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Manager of Studio Programs and Community Engagement

Position Title: Manager of Studio Programs and Community Engagement
Reports to: Executive Director and Managing Director
Supervises: part-time staff, work/trade, and summer intern

Salary and Benefits: Hiring range is $42,000-$47,000 depending on experience and qualifications. This is a full-time, exempt, in-person, 40-hour per week position. Additional hours, both off and especially on season, may be necessary based on workload. ADF offers an excellent benefits package that includes holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO) days (vacation, sick time, and personal time), plus health, long and short-term disability, dental, and life insurance and a 401K with a 4% match.

Job Summary: The Manager of Studio Programs and Community Engagement is the primary contact and logistical and administrative manager for all studio-based programs and operations at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios. Responsibilities include program and event management, studio planning and growth, financial and statistical reports, personnel hiring and management, customer service and front desk duties, outreach facilitation and tracking, MindBody software management and upkeep, and facility management and rentals.

Qualifications: A successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, be highly organized and detail oriented, have the ability to prioritize, be able to work independently and as part of a team, work well in a fast-paced environment, and be proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel. Familiarity with MindBody software helpful. Bachelor’s degree and knowledge of dance highly desired. Knowledge of the NC Triangle community helpful. At least one year of management experience and experience with children and elders preferred. The schedule for this position will vary based on studio activities. Flexibility will be required.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, résumé, and three references to adf@americandancefestival.org with Manager of Studio Programs and Community Engagement in the subject line by March 7. No phone calls, please. Anticipated start date: April 7, 2024

Full Description

Seasonal Employment

Festival Services Coordinator

FESTIVAL SERVICES COORDINATOR

The Festival Services Coordinator provides coordination of events and hospitality for the ADF community. This position works collaboratively with all departments and reports to the Managing Director.

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
  • Ability to multitask and delegate in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong Google Workspace and Microsoft Office skills
  • Experience managing or overseeing a team preferred

Primary responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all housing, dining, ID cards, keys, and maintenance for students, faculty, staff, and guests in partnership with Duke University
  • Provide hospitality and on-call assistance to students, faculty, staff, and guests
  • Oversee Festival Services storage, inventory, and supplies
  • Plan and implement key school events and activities
  • Provide festival-wide event support in coordination with the development team
  • Assist with student check-ins and orientations
  • Supervise one intern and multiple work-study students

Details and compensation:

  • Dates of position: May 13–July 31, 2024
  • Compensation: $400/weekly
  • Take one Summer Dance Intensive class, attend drop-in classes and showings
  • Receive complimentary performance tickets

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. A car is required for this position.

To be considered for any summer staff position, please submit the following by February 15 to adf@americandancefestival.org with the job title in the subject line.

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé with relevant experience highlighted
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak directly about your qualifications
  • Three references

 

Program & Administrative Coordinator

PROGRAM & ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

The Program & Administrative Coordinator provides coordination and administrative support to all school programs and faculty, with a focus on supporting the Dance Professional Workshops (DPW) and Pre-Professional Dance Intensive (PDI). This position works collaboratively with the entire ADF School team and reports to the Director of Education.

Qualifications/experience:

  • Experience and/or interest in educational/festival programming.
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills, self-motivation, and professionalism
  • Ability to multitask, delegate, and be proactive in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong Google Workspace and Microsoft Office skills
  • Experience managing or overseeing a team-preferred

Primary responsibilities:

  • Coordinate support, needs, and communication for all school program faculty
  • Act as school staff liaison for school program musicians
  • Provide program coordination and support for DPW and PDI
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for school opening weekends, auditions, orientations, and check-ins
  • Assist with school program events and activities, including Teaching Tribute and Student Concerts.
  • Manage all teaching assistants’ drop-in classes and provide class attendance reports to the ADF School.
  • Provide general administrative and organizational support to the Director of Education, Director of School Administration, and School Assistant
  • Supervise one intern and multiple work-study students.

Details and compensation:

  • Dates of position: May 13–July 31, 2024
  • Compensation: $400/weekly
  • Take one Summer Dance Intensive class, attend drop-in classes and showings
  • Receive complimentary performance tickets

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. A car is required for this position.

To be considered for any summer staff position, please submit the following by February 15 to adf@americandancefestival.org with the job title in the subject line.

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé with relevant experience highlighted
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak directly about your qualifications
  • Three references

 

School Operations Coordinator

SCHOOL OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

The School Operations Coordinator provides coordination of studio, transportation, equipment, and technical needs for the ADF community. This position works collaboratively with the entire ADF School team and reports to the Director of School Administration.

