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.

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.

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.

Dorm Counselors
Deadline to apply: April 1, 2016
The Dorm Counselor position offers 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 Three Week School (3WS), ages 12-16. Dorm Counselors will play an integral role in the 3WS 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, 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 12-16 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, school office staff, and parents on a daily basis. Please note that ADF implements a highly restricted cell phone policy for Three Week School 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, work with ADF staff to determine and implement disciplinary action in extreme cases, will act as a primary liaison and contact person for 3WS faculty, and be expected to take on additional duties as needed. Applicants must have prior experience in both administration/management and working with students ages 12-16. 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: July 6 – 31, 2016
    • Fee: $1,100
    • Dorm Counselors will receive a double air-conditioned dorm and three meals a day in the Duke University East Campus cafeteria.
  • Head Dorm Counselor
    • Dates of position: June 29 – July 31, 2016
    • Fee: $1,600
    • Head Dorm Counselor will receive a single air-conditioned dorm and three meals a day in the Duke University East Campus cafeteria.

In addition to the compensation listed above, all Dorm Counselors will be able to take classes with the Three Week School students, attend ADF events, and receive a complimentary ticket to each performance in the ADF season during their residence (Reynolds Industries Theater and Durham Performing Arts Center performances only).

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 childcare experience.


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.