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Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is the umbrella organization that supports the activities of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and the Ailey Extension. 

Please note: Application procedures for each position vary.  Please review for the particular position you desire.  We receive many requests and will do our best to promptly respond to all applicants.  Thank you for your interest in working with Alvin Ailey.

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
 

Audition for Professional Dancers

The internationally acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will hold auditions for professional dancers of all racial and ethnic backgrounds accomplished in modern, ballet, jazz, Horton and Dunham techniques.

Please bring headshot and resume/CV. Ballet slippers and jazz shoes are recommended. No pointe, tap or character shoes needed.

The Company is affiliated with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

Employment will commence Spring 2015.

Monday, April 27, 2015
Women: 10:00am
Men: 2:00pm

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 W. 55th Street (at 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019

 

Wardrobe Assistant, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Hailed as “cultural ambassador to the world” by the U.S. Congress, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is renowned for its stellar performances, high-caliber dance training, and innovative educational initiatives which reach nearly 500,000 people around the globe each year. Robert Battle recently took the helm as Artistic Director, ushering in an exciting new era in Ailey’s history.

We are seeking a full-time Wardrobe Assistant to carry out various duties with the wardrobe department. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) maintaining costumes, shoe painting, load-in and strike of costumes and supplies, preparing dressing rooms, quick changes and laundry, proficient in machine sewing (zippers, hemming, etc...).

Must be a team player, punctual, reliable and have strong organizational skills. This position requires extensive travel on annual domestic and international tours.

Note: The individual hired for this position will be required to join IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) and pay applicable fees if not already a member.

Send resume and cover letter to jaytescoop@yahoo.com, Jon Taylor, Wardrobe supervisor.

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

 

Executive Assistant to Executive Director

Hailed as “cultural ambassador to the world” by the U.S. Congress, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the New York City Center stage for its 43rd consecutive year. Renowned for stellar performances, high-caliber dance training and innovative educational initiatives, which reach nearly 50, 0000 people around the globe each year, The Company will present 39 performances during an exciting annual season that has become a joyous holiday tradition.

We are seeking a dedicated team member to join as Executive Assistant to The Executive Director (ED) providing administrative support to ensure the smooth operation and coordination between the ED’s office and various departments. The Executive Assistant will serve as a liaison between the ED and Board of Directors, manage special projects as needed, prepare materials and presentations and supervise a part-time assistant.

Responsibilities include:

  • Represent on behalf of the Executive Director (ED), attend and participate in meetings, activities, and events, take notes and follow up as needed.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors, providing follow-up on requests for information, reproduction of materials and documentation, the coordination and scheduling of meetings.
  • Organize and prioritize large volumes of information, calls and mail; fields and answer routine and non-routine questions.
  • Handle and process confidential and non-routine information.
  • Assist the ED in the management of his schedule, coordinate meetings, travel, departmental meetings, etc.
  • Draft and prepare general correspondence, expense reports, memos, charts, tables, graphs, business plans, presentations, etc.
  • Acts as project manager for special projects which may include the planning and coordination of multiple presentations, disseminating information or coordinating company-wide activities.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Attention to detail in composing, typing, proofing materials, establishing priorities, meeting deadlines, coordinating and scheduling meetings and follow-up. Work in a fast-paced environment, with a demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing tasks and demands.
  • Exercise significant tact and courtesy, in addition to maintaining confidentiality and constructive relationships, when working with the Board of Directors, staff, public, and other external parties.
  • Possess a thorough knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite of computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). Database management a plus.
  • Experience in a similar or comparable organization preferred.
  • Supervisory experience desirable.

Experience/Education:

  • B.A./B.S required. Masters in Arts Administration a plus.
  • Specific interest in dance a plus.

To apply for this position please submit the following to ExecAssistJob@alvinailey.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in this position at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and salary requirements
  • Contact information for two professional references

No phone calls please.

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established.

 

Development Associate, Institutional Giving

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is seeking a dedicated individual with government and foundation grant writing experience to join the Development Department, which raises more than $9M annually in support of the Ailey organization’s programs. Hailed as “cultural ambassador to the world” by the U.S. Congress, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is renowned for its stellar performances, high-caliber dance training, and innovative educational initiatives which reach nearly 500,000 people around the globe each year.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing government and foundation grant proposals, budgets, and reports;
  • Researching and identifying institutional funding prospects;
  • Raiser’s Edge and Excel data entry;
  • Coordinating and implementing mass mailings;
  • Writing general development materials such as newsletters, annual reports, and special campaign promotions; and,
  • General administrative tasks.

