer-service and organizational skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Strong Google Suite and Microsoft Office skills

This position requires the applicant to have a car at ADF.

In addition to specific responsibilities, all school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and day-to-day tasks of running the ADF School. Candidates should exhibit strong leadership skills, self-motivation, and professionalism. This position must be able to work independently with minimal oversight as well as part of a team and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references.

To apply, please send materials to:
adf@americandancefestival.org
OR
American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708

Video Producer and Editor

Application Deadline: February 3, 2020
Job Location: Durham, North Carolina

Start Date: June 8, 2020
End Date: July 26, 2020

The Video Producer and Editor shoots a wide range of festival events, including interviews, panel discussions, student concerts, class showings, and other events as assigned and edits selected video into posts for the ADF website, Facebook page, Instagram account, and YouTube channel. Experience with videography is required as is knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro and the ability to edit video into completed programs lasting one to three minutes. Frequent evening and weekend work required. Must be flexible and able to deal with a dynamic schedule and to take instruction from several different departments.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references.

To apply, please send materials to:
adf@americandancefestival.org
OR
American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708

Teaching opportunities:

ADF School
As a general rule, the ADF School does not accept unsolicited teaching inquiries. We take the selection of faculty seriously and are constantly examining the dance landscape for exemplary educators. 

ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios
If you are interested in teaching a weekly class or a special workshop at ADF’s Studios, please send your performance/teaching resume and proposed class description to studios@americandancefestival.org. We offer a variety of classes for all ages and levels. Typically, the weekly class schedule is set several months in advance, and special workshops are scheduled on an ongoing basis.