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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.

 

Public Relations Associate

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world's premier dance institutions, is seeking a motivated and personable team player to work in a fast-paced environment and support ongoing public relations initiatives. The Public Relations Associate will assist in the development, coordination, and implementation of publicity campaigns for the Ailey organization, with specific focus on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Ailey Extension. The Ailey Extension offers over 80 absolute beginner to advanced level dance and fitness classes per week in over 25 different techniques including Ballet, Horton, Samba, West African, Zumba, Danzatone, Jazz, Yoga, Masala Bhangra, and Pilates. The candidate will report to the Director of Public Relations and work closely with members of the Public Relations, Marketing, and Development departments.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the planning and implementation of publicity campaigns and promotional strategies, with primary responsibilities for The Ailey Extension
  • Writing press releases, pitches, e-mail news briefs and creating press kits
  • Monitoring the media for organizational mentions and news coverage opportunities with special attention to key television, magazine and newspaper outlets
  • Targeting and maintaining productive relationships with a broad range of media contacts involved in arts & entertainment, fitness, business, and lifestyle coverage
  • Securing editorial features and news items and coordinating interviews and photo shoots
  • Updating and managing the press list database (Vocus) and creating the department’s editorial calendar opportunity schedule
  • Responding to requests for information from the media, tour presenters, and consultants
  • Procuring celebrity attendance for Ailey performances and events
  • Providing external agencies with PR tools for the season
  • Helping create year end press coverage summaries and publicity highlight reports
  • Completing the processing of all invoices and tracking of the department's budget
  • Providing general administrative support as needed and supervising student workers and interns

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communication/presentation skills
  • Must be a team player who is able to work responsibly, independently, as well as in a collaborative environment
  • Highly organized, pays close attention to detail, meets deadlines and multi tasks with ease
  • Willingness to work flexible hours for staffing of Ailey performances and Ailey Extension special events
  • Must be pro-active and able to show initiative and creative thinking to constantly promote the organization in new ways
  • Mastery of email, the internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat and proficiency with Financial Edge and Vocus

Experience/Education:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Experience within the Public Relations and Marketing industries (minimum two years)
  • Performing arts and or dance background a plus

To apply for this position, please email the following to AileyPress@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.

 

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.

 

 

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