Job opportunities at the Joffrey

The Joffrey Ballet is committed to providing equal opportunity employment opportunities to candidates and employees without regard to race, religion, creed, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability unrelated to an individual's ability to perform adequately, national origin citizenship, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Director of Community Engagement

Reports to: Artistic & Executive Directors

The Joffrey Ballet is seeking a multi-talented, experienced educator, and dynamic arts professional to fill the position of Director of Community Engagement. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a world-renowned dance organization and continue to expand a successful Community Engagement Program in Chicago serving over 50 schools.



The Director of Community Engagement is responsible for managing all educational programs through Chicago Public, parochial and private schools, the Chicago Park District, and the community to increase dance awareness, dance appreciation, and works to lay the foundation to build future audiences. This postition works closely with the Executive and Artistic Directors and the Joffrey Academy of Dance.


The Joffrey Ballet is a world-class, Chicago-based ballet company and dance education organization committed to artistic excellence and innovation, presenting a unique repertoire encompassing masterpieces of the past and cutting-edge works. The Joffrey is committed to providing arts education and accessible dance training through the Joffrey Academy of Dance and Community Engagement programs. The Joffrey's operating budget is $15 million.

Since its arrival to the city in 1995, the Joffrey has become one of the most revered and recognizable arts organizations in America and one of the top dance companies in the world. Annually, The Joffrey Ballet performs its resident season at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University including reconstructions of classical masterpieces, contemporary works, commissioned world premieres, and the holiday favorite The Nutcracker. In the 2013-2014 season, the company toured 14 cities to sold-out performances and standing ovations. The 2013-2014 season included two major story ballets, La Bayadere and Romeo & Juliet, as well as two mixed repertoire programs, and a new fifth program titled "Russian Masters". With 7,000 subscribers and a growing single ticket purchasing audience, the recent season was a smashing success.

The Joffrey's permanent  home, Joffrey Tower, sits at the corner of State and Randolph Street, in the heart of Chicago's revitalized theater district. With its 52,000 square feet of space, Joffrey Tower is home not only to the Joffrey's world-class company of dancers, it has also become a family center for dance in the North Loop, dedicated to nurturing young talent while promoting diversity and inclusion in the field of classical ballet.

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Academy of Dance is committed to providing a world-class education built on a foundation of classical ballet to students of all ages, levels and backgrounds who have a desire to dance. With the talents and discipline cultivated at the Academy, students can pursue careers as professional dancers at companies throughout the world, higher education opportunities in dance, or success in other fields. Through the Academy's programs, students develop a diverse set of skills including artistry, creativity, discipline and confidence, among others. The Academy's high-quality, educational programming forms future audiences and support for the Joffrey and builds the organization's reputation worldwide. There are over 1,000 students enrolled in the Academy's Children's, Youth, Pre-Professional, Trainee, Summer Intensives and Adult Open Divisions.


Through its Community Engagement (CE) programs, the Joffrey provides arts education and dance instruction to children in Chicago's most underserved neighborhoods and exposes them to the discipline, beauty, and colorful history of dance as an art form. The CE programs include curriculum enhancements that integrate fine arts and movment into classroom learning as well as a variety of extracurricular activities and summer programs. These programs promote lifelong learning in the arts and also encourage a healthy lifestyle by providing the students a safe place to expolore their creativity and engage in dance activities. The Joffrey partners with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Park District, Gallery 37, and After School Matters to ensure that its CE programs reach the broadest range of students. Students and their families receive complimentary tickets to Joffrey repertory performances throughout the year, giving them access to world-class performances.

Lemonis Bridge Program: Designed to introduce 1st and 2nd grade students to the basic elements of ballet technique at their schools. Committed students are invited to participate in a semester of classes at the Joffrey Academy on full scholarship. The classes provide the necessary skills in order to transition into regular Children's or Youth classes at the Joffrey Academy.

Middle School Dance Clubs: A year-long program offered to students in grades 5-8 which uses dance to teach valuable life skills such as teamwork and respect. Students create their own dances which are performed in front of peers, teachers, and members of the community at the Spring Concert and at the year-end intensives.

