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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.

 

Company Manager

Application Deadline: Interviews will commence August 4 to August 15, 2014. Position to be filled ASAP.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), one of the world’s premier dance institutions is seeking a highly motivated and personable Company Manager to support the administrative efforts of AAADT’s 52 member touring dance company. In this fast paced environment the Company Manager will support the efforts of the Production Department for domestic and international tour engagements, average 25 weeks of each year, as well as performing annually in New York City.

This full-time position involves extensive travel and the Company Manager will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Company at the Company’s home office in New York City and while on tour. The Company Manager will oversee, manage and support all tour logistics for the Artistic staff, dancers, crew as well as guest choreographers and artists. The Company Manager will work closely with the Director of Production, Technical Director and Production Stage Manager, planning and budgeting for all touring operations.

The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of and experience with a professional touring dance company or other performing arts organization. Relevant experience will include presenter relations, tour management, theatrical production, and foreign work permit/visa applications.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Company related responsibilities:
  • Assist Director of Production and Artistic Directors in planning for seasons
  • Create an annual budget for all travel and administrative needs for AAADT
  • Coordinate all travel and tour logistics for AAADT and guest artists
  • Monthly receipt reconciliation for petty cash and American Express charges
  • Prepare and manage all aspects of weekly payroll and related paperwork for the Company and also, in conjunction with Finance, oversee unemployment claims
  • Manage workers compensation claims and paperwork including verification and tracking of sick leave, time loss, etc… in coordination with insurance company
  • Act as liaison between the Company and local presenters and Ailey administrative staff
  • Be knowledgeable of and monitor organizational compliance with Dancer (AGMA) and Crew (IATSE) Collective Bargaining Agreements, administrate and execute terms of agreement; encourage ongoing communication and relationship building with AGMA delegates/ IATSE steward
Touring/Performance responsibilities:
  • Create all itineraries based on confirmed dates from Director of Production
  • Coordinate touring logistics including travel, hotel, ground transfers and per diem distribution and support Company members throughout touring experience including pre and post travel needs
  • Manage engagement advance coordination and foster a positive working relationship with presenters/promoters and performance venue staff and resolve issues of use of agreement compliance, schedule or settlement of fees/revenue
  • Serve as AAADT company representative with presenters and general public
  • Procurement and Coordination of travel visas as necessary for company business
  • Coordinate with physical therapists and identify medical assistance for ill or injured company members, as required
  • Coordinate with Public Relations and Marketing departments to execute scheduled interviews between local media outlets and dancers
  • Work with Arts In Education (AIE) to execute outreach between local studios/theaters and dancers
  • Work with Development Department to execute backstage tours/meet and greets
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned
Required Skills, Qualifications and experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of five years experience in touring with dance and/or theatrical production
  • Ability to work a demanding schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays and be away from home for extended periods of time
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, organizational skills and attention to detail. Multi-lingual abilities a plus.
  • Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work graciously in a fast paced environment
  • Previous supervisory experience required
  • Experience working with artist unions and collective bargaining agreements
  • Technical/Computer Skills: Windows and Mac OS and MS Office, Internet proficient
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and passport
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 productionjobs@alvinailey.org:
  • 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.

 


Lighting and Sound Supervisor for Ailey II

Position Summary:
Ailey II, the junior company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is seeking a Lighting and Sound Supervisor for its 2014-2015 season. 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.

Prior experience in a similar position is required. He/she must possess strong communication, time management skills and interpersonal skills. He/she must demonstrate a self-starter, dynamic and 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.

This position is to filled as soon as possible. It is subject to renewal for a second year at the end of the first season.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicate all lighting and sound details to Production Stage 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 and audio consoles when necessary
    • 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 of all production related items (e.g. lighting plots, line schedule, ground plans, elevations, sections, color change books)
    • 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 and maintain performance quality audio library and sound playlists for 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
    • Facilitate setup of performance and communication systems including; headsets, paging system and staff radios
    • Manage portable sound system
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, please submit a resume including references and a cover letter to aileyIIjobs@alvinailey.org. No phone calls please.


 

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:
  • 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