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Auditions and Employment


The Washington Ballet is currently accepting applications for the following positions. To apply for a listed position, interested candidates should send the following items:
1. Cover letter (complete with salary history)
2. Current resume
3. List of professional references
4. TWB Employment Application (click here to complete this fillable application, print and sign it)
Return the above items via email to resumes@washingtonballet.org or by post mail to The Washington Ballet, Attention: Resumes, 3515 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. NO PHONE CALLS or ALTERNATE EMAILS PLEASE.

The Washington Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of The Washington Ballet to employ individuals without regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor made unlawful under applicable fair employment laws.

AUDITIONS

The Washington Ballet is seeking professional dancers! Auditions will be held in Washington, DC on February 15 and March 29, and in New York, NY on March 15. Please download and view the audition flyer for details.

WASHINGTON, DC
The Washington Ballet Studios
3515 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

February 15, 2015
12-1PM Registration
1-4PM Audition

NEW YORK CITY, NY
School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

March 15, 2015
2-3PM Registration
3-6PM Audition

WASHINGTON, DC

The Washington Ballet Studio
3515 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

March 29, 2015
12-1PM Registration
1-4PM Audition

To apply, please submit the following materials: resume, dance photo, headshot, registration form, fee* (by cash/check)

*Online pre-registration $20; onsite registration $25


The Washington Ballet
employs high level experienced male and female ballet dancers with prior professional experience performing in soloist and principal roles with established ballet companies.

The Washington Ballet Studio Company provides a pre-professional learning experience for talented young dancers entering the field. Studio Company members receive continued training, development as artists and performance experience. They are provided the opportunity to dance in some of The Washington Ballet’s productions, alongside Company artists and in their own performance programs. Candidates should possess a strong classical ballet technique, advanced pointe work for the ladies and highly developed male technique for the men. Candidates should demonstrate their understanding of contemporary movement and style and possess excellent partnering skills and musicality. The ability to learn and retain complex choreography is essential.

Auditions for The Washington Ballet are held annually and the current schedule will be posted on this website. Auditioning dancers must bring a completed registration form, résumé, headshot, full-body dance photos and registration fee* to the audition. Further instruction will be available here when the audition schedule is posted.

Professional dancers of The Washington Ballet are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

*Active AGMA members are exempt.


CURRENT OPENINGS

Full-Time Positions

Public Relations and Publications Manager

Department: Marketing and Communications
Reports to: Director of Marketing and Communications
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Location: Washington, DC

Scope: The Public Relations and Publications Manager develops and executes comprehensive public relations plans for The Washington Ballet (TWB), The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) and The Washington Ballet’s community engagement initiatives. Cultivates the media, and manages TWB’s print programs and electronic publications.

General Responsibilities:


Public Relations

  • Develops and executes comprehensive public relations plans for:
  • The Washington Ballet
  • The Washington School of Ballet
  • TWB Community Engagement
  • Tasks include, but are not limited to writing and editing press releases and media alerts, pitching story ideas, maintaining the media database.
  • TWB liaison for all media coverage, including photographers, videographers, print, online, radio and television media.
  • Track coverage and produces monthly media evaluation reports to gauge public relations and press coverage effectiveness
  • Maintain a positive relationship with media to encourage coverage
  • Point of contact for TWB photographer and videographer, including: Developing and executing contracts, producing rehearsal features, highlight reels and inside video blogs, managing the photo and video collection, identification and storage and disseminates photographic and video content to the media


Print Publications

  • Produces copy for TWB and TWSB’s program books
  • Collect and compile materials for performance programs for TWB, TWSB and Studio Company performances
  • Liaison with outside venues’ program companies and produces TWB programs
  • Electronic Publications
  • Develop and execute comprehensive email publications campaigns
  • Produce, repurpose content for various media outlets
  • Maintain and update email database


Other Requirements

A member of TWB Marketing and Communications team, duties include:

  • Providing support to other staff
  • Attending and working events (performances, open rehearsals, etc.)
  • Assisting with the production and editing of all departmental materials


