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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.
 

 

Director of Major Gifts

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, one of the world’s premier dance institutions, seeks a motivated and personable team player to strategically lead the organization’s major gifts efforts. Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is a nonprofit organization comprised of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, and Ailey’s Arts in Education Programs.

The organization’s mission is to further the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey by establishing an extended cultural community which provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. As important as its artistic and educational mission, the Ailey organization plays a social role, using the beauty and humanity of the African American heritage and other cultures to inspire and unite people of all races, ages and back grounds.

Named “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” by a United States Congressional Resolution, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater numbers 31 of the most talented dancers in the world, and its diverse repertory is unparalleled in modern dance. A typical season includes engagements in its home base of New York City: 5 weeks each winter at New York City Center and 2 weeks each spring at Lincoln Center, a 20 city United States tour and extensive international touring. Annually, nearly 500,000 people experience Ailey performances and programs.

A multifaceted organization, the Ailey family also encompasses Ailey II, a second company dedicated to the development of young artists and community outreach; The Ailey School, a world-class dance academy which provides instruction to a diverse group of students aged 3-25; and Ailey Arts in Education and Community Programs which provide young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds the opportunity to explore dance, build self-esteem and develop life skills.

The Director of Major Gifts must be a dynamic and strategic leader with a proven track record of working directly with top donors identifying, securing, and stewarding major gifts. The Director will lead the planning and implementation of the major gifts program and oversee Ailey’s Artistic Director’s Circle.

Successful candidates will have 7+ years of senior-level fundraising experience, demonstrated their ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and have a knowledge and appreciation for dance. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Director of Major Gifts will work closely with the Board of Directors, Executive Director, Artistic Director, and colleagues across the Ailey organization.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Growing the major gifts program to support Ailey’s diverse artistic and educational programs by identifying, evaluating and cultivating prospects, soliciting and securing gifts, and stewarding donors
  • Expanding the Artistic Director’s Circle
  • Work closely with the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director, the Artistic Director, the Senior Director of Development and colleagues from across the Development Department and the organization to create and execute clear and comprehensive individual giving plans
  • Leverage Ailey’s New York and tour engagements to advance organizational initiatives and cultivate and steward donors
  • Create exciting and interesting cultivation events and opportunities to engage individual donors
  • Develop a pipeline of prospects for the Artistic Director’s Circle and major gifts
  • Develop and promote highly visible donor recognition programs
Skills/Qualifications
  • Understanding of how to create and implement major gift fundraising initiatives, grow high-level donor giving circles, knowledge of capital and special campaigns and planned giving programs is a plus
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Excellent judgment and the ability to lead, work independently, and as a member of a team
  • Mature and highly organized, pays close attention to detail, ability to establish objectives, clearly articulate plans, set and meet deadlines, and to “multi-task” in a fast-paced and goal oriented environment
  • Knowledge of dance, performing arts, and cultural organizations
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and to be available for Ailey’s New York City Center and Lincoln Center seasons, work evenings and weekends and travel as needed
  • Experience with donor databases Raiser’s Edge preferred
  • Knowledge of prospect research tools and best practices for non-profit organizations
Experience/Education
  • Seven plus years of experience working in a multi-faceted fundraising office in a senior role
  • Preferable candidates will have experience working with individual donors and an understanding of how to best incorporate special events into giving programs
  • Experience working with performing arts and cultural organizations and a knowledge of New York City’s philanthropic circles is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required/Master’s Degree preferred
To apply for this position please send the following to devojobs@alvinailey.org and indicate Director of Major Gifts in the subject line:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in this position at Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and salary requirements
  • Contact information for two references
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.

 

 

Development Assistant, Individual Giving

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is seeking a Development Assistant, Individual Giving. This position offers a dedicated individual the opportunity to join a collaborative team, which raises $9.5M annually in support of all of the Ailey organization’s programs, including new works, scholarships for young dancers, and innovative outreach programming.

Responsibilities include the following:
Annual Giving
  • Assist in the planning and development of materials for national multi-platform acquisition campaigns
  • Prepare annual giving materials, including renewals & benefit fulfillment activities
  • Support the planning and execution of The Ailey School’s Parents Annual Fund
  • Provide customer service to current and potential donors
  • Assist with general departmental tasks i.e. cultivation events and mass mailings
Research
  • Support Individual Giving, Major Gifts, and Special Campaign teams through timely and comprehensive donor research
  • Identify donor prospects from ticket buyer lists, name collections, and other sources
  • Assist in appropriately and efficiently transitioning donors up the giving pipeline
Data Management
  • Maintain correct and accessible data for donor records
  • Interface with website and publications team to ensure accurate donor recognition
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 experience in nonprofit sector
To apply for this position please submit the following to Devojobs@alvinailey.org and indicate Development Assistant, Individual Giving in the subject line:
  • 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.

