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.


Full-Time Positions:

  • Development Associate

Part-Time Positions:

  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Academy Summer Chaperone
  • Community Engagement Teaching Artist
  • Development Intern
  • Production Intern


Full job descriptions for all available positions are below.



Development Associate


The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development and is responsible proper acceptance, tracking, recording, reporting and acknowledging of gifts and pledges in accordance with Joffrey policy and state and federal laws and IRS regulations. He/she updates and maintains the database, producing fund raising reports, donor listings and mailing lists, reconciling with the finance department, and in general supporting the data management needs of the development department. The Development Associate works closely and collaboratively with members of the development and finance departments.



1-2 years of experience in a fundraising in arts or related organization, with proven track record of accomplishment and success. Position requires knowledge of non-profit fundraising models and database policies and procedures, and proficiency and technical expertise with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Power Point). Excellent analytic, technical, and organizational, and computer skills required. Must be professional, detail-oriented and have excellent communication skills. Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, Tessitura, or other development information systems a plus. Undergraduate degree required.


Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, with additional hours as required for special events, meetings, some performances.


Submit resume, cover letter, and salary history to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

Academy Part-Time Faculty Member

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet is continually seeking talented, experiences classical ballet teachers for part-time faculty positions. Faculty members are responsible for teaching anywhere from 1-20 hours per week in the Academy's Children's, Youth, Adult and/or Pre-Professional Divisions. Part-Time Faculty members work closely with the Academy Artistic Directors to maintain the Joffrey Academy’s syllabus and uphold the artistic excellence for the Joffrey Academy. Part-Time Faculty members are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures of the Joffrey Academy of Dance. 

Responsibilities include; prepare and teach ballet, pointe, and classical repertoire classes at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, as scheduled by the Academy Staff, maintain a strong knowledge and understanding of the Joffrey Academy syllabus, serve on the substitute list for ballet classes, as availability permits, complete student evaluation forms for students in the Fall and Spring semesters, maintain a positive and structured classroom environment, teach private lessons, as needed and as availability permits, communicate regularly with Academy Artistic Staff and Faculty, Academy Administration, and other Joffrey Ballet staff members, meet with Artistic Staff and students/families, as needed, attend faculty meetings throughout the year, as availability permits, and complete paperwork and input payroll hours, as needed.

2-5 years, minimum, teaching experience in classical ballet
Must have a strong technical background in classical ballet 
Work exceptionally well with young students
Have a desire to learn the Joffrey Academy’s syllabus
Enjoy working in a collaborative environment as a team player
Be able to take constructive feedback to achieve high artistic standards


Schedule will be mutually agreed upon by the Joffrey Academy and the Faculty Member. Hours primarily after 4pm on weekdays and 9am-3pm on weekends. Teaching schedule may vary each semester.


Submit resume, cover letter, salary history, and two letters of recommendations to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org.

Academy Summer Chaperone

Joffrey Academy Summer Chaperones will assist with all aspects of student life for the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive Programs. Chaperones are primarily responsible for supervising young dance students ages 9-21+ who are participating in Joffrey Academy summer intensive programs and living in the housing facilities throughout the duration of the program. Chaperones work closely with the Head Chaperone, the Academy Managing Director, and the Joffrey Academy administrative staff.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Work closely with a group of 8-30 students, and be responsible for the well-being of the students ensuring the safe and smooth operation of housing program and its activities.
  • Supervise and support students, and oversee activities during weekends and evenings.
  • Enforce Joffrey Academy and Roosevelt Housing rules and regulations.
  • Plan and organize activities with core groups of students (8-13 students/chaperone).
  • Accompany students to and from studio and dorms each day. Supervise hallways, studios, and common areas on-site at the Joffrey Tower and any Studio Locations used by the Joffrey Academy to ensure student safety and timeliness
  • Communicate with students, parents, Academy staff and other Chaperones regarding schedules, attendance, program and dorm information
  • Monitor dancers' conduct and behavior and report any problems or concerns to the Head Chaperone and Managing Director.
  • Chaperone weekend activities, including taking students on public transportation, walking around the city, going to performances, etc.
  • Work with other chaperones in a team enviornment
  • Maintain positive and supportive attitude to promote fun and safety in Chicago and in the Joffrey Summer Intensives
  • Other duties as assigned


Interested candidates should be mature, responsible individuals, preferably with prior Resident Assistant, Camp Counselor, or teaching experience. Dance experience is not required but an interest in the performing arts is a plus. Interested candidate should have experience interacting with students and parents and ability to manage multiple activities in a pressured enviornment. Chaperones must be at least 19 years old at the start of the program. Chaperones cannot be students enrolled in the 2016 Joffrey Academy Summer Intensive Programs, but may take dance classes if time allows and chaperone is approved by Artistic Academy Directors.