Internal Contacts: Marketing and Communications Department Staff, Executive Director, Artistic Director, Artistic Staff, Development Department Staff, School Director, artists, artistic teams, and others as needed

External Contacts: Members of the Media, TWB publications partners (designers, printers), photographers, videographers, Members of the Board, TWB Volunteer committees and special events organizers

Positions supervised:
Communications Interns, contracted photographers and videographers

Qualifications: Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations or a related field
  • 3+ years of related experience
  • Ballet knowledge a definite plus
  • Must be a strong writer


Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Must be proactive in the search to produce new media outlets and contacts for the promotion of The Washington Ballet, The Washington School of Ballet , and The Washington Ballet’s community engagement activities
  • Must possess the ability to think creatively in efforts to widen the Ballet’s exposure locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Must possess strong writing skills, as well as knowledge of the AP style guide
  • Must be familiar with standard social media platforms (search, monitor, post, edit content as needed)
  • Must be a self-starter
  • Must possess excellent communications and strong interpersonal skills
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
  • Confidentially, and with respect to private/confidential information, communicate and disseminate information or data to appropriate personnel or individuals
  • Foster ongoing positive relationships with members of the media and publication partners
  • Maintain positive and professional decorum in relation with others
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Must manage demanding situations with tenacity and sensitivity
  • Work independently and as part of team


Equipment and Software Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment
  • Still and video camera
  • Microsoft Office
  • Photoshop or Creative Suite
  • Content Management Systems
  • Constant Contact or other email distribution system


Physical Demands:

  • Irregular working hours, depending on performance and season schedules, tours, and dancer/media availability
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds.
  • Must have reliable transportation.


To Apply:
Please submit cover letter and resume to resumes@washingtonballet.org: no phone calls please.




Part-Time Positions


Internships

Late Winter/Spring Marketing Department Internship

Department: Marketing and Communications
Internship Title: Marketing Intern (MI)
Reports to: Marketing and Communications Manager (MCM), Public Relations Manager (PRM)
Classification: Internship 12 hours min./week
Location: Washington, DC
Scope: This internship supports the activities of the Marketing and Communications Department of TWB and provides a general introduction into the varied responsibilities of the marketing and communications management professional, and exposes the intern to the non-profit/performing arts environment in particular.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with weekly activities in the marketing and communications department related to public relations, publications, special projects and social media
  • Assists with daily tasks as requested by the marketing and communications department
  • Assists with monitoring the social media and enews calendars
  • Assists with payments due to vendors
  • Researches information on ballet and marketing trends and news
  • Attends weekly marketing staff meetings and takes notes as necessary Qualifications:
  • Currently enrolled or recently completed coursework in arts administration, marketing, public relations or related field of study
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Experience with social media platforms highly beneficial
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor or company director
  • Works independently and as part of team
  • Interest in the performing arts

Evaluation Procedure: Evaluation is ongoing. Weekly communication between the MCM, PRM, marketing and communications team and intern steers activities in appropriate directions and allows for alterations if the interests of the intern or the Ballet change. At the conclusion of the internship, the supervisor will prepare a written evaluation of the intern’s work, experience, and overall contribution to The Washington Ballet. In addition, the intern has an opportunity to evaluate the internship experience.

Benefits:

  • Great experience working for the nation’s tenth largest ballet company
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of projects  Possible graduate credit if University/College allows
  • Free Adult Dance classes with excellent instructors from The Washington School of Ballet

Internal Contacts: MCM, PRM, Marketing Staff, Company Manager, School Director, Finance Director, Company Dancers, Development Department Staff, Finance Department Staff, Artistic Department Staff, School Staff, Stage Management Staff, Wardrobe/Costume Staff, Ticketing Staff and others as needed External Contacts: Board members, constituents, members of the general public

Knowledge of:
Basic marketing knowledge

Physical Demands:

  • May be required to lift and move up to 20lbs
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required
  • Must be able to set and stand for prolonged periods

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment

Late Winter/Spring Development Department Internship

Department: Development
Internship Title: Development Intern (DI)

Reports to: Development Operations Coordinator (DOC)