Qualifications/experience:

  • Experience in dance production, facilities, and/or event planning
  • Experience with basic audio/visual and other technical equipment
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills, self-motivation, and professionalism
  • Ability to multitask, delegate, and be proactive in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong Google Workspace and Microsoft Office skills
  • Experience managing or overseeing a team-preferred

Primary responsibilities:

  • Oversee and manage studio reservations and space calendars for students, faculty, and visiting companies.
  • Manage transportation schedule for all intensives (i.e., airport transportation and weekly bus schedules)
  • Create weekly schedules and spreadsheets for upcoming events and projects
  • Coordinate studio set-up, upkeep/cleaning, and breakdown
  • Act as Technical Director for all ADF School classes, rehearsals, showings, and events
  • Oversee School Operations storage, inventory, and supplies
  • Supervise one intern and 1-2 work-study students

Details and compensation:

  • Dates of position: May 13–July 31, 2024
  • Compensation: $400/weekly
  • Take one Summer Dance Intensive class, attend drop-in classes and showings
  • Receive complimentary performance tickets

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 is required. A car is required for this position.

To be considered for any summer staff position, please submit the following by February 15 to adf@americandancefestival.org with the job title in the subject line.

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé with relevant experience highlighted
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak directly about your qualifications
  • Three references

 

Production Positions

2024 Production Positions

Organization: American Dance Festival
Job Location: Durham, North Carolina
Website: www.americandancefestival.org
Application Deadline: February 15, 2024 or until positions are filled.

Start Date: June 4, 2024
End Date: July 31, 2024

Available positions for 18-plus performance schedule:

  • Technical Director / Carpenter
  • Sound Technician
  • Production Stage Manager
  • Master Electrician

Please include a cover letter, résumé, and the names and phone numbers of three references. To apply, please send materials to:
American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708
OR
adf@americandancefestival.org

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 ADF’s mission to serve dance, dancers, choreographers, and artists in related fields.

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 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. 

Volunteer at ADF

Over the years, ADF Volunteers have proven to be an invaluable part of our community. From distributing marketing materials to hosting faculty members, 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 and discover the behind-the-scenes.
  • Meet fellow dance artists and enthusiasts from around the world.
  • Share your passion for modern dance by utilizing your skills.
  • Enjoy complimentary perks as a token of our thanks!

 

Volunteer Opportunities

ADF Office/Events Volunteers

Year-round opportunities. Different opportunities will require different amounts of time and hours,  possibly including short training sessions.
Ideal volunteers will be personable, dependable, detail-oriented, and modern dance enthusiasts.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Administration
    Answer and transfer incoming phone calls, sort and distribute incoming mail, file documents, prepare large mailings, and assist specific departments as needed. Operation of office machines such as computers, printers, and scanners may be needed.
  • Special Events
    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.
  • Language Translation
    Translate written materials as well as interpret at tech rehearsals, in press interviews, for the school office, and more. Various languages may be needed.
  • Promotion
    Distribute promotional materials (season brochures, posters, postcards, etc.) to local merchants, libraries, bars, restaurants, public bulletin boards, and more.
  • Ushering
    Hand out programs, show patrons to seats, and assist with front-of-house activities before and after performances at various venues.
  • Store
    Sell ADF merchandise at theaters before performances and during intermission. All proceeds support ADF tuition scholarships.
  • Driving
    Pick up and drop off faculty, choreographers, performers, and VIPS at the airport and transport them to Duke’s East Campus.

To become an ADF Volunteer, please complete this form.

Please contact Becca Gargiulo at becca@americandancefestival.org with any questions.

4 hours = 1 complimentary ticket

ADF Scripps Studios Work/Study
Year-round. Once a week. 2-5 hour shifts.

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

Responsibilities may include:

  • 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.

To become an ADF Studios Work/Study, please complete this form.

Please contact Jennifer Scully-Thurston at jscullythurston@americandancefestival.org with any questions.

ADF Studios Work/Study receive free studio drop-in classes and studio space in exchange for their work.

ADF Community Hosts

Summer: 1-7 weeks in June and/or July

Consider opening your home to the extraordinary faculty, musicians, and artists who travel to Durham each summer to be part of ADF!

To become an ADF Community Host, please complete this Community Housing form.

Please contact school@americandancefestival.org with any questions.

Hosts receive 4 complimentary festival tickets of your choosing to ADF’s performances in Page Auditorium or Reynolds Industries Theater for summer 2024.

Alternatively, ADF also welcomes subletting opportunities. If you have a space you are interested in subletting, please complete the same form above.