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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.

 

Ailey II Lighting and Sound Supervisor

Ailey II, the junior company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is seeking a dynamic and dedicated Lighting and Sound Supervisor. This position is responsible for all lighting and sound elements of Ailey II domestic and international tours, performances, outreach programs, and special events. The Lighting and Sound Supervisor will be responsible for recreating the lighting and sound designs for all performances. This position will report to Ailey II Company Manager.

The ideal candidate will possess strong communication, time management skills and interpersonal skills. He/she must demonstrate a dedicated work ethic and must be willing and able to carry out duties as needed and required to ensure a safe and positive environment for the dancers. He/ she must have the ability to adapt to a wide range of venue types and technical capabilities and ensure the highest quality lighting and sound possible with the resources available. He/she must demonstrate a history of successful team-work in a small work group environment where mutual support, flexibility and trust are key factors of a productive and friendly work environment.  Prior experience in a similar position is required. Position to be filled immediately.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicate all lighting and sound details to Stage Manager and Company Manager.
  • Work with choreographers, lighting designers and composers to deliver their artistic vision with the resources available.
  • Participate in truck pack and unpack at warehouse and all performance venues


Lighting:

  • Prepare and maintain repertory lighting plots, and associated paperwork for all performance engagements necessary such as but not limited to: plans, sections, focus charts, instrument schedules, channel hookups, magic sheets, line set schedules, rental shop orders
  • Operate lighting consoles when necessary (ETC Express, ION, EOS, Strand 520i)
  • Coordinate and manage lighting plot based on programming needs of each individual venue/or performance.
  • Coordinate hang and call focus of light plot with local crew.
  • Maintain and create CAD (Vectorworks) files and drawings for all production related items (e.g. lighting plots, line schedule, lightwright hookups, ground plans, elevations, sections, color change books)                                
  • Create lighting tracking sheets, ballet info sheets and detailed focus charts for all new works.
  • Create and maintain lighting show files for each touring season.                                                                                                  
  • Develop and maintain important relationships with associated vendors.
  • Develop and maintain high level of quality and aesthetic of lighting designs.
  • Make adjustments to lighting designs based on venue challenges with full understanding of choreographer and designer’s vision.

    
Sound:

  • Create, maintain and program QLAB sound files for active Ailey II repertory.
  • Create and maintain performance quality audio library all ballets
  • Coordinate and supervise set up of sound systems for performance including monitors for the dancers and sound check for all performances.
  • Operate sound equipment when necessary, including audio consoles.
  • Facilitate setup of performance and communication systems including; headsets & paging system. Manage portable sound system for rehearsals and class


Required skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of four years of live theater, touring dance, concerts, and/or production experience
  • Functional competencies in use and operation of production lighting and sound equipment
  • Computer skills: Mac OS X, Windows OS, MS Office, Vectorworks 14, Lightwright 5, ETC offline and console programming software, moving light programming knowledge, AVID Protools, QLab, and Digital Sound Consoles
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work graciously in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to work with diplomacy and tact
  • Experience working with the stagehands in union and non union environments
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 30 lbs
  • Valid Passport and Drivers License


To apply for this position, please submit a resume with two references and a cover letter to productionjobs@alvinailey.org. Indicate Ailey II Lighting and Sound Supervisor in the subject line.

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.

 


Grant Writer

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, one of the world’s premier dance institutions, seeks an experienced and motivated Grant Writer to join the Development Team. 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 Grant Writer must possess exceptional writing and proof reading skills and the ability to manage multiple projects while maintaining deadlines. Successful candidates will also have experience working with major foundations and corporate grant programs.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • writing grant proposals and reports for foundation and corporate funders
  • coordinating budgets with finance and arts in education departments as they relate to proposals and reports
  • researching and identifying prospective funders
  • assisting in developing cultivation materials
  • coordinating and implementing mass mailings (including complex mail merges)
  • general administrative tasks


Skills/Qualifications: Ideal candidates will possess:  

  • exceptionally strong writing skills
  • the 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


Experience/Education:  

  • 3+ years of professional grant writing experience preferred and B.A. (M.A. preferred)
  • high-comfort with the Microsoft Office Suite, strong knowledge of Raiser’s Edge
  • experience working for a major cultural organization in New York City


Start date:  Immediate

Compensation: Competitive salary with full benefits

To apply for this position please send the following to devojobs@alvinailey.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in this position at Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. 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.


 

Junior Division Program Associate

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.

The Ailey School, whose mission is to make dance accessible to young people and adults through dance training and innovative community outreach and arts-in-education programs, is seeking a full-time Program Associate to serve in a dual role to support the Junior Division Program & the Professional Performing Arts Program (PPAS) as follows: Tuesday–Friday 10:00am -6:00pm & Saturday 8:30am -4:30pm and Sunday hours may be required.

