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To apply for a listed position, interested candidates should send the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current resume
  3. List of professional references
  4. TWB Employment Application (click to complete this fillable application, print and sign it)

Return the above items via email to the email listed on the specific job posting 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.

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Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

 

The Washington Ballet has retained Slesinger Management Services to recruit an experienced financial manager with strong entrepreneurial instincts to serve as chief financial officer. Reporting to the Managing Director (CEO) and working closely with the board of directors, this person will also be part of the organization’s senior management team.

Applications will be accepted until this search is completed. To see if the search is still active, please see www.SlesingerManagement.com.

The Organization The Washington Ballet (TWB) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is:

• to bring the joy and artistry of dance to the nation’s capital and the world’s stage through the professional presentation of the best in classic and contemporary ballet
• to provide the highest caliber of dance training through a preeminent school of ballet
• to serve and involve the entire community through extensive dance education and community engagement programs

In 2023 TWB will have a budget of $14 million. Revenue comes primarily from ticket sales to performances, tuition from students, and donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals. It has a fulltime staff of 30, plus about 60 part-time teachers.

Given the work of the organization, it is essential that the next CFO work in TWB’s office in Washington, DC. Remote work cannot be considered.

The Position and its Principal Responsibilities

Reporting directly to managing director (CEO) Patrick Mühlen-Schulte, the CFO is responsible for providing leadership for the Foundation’s financial functions, ensuring the organization’s fiscal health. This person will also oversee TWB’s human resources and IT, much of which is carried out by outside firms.

Key Responsibilities Include:

1. Serving as a strategic business partner to the managing director, board of directors, and senior staff, including assessing the financial implications of key opportunities and decisions the organization is considering.
2. Evaluating all current procedures and processes related to the organization’s financial management, and identifying improvements as necessary, including completing the implementation of recently- acquired accounting software (Sage Intacct) to support accounting, financial reporting, and financial analysis.
3. Providing financial reports to senior management and the board that support and strengthen leadership-level decision making. The CFO will be partner to other senior leaders in the organization and will contribute to a culture of performance accountability.
4. Assessing budgets for grant proposals to be submitted to foundations, corporations, and government funders.
5. Leading a finance and accounting department that initially will be comprised of the CFO plus two people contracted from an outside firm. The CFO have the opportunity to assess whether this staffing structure makes sense for the future.
6. Overseeing the organization’s HR functions – there is not at the moment a fulltime human resources specialist – and IT, much of which is handled by an outside firm. The CFO will assess whether these two important functions should be organized and staffed differently.
7. Serving as primary staff liaison to board committees that focus on financial matters, including the annual audit.

Desired Skills and Characteristics:

As the person overseeing The Washington Ballet’s financial management, the CFO should be:
1. Highly experienced in financial management at organizations whose revenue comes primarily from earned income and donations. Experience working for a nonprofit, especially in the performing arts, is preferred, but not essential.
2. Able to think strategically, providing the CEO and the rest of the senior team with sound analysis and advice as the organization considers new opportunities and new ways of carrying out its mission. One major project on the horizon is a major renovation of its headquarters, which will be a multi-million-dollar project spanning several years.
3. Fully up-to-date with the best ways to use technology to make financial systems operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, including enabling staff outside the finance department to have real-time access to relevant financial data.
4. Familiar with best practices in human resources management and IT to properly assess current staffing and systems, and recommend improvements.
5. A superb communicator, orally and in writing, including presenting and explaining financial and other quantitative data to staff and board.
6. Collegial and open. The CFO must have a personality and work style that ensures that the internal atmosphere will remain open and collaborative.
7. Interested in and highly supportive of the mission of The Washington Ballet.

Compensation

The anticipated salary will be $150,000 to $170,000, plus benefits.

How to Apply:

Please email:
1. cover letter that explains why you’re interested and qualified
2. resume

to search consultant Larry Slesinger, Founder and CEO of Slesinger Management Services, at Larry@SlesingerManagement.com. Please include “TWB” in subject line.

Questions: Please contact Larry Slesinger by email or at 301-320-0680.

Applications will be acknowledged promptly.

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Company Manager

Company Manager

 

Department: Artistic / Production 

Position Title: Company Manager  

Reports to: Director of Production 

Classification: Full – Time Seasonal, Exempt 

Location: Washington, DC 

Please send resumes to: production@washingtonballet.org 

The Washington Ballet (TWB) seeks a dynamic partner for the role of Company Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to support TWB’s world-class company of dancers and artists and continue to innovate the foundational systems and processes that uphold the artistic excellence of the company. 

