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General Employment

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.

Chief Development Officer

Lindauer, a global search and talent firm, has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of The Washington Ballet. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit, in confidence, a resume and cover letter. Communications, nominations, applications, and inquiries concerning this search should be directed to Carmel Napolitano, Vice President at cnapolitano@lindauerglobal.com, or Andrew Machado, Consultant at amachado@lindauerglobal.com.

Detailed Prospectus

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Chief Development Officer

Chief Development Officer

Department: Development
Reports to: Managing Director
Classification: Full-time
Location: Washington, DC

Scope:
The Washington Ballet seeks a visionary leader for the role of Chief Development Officer. This is an exciting opportunity to oversee and elevate TWB’s philanthropy in anticipation of a capital campaign that will change the trajectory of the company and school. The CDO will serve as the principal philanthropy officer and will be responsible for managing and growing its thriving development program.

The ideal candidate must possess a track record of raising major gifts, be a superior communicator, and have an energetic spirit. It will be important for the CDO to work collaboratively and diplomatically with staff and volunteers to support TWB’s mission.

Detailed Prospectus


To apply, interested candidates should send the following items:

Lindauer, a global search and talent firm, has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of The Washington Ballet. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit, in confidence, a resume and cover letter. Communications, nominations, applications, and inquiries concerning this search should be directed to Carmel Napolitano, Vice President at cnapolitano@lindauerglobal.com, or Andrew Machado, Consultant at amachado@lindauerglobal.com.

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Properties Manager

Properties Manager

Department: Artistic Operations 
Position Title: Properties Manager
Reports to: Director of Production 
Classification: Full – Time, Seasonal
Location: Washington, DC 

Submit cover letter, resume, and references to:  Production@washingtonballet.org  

Please put the words PROPERTIES MANAGER in the subject line of the-mail, or 

By mail:   

Washington Ballet, Production Department, 3515 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  

Properties Manager provides properties as related to the artistic needs of the show(s) and practical offstage elements while in the theater; manages all properties department duties 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 

  • Communication with the Stage Manager regarding prop needs in rehearsal and performance 
  • Preparation, maintenance, and repair of TWB and 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 and inventories of dance floor, spike tape, floor cleaning supply, dancer amenities, and other items as needed 
  • Attendance at studio rehearsals as needed for supervision of, and hands on movement of props to support rehearsals, checking accuracy of run sheets, 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 Director of Production 
  • Oversee rental and storage of props for TWB owned productions 
  • Other duties as assigned  

AT A 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 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 
  • Set up dancer amenities such as water cooler and cups, 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 
  • Set up orchestra pit and studios sessions with music stands, risers, conductor lectern, and podium, as well as assisting musicians with large instruments 
  • Check “Pit Plot” for accuracy and viability prior to load-in 
  • Serving as an assistant to the Production Carpenter 
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Director of Production 

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 and cues in rehearsal and performance 
  • Maintain dancer amenities as needed 
  • Track and assist with all props presets and live moves as needed 
  • Check for missing and broken props and make repairs as needed 

AT LOAD OUT 

  • Reverse the duties and procedures detailed within this description above 

INTERNAL CONTACTS: 

Director of Production, Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, Ballet Masters, Stage Manager, Wardrobe Team, Production Carpenter, Production Electrician, Lighting Supervisor, General Manager – Washington School of Ballet, 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 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in technical and production management 
  • Strong commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 
  • Ballet or dance technical experience 
  • Touring experience 
  • Experience working in venues covered by a union contract 
  • Bachelor’s Degree (encouraged, not required) 

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 live performance/creative environment with overlapping priorities and deadlines 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: 

  • The ability to lift 50lbs, have a good sense of humor, the composure to work among and with union stagehands, and with 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 and 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 

The position is represented by a contract between The Washington Ballet and IATSE Local 22, and under the Union Security Clause, will require membership in IATSE Local 22 after 240 worked hours.  

Union membership is not a requirement for application. 

The Washington Ballet is an equal opportunity employer 

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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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