Employment

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: 

No positions currently available.

 

Seasonal  Employment:

Start date: mid-February
End date: August 2, 2019

Performances Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director

Qualifications:  Ability to multitask and handle pressure is a must.  Excellent communication skills, an overall willingness to “get the job done,” and being comfortable working as part of a team is essential. Must have experience with managing events and working with artists. Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.

Job Summary: Coordinates all dance company logistics for ADF performances.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Act as primary contact for the managers of all dance companies and with artists in residence.
  • Coordinate all aspects of artists stay including housing, transportation, performances, post-performance discussions, master classes, and assist with any community outreach and cultivation events in which they are involved.
  • Hire and supervise Costumer and two summer interns.
  • Responsible for preparing visa applications including: O&P visas for professional companies and J-1 visas for artists in residence.
  • Work closely with ADF Production Director and presenting partners, preseason and during the summer, to ensure each company’s residency goes smoothly.
  • Work with Cast Dinner Coordinator to plan cast dinners at the homes of community members and with each cast dinner host to ensure a successful event.
  • Request company fees and track expenses that the companies are responsible for covering.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to American Dance Festival, PO Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708, or e-mail to adf@americandancefestival.org with Performance Coordinator in the subject line. DEADLINE TO APPLY: December 15, 2018.

Must be able to work onsite in Durham, North Carolina. No phone calls or email inquiries. 


The deadline for applications for the following summer staff positions is February 1, 2019.

**Video Producer and Editor
Start date: June 3 2019
End date: July 21, 2019

The Video Producer and Editor shoots a wide range of festival events, including interviews, panel discussions, student concerts, class showings, and other events as assigned and edits selected video into posts for the ADF website, Facebook page, Instagram account, and YouTube channel. Experience with videography is required as is knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro and the ability to edit video into completed programs lasting one to three minutes. Frequent evening and weekend work required. Must be flexible and able to deal with a dynamic schedule and to take instruction from several different departments.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references. To apply, please send materials to:

American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708
OR
adf@americandancefestival.org


**2019 Production Positions

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 or until positions are filled.

Start Date: June 6, 2019
End Date: July 24, 2019

Available positions for 18-plus performance schedule:

  • Technical Director
  • Sound Technician
  • Production Stage Manager
  • Master Carpenter
  • Master Electrician

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references. To apply, please send materials to:

American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708
OR
adf@americandancefestival.org

2019 ADF SCHOOL SUMMER STAFF POSITIONS

FESTIVAL SERVICES COORDINATOR*
The Festival Services Coordinator works with an international student body and faculty totaling more than 400 people, with a focus on-campus services, hospitality, and events for staff, students, and faculty across all programs in the festival. This position will report to the Co-Director of School Administration and will work closely with various ADF departments and Duke University staff. Primary responsibilities include coordinating all housing, meal plans, ID cards, and keys for students, faculty, and staff while working closely with Duke University; coordinating housing and providing hospitality for VIP guests and faculty; managing weekly bulk shopping for staff; overseeing Festival Services storage and managing a large inventory of housing and other supply items; planning school events and parties, which includes the coordination of in-kind donations with local businesses; coordinating and supporting all festival opening weekend events and activities; providing responsive support to the ADF summer administrative offices and residential dorms, including resolving issues such as maintenance, cleaning, furniture, etc.; coordinating all signage within dorm and administrative office buildings on-campus; assisting with leading and coordinating student check-ins and orientations; and supervising 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 specific position responsibilities. This position must be able to work independently and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate has excellent customer-service and organizational skills, great attention to detail, a warm and pleasant demeanor, a sense of humor, and Microsoft Office proficiency. Experience in hospitality or events preferred. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: May 13–July 24, 2019.  
COMPENSATION: $325/week

SCHOOL OPERATIONS COORDINATOR*
The School Operations Coordinator works with an international student body and faculty totaling more than 400 people, with a focus on managing all studio, transportation, equipment, and technical needs for the ADF community. Primary responsibilities are managing all transportation, including coordinating all airport pick-ups for international students, Pre-Professional Dance Intensive students, VIP, and faculty and overseeing all studio schedules, ADF bus/van schedules and maintenance, and studio upkeep and inventory. This position will also include executing the setup/breakdown and equipment operation for all school-related events; arranging all technical needs (sound, video, etc.) for all classes, rehearsals, events, and showings associated with the ADF School; overseeing equipment checkout for the entire ADF community; supervising a full-time intern and several work-study students; updating and maintaining the transportation guide for students; supporting the School Operations intern with student transportation inquiries and issues; and assisting the International Choreographers Residency program with auditions, performances, and all transportation.