The ideal candidate must possess a track record of facilitating the operation and development of performing arts organizations, be a superior communicator, and have an energetic spirit. It will be important for the Company Manager to work collaboratively and diplomatically with artists, staff, and volunteers to support TWB’s mission. 

Under minimal supervision the Company Manager (CM) is primarily responsible for all administrative duties involving Company and Studio Company Dancers and serves as the contact person for all matters related to artist participation in performances, events, and touring, including guest artist relations. 

Responsibilities:  

  • Acts as main liaison between dancers and management, including the Artistic Director. Serves as the main liaison between TWB and AGMA, and as the management representative at AGMA Joint Committee meetings. Acts as a resource to the executive staff in the research, preparation, and documentation of collective bargaining negotiations. Relays information to the Artistic team regarding dancer absences, guestings, etc. 
  • Acts as management’s primary representative with local presenters and theaters in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the Company at home and on tour, effectively resolving problems in a diplomatic and resourceful manner that respects contractual agreements.  
  • Ensures compliance with the AGMA collective bargaining agreement and acts as primary liaison between the company and AGMA representatives, including coordinating and attending monthly Joint Committee meetings. 
  • In coordination with the Artistic Director and Director of Production, writes and executes contracts for all dancers, studio company dancers, and guest artists. Ensures that personnel paperwork is properly signed, filed, and provided to appropriate departments of TWB.  Contract duties may also include guest musicians and designers. 
  • In coordination with Human Resources and Payroll, processes and maintains, in a complete and timely manner, necessary employment authorization documents for non-US citizens employed by The Washington Ballet.  Assists employees with paperwork as needed. 
  • Prepares, monitors, and submits payroll for all dancers and guest artists of TWB. 
  • Organizes and coordinates all logistical arrangements (transportation, lodging, per diems, etc.) for dancers, artistic staff, choreographers, repetiteurs, touring engagements, guest artists, designers, production personnel, and any traveling TWB staff member. 
  • Tracks and conservatively manages expenses in the Artistic budget. 
  • Creates and ensures the proper and timely posting of communications, dancer calendar, announcements, schedules, cast lists, etc. (and any updates of such) as per the policies of the company and in compliance with dancer union agreement.  Maintain TWB Dancer Guide. 
  • Attends work calls and performance calls at theatre and other run-out venues where dancers are called, monitoring administrative needs and responsibilities. 
  • Performs house management duties as assigned for open rehearsals and other events in TWB facilities. 
  • Manages relations with with dancer health management team (company physician, physical therapy/massage) in work-related health needs, worker’s compensation cases and dancer health management cases. May work in collaboration with Human Resources and Payroll Manager on such matters. Communicates and disseminates dancer health care treatment reports to appropriate personnel, dancers, or managers. 
  • Assists the Director of Production in creating and maintaining tour budgets.  Assists in providing portions of the Artistic budget relevant to dancer salaries and benefits.  
  • Coordinates catering and hospitality for dancers and production staff as need in performances.  
  • Prepares and submits to marketing update of website information on audition procedures and policies. Manages audition tour for company, including booking dates and scheduling personnel, coordinating facility use at venue(s), coordinating travel and accommodations for artistic staff, and when required, travelling to audition locations to manage administrative intake of registrants and the cash management of class fees. Organizes and systematically processes all dancer applications and petitions for audition and schedules auditionees as directed. 
  • Coordinates and executes TWB’s COVID policies and procedures.  May include purchasing supplies such as tests and masks. As needed, administer COVID tests and track results. 
  • In coordination with TWB institutionally, help to support, implement, maintain, and report on work that upholds the ideals of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging (DEIB) 
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned by supervisor or executive staff of TWB. 

Internal Contacts: 

Director of Production, Artistic Director, Managing Director, Finance Director, Production Stage Manager, Music Director, Technical Director, Human Resource Departmental Staff, Health Staff, Company Dancers, Company Pianists, Marketing Department Staff, School Staff, Development Department Staff, Finance Department Staff, Stage Management Staff, Wardrobe/Costume Staff, Ticketing Staff, and others as needed. 