Classification: Internship 10-15 hours min./week

Location: Washington, DC

Scope: This internship supports the activities of the Development Department of TWB’s fundraising efforts in the following areas: community engagement, special event planning, donor database management, and providing general support for the development department’s initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains files and general office duties
  • Assists with daily tasks as requested by DOC
  • Researches Corporate and Individual Prospects for Institutional and Individual Giving
  • Assists and attends Special Events, including Opening Nights and Cultivation Events
  • Assists in season mailings for Individual Giving, Institutional Giving and Special Events
  • Prepares for TWB 2014.2015 season Appeals
  • Assists with Grants and Corporate Proposals
  • Aids in the establishment of Planned Giving Program


Qualifications
:

  • Currently enrolled or recently completed coursework in arts administration or related field of study
  • Excellent writing skills including syntax, usage, and creative writing
  • Strong online and offline research skills
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor
  • Works independently and as part of team
  • Previous internal or external customer service preferred


Final Products:

  • Create report of "Donor Analysis Report"
  • Create an evaluation report on a program or event within the Department



Evaluation Procedure: Evaluation is ongoing. Weekly communication between the DOC and Development Department activities in appropriate directions and allows for alterations if the interests of the intern or the Ballet change. At the conclusion of the internship, the supervisor will prepare a written evaluation of the intern’s work, experience, and overall contribution to The Washington Ballet. In addition, the intern has an opportunity to evaluate the internship experience.

Internal Contacts:

DOC, Director of Development, Manager of Individual Giving, Manager of Institutional Giving, Manager or Special Events, Managing Director, Artistic Director, Marketing Department Staff, School Staff, Artistic Staff, Finance Department Staff, Stage Management Staff, Ticketing Staff and others as needed

External Contacts:

Board members, constituents, representatives of other arts organizations, members of the general public

Knowledge of:

  • Public administration / Non-profit
  • Fundraising basics
  • Ballet/Dance company operations a plus

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the Development Operations Coordinator at aneal@washingtonballet.org.

Late Winter/Spring Artistic Department Internship

Department: Artistic/Administration
Internship Title: Artistic Intern (AI)
Reports to:
Managing Director (MD)
Classification:
Internship 12 hours min./week
Location:
Washington, DC
Scope:
This internship supports the activities of the Artistic Department of TWB and provides a general introduction into the varied responsibilities of the artistic operations management professional, and exposes the intern to the non-profit/performing arts environment in particular.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with weekly activities in the artistic office related to season projects and events
  • Assists with daily tasks as requested by the MD
  • Aids in processing contract documentation for vendors, guest designers and artists
  • Assists with payments due to vendors or artists
  • Communicates weekly with the MD regarding the activities, programs, and news
  • Coordinates and updates calendar changes to various organizational departments
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor or company director


Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled or recently completed coursework in arts administration or related field of study
  • Excellent writing skills including syntax, usage, and creative writing
  • Strong online and offline research skills
  • Works independently and as part of team
  • Previous internal or external customer service


Final Products:
TBD

Evaluation Procedure: Evaluation is ongoing. Weekly communication between the MD, artistic team and intern directs activities in appropriate manner to allow for the interests of the intern and needs of the Ballet. At the conclusion of the internship, the supervisor will prepare a written evaluation of the intern’s work, experience, and overall contribution to The Washington Ballet. In addition, the intern has an opportunity to assess the internship experience.

Internal Contacts:
MD, Artistic Director, Ballet Master Staff, Company Manager, School Director, Trainee Program Ballet Master, Finance Director, Production Stage Manager, Stage Manager, Dancer Health Staff, Company and Studio Company Dancers, Company Pianists, Marketing Department Staff, Development Department Staff, Finance Department Staff, Marketing Department Staff, School Staff, Stage Management Staff, Wardrobe/Costume Staff, Ticketing Staff and others as needed

External Contacts: Board members, constituents, representatives of other arts organizations, artist agents, artists, company guests, members of the general public

Positions Supervised: N/A

Knowledge of:

  • Basic Theatre operations
  • Ballet/Dance company operations a plus


Physical Demands:

  • May be required to lift and move up to 30lbs
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required
  • Must be able to set and stand for prolonged periods


Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment