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:

  • Associate Director, Donor Relations
  • Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program


Part-Time Positions:

  • Academy Administrative Assistant
  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Community Engagement Intern
  • Community Engagement Teaching Artist
  • Development Intern
  • Human Resources Intern
  • Marketing Intern
  • Social Media Intern
  • Special Events Intern
  • Season Ticket Sales Agent

 

Full job descriptions for all available positions are below.

 

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Associate Director, Donor Relations

The Associate Director, Donor Relations reports to the Chief Development Officer and is responsible for managing donor communications and stewardship while managing a portfolio of 50-75 current donors and prospects, working collaboratively with members of the Joffrey’s development, marketing, finance and information technology teams. He/she oversees the Development Associate.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS: 
Undergraduate degree required. Five years of experience working in the field of development, including substantive experience with individual giving, donor and volunteer relations. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills including the ability to speak and write persuasively about the needs and goals of the Joffrey. Interest in dance, dance education and outreach, and in building donor relationships in support of the Joffrey’s mission is highly desirable. Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas, including development information systems. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments. Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.


SCHEDULE:

Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, additional hours required, including regular attendance at evening and weekend performances and events. 


TO APPLY: 
Submit resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program

The Head of the Studio Company and Trainee Program works closely with the Artistic Director to maintain high standards of artistic excellence and educational programming that is set by the Artistic Director. Works closely with the Academy Director to build and create programming. With the Artistic Director and staff, works on developing and maintaining the syllabus and curriculum. This position is responsible for the training and development of the Trainees and Studio Company in class, rehearsals, and performances.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • With the Academy and Artistic Directors, hire, maintain, develop, and manage faculty.
  • Teaching a minimum of 24 hours a week in full-time training programs during all semesters and summer intensives.
  • Administrative responsibilities and parent/student meetings, curriculum oversight, management meetings, as needed.
  • Advise and meet with school faculty from all divisions and administrative staff for consultation program management and development. Develop curriculum and plan class schedules in coordination with artistic and technical standards as set forth by the Artistic Director. 
  • Work with the Artistic Director and other division heads to ensure consistent and excellent training.
  • Plans and attends school auditions. Review and assess video auditions. Selects and recruits students for the Academy.
  • Artistically directs student rehearsals and performances, including those for Winning Works.
  • Set, stage, and rehearse repertoire works on Trainees and Studio Company for Academy performances. Complete and review student evaluations each semester.
  • Provide professional guidance and assistance for students for the next step in their career.


QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of ballet training and performing experience in both classical and contemporary repertoire. 
  • Extensive knowledge of ballet history, styles, and current ballet trends.
  • Ability to teach ballet and direct large groups of people, as well as work one-on-one with individuals.
  • Experience in partnering and ability to teach such skills to students.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the sophisticated management needs of a ballet school of significant scale. 
  • Deep knowledge of ballet pedagogy across the age/ability spectrum.
  • Established track record in recruiting, hiring, supervising, and coaching teachers and staff.
  • Proven success in collaborative work with a team of highly skilled professionals.
  • Clear understanding of financial issues in managing a ballet school.
  • Strong knowledge of the ballet world and the professional companies and schools currently operating in the United States and abroad.
  • Ability to create an environment of both discipline and encouragement for students, faculty, staff, and parents.
  • A passionate, approachable, team-oriented individual who is collaborative, diplomatic, and highly self-motivated is preferred.
  • Exceptional written, oral, presentation, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, Board of Directors, staff, parents, and students.


The following personal attributes will also be considered important:

  • An active and energetic mind and demeanor.
  • Deep commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • A desire to provide excellence in training to students of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to derive deep satisfaction from facilitating the best work of others.


SCHEDULE:

Schedule will vary with class schedules each term, additional hours as required.


TO APPLY:

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

 

Academy Part-time Administrative Assistant

Responsible for compiling, analyzing, and organizing information related to the Joffrey Academy of Dance.  Assist the Academy Production Manager and Student Services Administrator with day to day operations of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, including assisting with Nutcracker Children’s Cast, Summer Intensive Tour and year round audition results.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:
Degree and/or experience in arts administration is preferred. College graduate with strong academic credentials as well as excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills is required. Strong analytical and research skills desired. Demonstrated working ability with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word.  Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.

 

SCHEDULE:
20-24 hours per week during normal office hours of Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm. May have occasional hours in evenings and weekends for duties related to performances and auditions.

 

 

TO APPLY:
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.


QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:
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

 

WORK SCHEDULE: 
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.

 

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

Community Engagement Intern

The Community Engagement Intern compiles and analyzes information related to Dance Community Engagement programs, compiles and maintains information related to Chicago Public Schools, prepares first drafts of emails for communication between the department and Chicago Public Schools, organizes and maintain costume inventory, is responsible for completing tasks related to organizing, labeling, and mailing information, provides aid before and during dance performances, works on other projects or errands as assigned by the Community Engagement department both within and outside of the working group from time to time and with the Director of Community Engagement, identifies a specific project based on the individual’s skillset and specific interests.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:
College Undergraduate with strong academic credentials as well as excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills is required. Strong analytical and research skills desired. Demonstrated working ability with the Mac platform. Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word, a plus.  Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.