External Contacts: 

Union Representatives, AGMA Representatives, Artist Agents, Musicians, Immigration Lawyers, Health Care Managers and Practitioners/Professionals, Company Guests, Dancer Families, Presenters, Theatre House Staff, Hotel/Lodging Associates, Travel Agents, Airlines, Bus Companies, Transportation Companies Orchestra Contractors, and Company / Operations Managers of other similar organizations. 

Positions Supervised: N/A  

Qualifications and Competencies 

  • At least 3 years of Company Management experience for a similar size performing arts organization. Touring experience is a plus 
  • Contract preparation, negotiation, execution, and Visa processing 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy, tact, and discretion 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication with artists, staff, and others in a manner that ensures clear and mutual understanding of information and that fosters ongoing positive relationships 
  • Excellent organizational skills  
  • Understanding of artist needs and challenges 
  • Ability to multitask and work successfully to bring projects to completion both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment  
  • Attention to detail 
  • Experience with public speaking for group gatherings and audiences 
  • Knowledge of basic theatre operations. Experience with Ballet/Dance company operations a plus 
  • Familiarity with MS Office software including Word, Excel, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, and other Windows-based computer software 

Physical Demands: 

  • Variable working hours – dependent on season programming 
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours 
  • Touring may require long hours 

Salary: begins at $63,000 and is dependent on experience 

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Part Time Faculty Position NW Campus - Upper Division

Part-Time Faculty Position NW Campus

Upper Division Ages 11-13

Department: NW School
Position Title:
Ballet Faculty 
Reports to: Division Head 
Classification: Part-time, Seasonal 
Location: Washington, DC 

Scope:
The Washington School of Ballet seeks an energetic candidate with significant experience teaching ballet technique to children ages 11 to 13. Candidate must demonstrate a strong classical ballet knowledge, must be a team player, teach the school’s curriculum, and have expertise in teaching pointe and choreography for this particular age group. Candidate must be available to work on Saturdays and during scheduled special events. Preferred certification in or participated in a ballet syllabus teacher training program and one somatic practice such as pilates and/or physical training.

General Responsibilities:  

  • Teach ballet classes in level(s) Upper Division ages 11-13 including technique, pointe, variation classes with working knowledge of different classical styles. 
  • Choreograph and/or assist in school showcases and end of year, Spring Performance and assist in production responsibilities.  
  • Write evaluations for each student. 
  • Attend faculty meetings. 

Internal Contacts: 

Division Heads, School Managers, General Manager, Faculty 

External Contacts:  

Students 

Qualifications – Education and Experience 

Teaching or professional experience in a nationally recognized company and/or school is preferred.  Experience teaching and choreographing for young children is a must. 

Professional and Technical Competencies: 

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet 
  • Must be a self-starter 
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator 
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor  
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and is able to handle tasks simultaneously 
  • Work independently and as part of team 
  • Basic understanding of musicality and ability to communicate with pianist 

 Knowledge of: 

  • Classical Ballet 
  • Classical Ballet Repertoire 
  • Classroom management 

Equipment Knowledge and Use: 

  • PC and software 
  • Access to online music 
  • Familiarity with Zoom 
  • Standard office equipment 

To apply, 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 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. 

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Part Time Faculty Position NW Campus - Lower Division

Part-Time Faculty Position NW Campus

Lower Division Ages 8-12 | Pre Ballet ages 4-7

Department: NW School
Position Title: Ballet Faculty
Reports to: Division Head
Classification: Part-time, Seasonal
Location: Washington, DC

Scope:
The Washington School of Ballet seeks an energetic candidate with significant experience teaching ballet technique to children ages 4 to 12. Preferred that candidate has certification in or participated in a ballet syllabus teacher training program. Candidate must possess strong classical ballet knowledge, must be a team player, teach the school’s curriculum, and have experience in choreography for young children.

General Responsibilities:

  • Teach ballet classes in level(s) Pre Ballet 1-3 ages 4-7
  • Teach ballet classes in level(s) Lower Division 1-3 ages 8-12
  • Assist in choreography for the Pre Ballet 2 & 3 Class Presentations and Spring Performance for Level 1A and up
  • Write evaluations for each student

Internal Contacts:

Division Heads, School Managers, General Manager, Faculty

External Contacts:

Students

Qualifications – Education and Experience

Teaching or professional experience in a nationally recognized company and/or school is preferred. Experience teaching and choreographing for young children is a must.

