Opportunities at Dance/USA

Director of Regranting

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 12 by 5 PM ET

Title: Director of Regranting
Location: National; Dance/USA is headquartered in Washington, DC
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full time with benefits
Travel:  Some required

Established in 1982, Dance/USA is the national service organization for professional dance, serving a broad cross-section of the dance field.  Dance/USA is committed to honoring, nurturing, and advancing the industry through the lens of equity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in all aspects of its programming, services, and organization. 

Our Vision:  Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive. 

Our Mission:  Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations.  Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. 

Our Values:  Dance/USA’s core values are Connectivity, Creativity, Equity, and Integrity.  Read more about our core values.

The Director of Regranting is a core member of the Dance/USA Team who designs, administers, and helps set policy for a national funding program and represents Dance/USA with applicants, grantees, and funders. Duties are as follows: 

Program design.  Run planning meetings with fellow Dance/USA Team members, consultants, and advisors to refine structure of and criteria for funding; design and revise program structure and guidelines.

Administration.  Set timeline for all aspects of the program and coordinate tasks and milestones.  Set, supervise, and reconcile $1.9 million budget. Secure and supervise consultants and assistance to complete the goals of the program. Regularly update Dance/USA’s Executive Director and Team on all aspects of program.

Application review.  Engage with applicants on all aspects of the application and grantmaking process, including development of and feedback on proposals.  Create systems to accept and track all application-related data, as well as information about panelists. Serve as main point of contact for application-related questions and submission process. Identify and construct panel as well as content specialists; devise review process for both phases of application review process, including policies, materials, scoring systems, databases, and meeting structure. Design and facilitate panel meetings.

Post-panel notification, reporting and grant management.  Notify all applicants of funding decisions and provide feedback to those who were and were not funded. Communicate with Fellows about requirements, expectations, and monitor systems for tracking payments and reporting.

Grantee meetings and learning community.  Design and run grantee meetings, including content, facilitation, and logistics. Provide technical assistance to grantees and/or recommend professional development resources. 

Evaluation and reporting.  Develop and refine methods and systems to assess the impact of grants and funded programs. Conduct limited evaluation of all aspects of the program, including quantitative and qualitative data on review process, meetings, lessons learned, and information sharing among members. In collaboration with key Dance/USA Team members, write reports for and attend meetings with funder, as well as shape program design and proposal for any future round(s). 

External Relations and long-term planning.  Represent Dance/USA at meetings, forums, and public presentations, as appropriate.  Prepare written materials for review by funders and the Dance/USA Board.  Identify and cultivate relationships with consultants, nonprofit and community leaders, and funders that can be engaged to advise on policies, review applications, offer coaching and capacity building, and institute professional development and trainings. As possible, conduct research and program design on other regranting initiatives. 

The Director of Regranting will have a strong understanding of professional grantmaking, work in the nonprofit sector, and possess a deep desire to work with and support grantees from a broad range of backgrounds. This candidate will be passionate about artists who work in a variety of genres, represent different life experiences, and identify with a variety of cultures and traditions. 

Experience will include: 

  • Solid knowledge of dance or arts grantmaking for artists and organizations. 
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills and creative problem-solving ability. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and judgment, ability to prioritize work, manage time/multiple priorities and meet deadlines, attention to detail and accuracy, the ability to set realistic goals and objectives. 
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information effectively, confidentially, and diplomatically while balancing numerous priorities and relationships. 
  • Strong written communications skills, along with highly effective oral communications and engaging presentation skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, relational databases, and comfort with technology in general. 
  • Group facilitation and documentation skills.
  • Philanthropic or nonprofit experience working in grantmaking helpful but not required. 

The successful candidate should be: 

  • An individual who believes strongly in the values and the mission of Dance/USA with a profound understanding and commitment to combating systemic racism in the performing arts and grantmaking. 
  • An exceptional listener; one who is approachable, knowledgeable, and can develop meaningful relationships with colleagues, grantees, community organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan. 
  • Eager and able to learn, understand, and work on a broad array of issues; reflective, with strong conceptual, critical, and creative thinking abilities. 
  • Sensitive to local, regional, and national nonprofit issues/needs while fulfilling day-to-day duties. 
  • Professional with a demeanor demonstrating humility, respect, integrity, judgment, cultural sensitivity and flexibility in a team setting, and able to represent the organization in diverse forums and organizational relationships. 
  • A “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of processes and grantmaking activities; the ability to dig deep into issues; a high degree of initiative and energy; productive and results-oriented. 
  • Ability to travel when needed. 

The Director of Regranting may be an offsite employee of Dance/USA, working anywhere in the U.S. 

Benefits and Compensation 
$75,000 plus benefits package, including full medical, retirement benefits, and paid vacation and sick leave.

To apply
Send resume, cover letter that highlights relevant experience, 2 writing samples, and the names of 3 references to Casey John McEnelly, Director of Finance and Operations, at cmcenelly@danceusa.org.

Application Deadline:  Friday, March 12 by 5 PM ET

Dance/USA is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Dance/USA is committed to building a culturally diverse community, and strongly encourages applications from individuals who identify as Black, Native, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC). 

To learn more about Dance/USA danceusa.org.