Exelon Strobel Step-Up Program: Designed for advanced high school students who have participated in previous Joffrey CE programs. Students rehearse weekly and attend up to two Academy classes per week on full scholarship.

Residency Programs: Specialized ten-week programs focused on multiple styles of dance. Children in grades K-12 learn choreography in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Program can be customized to meet the needs of schools and community groups.

Advanced Arts Program (AAP): This partnership with the Chicago Public Schools at Gallery 37 involves yearlong dance instruction for ambitious high school students. Participants receive honors credit for attending daily classes in which they study a rigorous curriculum of dance technique, history, terminology, and performance.

After School Matters Summer Intensive Program (ASM): HIgh School students work as apprentices or advanced apprentices in this seven-week summer partnership program. With instruction by Joffrey dancers and Joffrey Teaching Artists, students participate in a rigorous rehearsal schedule, working with a number of guest choreographers and perform throughout the city.

The Joffrey's CE programs reach more than 5,000 students throughout Chicago each year. Approximately 86% of the program's participants come from low-income households and participate in the Chicago Public Schools' free or reduced lunch program. The Joffrey's CE programs are often the only fine arts programs available to students in Chicago Public Schools.

The Joffrey is one of 60 organizations pre-approved as a vendor by Chicago Public Schools.



The Director of Community Engagement is responsible for teaching, coordinating, and directing the Joffrey Community Engagement Program including indentifying new program opportunities. The position reports directly to both the Executive Director and Artistic Director.

1. Continue to develop and implement programs listed above for various age groups.

2. Hire, train, and support Teaching Artists (TA)

    a) Attend networking events to identify prospects

    b) Provide annual syllabus and meet with TAs prior to the beginning of each school year to review

        curriculum as a group and discuss classroom strategies and management          

    c) Obtain annual signed agreements

    d) Demonstrate teaching techniques for various class types

    e) Engage faculty and TAs in process, encourage questioning, and promote participatory decision-making

    f) Review weekly progress reports provided by TAs and address issues as they arise with TA and/or school


3. Teach at least one of the weekly classes in each CE program. Director of CE along with other full-time

    faculty conduct site visits to all locations; periodically substitute teaches

4. Primary liaison with school principals

    a) Responsible for understanding Chicago Public Schools (CPS) arts education requirements,

        disseminates information provided

    b) Acts as resource and subject matter expert for principals

    c) Ensures that Joffrey CE programs fit within CPS guidelines

    d) Demonstrates knowledge of policies, procedures and updates in arts programming for CPS

    e) Coordinate staff participation with forums and groups representing Joffrey

5. Point of contact for art liaisons at CPS schools

6. Creates annual budget and recommends annual fee adjustments

    a) Works closely with Joffrey Finance Department to establish annual budget, quarterly forecasts, and

        tracks progress toward annual goals

7. Lemonis Bridge Program

    a) Demonstrate deep understanding of program syllabus

    b) Participate in Saturday instruction and summer programming (currently held at Joffrey Tower)

    c) Demonstrate a clear vision and plan for continued success of program

8. Residency Programs

    a) Personally meet with representative from each school requesting services and recommend

        programs that meet the needs of each school

    b) Discuss appropriate grade levels, duration, student body and program offerings

    c) Assist TA based on school's needs

9. Middle School Dance Club Program

    a) Monitor program periodically during the course of 30 visits from TAs

    b) May act as coach for students interested in applying to Chicago High School for the Arts

10. Other

    a) Assist in fundraising for CE programs

    b) When requested, present programs to Joffrey Board of Directors


Primary Relationships

This position reports to the Artistic and Executive Directors and serves as a part of the senior managment team. The position supervises the following positions:

  • Community Engagement Programming Associate
  • One Community Engagement Full-time Instructor and approximately 15 Teaching Artists
  • Community Engagement Associate

Within the agency, the position has primary relationships with senior management staff and program staff. Outside the agency, the position coordinates with the Chicago Public Schools, private schools, donors, Board of Directors, and volunteers.



