The American Dance Festival is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, or race.

Year  Round  Employment  (full  time  positions  unless  noted)

All positions currently filled.

Seasonal  Employment

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to American Dance Festival, PO Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708, or e-mail to adf@americandancefestival.org. Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by February 5, 2016.

All ADF Summer Staff positions are contingent upon passing a criminal background check and completing training on policies and issues relating to interactions with Minors (coordinated by Duke University), with the exception of Production Staff.

Positions marked with an asterisk (*) must provide their own transportation.

Festival services Coordinator (April 27 – August 3, 2016) *
The Festival Services Coordinator works with an international student body and faculty totaling more than 500 people, with a focus on assisting visiting faculty and students in the Six Week School, Three Week School, and Dance Professionals Workshop. Primary responsibilities include the coordination of all housing, meal plans, ID cards, weekly bulk shopping, a large inventory of food and housing items, and additional student and faculty services. This position works closely with ADF’s School Administration Coordinator and Duke University staff. Plans and implements many aspects of school and festival-wide events and parties, which includes the coordination of in-kind donations with local businesses. The position oversees many aspects of the ADF summer offices and resolves issues regarding the offices and dorms including maintenance, cleaning, keys, furniture, etc. The position will supervise a full-time intern and work-study students. All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and day-to-day tasks of running the ADF School, which often includes work outside of the specific position responsibilities. Must be able to work independently and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. The ideal candidate has excellent customer-service and organizational skills, a positive attitude, and Microsoft Office proficiency. Experience in hospitality or events preferred. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

Receptionist (mid May – July, 2016)
Answers very busy multi-line phone system and greets office visitors. Receives and distributes mail for staff, faculty, and students, and keeps track of daily parking passes. Must be able to work well with the public and take accurate, detailed messages in a fast paced environment. Must be organized, detail oriented, and possess a pleasant and professional demeanor, as well as a strong sense of discretion. Familiarity with the broad scope of ADF programs is a plus. Involves miscellaneous office-related duties as assigned; reports to the Office Manager.

Student Coordinator (April 18 – August 1, 2016) *
The Student Coordinator works with an international student body and faculty totaling more than 500 people, with a focus on operations of the Two and Three Week School (students ages 12 – 16) and Six Week School students under the age of 18. Primary responsibilities include the creation and distribution of dorm counselor and student schedules, overseeing all dorm counselor activities, daily correspondence with parents, arranging weekend activities, and assisting all students and dorm counselors with issues surrounding classes, health, safety, housing, meals, rules, and socializing. The position will also work with faculty in the young dancer programs, pay special attention to commuting student needs, enforce all rules, and plan a final class sharing and party for the students and their families. All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and day-to-day tasks of running the ADF School, which often includes work outside of the specific position responsibilities. Must be able to work independently and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. The ideal candidate has excellent customer-service and organizational skills, a positive attitude, and Microsoft Office proficiency. Experience with younger students required. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

School Operations Coordinator (April 27 – August 2, 2016)
The School Operations Coordinator works with an international student body and faculty totaling more than 500 people, with a focus on managing all studio, transportation, equipment, and technical needs for the ADF community. Primary responsibilities include overseeing all studio allocation, ADF bus/van schedules and maintenance, studio upkeep and inventory, and execution of setup/breakdown and equipment operation for all school-related events. The position will arrange all technical needs (sound, video, etc.) for all classes, rehearsals, events, and showings associated with the ADF School and oversee equipment checkout for entire ADF community. The position will supervise a staff of three full-time interns and over twenty work-study students. All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and day-to-day tasks of running the ADF School, which often includes work outside of the specific position responsibilities. Must be able to work independently and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. The ideal candidate has excellent customer-service and organizational skills, a positive attitude, and Microsoft Office proficiency. Experience in dance production is preferred. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

Schedule and Faculty Coordinator (June 2 – August 1) *
The Schedule and Faculty Coordinator works with an international student body and faculty totaling more than 500 people, with a focus on creating schedules for the school and assisting over seventy faculty members.  Primary responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the WFSS schedule, including scheduling classes, schedule distribution, coordinating logistics and classroom needs with the School Operations office, tracking student attendance, and financial reconciliation. The position also coordinates and distributes the Six Week School schedule, Dance Professionals Workshop schedule, and preview week schedule, assists with the Teaching Tribute award ceremony/dinner and all school VIPs, organizes all aspects of the student concerts and class showings, and assists all faculty with various needs ranging from coordinating auditions, room/board/travel, performance tickets, and other demands that may arise. All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and day-to-day tasks of running the ADF School, which often includes work outside of the specific position responsibilities. Must be able to work independently and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. The ideal candidate has excellent customer-service and organizational skills, a positive attitude, and Microsoft Office proficiency. Prior experience with ADF preferred. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

Audience Services Assistant (late May – July, 2016)*
This position reports to the Audience Services Associate. Duties include but are not limited to daily ticket sales reporting, updating internal spreadsheets, communicating with Duke and Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) box offices daily regarding seating holds and comp requests, and assisting supervisor with any other box office or marketing needs. Assistant will also assist the Marketing Department with event coordination. Previous box office and customer service experience (preferably within the performing arts) is required. Knowledge of and experience with Excel and Google Docs is required. Must be detail-oriented, have spreadsheet reporting experience, and have the ability to work in a fast paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude. Evening and weekend work is required.


Production Positions (June – July, 2016)
Available positions for 35-plus performance schedule: Production Stage Manager, Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, Sound Technician, and Costume Designer.  Previous dance experience preferred. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references.

Teaching opportunities

ADF School

As a general rule, the ADF School does not accept unsolicited teaching inquiries. We take the selection of faculty seriously and are constantly examining the dance landscape for exemplary educators. 

ADF Samuel H. Scripps studios

If you are interested in teaching a weekly class or a special workshop at ADF’s Studios, please send your performance/teaching resume and proposed class description to studios@americandancefestival.org. We offer a variety of classes for all ages and levels. Typically, the weekly class schedule is set several months in advance, and special workshops are scheduled on an ongoing basis.