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Director of Government Affairs

Location: Washington, DC (Remote/Hybrid)
Reports to: President/CEO of OPERA America and Executive Director of Dance/USA
Status: Full-time, exempt
Compensation: Compensation range is in the $80ks based on experience, and includes health benefits, a retirement package, paid vacation, and life insurance to all full-time employees.
To apply: Submit applications via this portal no later than 11:59pm PST on Monday, March 4, 2024.

Job Summary:
The Director of Government Affairs for OPERA America and Dance/USA represents the fields of opera and dance before Congress, the White House, and federal government agencies. The position requires expertise in federal lobbying and advocacy, familiarity with the portfolio of federal arts policy issues, and a deep belief in the importance of the arts in society. The Director of Government Affairs is a position that relies on exceptional communication skills with numerous parties including the members of OPERA America and Dance/USA, the network of national arts service organizations, federal advocacy coalitions, and the staff and Boards of OPERA America and Dance/USA.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Track key federal legislative issues related to arts funding, education, visas for foreign guest artists, cultural exchange, and nonprofit tax issues, in addition to other policy issues as they arise.
  • Regularly represent OPERA America and Dance/USA in meetings on Capitol Hill, with representatives from federal agencies, and other national arts, education, and nonprofit organizations on a variety of issues.
  • Participate as OPERA America and Dance/USA’s representative in all Performing Arts Alliance government affairs initiatives.
  • Participate as OPERA America and Dance/USA’s representative in other advocacy coalitions to support strategizing, planning, and lobbying activities.
  • Write, coordinate, and disseminate national Action Alerts and Advocacy Updates to the constituents of OPERA America and Dance/USA.
  • Coordinate member meetings on Capitol Hill, including Opera Advocacy Day each spring and Dance/USA’s biennial Capitol Hill Initiative.
  • Design and implement periodic advocacy workshops for members of OPERA America and Dance/USA.
  • Communicate and disseminate information about relevant government and advocacy activities to Boards, memberships, and staff, including submitting written advocacy board reports.
  • Participate in key annual events for OPERA America and Dance/USA including board meetings, annual conferences, select members forums, and more.
  • Develop toolkits and training protocols to help member organizations and individual artists become more active and effective as advocates at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Inform and coordinate research that will help make the case for funding of opera and dance (and all the performing arts) in a competitive legislative environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Requires exceptional attention to detail, ability to manage multiple tasks, diplomacy, strong written and communication skills, and the ability to establish priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and to be a self-starter.
  • Experience with federal advocacy, lobbying, and government relations strongly preferred.
  • National nonprofit association experience preferred.
  • Strong computer skills required including a comfort with using Microsoft Office 365, Zoom, Slack, Trello, Voter Voice, Google Drive, and more.

Salary and Compensation
Compensation range is in the $80ks based on experience, and includes health benefits, a retirement package, paid vacation, and life insurance to all full-time employees.

Organizational Summary

About OPERA America
OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following:

Creation: Artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works;

Presentation: Opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers;

Enjoyment: Education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation. OPERA America maintains core values of equity, inclusion, and diversity. The organization believes that opera companies have an obligation to be more reflective of their communities and that the art form and the industry gain from diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Dance/USA
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.

Engagement: Dance/USA engages and activates its network through meaningful programs, convenings, and educational opportunities.

Advocacy: Dance/USA advocates for the increased visibility of, and engagement in, dance and for government policies that positively impact the dance field on a national, regional, and local level. Research: Dance/USA provides rigorous, relevant, and accessible research on the dance field. Preservation: Dance/USA provides resources and programs to advance the archiving and preservation of America’s dance legacy. Dance/USA maintains core values of connectivity, creativity, equity, and integrity.

Through the lens of equity, Dance/USA strives to remove the boundaries erected by a legacy of racism, classism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, gender bias, and xenophobia and we work to dismantle institutional and systemic oppression that attack the dance field’s progress, impede the creation of work, and negatively impact dance audiences and communities.

Please submit applications via this portal no later than 11:59pm PST on Monday, March 4, 2024.

Director of Member Services

Dance/USA Seeks New Director of Member Services in a New Season 

Location: National – While Dance/USA has an office located in Washington, DC, approximately 85% of the Team works daily from various locales across the U.S. Therefore, the DoMS may live and work from anywhere in the U.S. Applicants from all geographic locales are encouraged to apply. Must have reliable, consistent access to WiFi.
Accountable to: Executive Director
Close Collaborators: The Dance/USA Team
Status: Full-Time Employee with benefits
Compensation: $75,000 – $80,000 plus benefits package, including full medical, retirement benefits, paid vacation, and sick leave.
Travel: Some travel will be required
To apply: Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@nulldanceusa.org by 11:59pm PST on Monday, March 4, 2024.
Desired Start Date: May 1, 2024

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 BIPOC and Native, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities. 

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

In 2024, Dance/USA is led by Executive Director, Kellee Edusei, the first Black Woman leader of this predominantly white institution. During her tenure Edusei has ushered in changes including shifting the organization’s Bylaws; restructuring Dance/USA’s National Conference; embarking on a strategic reframing process that will re-evaluate and re-articulate how we do our work as a member-based organization; and establishing a clear strategic direction for the organization: to manifest an environment that embodies equity, centers a collective practice of inclusion, and cultivates a profound sense of belonging for all within the dance ecosystem.

Over the next several months, Dance/USA will intentionally focus on the curation of its team as it codifies its organizational culture and development in partnership with Unlock Creative: Coaching & Management Solutions LLC. As we embark on this journey, one of the roles we will be hiring for is a Director of Member Services.

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

The Opportunity:
The Director of Member Services (DoMS) is a core member of the Dance/USA Team whose work is critical to the vibrancy of Dance/USA’s member community.