This person will play a leading role, working with the Artistic Director, Executive Director, Board and staff in leading the Joffrey's community engagement efforts.

  • 7-10 years of performance, coaching, and teaching experience in the area of dance
  • In addition to choreographic skills, must have an extensive knowledge on a variety of dance styles
  • Must have extensive experience working with children in the public school setting
  • Must be able to develop and implement new educational programs for students and adults
  • Strong office skills including budget development and department administrative management
  • A proven leader: strategic, visionary, inspirational, creative, collaborative, resourceful and results-oriented. And individual with the highest integrity, respect for others and a commitment to excellence
  • Translates strategy into meaningful, actionable objectives and plans; communicates clearly at one-on-one and group levels; conveys sense of purpose and mission that motivates others; maintains direction, balancing big-picutre concern with day-to-day issues; solicits feedback to ensure understanding, alignment, and make course corrections
  • Rooted in ensuring competitiveness; sets high expectations for him/herself first; has courage to raise the bar continuously/routinely; holds self and others accountable for continuous improvment; communicates expectations directly, openly, and effectively
  • Commitment to employee development. Energizes, excites, and motivates others; creates and models a confident and winning atmosphere; builds teams whose impact is far greater than the sum of its parts; inspires in ways that are consistent with the Joffrey's values; celebrates success and learns from disappointments; creates an atmosphere where all see opportunities to stretch, take risks, innovate, create, contribute, and learn
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain relationships with a variety of individuals and organizations including funders and civic leader



Applications and nominations should be submitted for consideration to HR [at] joffrey [dot] org.

Applications should include a resume, cover letter, and salary history.


Patron Services and Marketing Associate

Reports to: Director of Sales and Patron Services


The Patron Services/Marketing Associate is responsible for handling all customer service and duties that relate to the Joffrey's audience while managing additional marketing duties. This position works closely with the other members of the marketing department an dinteracts with other departments.

EDUCATION: B.A. preferred

EXPERIENCE: Non-profit experience a plus. B.A. in dance or other performing arts field preferred, excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Great organizational skills with a keen eye for details, able to work well independently and collaboratively as well as handle mutliple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Must demonstrate excellent customer service skills. Proficient with Microsoft Office and other PC programs. The availability to work some evenings and weekends, primarily during performances.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, additional hours as required.


  • Processing subscription, single ticket, group and exchange orders daily, including database entry, payment deposits and record keeping;
  • Handling incoming and outgoing customer services calls, letters and emails--providing examplary customer service;
  • Staffing the Joffrey box office at 10 East Randolph St. when needed;
  • Managing all check requests for the Marketing Department;
  • Providing additional staff support at other marketing and Joffrey-sponsored special events;
  • Other projects as assigned by the Director of Sales and Patron Services and Chief Marketing Officer including, but not limited to writing, research and data collection;
  • Proactively contributing to the creativity and efficiency of the Marketing Department;
  • Filing and organizing all paperwork related to ticket sales;
  • Create and issue post-event surveys;
  • Serving as subscriber liaison and customer service liaison in the theatre by staffing Joffrey Auditorium Theatre performances;
  • Responding to and fulfilling as needed all incoming requests for ticket donations;
  • Assistant to the Group Sales Manager.


Applications should be submitted for consideration to HR [at] joffrey [dot] org.

Applications should include a resume, cover letter, and salary history.

Subscription Sales

It's that time of the year again!


The Joffrey Subscription Sales Campaign for the 2014-2015 Season is beginning and we're immediately building our staff of bright, articulate Subscription Sales Associates.

Subscribers are a vital part of The Joffrey community; they commit to The Joffrey by purchasing advance tickets for the entire Season; they fill seats for our performances at The Auditorium Theatre; and, they provide a significant portion of the revenue we use to create and present our magnificent productions.

This is not the typical telemarketing environment - our employees love talking with Joffrey patrons and they're proud of the work we do. To qualify for a position, experience as an inside sales professional is a plus but if you are personable, work well independently and in a small group, have an appreciation of the arts, possess both excellent communication skills and a clear understanding of sales and marketing, maybe a position on our team is just right for you!