Required skills: The ideal candidate will enjoy working as a part of a team in a fast-paced, creative environment. The Development Associate, Institutional Giving must have:

  • Exceptionally strong business writing skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Attention to detail while maintaining speed and accuracy;
  • Experience designing and reporting on grant budgets;
  • Excellent proof-reading abilities;
  • Strong organizational skills; and
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.

Education/Experience: B.A. and knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Minimum 3 years of development experience preferred.

Benefits include: health/dental insurance, flexible spending account, 403(b) retirement plan, and commuter benefits

To apply for this position please submit the following to Devojobs@alvinailey.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in this position at Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and salary requirements
  • Brief writing sample
  • Contact information for two references

No Phone Calls Please

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

 

 

Production Associate Production (AAADT & Ailey II)


The Production Department for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, the training company of the Ailey School, is seeking a Production Associate to handle financial tasks and provide general support to the department.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Review and code invoices, payroll, and expense reports, with appropriate general ledger accounts; process weekly purchase orders
  • Issue invoices and track revenue payments
  • Assist with budgets and financial reports
  • Prepare and distribute royalty statements
  • Prepare domestic and foreign tax forms
  • Process payroll for part time employees
  • Assist with New York City Center Ailey II outreach
  • Manage comp ticket requests and mailing lists for Ailey II
  • Schedule production meetings
  • Handle mail for company members while on tour; prepare weekly mailings to the companies on tour
Required skills and experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree (in accounting or business a plus)
  • Professional experience in the business side of performing arts sector
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative, manage multiple tasks and succeed in a fast paced environment
  • Knowledge of Excel required
To apply for this position please submit the following to: Productionjobs@alvinailey.org and indicate Production Associate in the subject line:
  • Cover letter, resume and salary requirements
  • Contact information for two professional references

No Phone Calls Please

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

 

Assistant to The Ailey School Co-Director

Founded in 1969 by Alvin Ailey, The Ailey School is the official school of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Ailey School trains over 3,500 students from all over the world providing them with high-caliber instruction in a wide variety of techniques each year. Located in The Joan Weill Center for Dance in midtown Manhattan, the School boasts a faculty of over 75 dance professionals who are experts in their fields, 35 professional musicians, and a staff of dedicated administrators and advisors.

The Ailey School, is seeking a dedicated team member to join as Assistant to The Ailey School Co-Director. This full-time position assists the Co-Director of The Ailey School with daily duties and short and long-term projects, communicates internally with all School and foundation staff and externally with the general public on behalf of the Co-Director and represents him when appropriate.

Responsibilities include:

  • Respond to internal and external correspondence sent to the School Co-Director by mail and/or telephone. This includes composing letters and memoranda and distributing them appropriately.
  • Act as liaison, in person and on the telephone, between the School Co-Director, the general public, the School faculty, and staff.
  • Maintain accurate records and files as directed by the School Co-Director. Duties include but are not limited to drafting and distributing correspondence, telephone correspondence on the Co-Director’s behalf, and preparing, maintaining and distributing the Co-Director’s files, student records or other documents as appropriate.
  • Schedule appointments and maintain daily calendar for the School Co-Director.
  • Disseminate information internally regarding School programs, meetings, and special events and make arrangements for its distribution externally.
  • Plan and implement special long-term and short-term projects in conjunction with the School Co-Director.
  • Arrange travel and accommodations for multiple School representatives for the annual audition tour and other events.
  • Maintain extensive familiarity with all programs and operations of The Ailey School.
  • Take and distribute the minutes for School staff meetings, faculty and musician meetings, School Committee meetings and other meetings when requested.
  • Represent the School Co-Director within the Ailey organization and externally when requested.
  • Assist with coordination of the annual Fall Fest and Global Harmony concerts; overseeing the student adjudication process, organizing student showings, and assisting with performances, and concert programs.
  • Organize receptions for School events. Responsibilities include preparation of reception passes, organizing catering and decorations, and being on-site for the duration of the reception, including preparation and clean-up.
  • Prepare the Co-Director’s monthly expense report.
  • Manage and reserve studio space for students that have approved School-related projects.
  • Coordinate and compile all program information for all School performances held throughout the year.
Skills/Qualifications:
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and succeed within fast-paced work environment.
  • Knowledge of data management systems required— Raiser’s Edge and Excel preferred.
Experience/Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or three-five years administrative experience in a nonprofit sector a plus.
To apply for this position please submit the following to Aileyschooljobs@alvinailey.org:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in this position at Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and salary requirements
  • Contact information for two professional references
No phone calls please.