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Must be a self-starter
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns, or matters of urgency to the appropriate supervisor
  • Works in a detail-oriented manner, is resourceful, flexible, and is able to handle tasks simultaneously
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Basic understanding of musicality and ability to communicate with pianist

Knowledge of:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Classical Ballet Repertoire
  • Classroom management

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Access to online music
  • Familiarity with Zoom
  • Standard office equipment

To apply, 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 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.

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Part-Time Receptionist, NW Campus

Part-Time Receptionist, NW Campus

Department: The School
Position Title:  Receptionist
Location:  3308 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Reports To:  School and Community Programs Manager (NW)
Classification: Part Time, Hourly

Scope:
The Receptionist is the first person to greet students, families, staff, and faculty entering the building. The ideal candidate is welcoming, attentive, patient, resourceful, and inclusive. They are able to work under pressure, problem solve in the moment, work at a fast pace when necessary, and foster a sense of community.

General Responsibilities:

  • answering telephones;
  • reviewing and following the daily studio schedule, and directing guests to the correct location;
  • welcoming students, families, faculty, renters, and all individuals upon entry;
  • responding to inquiries/issues or directing to staff;
  • identifying creative solutions when challenges arise;
  • monitoring arrivals and departures via the front door to the suite to maintain building security;
  • receiving and notifying supervisor of mail and/or packages;
  • maintaining an understanding of all in-studio technology;
  • managing adult class attendance;
  • monitoring compliance of Covid-19 protocols and procedures and addressing violations when necessary;
  • assisting supervisor with administrative and facility projects when requested.

Qualifications:

Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Zoom preferred.

Required Working Hours:
The Receptionist position has several shifts during the operating hours of the building from 9:00am-9:15pm Monday – Friday and 9:00am-3:00pm Saturday-Sunday. Candidates must have a minimum of 10 hours available during these timeframes.

Hourly Rate: $15/hour

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current resume
  3. List of three professional references

Return the above items via email to Pre-Ballet and Lower Division School Manager, Alex Schools for NW Position. Include RECEPTIONIST in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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Teaching Artist

Teaching Artist Position  

Department:  Community Engagement
Reports to:  Community Engagement Manager
Classification:  Contract Hire
Location: Washington, DC Metropolitan Area 

Scope 

The Washington Ballet seeks to assemble a team of Teaching Artists for our school and community programs that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. TWB’s programs impact students at every grade level and offers residencies in a variety of dance genres. We welcome candidates with a wide range of dance expertise and teaching experiences. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a passion for dance education, youth empowerment, and possess professional dance and teaching experience. Experience creating inclusive classroom environments and teaching in a classroom setting is a plus. Bilingual artists and individuals from traditionally under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  

General Responsibilities: 

  • Bringing the joy and artistry of dance to our community.  
  • Building confidence in learners of all ages through the art of dance.  
  • Teaching Dance DC residencies. 
  • Partnering with classroom teachers to creating arts integration lesson plans.  
  • Assisting with the development of TWB’s school programs curriculum.  
  • Teaching preshow workshops for student matinees.  
  • Teaching introductory dance workshops in the community.  
  • Facilitating demonstrations at Dance for All events.  
  • Assisting with Dance for All events.  
  • Representing The Washington Ballet in the community.  
  • Providing feedback to the Community Engagement Manager about school and community partners.  

Internal Contacts: 

Community Engagement Manager, The Washington School of Ballet Division Heads and School Manager, and Teaching Artists.   

External Contacts: 

School and community partners, teachers, students, and general public. 

Qualifications – Education and Experience 

  • Minimum two years of teaching experience. 
  • Expert knowledge of at least one dance genre.  

Professional and Technical Competencies: 

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet. 
  • Able to create a positive and inclusive learning environment. 
  • Classroom management strategies. 
  • Lesson planning using an objective and outcomes based approach. 
  • Choreography 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.  
  • Ability to get to schools and community partners independently and reliably.  
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills. 
  • Collaborate effectively with the community engagement team.  
  • Willingness to learn new things and eagerness to acquire new skills. 
  • Maintain positive and professional decorum in relations with others. 

Physical Demands: 

  • Must be able to transport self and teaching materials to class locations. 
  • Demonstrate and maintain a high level of technical proficiency and physical ability in your respective dance genre. 

Equipment Knowledge and Use: 

  • Portable music player and speakers  
  • Standard office equipment and software

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:  

The Washington Ballet is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Washington Ballet does not discriminate against employees or applications on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law. 

How to Apply: 

Send cover letter and resume to dwatsonbrown@washingtonballet.org with position title in subject line. 

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