Friendly, creative, energetic work environment.

Salary + Commission + Perks!!

Part-Time, evenings, 5:00-9:00 pm and Saturdays, 10:00 - 3:00 pm

Retirees are encouraged to apply.

No Resumes Please.

Call 312.702.0032. Tell us why you are just right for a position on the team!

Development Internship


The Joffrey Ballet, located at 10 East Randolph Street, Chicago, is looking for an intern for the Development Department.

An internship with the Joffrey offers valuable experience working in the vibrant and exciting environment of one of the top ballet companies in the country.  Development Interns will gain an excellent overview of nonprofit fundraising and donor communications, hands-on experience with volunteer board members and special events, practical experience with the Joffrey’s donor database management software, Raisers Edge, and much more.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assist the development staff in entering data into Raiser's Edge, The Joffrey Ballet's donor database.
  • Assist the development staff in planning donor events and other activities.
  • Conduct research on potential donors, strategic partners, markets and industries.
  • Prepare reports and presentations for internal and external use.
  • Draft correspondence, reports, proposals, and donor appeals.
  • Maintain donor files and other development materials.
  • Attend department and staff meetings.
  • Assist with mailings, filing, and special projects as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Strong writing and research abilities.
  • Desire to learn more about fundraising and philanthropy.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Experience with databases is a plus.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks.
  • High level of organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Solid oral and written communication skills.

Time commitment

  • Minimum of 15 hours per week.
  • Minimum 3 month commitment, with option to extend intern experience.


Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter stating their areas of interest and the dates/hours the applicant is available to work to Human Resource Administrator at hr [at] joffrey [dot] org. College credit available.

Marketing Internship

The Joffrey Ballet is seeking an energetic marketing intern to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a world-renowned ballet company. This is an unpaid internship that will start as soon as possible and will go through the end of December. A longer term can be discussed. Credit hours are available.

EDUCATION: Studying in the fields of marketing, public relations and/or communications preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Non-profit or dance experience a plus. Must possess excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, able to work well independently and collaboratively and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

WORK SCHEDULE: 10-15 hours per week, part-time weekdays, schedule to be determined. Additional hours as required.

APPLICABLE PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES: General mobility in office areas.  Ability to lift 20lbs. Ability to operate data processing and other office equipment.


  • Assist with special event planning for audience development initiatives
  • Assist with day-to-day operations of the Joffrey Store
  • Maintain press kits and media archives
  • Assist with website maintenance
  • Develop creative ideas for promotion and social media efforts
  • Develop and implement various promotional opportunities
  • Assist the marketing staff with various projects

Candidate must possess strong computer, communication and organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook is required.

Social Media Intern

EDUCATION: Studying in the fields of marketing, public relations and/or communications preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Non-profit or dance experience a plus. Must possess excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, able to work well independently and collaboratively and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Fluent in all social media platforms.

WORK SCHEDULE: 10-15 hours per week, part-time weekdays, schedule to be determined. Additional hours as required.

APPLICABLE PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES: General mobility in office areas.  Ability to lift 20lbs. Ability to operate data processing and other office equipment.


Assist the Marketing Associate with implementing a social media strategy to increase visibility and traffic in relation to performances, special events and the Joffrey Academy

  • Help develop and implement social media campaigns and day-to-day engagement on current platforms, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest
  • Help develop and maintain a presence on other platforms including LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Tumblr, and Yelp focused on audience development, engagement and sales
  • Develop weekly and monthly social media reports via Hootsuite Pro
  • Provide additional marketing staff support at special events and live social media coverage (as needed)
  • Update content for iphone/Android App including uploading news, images, etc.
  • Resize images for posting on website, Facebook and App


The Social Media Intern is a part-time, unpaid position.

Please send resume and cover letter to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org.



The Joffrey Ballet is committed to providing equal opportunity employment opportunities to candidates and employees without regard to race, religion, creed, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability unrelated to an individual's ability to perform adequately, national origin citizenship, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected by law.