 



School Administrator, The Ailey School

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 School Administrator. In the role of School Administrator this dedicated individual will handle the following:

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervise the daily operations of the School in conjunction with other school staff members, including studio space issues and faculty and/or musicians’ needs.
  • Serve as a liaison between school staff, faculty, musicians, and AADF departments by disseminating information pertaining to school policy/procedures and daily operational changes and information.
  • Input the studio schedule each term and maintains all updates and changes in the MindBody software, including inputting teacher/faculty changes and substitutions, studio changes, cancelled classes, holidays and special requests.
  • Work closely with the Rentals and Extension departments on scheduling the building’s 12 studios.
  • Serve as staff supervisor for the School’s accompanists which includes scheduling their classes each semester, conducting evaluations, inputting and approving substitutions and informing them of pertinent school information.
  • In conjunction with other staff members of the Ailey organization coordinate all logistical arrangements for special events including but not limited to school performances, studio performances/showings,receptions and faculty meetings.
  • Input and maintain online registration for both Junior and Professional Divisions.
  • Schedule requests from school faculty, staff, musicians and students for Ailey related studio space needs.
  • In conjunction with the School Directors coordinate rehearsal days, times, and space for all guest choreographer workshops and serve as the liaison for the choreographers on any space concerns.
  • Schedule and coordinate daily with the Rentals department and Extension Program studio availability and changes.
  • Schedule tuning and repair of all pianos. Communicate requests from musicians to the piano tuner as needed.
  • Maintain and update musician master schedule and hard copy of the school class schedule each semester to be used for the scheduling of students by the Faculty Advisors and for general office use and maintain online Faculty and Musician Bulletin Board.
  • Disseminate and receive availability forms from all Faculty and Musicians in order to create schedules for the term and send final schedule to all Faculty and Musicians after school Directors have made final schedule assignments.
  • Work closely with The School Business Manager each August to mail out offer letters, schedules, policies and procedures to all Faculty and Musicians.
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 experience in a nonprofit sector
To apply for this position please submit the following to Aileyschooljobs@alvinailey.org and indicate School Administrator in the subject line:
  • 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 (20 hours per week) Business Office Assistant – The Ailey School

The Ailey School, one of the world’s premier dance institutions, is seeking a motivated, customer service oriented and detail oriented team player to work in The Ailey School’s Business Office. The Ailey School, one of the nation’s preeminent dance training institutions, enrolls more than 1500 students annually. The Business Office Assistant will report to the Business Manager and be responsible for supporting the daily administrative duties for the school’s Bursar and Business Manager.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Answer phone and emails for questions about tuition payments for the school’s Professional Division, First Steps and Junior Division Programs.
  • Assist with the processing of payments for enrolling students in all of the school’s programs.
  • Assist with the management of payment plans and follow-up with past due accounts.
  • Assist with managing accurate entries into student billing – charges, payments, credits, financial aid and adjustments.
  • Send receipts and confirmation of payments.
  • Accept payments by phone and in person.
  • Assist with payroll, payroll check distribution, and monthly payroll reconciliation and payroll errors.
  • Assist with accounts payable and receivables.
  • Assist with student Housing payment processing and posting. Follow-up with past due accounts.
  • Assist with school statistical reporting.
  • Assist with school’s human resource function – Processing new hire forms and associated ID, paid sick leave tracking, updating employee contact information.
  • Special projects as needed.
Skills/Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree with experience in bookkeeping and data entry.
  • Prior experience in an arts related organization or school.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal, verbal, and written skills; with a pleasant telephone manner and a clear email communication style.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines and the ability to handle confidential information.
  • Must have strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, student billing and database experience.
  • Must be a willing and flexible team player, showing initiative to do what needs to be done to get the job done.
To apply for this position please submit the following to Aileyschooljobs@alvinailey.org and indicate P/T Business Office Assistant in the subject line:
  • Resume in PDF format
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in this position
  • 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 Receptionist

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 and we are seeking self-motivated, well-organized and personable team players for Part time Receptionist positions.

Essential Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Senior Receptionist, part time receptionists will serve as Ailey ambassadors charged with making a positive impact on customer relations. As the communication hub for the entire organization responsibilities for this position include:
  • Answer phones in a professional manner, provide company information in detail, route calls to the correct person/department and page colleagues as needed
  • Greet guests, students and faculty in a courteous manner
  • Help maintain the conference room calendar
  • Assist with miscellaneous administrative tasks and organization projects as assigned

Required:

The ideal candidates will have:
  • Prior customer service experience
  • Exceptional telephone and organizational skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • A team player with a can-do attitude and the ability to work well under pressure
  • Knowledge of the Ailey organization is a plus
  • Must be available for a minimum of 18 hours per week, including one weekend shift
To apply for this position please submit the following to finadminjobs@alvinailey.org and indicate Part-time Receptionist in the subject line:
  • Cover letter and resume
  • 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 Development Seasonal Assistant (20-30 hours/week)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is seeking part-time administrative help in the Development department during September 2014 –January 2015. This position offers an opportunity to join a collaborative team, which raises $9.5M annually in support of all of the Ailey organization’s programs, including new works, scholarships for young dancers, and innovative outreach programming.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Excel and Raiser’s Edge data entry, assistance with mailings, confirmation phone calls, ticketing reports and other general office duties. 
Ideal candidate will be a self-motivated and energetic individual with a keen eye for detail and strong organizational skills.

Skills/Qualifications:
  • Self-motivated, energetic, keen eye for detail and strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work 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 experience in a nonprofit sector
To apply for this position please submit the following to Devojobs@alvinailey.org and in the subject line include Development Seasonal Assistant:
  • 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.

 

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