 

SCHEDULE:
12-24 hours per week during normal office hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm. This internship may require availability from 8:30am – 11:00am on Saturdays.

 

TO APPLY:

 

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

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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:

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.

 

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

Development Intern

The Development Intern will conduct research on potential donors, strategic partners, markets, and industries, maintain and update donor files and other Development materials, assist with updating donor database, draft correspondence, reports, proposals, and donor appeals, be responsible for completing tasks related to organizing, labeling, filing, and mailing information, and provide additional Development staff support at special events and meetings, as needed.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:
College Undergraduate with strong academic credentials as well as excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills is required. Interest in the arts and committee experience is preferred. Demonstrated working ability with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word.  Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.

 

SCHEDULE:
20-30 hours per week during normal office hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm. May have occasional hours in evenings and weekends for duties related to events and meetings.

 

TO APPLY:

 

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

Human Resources Intern

The HR Intern will assist with full cycle recruiting including; posting available positions, reviewing resumes, and coordinating interviews, prepare information for the onboarding process, assist with employee benefits open enrollment, compile reports for the Affordable Care Act and other required data, and review and organize various Human Resources files and other administrative duties.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS: 
College Undergraduate with strong academic credentials as well as excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills is required. Strong analytical skills desired. Demonstrated working ability with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word.  Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.

 

SCHEDULE:
10-20 hours per week during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.

TO APPLY:

 

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

Marketing Intern

The Marketing Intern is responsible for archiving and filing ads, print collateral, and other media, updating content on website and for other communications, such as dancer bios, fact checking and general research for content related to the Joffrey, maintaining inventory, displays, creating reports and updating the website for the Joffrey store, responsible for completing tasks related to organizing, labeling, filing, and mailing information, providing additional marketing staff support at special events and performances, and assist with social media campaigns and engagement as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:
College Undergraduate with strong academic credentials in the fields of marketing, public relations and/or communications along with an interest in the arts is preferred. Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills. Able to work well independently, collaboratively and enthusiastically to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated working ability with Microsoft Office, internet and social media platforms.  Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.

SCHEDULE:
15-20 hours per week during normal office hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm. Additional hours as required.

 

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

Season Ticket Sales Agent

We are building a staff of amitious, energetic telephone sales agents to sell season ticket packages for The Joffrey Ballet's 2016-2017 season. The team makes outbound calls to Joffrey patrons with the goal of increasing the Joffrey's subscription base. Do you easily make conversation? Have non-profit experience? Let us know why you'd be the next sales star for The Joffrey Ballet!

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

  • An appreciation of the arts is preferred (complimentary tickets available to all staff).
  • Immediate start. Must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours a week.
  • Flexible schedule is perfect for graduate students, actors, and artists of all kinds.
  • Friendly environment, conveniently located in downtown Chicago.


TO APPLY:

Please address resume to The Joffrey Ballet and send to priorityseating [at] joffrey [dot] org.

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Social Media Intern

This internship will assist the Marketing Manager with implementing a social media strategy to increase visibility and traffic in relation to performance, special events, and the organization as a whole, help develop and implement social media campaigns and day-to-day engagement on current platforms, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., help develop and maintain a presence on other platforms including but not limited to: LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. 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 website content and resize images for posting on website, social media platforms.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:
College Undergraduate with strong academic credentials in the fields of marketing, public relations and/or communications along with an interest in the arts is preferred. Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills. Able to work well independently and collaboratively and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated working ability with Microsoft Office and all social media platforms.  Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.

 

SCHEDULE:
15-20 hours per week during normal office hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm. Additional hours as required.

 

TO APPLY:

 

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

Special Events Intern

In our Development department, the Special Events Intern will assist with planning and executing donor events and other activities by preparing and printing packets, badges, etc, assist with preparations for Women’s Board meetings and events, draft correspondence, reports, proposals, and donor appeals, maintain donor files and other Development materials, conduct research on potential donors, strategic partners, markets, and industries, assist with updating donor database, be responsible for completing tasks related to organizing, labeling, filing, and mailing information and provide additional Development staff support at special events and meetings.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:
College Undergraduate with strong academic credentials as well as excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills is required. Interest in the arts and committee experience is preferred. Demonstrated working ability with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word.  Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.

 

SCHEDULE:
20-30 hours per week during normal office hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm. May have occasional hours in evenings and weekends for duties related to events and meetings.

TO APPLY:

 

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

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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:

  • Associate Director, Donor Relations
  • Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program


Part-Time Positions:

  • Academy Administrative Assistant
  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Community Engagement Intern
  • Community Engagement Teaching Artist
  • Development Intern
  • Human Resources Intern
  • Marketing Intern
  • Social Media Intern
  • Special Events Intern
  • Season Ticket Sales Agent

 

Full job descriptions for all available positions are below.