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The Washington Ballet’s Company and Studio Company seeks classically trained dancers.

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General Employment

The Washington Ballet is currently accepting applications for the following positions. For details of each position, click on the left side menu tabs below. 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 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.

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Properties Master

Properties Master

Department: Artistic Operations
Position Title: Properties Master
Reports to: Production Manager
Classification: Full Time, Seasonal – about 31 weeks/yr.
Location: Washington, DC

General Description:

Properties Master provides properties as related to the artistic needs of the show(s) and practical offstage elements while in the theater; manages properties for the productions in current repertoire and the creation of new productions; oversees properties for the co-productions and the company’s production rentals.

Responsibilities:

PRE-PRODUCTION

  • Preparation, maintenance, and repair of TWB & rental props for use in rehearsals and performance
  • Acquisition of props as needed for rehearsal and performance
  • Packing props for delivery to rehearsal studios and venues
  • Maintenance of inventory of floor and spike tape, floor cleaning supply, dancer amenities, and other items as needed
  • Attendance at studio rehearsals as needed for supervision and hands on execution of props presets, run of rehearsal details, and cleanup
  • Supervision of and/or hands on truck loading and unloading at TWB warehouse, studios, theaters, and other facilities
  • Assisting the Production Carpenter as well as other tasks assigned by the Production Manager
  • Oversee production rental and storage of TWB owned productions and costumes, including creation and maintenance of rental contracts
  • Other duties as assigned

VENUE

Supervision of and/or hands on:

  • Truck loading and unloading at the venue
  • Receiving all Props, Barres, Dance Floor, dancer amenities, and other prop items
  • Receiving and distribution of all wardrobe boxes
  • Installation, cleaning, and spiking of dance vinyl floor (marley)
  • Organization and set up of Props, Barres, rehearsal keyboard and other items as required; including but not limited to loading snow/petal bags and ground cloths
  • Provide tables and chairs to each department as needed
  • Unpack and set dancer amenities as needed (to include water cooler and cups, onstage dancer tissues, rosin boxes, etc.)
  • Coordinate and work with other departments regarding the reloading of storage trailers as well as storing non-performance items in the venue space
  • Establish orchestra pit and studios sessions with music stands, risers, conductor lectern, & podium as well as assisting musicians with large instruments (e.g. harp and percussion)
  • Work with Music Supervisor to create a Pit Plot to be submitted to each venue prior to load-in
  • Serving as an assistant to the Production Carpenter
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Production Manager

REHEARSALS & RUN OF SHOW

Supervision of and/or hands on:

  • Pre-class/performance sweep and mop
  • Continual maintenance of a clean and safe floor both on and off stage
  • Check/refresh all spikes as needed
  • Check/repair floor seams as needed
  • Set stage for class/warm up with barres and keyboard or upright piano
  • Run props presets & cues in rehearsal and performance
  • Replenish dancer amenities as needed (to include water cooler and cups, onstage dancer tissues, rosin boxes, etc.)
  • Track and assist with all props presets and live moves as needed
  • Check for missing and broken props; repairs as needed
  • Intermission moves may include: prepare for the next act, sweep (snow recycle), damp mop (if needed), pit maintenance

LOAD OUT

  • Reverse of load in

Internal Contacts:

Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, General Manager, Production Manager, Assistant Production Manager, Stage Manager, Head of Wardrobe, Production Carpenter, Production Electrician, Head of School, Director of School Operations, Head of Facilities, Music Supervisor, Company Dancers, Company Pianists, School Staff and others as needed

External Contacts:

Constituents, representatives of other arts organizations, artists, company guests, members of the general public, stagehands, venue representatives, vendors

Positions Supervised:

Over Hire Technicians, Venue Stagehands, and others as assigned

Qualifications:

REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s Degree, ideally with dance experience
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in technical and production management
  • Strong commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

PREFERRED

  • Ballet experience strongly preferred
  • Touring experience preferred
  • Experience working in a unionized environment

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES

  • Understanding of the production process in a ballet company
  • Ability to align departmental work with the overarching artistic goals of the institution
  • Ability to foster a safe, collaborative, respectful, and energized work environment
  • Ability to think creatively – develop, design and implement new ideas, systems, relationships
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with supervisors, peers, and subordinates
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment with multiple and competing priorities and deadlines

Other Considerations:

  • The ability to lift 50lbs, have a good sense of humor, and the composure to work among and with unionized stagehands and children are assets deemed essential to the execution of responsibilities
  • The tasks associated with assisting the Production Carpenter require knowledge of scenery assembly (not construction) and an understanding of rigging basics. This is not a Riggers position and certification is not required
  • A valid Driver’s License & the ability to drive trucks (for local use only) up to 25’ in length is considered a “plus”
  • All production staff support the professional performing company and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Finalist candidates will be expected to undergo a background check at the expense of TWB

To apply please send resume & cover letter to resumes@washingtonballet.org

Please put the words PROPERTIES MASTER in the title block of the-mail

The position is represented by the contract between The Washington Ballet and IATSE Local 22

Union membership is not a requirement for application

The Washington Ballet is an equal opportunity employer

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Pre Ballet and Lower Division Teacher

Pre Ballet and Lower Division Teacher (Levels 1A, 1B)


Department:
Pre-Ballet Division/Lower Division
Position Title: Teacher
Reports to: Pre-Ballet Division Head/Lower Division Head
Classification: Part Time
Location: TWSB NW Campus

The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) is in search of a well-qualified teacher to teach in our year round and summer programs. Candidates should have 2+ years of dance instruction experience with young children ages 4-9. We prefer applicants with an extensive dance background, degree in elementary or early childhood education, or professional equivalency.

If interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Kristy Windom at kwindom@washingtonballet.org

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Custodial Staff

Custodial Staff

Custodial Staff – Flooring Maintenance
Reports to:
Director of Facilities
Classification: Part-Time, Non-Exempt
Location: Washington, DC

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Custodial Worker will assist the Director of Facilities in the maintenance operations of the building. This position will focus mainly on the upkeep of studio flooring, and facilities relating to the professional dance company. Under the supervision of the Director of Facilities, they will provide daily maintenance to studio floors, barres, locker rooms, and ancillary spaces used by TWB’s company of dancers. This role will work 5 hours per day, during the evenings, in order to restore the facilities to a clean and healthy workplace for TWB’s dancers.

SALARY RANGE:

$18 per hour

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Ability to understand and follow safety procedures.
  • Ability to operate vacuums and other related equipment.
  • Ability to safely use cleaning equipment and supplies.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.
  • Ability to lift and manipulate heavy objects.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to understand written and verbal communications.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:

  • Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

PREFERRED:

  • Prior experience working with marley floors (ballet-specific).

To apply, please send resume & cover letter to resumes@washingtonballet.org

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Internships: Development, Marketing, and Special Events

Internships: Development, Marketing, & Special Events

Development Internship

Department: Development
Internship Title: Development Intern (DI)
Reports to: Director of Development
Classification: Internship 15-20 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. A small stipend is available.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains files and general office duties
  • Assists with daily tasks as requested by DOD
  • Researches Corporate and Individual Prospects for Institutional and Individual Giving
  • Assists in season mailings for Individual Giving, Institutional Giving and Special Events
  • Prepares for TWB 2016.2017 season Appeals
  • Assists with Grants and Corporate Proposals

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled or recently completed coursework in arts administration or related field of study
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • 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

Evaluation Procedure: Evaluation is ongoing. Weekly communication between the DOD about Development Department activities allows for alterations if the interests of the intern or the needs of 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: Director of Development, Major Gifts Officer, 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

Physical Demands:

  • Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required
  • Must be able to sit and stand for prolonged periods

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • Dase systems
  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment
  • Excel and Microsoft Word

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to resumes@washingtonballet.org

 

Marketing and Communications Internship

Department: Marketing and Communications
Internship Title: Marketing Intern (MI)
Reports to: Associate Director of Marketing
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 while providing experience within the non-profit/performing arts sector.

Duties and Responsibilities

Marketing and Public Relations

  • Work with team to build relationships with local cultural organizations, retailers, hotels, restaurants, salons and other appropriate businesses to secure creative cross-promotions. Distribute to flyers to establishments to promote performances.
  • Assisting with social media content creation, metrics and reporting
  • Assist with digital asset management and TWB photography archiving and organization
  • Media relations and industry research
  • Assist with the organization of photography and Playbill archives
  • Assist with press files
  • Other projects as assigned

Retail Marketing

  • Research products for season shows, special events, and gifts
  • Help manage physical inventory and merchandise
  • Manage shop supply inventory monthly (shipping supplies, shopping bags, tickets)
  • Assist with fulfillment of orders and internal transfers
  • Occasional assistance in staffing  and merchandise shop at events

Ticketing

  • Assist in managing the group sales database
  • Assist Group Sales Manager with seating charts, group sales contracts, mailings
  • Assist with order fulfillment
  • Follow up with groups that have attended a performance to see how their experience was
  • Other projects as assigned

Qualifications 

  • Currently enrolled or recently completed coursework in arts administration or related field of study
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, a high level of self-motivation, professionalism, creativity, and a love for the arts encouraged
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills
  • Strong online and offline research skills
  • Knowledge of relevant social media tools and platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor or company director
  • Works independently and as part of team
  • Previous internal or external customer service preferred

Evaluation Procedure: Evaluation is ongoing. 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:

Administrative and Artistic Staff

External Contacts:

Board members, constituents, members of the general public

Positions Supervised: N/A

Physical Demands:

  • May be required to lift and move up to 30lbs
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to resumes@washingtonballet,org

Special Events Internship

Department: Development
Internship Title: Special Events Internship
Reports to: Special Events Manager
Classification: Internship 21-24 hours per week
Availability: September – December. Intern must be available on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Duration of the internship is 12 weeks with flexible start and end dates

Scope:

Work behind the scenes in Special Events at The Washington Ballet. Assist with the daily planning, logistics, coordination and execution of TWB’s major fundraising events that help raise $1.5 million annually. Major events include The Nutcracker Tea Party, Opening Night Reception, Beer Ballet & Bubbly and more! You will also join in on the excitement of hosting private events for our many dedicated supporters.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate set-up and on-site registration at events
  • Assist with event invitation and RSVP process by managing information in the donor database
  • Execute membership fulfillment and cultivation events
  • Interact with donors, prospects, volunteers and board members on the phone, through email and on-site at events
  • Other projects include planning silent auctions, members-only trips, marketing/outreach efforts for large events and industry research

Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Previous event experience preferred
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor
  • Works independently and as part of team
  • Currently enrolled or recently completed coursework in the arts, arts administration or related field of study is preferred

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

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to resumes@washingtonballet.org

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