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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 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.

 


 

Drupal Web Developer

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world's premier dance institutions, is seeking a Drupal Web Developer to oversee technical maintenance of a newly rebuilt, CMS-driven website. This position will report to the Director of Information Technology and will work closely with the Marketing department as well as outside vendors and consultants.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and develop new functionality, execute changes and bug fixes for Ailey’s Drupal-based websites: alvinailey.org, aileyextension.com, and theaileyschool.edu
  • Deploy new code base to staging and production environments as needed
  • Enforce best practices regarding backup procedures and roll back plans
  • Perform unit tests, regression tests and volume tests for every functionality change
  • Work with Marketing department to maintain and optimize Google Analytics to track site usage and sales conversion
  • Work with IT Operations team on server/network related issues to assure uptime
  • Analyze and document software requirements
  • Adhere to best practice coding standards for accessibility and SEO
  • Work closely with Marketing department on site content and layout, including but not limited to:
  • Social media integrations (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram)
  • Third party integrations (Mindbody, HealCode, Certain Source, iPressroom, Salesforce)
  • Mobile/responsive optimization
  • Custom Drupal forms
  • Work with Senior Developer on various other projects


Skills/Qualifications

  • Two years of hands-on experience with Drupal (or equivalent web-based CMS)
  • Working knowledge of DNS, firewalls, and SSL certificates
  • Familiarity with application security and compliance practices, including OWASP and PCI DSS
  • Programming experience with PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other web frameworks
  • Experience working with web services and APIs, e.g. SOAP and REST
  • Advanced knowledge of database query languages and technologies (T-SQL, MySQL)
  • Solid understanding of cross-browser/platform/device issues and related code solutions
  • Strong understanding of release management and version control
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in teams and to communicate technology issues to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; ability to envision broad implications of design and architectural decisions


Experience/Education

  • 4-5 years’ experience in developing and supporting websites
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; Computer Science Degree a plus but not required
  • Experience in object oriented programming a plus
  • Experience in LAMP stack administration a plus


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


 

 

 

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