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

 

 

 

Part-Time Positions


Part-Time Financial Assistant, The Ailey Extension

We are seeking a Financial Assistant to manage the information and finances for the Ailey Extension. Information management includes: processing contracts and invoices; tracking accounts payable and accounts receivable; overseeing weekly payroll; budget creation and management; tracking statistics and financial report preparation, managing data for clients, teachers, musicians, vendors, and part time staff; and cash flow projections and various financial tasks/special projects.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Responsible for managing accounts receivable and payable for the department, including generating invoices and processing purchase orders
    • Complete workshop sales—earnings statements, overview, and analysis
    • Discuss and resolve invoices with vendors/employees when required
    • Locate and rectify accounting issues and errors including interdepartmental accounts
  • Prepare weekly payroll and accounts payable; and reviews monthly income/expense general ledger reports and cash flow projection tracking
  • Financial report preparation
    • Allocation
    • Trend
    • Expired key tag
    • Group visits historical overview assistance
    • FY comparisons
    • Workshop Sales
    • Client Retention, Attendance Analysis, Client Type Reports
    • Scheduling Reports, Space Allocation
  • Oversee and resolve financial/retail issues for desk staff
  • Tracks fees charged to clients and fees paid to artists; works with Director on program pricing
  • Assist with Annual Audit—supplementary information and reports as requested
  • Oversees data-entry and information management for the Ailey Extension Department
  • Responsible for streamlining processes for efficiently gathering and managing data and information, including daily sales reconciliations, account payables for 1099 employees and workshop expense, vendor information, invoice files, fiscal files, and new-hire paperwork in order to gather and track data

Required Skills:
  • Strong communication skills with assertive and perceptive communication style
  • Extremely organized self-starter with the ability to detect discrepancies
  • Proficient in Excel, Microsoft office and QuickBooks (preferred)
  • Experience with Accounts Receivable and Payroll preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills
  • High School Diploma required
  • Bachelor’s degree with two years of related financial/office experience required
To apply for this position please submit the following to finadminjobs@alvinailey.org and indicate Financial Analyst Extension in the subject line:
  • Cover letter, resume and salary requirements
  • Contact information for two references

No Phone Calls Please

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


 

Part-Time Financial Assistant, Studio & Theater Operations
 

The Joan Weill Center for Dance has multiple rental spaces for events of every size:

The Ailey Studios can hold a maximum of 250 people and the space can be used for rehearsals, events, musical videos and more.

The Ailey Citigroup Theater’s maximum seating capacity is 275 seats and Ailey Citigroup Theater technicians, LightBoard Operator, Sound Engineer and rental representatives assist and provide recommendations for hiring additional staff & crew. The Ailey Citigroup Theater has an area that serves as a box office on the Performance Entry level for use before performances.

The Rentals department is seeking a Financial Assistant to manage the departments’ information and finances, process accounts payable and receivable and input weekly payroll, creation of budget reports and analysis.

Required Skills:

  • Strong communication skills with assertive and perceptive communication style
  • Extremely organized self-starter with the ability to detect discrepancies
  • Proficient in Excel, Microsoft office and QuickBooks (preferred)
  • Experience with Accounts Receivable and Payroll preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills
  • Bachelor’s degree with two years of related financial/office experience required
To apply for this position please submit the following to finadminjobs@alvinailey.org and indicate Financial Analyst Rentals in the subject line:
  • Cover letter, resume and salary requirements
  • Contact information for two references

No Phone Calls Please

lvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
 

 

Interns & Volunteer Positions

From time to time, the Foundation is able to extend rewarding internship opportunities to outstanding candidates. Please know that we are not able to offer a stipend, housing, or any other type of compensation; we do work with schools so that interns can receive academic credit and all interns and volunteers are able to take classes at the Ailey Extension at no charge. In the past, we have had high school, college and graduate student interns and we have been able to offer experiences in Marketing, Development, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs, Finance, Information Technology, Production, and The Ailey Extension.  At times we also need help from volunteers. 

Current intern and volunteer postings