Title: Director of Leadership and Learning
Accountable to: Executive Director
Supervises: Manager of Leadership and Learning (FT); a Conference Coordinator (PT – seasonal); and Leadership and Learning Interns (hourly, as needed, seasonal)
Close Collaborators: The Dance/USA Team; Dance Forum Guest Curator(s); members of Dance/USA’s Conference Host Committee(s); members of Dance/USA’s Conference Impact Working Group.
Status: Full Time Employee
Application Due: December 5, 2022 at 9pm PST
Established in 1982, Dance/USA is the national service organization for dance, serving a broad cross-section of the dance field. Dance/USA is committed to honoring, nurturing, and advancing the dance ecosystem through the lens of equity, inclusion, justice, and liberation in all aspects of its operations, programming, and services. Dance/USA is continuing to deepen its practices as an anti-racist, anti-oppressive organization that operates with inclusionary practices at its core and centers the voices of individuals who identify as BIPOC and Native, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities.
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 here.
Dance/USA is also guided by the following priorities:
- Equity and Justice: Dance/USA cultivates and advances systems and practices of equity and justice at all levels of the organization.
- Partnerships: Dance/USA builds and sustains partnerships that align with our core values, advance equity goals, and elevate the work of the dance field.
- Technology: Dance/USA conducts its programs, services, and operations through technology, increasing efficiency, impact, and visibility.
- Financial Sustainability: Dance/USA optimizes its impact with a financially sustainable business model.
The Director of Leadership and Learning (DoL&L) is a part of the visioning and curatorial team that produces Dance/USA’s national Conference, and other national convenings such as Dance Forum(s), Dance/USA Connect(s), as well as virtual learning opportunities. The DoL&L is a critical member of the Dance/USA Team, whose curatorial lens must align with the collective vision of Dance/USA. The DoL&L must work in close collaboration with all members of the Dance/USA Team to accomplish the goals of their department and to be a productive contributor to the overall Dance/USA Team. A close partnership and trust will be critical with the Manager of Leadership and Learning and Conference Coordinator. The DoL&L must be able to balance curation and project management in order to bring intimate and large-scale Dance/USA learning experiences to fruition.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Dance/USA National Conference: Dance/USA hosts biennially a national, multi-day Conference that animates its core values and guiding priorities. Convening hundreds of administrators and artists working within the dance ecosystem, Dance/USA national Conferences are rooted in networking, learning, collective problem solving, conversation, and collegiality. Migrating to a new host-city at each iteration, Conferences are campus-style and offer a robust virtual component to maximize participation. They include Dance/USA’s Honors Celebration (which is a part of the Opening Night Celebration) and would not be possible without the contributions of Dance/USA’s Conference Impact Working Group and Conference Host Committee.
Dance Forum: The Dance Forum is a three hour convening that brings together a wide variety of individuals working within the dance ecosystem for networking and conversation. The Dance Forum occurs biennially as part of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference in New York; in recent years it was hosted virtually. Dance Forums may also be regional convenings in partnership with regional organizations such as Western Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest, and SouthArts. The curation of the Forum would not be possible without the contributions of Guest Curator(s).
Dance/USA Connect: A Connect is an intimate gathering of approximately 150 attendees focused on a singular topic with the intention to connect a slice of the dance ecosystem that may be historically marginalized within the larger dance ecosystem and/or would otherwise not have an opportunity to connect. Connects vary in format, length, and rely heavily on partnerships to ensure their success and demonstrate their impact.
Virtual Programming: Dance/USA’s virtual learning opportunities manifest in a myriad of ways, and currently include our Centering the Artists series; timely fieldwide webinars; Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training; Dance Business Bootcamp; and Service Never Sleeps Allyship Trainings.
Database and Website Management: The DoL&L should possess a willingness to deepen their current expertise and facility with database management to maximize the use of our current Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system – powered by Nimble/Salesforce. The ability to build registration forms, navigate the creation of an APP, generate invoices, and secure payment gateway links through the CRM as well as track payment collection will be key. Additionally, the DoL&L is responsible for updating all portions of the Dance/USA website that relate to all aspects of their functional department. Familiarity and comfort with WordPress and Nimble/Salesforce are a plus. Confidence in using the Microsoft suite as well as ZOOM’s videoconferencing and webinar tools are essential.
