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Director of Education

Full-time, year-round (exempt)

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, exempt salaried position. Salary hiring range is $65,000-$80,000 depending on experience and qualifications. ADF offers an excellent benefits package that includes PTO (holidays, vacation, sick time, and personal time), plus health, long and short-term disability, dental, and life insurance and a 401K with a 4% match.

Preferred Qualifications/Skills: Degree in dance from an accredited institution. Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in dance-related organizations (higher education, K-12, and/or dance studios) with demonstrated success in a leadership role. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment are required. Established connections to a national roster of dance artists, educators, and administrators is preferred. Knowledge of ADF preferred. Knowledge of modern dance education is essential.

Job Summary

ADF is reorganizing its education department, shifting from historically employing an off- site, part-time ADF Dean, to employing an on-site, full-time Director of Education. The Director of Education develops and oversees all school programs for ADF. For this new position, ADF seeks an experienced dance education professional who is an established leader and arts manager with proven ability in strategic planning, recruitment, and revenue growth. This position is based in Durham, North Carolina.

As a leader in dance education, this position will work to increase the local, national, and international presence of ADF’s educational programs, create and execute strategic growth plans, maintain a strong presence with key academic and artistic organizations, direct faculty and student recruitment and curriculum development, and oversee the work of the education department. Significant travel is required for recruitment and partnership building.

About the American Dance Festival (ADF): Since 1934, the American Dance Festival has been a recognized leader in modern dance, presenting dance performances and offering educational opportunities and community programs while maintaining an international reach. ADF ensures that modern dance remains a powerful and universal form of human expression and that this art form is accessible to all, now and for generations to come.

About ADF’s Educational Programs: ADF provides training through summer and winter dance intensives and year-round classes at Samuel H. Scripps Studios. ADF’s intensives are a training site for those who want to perform, create, research, and build lifelong connections. For over eight decades, ADF has been a career-defining destination for dancers around the world. ADF provides the critical meeting ground for vibrant, diverse dancing bodies to mobilize, align, and become the leaders our society needs us to be.

The Samuel H. Scripps Studios opened in the summer of 2012. The programs at the studios are dedicated to providing a sound scientific and aesthetic base for all levels of training from beginner to professional. A variety of classes are offered, for the dancer and non-dancer alike, designed to strengthen the body, increase flexibility of movement, and foster an appreciation of dance. The studios serve as a center for creative activity where students learn in a welcoming and non-competitive environment from faculty who are experts in their fields.

Anticipated start date: October 2022

To apply: Please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references to adf@americandancefestival.org with Director of Education in the subject line by September 2. No phone calls, please.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Administrative Management

  • Serve as the public face and spokesperson on behalf of ADF’s educational programs.
  • Create and execute strategic growth plans for ADF’s educational programs.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and the Director of School Administration towards achievement of the education department’s goals and the overall strength of the organization.
  • Communicate and collaborate across ADF departments on organizational initiatives.
  • Build relationships with relevant organizations such as dance programs (the American College Dance Association, the High School Dance Festival, etc.).
  • Work with the Executive Director to oversee studio programming and find ways to bridge year-round studio curriculum to the school programs.
  • Work closely with the Marketing Department to ensure all efforts align with the goals and vision of the Education Department. Provide and oversee copy and edits for all education publications and education-related marketing (catalog, poster, website, social media).
  • Oversee the creation of budgets and reports for all educational programs.
  • Work with Duke University to re-instate academic credit for ADF students.
  • Serve as the liaison between ADF and the Director of Duke University’s MFA in Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis program.
  • Work with the Executive Director on contract items (space, housing, dining, etc.) with partner organizations including Duke University and Durham School of the Arts.
  • Develop alumni relations.
  • Participate as committee member for the Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Chair for Distinguished Teaching.
  • Year-round: supervise the Director of School Administration and School Assistant. During the intensives: supervise the Director of Musicians and summer faculty.
  • Oversee all work within the Education Department. Foster creative, ambitious, and supported work environment for the entirety of the Education Department.

    Program Management

    • Create a strategy for increasing ADF’s national presence. Develop and maintain a strong presence with key academic and artistic organizations.
    • Design, develop, and oversee the curriculum for the Summer Dance Intensive, Pre-Professional Dance Intensive, Dance Professional Workshops, and Winter Intensive.
    • Manage and oversee student enrollment for all programs. Oversee extensive recruitment plan through a national audition tour (which will include travel to auditions and festivals).
    • Hire and recruit faculty for all programs.
    • Develop and oversee faculty and musician contracts.
    • Review and make all tuition scholarship recommendations.
    • Create and put into place all schedules for the Summer Dance Intensive, Pre- Professional Dance Intensive, Winter Intensive, and all other education department calendars and schedules needed during the festival.
    • Work with the Director of Musicians to coordinate musician needs and schedules.
    • Develop a Faculty Handbook.
    • With the Director of School Administration, organize student orientation, convocation, and all education-related special events.
    • Conduct weekly faculty meetings during the summer festival. Provide guidance and mentorship to all faculty as needed.