The DoMS must embody Dance/USA’s core values of connectivity, creativity, equity, and integrity, and be motivated to work towards manifesting a member community that embodies equity, centers inclusionary practices and cultivates a profound sense of belonging for all within the dance ecosystem. In close partnership with all members of the Dance/USA Team, the DoMS will guide and support a highly active Membership Department that is national in scope and seeks to be fully responsive to and representative of the breadth of the dance ecosystem.

As a Dance/USA Team member, trust, consistent collaboration, and a willingness to be a co-creator in all aspects of our work is paramount.

To do this work successfully, the DoMS will be a strong collaborator, critical thinker, productive thought partner, a self-motivated and intuitive individual, and someone who possesses a consistent willingness to serve in multiple capacities with an entrepreneurial spirit and solution-oriented mindset. The DoMS will also need to be an expert at synthesizing divergent pieces of information from various perspectives and sources to determine the best course of action that is in service to all.

The DoMS must be detail oriented, a strong communicator, able to balance strategy and action as well as thoughtfully balance – simultaneously – multiple, competing priorities.

The ideal candidate will have five to seven (5-7) years of leadership experience. Leading candidates will have a proven, consistent track record and demonstrated interest in building community, dismantling structures / systems of oppression, connecting individuals to resources while amplifying their abundance, and managing organizational resources with integrity. They will be able to thrive in a dynamic work environment with competing priorities and deadlines while consistently centering collaboration, deep listening, and the ability to complete assignments with thoughtfulness, care, attention to detail, and on time.

The DoMS should also possess an understanding and impact of national arts / service organizations, and inclusionary practices for building relationships and community that are rooted in dismantling white supremacy culture. A keen awareness of philanthropic trends and marketing tactics are a plus.

Key Areas of Responsibility:
The DoMS serves as the connective tissue between Dance/USA, its member community, and the dance ecosystem (ie. potential members). The DoMS is one of Dance/USA’s greatest ambassadors with their work having a direct impact on Dance/USA’s member community which in turn has a direct impact on Dance/USA’s core services of Advocacy, Archiving & Preservation, Leadership & Learning, and Research as well as our Special Initiatives; operations; and finances.

The work of the DoMS is rooted in building, supporting, and network weaving Dance/USA’s member community; cultivating new relationships with individuals and organizations currently not a part of the member community and those who have been historically marginalized within the dance ecosystem; and ensuring all members are well informed about Dance/USA and its value / impact on the sector. The DoMS should be able to easily, clearly, and regularly articulate Dance/USA’s value proposition, internally (to the Dance/USA team and Board) and externally (to the member community and those a part of the broader dance ecosystem). The DoMS should be attuned to organization wide conversations and initiatives and have the ability to translate their importance to the member community.

The DoMS should be adept at maximizing the use of our Association Management System (AMS) (Nimble / Salesforce). There is an expectation that you will possess a willingness to deepen your current knowledge of database management systems in order to maximize the use of the AMS. The ability to generate invoices and secure payment gateway links through the AMS as well as track payment collection is key.

Key Duties:

  • Member Engagement: Be a clear and concise communicator and serve as a supportive presence within our member community by being deeply attuned to the needs of the community. Having a strong sense of emotional intelligence and ability to creatively meet member needs, while balancing the priorities of Dance/USA, are vital. It is paramount to ensure members are aware of Dance/USA’s core values and services and for you to be able to adapt current services to increase the value of membership. Through Dance/USA’s Membership Department, the organization supports 18 peer / member networks that regularly connect biweekly or monthly via ZOOM and occasionally in person throughout the U.S.
  • Member Retention: Focus on retention strategies, and design and execute a thoughtful renewal season with incentives that achieve Dance/USA’s goals. Assess current benefits and dues, considering how to maximize and balance both for shared impact.
  • Member Recruitment: Build relationships with creative workers and institutions that have been historically marginalized within the dance ecosystem. Cultivate a sense of belonging for all members within the Dance/USA member community.
  • Financial Management: Possess comfort with a budget. Set, meet, and exceed Departmental revenue goals related to annual dues and other revenue streams linked to the Department.
  • Managing Resources: Utilize and maximize our AMS to streamline internal operational needs for external impact; experience with and understanding of Salesforce or a different AMS is a must. The DoMS should also be able to leverage Dance/USA’s Board of Trustees to support the operations of the Membership Department.

Personal Characteristics:

  • A successful candidate in the DoMS role will possess the following:
  • A strong belief in the Vision, Mission, Values, Guiding Priorities and strategic direction of Dance/USA with a profound understanding and commitment to combating systemic oppression in the dance ecosystem and performing arts sector.
  • A deep desire to collaborate and be a strategic thought partner who can synthesize complex thoughts with clarity and is constantly approaching work creatively.
  • The ability to be diplomatic and committed to the best possible outcome that benefits many, not only a few.
  • A comfort with change and a willingness to navigate uncertainty in a team setting.
  • The ability to listen deeply and exceptionally; one who is approachable, knowledgeable, and can develop meaningful relationships and sustain existing ones.
  • Receive input and feedback from many sources and commitment to centering inclusive practices daily.
  • Be a clear communicator.
  • Be an active, engaged individual in diverse forums and organizational relationships.
  • A demonstrated understanding of an ASM and how it might be optimized for organizational efficiency, as well as familiarity and comfort with website software like WordPress is essential. Confidence in using the Microsoft suite as well as ZOOM’s video conferencing and webinar tools are required.
  • The ability to travel when needed.

To apply
Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@nulldanceusa.org by 11:59pm PST on Monday, March 4. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide three professional references in advance of the interview.

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 BIPOC and Native, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities.

To learn more about Dance/USA visit danceusa.org.

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