Marketing: While there is a full-time Communications Specialist as part of the Dance/USA team, the DoL&L should have a marketing sensibility and be willing, as a thought partner, to explore and utilize a variety of tactics to promote Dance/USA’s learning opportunities – as widely as possible and with intention of connecting with communities within the dance ecosystem that tend to be marginalized and/or not frequently engaged with Dance/USA’s programmatic offerings. The DoL&L should be able to clearly articulate “This leadership and learning opportunity is for you, because …” when crafting copy and communicating with attendees. Our marketing / communications channels include direct email; social media; outreach to partner organizations and field-wide partners. The ability to confidently utilize Dance/USA’s website, direct e-communications, and social media – specifically Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn – to amplify Dance/USA’s impact is needed.
KEY ACTIVITIES AND DUTIES
- In close collaboration with the Executive Director, set the vision and lead the programmatic content curation for Dance/USA’s national Conferences, Dance Forums, Connects, and virtual programming.
- Identify speakers/moderators/facilitators for these programmatic offerings and support the curation process by developing the session in collaboration with the speakers/moderators/facilitators, confirming their session description, conducting prep calls, coordinating speaker agreements, identifying and coordinating all session needs – such as A/V and Disability Access, and managing the distribution of session materials.
- Populate programmatic content on the Dance/USA website, mobile app, and in our CRM.
- Design Dance/USA’s “Request for Ideas / Call for Questions” for Conference programming. This includes setting programmatic priorities, outlining criteria, fielding questions, collating received materials for Dance/USA’s Conference Impact Working Group to review, and coordinating acceptance and rejection process of proposals.
- Select, negotiate, and manage contracts for event vendors (hotel, mobile app, equipment rental, awards, florists, photographer/videographer, graphic designer, caterers, etc.).
- Conduct site-visits to Conference and/or Connect host cities and be active in the relationship building necessary to strengthen Dance/USA’s connection within that city/host community.
- Collaborate across all Dance/USA functional departments to ensure the programmatic breath, depth, and creative success of our content and that these programmatic offerings are widely known throughout the dance ecosystem.
- Ensure all Disability Access needs are exceeded for all Dance/USA programs; establish – as necessary – protocols.
- Ensure local and federal health and safety regulations are met at all convenings and identify a COVID Compliance officer for all in-person convenings and develop emergency plans.
- Work closely with the Director of Finance to ensure fiscal responsibility of all activities taking place within the Department of Leadership and Learning and develop contingency plans with an operational and financial lens.
- Support the work of our strategic partners: Dance Forum Guest Curator(s), members of Dance/USA’s Conference Host Committee(s), and members of Dance/USA’s Conference Impact Working Group while maintaining and balancing programmatic/curated content and Dance/USA’s vision.
The DoL&L will be an expert at building and sustaining relationships. It is vital this individual possess a strong curatorial sensibility when it comes to cultivating opportunities for field-wide conversations and learnings for large and small audiences, coupled with the ability to foresee, manage, balance, and take action on the various shifting parts that will impact the successful delivery and reception of Dance/USA’s programmatic content. They will thrive in a dynamic workplace environment with competing priorities and deadlines while consistently centering collaboration, deep listening, and the ability to complete assignments with thoughtfulness, care, and attention to detail.
The DoL&L will be a creative, curious individual who is willing to go out of their comfort zone and will regularly encourage others to do the same. They will center anti-racist and inclusionary practices in their daily work and will have had prior supervisory experience. Someone with a marketing acumen is a plus.
Leading candidates will possess a keen awareness of fieldwide trends, are well connected to various communities within the dance ecosystem, and strive to amplify the work of these communities within Dance/USA’s programmatic offerings.
It is vital for the DoL&L to be a strategic thinker and a strong project manager, driven by deploying the necessary tactics to ensure maximum impact.
A successful candidate will possess many of the following:
- A strong belief in the Vision, Mission, Core Values, and Guiding Priorities of Dance/USA with a profound understanding and commitment to combating systemic racism 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.
- An individual who is diplomatic and committed to the best possible outcomes that benefit many, not only a few.
- A comfort with change and a willingness to navigate uncertainty in a team setting.
- Ability to listen deeply and exceptionally; one who is approachable, knowledgeable, and can develop meaningful relationships and sustain existing ones.
- A comfort with receiving input and feedback from many sources and commitment to centering inclusive practices daily.
- A clear communicator.
- A comfort with being an active, engaged individual in diverse forums and organizational relationships.
- Ability to travel when needed.
While Dance/USA has an office located in Washington, DC, approximately 85% of the Team work daily from various locales across the U.S. Therefore, the DoL&L may live and work from anywhere in the U.S. Applicants from all geographic locales are encouraged to apply.
Benefits and Compensation
$80,000 – $85,000 plus benefits package, including full medical, retirement benefits, paid vacation, and sick leave.
Send your resume and cover letter to Casey John McEnelly, Director of Finance, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, December 5, 2022 at 9pm PST. 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.