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    Seasonal Employment

    ADF is not currently hiring any seasonal positions.

    Year-Round Internships

    SHS Studios and Community Intern

    Interns receive academic credit and free class at ADF ’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios!

    To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to adf@americandancefestival.org.

    Employment dates: Fall and Spring semesters (not required to commit to both terms)
    Application deadlines: Fall-June 1, Spring-November 1
    Hours: 3-6 hours per week

    The Studios and Community intern will work closely with the Manager of Studio Programming and Community Engagement on various organizational and operational projects. Primary responsibilities will include maintaining and organizing program files, tracking attendance, data entry, and assisting with social media updates. Additional responsibilities include facility supervision and light cleaning. Ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, personable, and excited to be part of ADF’s Studios team.

    Development Intern

    Interns receive academic credit and free class at ADF ’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios!

    To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to adf@americandancefestival.org.

    Employment dates: Fall and Spring semesters (not required to commit to both terms)
    Application deadlines: Fall-June 1, Spring-November 1
    Hours: 10 hours per week

    The Development intern works closely with the Development Associate, Grants and Development Operations Coordinator, and Executive Director. Main duties include donor correspondence, database entry, reporting, research, and general administrative support for the ADF Development Office. Occasional tasks include special event planning and administrative support for the Executive Office. The Development intern must be detail-oriented, organized, and have strong interpersonal communication skills. They must be able to conduct themselves professionally in communication with donors.

    Teaching Opportunities

    ADF School Intensives
    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.

    ADF prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

    An ADF intern works with a lighting rig on a large stage

    Summer Internships

    Each summer, ADF offers internships in all areas of arts administration and production. Administrative internships provide hands-on experience for those interested in arts management. Production interns work on the crew for the summer performances

    All interns work in an invigorating arts environment, as an integral part of the ADF staff. Each intern plays an important role in carrying out the ADF’s mission to serve dance, dancers, choreographers, and artists in related fields.

    Volunteer at ADF

    Over the years, ADF volunteers have proven to be an invaluable part of our community. From answering phones, to distributing marketing material to making airport runs to hosting a faculty member, your help is immeasurable. We invite you to join us and support one of North Carolina’s cultural gems.

    Benefits of being an ADF volunteer:

    • Experience ADF as an insider.
    • Meet dancers from around the world.
    • Share your passion for modern dance.
    • Office assistants and events volunteers receive festival tickets. Studios assistants receive free studio drop-in classes along with other perks.

    To become an ADF volunteer:
    Fill out this quick questionnaire: https://forms.gle/x2pcbo7HxrdN88dH8

    If you are interested in being an usher at our performances, please contact Sarah at sbowdoin@americandancefestival.org or 919-684-6402Ushers must attend a brief training and scheduling session prior to the start of the festival.


    Volunteer Opportunities


    Office Assistant (Year-Round)

    8 hours = 1 ticket voucher

    Year-round, times flexible between 9am-6pm. 2-4 hour shifts.
    Ideal volunteers will be personable, detail-oriented, and modern dance enthusiasts.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Answer and transfer incoming phone calls.
    • Data entry.
    • Sort and distribute incoming mail.
    • Prepare large mailings.
    • Filing.
    • Check office supplies and report needs to office manager.
    • Assist specific departments as needed.
    • Operate office machines, such as photocopiers and scanners, facsimile machines, voice mail systems and personal computers.
    ADF Studios Assistant (Year-Round)
    Studios Assistants receive free studio drop-in classes along with other perks.

    Once a week. 2-5 hour shifts.

    Ideal volunteers will be personable, dependable, and modern dance enthusiasts.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Help set up and break down for informal showings.
    • Run check-in for adult and youth classes.
    • Perform simple office tasks.
    • Clean lights.
    • Water plants.
    • Assist Studio Manager as needed.

    For more information on specific time needed, contact jscullythurston@americandancefestival.org

    Events (Summer & Fall)

    Event volunteers receive festival tickets: complete 4-8 hours and receive one complimentary festival ticket. (Hours vary between departments).

    Assist ADF staff with special dinners, events, and parties. Volunteers may help with decorations, set-up and break down, sending invitations, food service, and more.

    With ADF students and performers representing over 40 countries, we need volunteers fluent in multiple languages to translate at tech rehearsals, in press interviews, for the school office, and more.

    Distribute promotional materials (season brochures, posters, postcards, etc.) to local merchants, libraries, bars, restaurants, public bulletin boards, and more.

    Sell ADF merchandise at theaters before and during intermission of performances. All proceeds support ADF tuition scholarships.

    Pick-up and drop-off faculty, international choreographers, performing artists, and VIPS at the airport and transport them to Duke’s East Campus.

    Host an ADF Faculty Member (Summer)

    We no longer need hosts for the 2022 season. 

    Faculty hosts receive six complimentary festival tickets (three pairs)

    ADF brings in over 50 faculty members each summer to teach in our world-renowned school. Please consider hosting (free of charge) a dedicated faculty member in the summer for 2 or 4 weeks in June and July.

    For more information, contact school@americandancefestival.org