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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 has filled all professional dancer positions for its 2014.2015 Season and the Studio Company program is full.

Please check this web page soon for updated information on our audition schedule for the 2015.2016 Season.


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

Please check back later for open positions.


Part-Time Positions

Boutique Assistant

Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Marketing and Communications Manager (MCM) and Boutique Supervisor (BS)

Scope : The Boutique Assistant (BA) is responsible for assisting the BS with sales, operations and human resources function of the boutique to assure excellent guest experience and optimum profitability. The BA must also motivate and inspire the Volunteers to achieve productivity and sales goals.

Responsibilities: 

  • Under the direction of the BS, the BA supervises the Sugar Plum Shoppe (SPS) retail operations and sales for The Nutcracker performances at THEARC, the Warner Theatre and The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea Party, or other venues as assigned
  • Engages and assists guests with retail sales
  • Liaises with BS, SPS Chair(s) and volunteers for a smooth operation of Sugar Plum Shoppe
  • Operates cash registers and utilizes handheld devices to ensure positive guest satisfaction
  • Assists volunteers with retail sales and merchandise handling
  • Coordinates Shoppe/Boutique volunteers for select performances
  • Inventories daily stock levels and restocks merchandise
  • Runs sales reports at the end of each performance and completes paperwork for deposits
  • Supports the MCM and BS with various tasks including inventory, transportation and set up of the Sugar Plum Shoppe at THEARC and Warner Theatre or other venues
  • Contributes to a positive work environment
  • Other duties as assigned


Internal Contacts: MCM, BS, Marketing Department Staff, Development Department Staff and others as needed

External Contacts: Volunteers and members of the general public

Positions Supervised: Volunteer guest service providers

    Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated cash handling experience
    • High School diploma or GED certificate
    • 2 years of retail experience, minimum
    • Familiarity with MS Office software including Word and Excel
    • Familiarity with retail software such as Quickbooks, GoPayment and Square


    Professional and Technical Competencies:

    • Demonstrates exceptional skills in managing volunteers
    • Fosters ongoing positive relationships with individuals encountered
    • Sports a cheerful attitude
    • Maintains positive and professional decorum in relations with others
    • Maintains neat and professional attire during retail operations periods
    • Performs other duties as assigned by MCM in a timely manner and with a positive attitude
    • Works in a detail oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and able to handle tasks simultaneously
    • Demonstrates solid supervisory, mathematical and analytical skills
    • Works independently and as part of team


    Knowledge of:

    • Retail sales operations
    • Cashiering operations
    • Cash handling procedure, preferred


    Physical Demands:

    • Cyclical working hours- according to programming
    • Evening and weekend hours as required or assigned
    • Standing for prolonged periods
    • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds


    Equipment knowledge and use:

    • Computer and software
    • Current valid driver's license


    Compensation:
    Hourly, $12; This position is subject to a background and security clearance.


    Internships


    Fall 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.

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