Responsibilities include:

The Junior Division Program Associate performs all duties required for day to day administrative operation and overall function of the The Ailey School’s Junior Division. The JD Program Associate provides administrative assistance for the Junior Division Director.  The JD Program Associate may also function in the capacity of JD attendance coordinator. Strong written, oral communication, and computer skills as well as the ability to prioritize tasks are required. Should be adept at dealing with the general public and have an interest in children and the arts.

Admissions

  • Answer inquiries for prospective parents and students
  • Send information to prospective parents and students
  • Answer and field general phone calls
  • Process enrollment paper work
  • Assists with auditions and orientations

Registration

  • Troubleshoot problems during registration process
  • Track payment of registration fees
  • Data entry for student records and class schedules
  • Generate and distribute Student ID’s
  • Assists with evaluation process

Attendance Records

  • Works closely with faculty to review and maintain attendance records for all classes
  • Generate attendance and demographic reports
  • Notify parents of excessive absences
  • Monitor student activity upon arrival and departure in building

Production

  • Liaison with School Production Coordinator for Ticket Sales
  • Supervise students during performances in green room
  • Serves as JD liaison to IT department
  • Assist with JD Special Projects

Customer Service

  • Provides frontline responses to parents and students
  • Answers all phone calls,  JD voicemails and emails; fields calls and emails as needed

Primary Objectives of the Junior Division Program Associate:

  • To provide administrative support for Junior Division operations
  • To effectively communicate practices and educational standards of Junior Division programs to interested parties- Must maintain a working knowledge of JD Program progression and policies.
  • To provide front line  customer service with a high level of professionalism to parent and student clientele
  • To provide constructive feedback on administrative best practices and implement solutions for challenges

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and succeed within fast-paced work environment
  • Highly attentive to detail
  • Advanced computer skills, particularly software knowledge (Microsoft Office suite, database-driven systems)
  • Strong customer service skills required for on-going interaction with parents and students.

Experience/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Three to five years’ experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Must be technology savvy; experience with Blackbaud educational products (e.g., Education Edge) preferred.
  • Experience with high volume scheduling preferred.

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.


 

Director of Special Events

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, one of the world’s premier dance institutions, seeks an energetic, motivated, and personable team player to plan and execute major fundraising and cultivation events throughout the year. 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 Special Events must be a dynamic and strategic leader with a proven track record of working closely with volunteer leadership to successfully reach (and exceed) the financial goals for major fundraising events. The Director will lead the planning and execution of three major galas as well as a full schedule of cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year.

Successful candidates will have 8+ years of senior-level experience in event management, including experience working on large scale fundraising events. The Director of Special Events will have a mature disposition, an 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 Special Events supervises two positions and 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:

  • Oversee the organization, planning and execution of a minimum of three gala events: Opening Night Gala, New York City Center; Washington DC Gala, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Ailey Spirit Gala, David H. Koch Theater
  • Work closely with the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director, the Artistic Director, volunteer leadership, the Senior Director of Development and colleagues from across the organization to ensure that gala fundraising goals are met or exceeded
  • Organize and supervise a full schedule of cultivation and stewardship events including: seated dinners, cocktail receptions, and rehearsal events in New York City and while Ailey is on tour
  • Work closely with the Director of Major Gifts and the Development team to create exciting and interesting cultivation events
  • Establish and oversee event budgets, manage financial reports and gift acknowledgements for gala events
  • Supervise the development and mailing of all materials for events including invitations, benefit committee letters, programs etc.
  • Manage vendor relationships


Skills/Qualifications

  • Proven ability to organize and execute large-scale fundraising events
  • Capacity to create and supervise cultivation and stewardship events that support Ailey’s overall fundraising goals and audience building strategies
  • 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

  • Eight plus years of senior-level experience managing events
  • Preferable candidates will have experience working in a multi-faceted fundraising office with direct experience working with volunteer leadership, members of the Board of Trustees, individual donors and colleagues from across the organization
  • 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 provide the following to devojobs@alvinailey.org:

  • 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.

 

 

Part-Time Positions

Program Editor

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, one of the world’s premier dance institutions, seeks an experienced and self-motivated Program Editor to join the Marketing team. Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is a nonprofit organization that encompasses two performing companies – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II – and educational programs that include The Ailey School, the Ailey Extension, and Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Collecting program content from various departments at Ailey, and re-writing (as needed), editing, proofing and at times, designing the programs given out to audiences at performances of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Ailey School, and Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs throughout the year.


Skills/Qualifications:  

  • Must possess exceptional writing/editing/proofreading skills, be detail-oriented, and be able to manage multiple projects while adhering to tight production deadlines.    
  • The individual who is appointed to the position will work mostly from home but would be expected to attend weekly staff meetings at Ailey’s offices in midtown Manhattan.
  • Additionally, we seek someone who can be flexible with her/his working hours, since certain weeks will be much busier than others.
  • She/he must also be able to learn quickly Ailey’s ‘house style,’ and employ it consistently in all publications.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A minimum of 2 years of copy editing experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word & Excel, and Adobe InDesign
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for dance
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred


To apply for this position please send the following to marketingjobs@alvinailey.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in this position
  • 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.

 

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