  • Must be able to physically assist an injured student which may include lifting and/or supporting their weight (minimum weight lifting requirement: 40 lbs).
  • Must be able to assist students to climb/descend stairs if normal exit routes become unavailable, such as in an emergency
  • Operate an automobile



$350 per week fee will be paid bi-weekly. Chaperones must live in the Roosevelt Dorm Housing arranged by the Joffrey Academy. Meals will be provided as follows: breakfast, lunch, dinner Monday-Friday; brunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday. Transportation to and from Chicago, and outside of Joffrey Ballet weekend activities is not provided.


SCHEDULE: Joffrey Academy Chaperones are temporary independent contractors, and must be available 24 hours per day for the duration of the program. Chaperones cannot have any other commitments such as classes, part-time positions, etc. Chaperones must live in the housing facility with the students and supervise them at all times when the students are not in class. Chaperones are allowed one day off each week, which is always on a weekday. Time off schedule will be assigned prior to the start of the program. Evenings and weekends are occupied with supervision of the students. Exact schedules may vary.


DATE AVAILABILITY: Chaperones must be available June 17 - July 23. Chaperones may not have prior commitments such as classes, part time jobs, or other conflicts during the program weeks. Additional Chaperone positions are also available from July 23 - August 13. 


To apply, please submit a Chaperone Application as well as a resume and cover letter, by March 15, 2016 to: hr [at] joffrey [dot] org - subject line Summer Intensive Chaperone. 


Community Engagement Teaching Artist


The Community Engagement Teaching Artist reports directly to the Director of Community Engagement and is responsible for planning, implementation and instruction of educational programs in accordance with the syllabi established by the CE staff.  The CE Teaching Artists must work closely with CE staff as well as teachers and coordinators at the schools or organizations where the programs are taking place.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to;  read, understand and properly deliver material from a syllabus, instruct students in a manner that is interesting and keeps them engaged throughout the class , maintain constant and clear communication with the teachers or coordinators at the school or organization where the program is being facilitated, maintain constant and clear communication with CE staff to ensure they are always aware of how the program is running and able to assist if necessary, complete forms and paperwork in a thorough and timely fashion according to set deadlines, attend meetings and workshops to complete the training required for teaching various syllabi, prepare materials in advance of classes for distributing to students, travel and arrive on time at various locations throughout Chicago where programs are held, use e-mail as needed from personal computer.



Professional dance experience required, undergraduate degree recommended.  Must have 3-5 years of performance, coaching and teaching experience in the area of dance.  In addition to choreographic and improvisational skills, must have extensive knowledge of a variety of dance styles.  Must have experience in working with children in a public school setting.  Strong communication, presentation and group management skills are recommended.  Strong organizational skills and computer skills, and excellent writing and oral skills are recommended.  Should be able to think quickly and creatively and adapt to new situations in a fast-paced environment.


Submit resume and cover letter to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

Development Intern


Applications for 2016 Spring and Summer Internships open.


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, and much more. In this role, you will be providing administrative assistance to the Development Department's stewardship and fundraising initiatives.


Responsibilities include; Assist the development staff in entering data into The Joffrey Ballet's donor database, conduct preliminary 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, assist with donor events, including preparation and day-of logistics, maintain donor files and other development materials, attend department and staff meetings, assist with mailings, filing, and special projects as needed, continually update and correct database records, prepare communication materials for distribution (i.e. copying, filing, mailing, emailing), help handle administrative details associated with committee meetings (i.e. prepare and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc.), other duties as assigned by the Development Department.


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.
Commitment to following through on tasks as assigned.


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

Submit resume, cover letter, and a sample donor acknowledgement (150 max), and internship availability to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

Production Intern

The Joffrey Ballet is seeking an intern for the Production Department. An internship with the Joffrey offers valuable work experience in a vibrant and exciting environment at one of the top ballet companies in the country. College credit is available. Other opportunities within the organization may become available depending on the intern’s availability and interest.


Responsibilities include assisting the Director of Production in the normal day to day activities of the department including but not limited to; development of schedules for each of the performance venues, planning and budgeting of technical requirements related to performance programming, execution of agreements for designer contracts, and management and supervision of design process including identifying and hiring of designers.


Late career student or recent college graduate
Interest in production management, stage management or general management
Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and other typical office software

15-20 hours per week
Minimum four month commitment corresponding to the typical academic calendar (Sep-Dec; Jan-Mar; Apr-Jun, Jun-Aug)
Specific dates may be adapted to meet the needs of the Joffrey and the qualified candidate.


Submit 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.


Full-Time Positions:

  • Development Associate

Part-Time Positions:

  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Academy Summer Chaperone
  • Community Engagement Teaching Artist
  • Development Intern
  • Production Intern


Full job descriptions for all available positions are below.