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Director of Communications and Marketing

Full-time, year-round (exempt)

Position Title: Director of Communications and Marketing

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises: Marketing and Communications Associate and seasonal intern.

Job Summary

The Director of Communications and Marketing will lead all communications and marketing-related activities and will work with the Marketing and Communications Associate and the Graphic Designer to promote ADF locally and nationally. This position will play a central role in developing, managing, and growing the visibility of ADF.

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, exempt salaried position. Salary hiring range $60,000 to $70,000 depending on experience and qualifications. ADF offers an excellent benefits package for full-time employees 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.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment, or equivalent combination of training and experience. Knowledge of NC Triangle community helpful.

Anticipated start date: Late October/Mid-November

To apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to adf@americandancefestival.org with Director of Communications and Marketing in the subject line by September 30. No phone calls, please.

A successful candidate will have:

  • Minimum 5 years of combined marketing, digital media, and professional communications experience.
  • Strong interest in and knowledge of modern dance.
  • Strong writing, editing, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to create persuasive and clear communications in all forms and aimed at a variety of audiences
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Clear understanding of and experience applying marketing and communications strategies, tools, and approaches for both internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with a variety of individuals including the general public and the dance community.
  • Excellent judgement and ability to prioritize competing responsibilities.
  •  Proficiency in Microsoft Office, the Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and video editing and basic graphic design skills are a plus.
  • Ability to build relationships across the organization with staff, faculty, summer staff and interns, in a manner that contributes to a healthy, fruitful work environment.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop new and improved marketing and communications initiatives and grass roots efforts.
  • ADF representative for local and national press and media. Produce press releases and pitch stories.
  • Work with the Marketing and Communication Associate to provide copy and plan concepts for print materials like brochures, postcards, and annual reports.
  • Manage email marketing, website content, digital advertising, and social media accounts.
  • Oversee all ADF advertising & media sponsors. Maintain current media contacts.
  • Hire and supervise ADF photographer.
  • Assist with the sales of advertising space in the ADF Playbill.
  • Assist with special events including outside marketing events.
  • Other duties as deemed appropriate by the Executive Director.

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Director of School Administration

Full-time, year-round (exempt)

Position Title: Director of School Administration

Reports to: Director of Education and Executive Director

Supervises: School Assistant, Summer Staff, Summer Interns

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, exempt salaried position. Salary hiring range is $40,000-$45,000 depending on experience and qualifications. ADF offers an excellent benefits package that includes PTO (holidays, vacation, sick time, and personal time) and a 401K with a 4% match plus health, long and short-term disability, dental, and life insurance.

Qualifications: 4-year degree, preferably in dance or arts management. At least 2 years of previous administrative experience and experience working in an educational setting desired.

Job Summary
The Director of School Administration works closely with the Director of Education and
oversees all administrative and operational aspects of the ADF School’s summer and winter programs, serving a population of over 300 people per year. The Director of School Administration will serve as the primary contact for school-related administrative matters, assist with supervision of seasonal and year-round staff and interns, create and distribute school reports and budgets, maintain important relationships by serving as a contact for various external organizations, facilities, and schools, serve as support for all faculty-related hiring, oversee all student accounts, support services, and correspondence, act as liaison between ADF and Duke
University and assist with negotiation of annual contract, oversee all school marketing and publicity with the Director of Education, implement extensive student recruitment efforts, coordinate and attend (as needed) national scholarship audition tour, oversee and implement schedules for all programs, and provide operational support as it relates to transportation, facilities, room/board, and school events. The Director of School Administration is also involved to varying extents in other projects and programs taking place at ADF.

Anticipated start date: December 2022

To apply:
Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to adf@americandancefestival.org with Director of School Administration in the subject line by October 15. No phone calls, please.

Detailed responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Management and administration
    • Assist with hiring and supervising year-round and seasonal staff and interns.
    • Oversee administration of all school departments during busy summer season.
    • Oversee implementation of all school events during winter and summer season, including, but not limited to check-in, orientation, registration, auditions, showings, etc., for all programs.
    • Provide in-person presence and management at all school-related events.
    • Create and distribute budgets and reports for school programs.
    • Provide administrative support to the Director of Education as needed.
    • Track challenges and feedback throughout programs and assist in the implementation of changes.
    • Oversee and maintain all database operations for the school.
    • Supervise the creation and distribution of ADF Directory.
    • Maintain good-standing relationships and serve as contact with Duke University, Durham Public Schools, Durham Arts Council, ACDA, and universities across the country.
    • Work with Director of Education to create and distribute all class and event schedules for all school programs.
    • Implement, oversee, and manage of all logistics relating to School Operations, which includes transportation, facilities, equipment and classroom needs, and other services needed for events and classes.
  • Faculty/Musician Liaison
    • Oversee and implement all administrative support relating to faculty/musician needs.
    • Oversee all correspondence and tracking related to faculty hiring, contracts, and payments.
    • Assist faculty with complimentary housing and local transportation for summer, book all travel and accommodations for winter program.
    • Assist with arrangements for the annual Teaching Chair Award.
    • Coordinate ADF’s annual Faculty Concert.
  • Students
    • Maintain daily communication with students through email and phone as needed.
    • Oversee all student support services.
    • Provide financial advisement to potential students.
    • Supervise daily maintenance of student applications and accounts.
    • Oversee content and distribution of all information provided to students.
    • Oversee and coordinate scholarship application, decision, and notification process, including working with the Development office as needed.
    • Oversee scholarship student work/study programs.
    • Provide information and advice for student travel, room, and board for all programs.
    • Oversee student emergency contacts and procedures.
    • Provide special assistance to international students, including the processing of J-1 visas.
    • Oversee the compilation and distribution of post-festival certificates, letters of completion, Teacher Certification forms and provide support for students confirming their participation in ADF School programs.
  • Duke Liaison
    • Assist the Director of Education in the negotiation of the annual contract with Duke University.
    • Secure additional studio space as needed, including working with external organizations.
    • Negotiate and serve as primary contact for cafeteria, dorms, gym, fees, bills, etc.
    • Assist with academic credit procedures between Duke and ADF.
    • Work with Duke University to reconcile all bills and accounts as related to the school.
  • Marketing and Recruitment
    • Working with the Director of Education and the Director of Communications & Marketing, assist with the publication and distribution of all school-related printed and online materials, including social media.
    • Assist with extensive phone, email, and in-person recruitment throughout the year.
    • Coordinate travel and details for annual national spring audition tour (approximately 18-20 locations). Travel to auditions as needed.
    • Implement and oversee information sessions at summer and winter programs, as well as nonADF locations throughout year.
    • Help to maintain and increase student enrollment through various efforts as needed.
    • Alongside the Director of Education, act as contact for correspondence and maintenance of relationships with students and faculty at dance programs throughout country and internationally.

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Seasonal Employment

ADF is not currently hiring any seasonal positions.

Year-Round Internships

ADF Scripps 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 Scripps Studios Assistant (Year-Round)
Studios Assistants receive free studio drop-in classes and studio space.

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 and to apply please see the form here

Questions? Please 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