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 specific position responsibilities. This position must be able to work independently and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate has excellent customer-service and organizational skills, a warm and pleasant demeanor, a sense of humor, and Microsoft Office proficiency. Experience in dance production is preferred. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: May 13–July 23, 2019.  
COMPENSATION: $325/week

STUDENT & WORKSHOP COORDINATOR*
The Student & Workshop Coordinator works with an international student body and faculty totaling more than 400 people, with a focus on administering the Dance Professionals Workshops (DPW) and providing assistance and support to the Co-Directors of School Administration with all administrative aspects of student services. Primary responsibilities for DPW administration are coordinating and leading check-ins and orientation; preparing check-in materials for all student programs in coordination with school operation staff; finalizing schedules and following proper procedures in information distribution to students, faculty, and staff; communicating and coordinating with DPW faculty regarding all logistical and practical needs; creating student class rosters; disseminating information ahead of student arrival via email; serving as the point person for all student and faculty; coordinating evaluations; organizing transportation with the School Operations office; and monitoring CEU tracking and letters of completion. Additional responsibilities in support of general student services include following up with students to ensure ADF receives all required program forms; supporting payment processes and communication with students; assisting with student check-ins and orientations for the other school programs as needed; helping with all aspects of class registration and attendance tracking for the Summer Dance Intensive; and issuing Certificates of Completion for each program digitally.

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 specific position responsibilities. This position must be able to work independently and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate has excellent customer-service and organizational skills, a warm and pleasant demeanor, a sense of humor, and Microsoft Office proficiency. Prior experience with ADF a plus, but not required. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required.

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: April 29-July 22, 2019.  
COMPENSATION: $325/week

DORM COUNSELORS*
Dorm Counselor positions offer a unique opportunity to participate in the American Dance Festival and impact a young dancer’s experience in a profound way. Dorm Counselors live with and provide 24/7 supervision to approximately 40-60 students in the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive, ages 13-17. Dorm Counselors will play an integral role in the student experience by providing daily schedule oversight, planning and implementing activities, accompanying students to all classes, meals, activities, and events, providing support for emotional and physical issues and behavioral assessments, and enforcing rules and taking disciplinary action when necessary. Most importantly, Dorm Counselors will be responsible for building and maintaining a positive, supportive, and welcoming environment for students with a focus on tolerance, community building, integrity, and respect—both in residential life as well as in the dance studio.

Applicants must be 21 or older and have prior experience working with students between the ages of 13-17 as a babysitter, nanny, teacher, camp counselor, or similar position. Dorm Counselors have a great deal of responsibility and ADF asks candidates interested in this position to carefully consider the magnitude of the position before applying. Dorm Counselors will be expected to work days, nights, and weekends (limited time off will be provided on a rotating basis), and will be interacting with students, staff, and parents on a daily basis. Please note that ADF implements a restricted cell phone policy for pre-professional dance students; therefore, Dorm Counselors will be asked to limit their phone and internet usage in front of students with the exception of ADF-related business.

Head Dorm Counselor: In addition to the duties listed above, ADF seeks a Head Dorm Counselor to act as an administrative liaison between the ADF School Office and the Dorm Counselors. The Head Dorm Counselor will oversee the Dorm Counselors, be a primary contact for parents, assist in planning and implementing daily schedules and activities, work with ADF staff to determine and implement disciplinary action in extreme cases, act as a primary liaison and contact person for Pre-Professional dance faculty, and be expected to take on additional duties as needed. Applicants must have prior experience in both management and working with students ages 13-17. The ideal candidate has excellent communication and organizational skills, can balance an administrative workload and daily Dorm Counselor responsibilities in a fast-paced environment, and can negotiate sensitive situations with students and parents with integrity, maturity, and composure.

Details and compensation

  • Dorm Counselors
    • Dates of position: June 25–July 21, 2019
    • Compensation: $1,100
    • Dorm Counselors will receive an air-conditioned dorm and three meals a day in the Duke University East Campus dining hall
  • Head Dorm Counselor
    • Dates of position: June 22–July 21, 2019
    • Compensation: $1,600
    • Head Dorm Counselor will receive an air-conditioned dorm and three meals a day in the Duke University East Campus dining hall

In addition to the compensation listed above, all Dorm Counselors will take classes with the Pre-Professional dance students, attend ADF events, and receive a complimentary ticket to each performance in the ADF season the students are scheduled to attend.

Please note: All Dorm Counselors must pass a background check and complete online training on policies and issues relating to interactions with Minors (coordinated by Duke University).

Please submit the following application requirements (Dorm Counselors and Head Dorm Counselor)

  • Resumé with relevant Dorm Counselor experience highlighted.
  • Letter of recommendation from a reference who can speak directly about your candidacy for the Dorm Counselor position.
  • 3 references; at least one reference must have been directly involved with your previous Dorm Counselor or child care experience.

*These positions require the applicant to have a car at ADF.


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’s 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.