Employment

ADF prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

 

Year-Round  Employment

There are no open positions at this time.


Seasonal Employment

ADF Summer School Staff Positions
Deadline to apply: February 18, 2022

Festival Services Coordinator

The Festival Services Coordinator provides coordination of on-campus services, events, and hospitality for the ADF community. This position works collaboratively with the entire ADF School team and reports to the Director of School Administration.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all housing, dining, ID cards, keys, and maintenance for students, faculty, staff, and guests on campus in partnership with Duke University
  • Provide hospitality and on-call assistance to students, faculty, staff, and guests
  • Oversee Festival Services storage, inventory, and supplies
  • Plan and implement key school events and activities
  • Assist with student check-ins and orientations
  • Supervise one intern and multiple work-study students

Qualifications/experience:

  • Management experience in the hospitality industry or events
  • Arts administration experience or coursework
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills, self motivation, and professionalism
  • Great attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong Google Suite and Microsoft Office skills

Details and compensation:

  • Dates of position: May 16–July 22, 2022
  • Compensation: $350/weekly
  • Take one SDI course and attend discussions, drop-in classes, and informal showings
  • Receive complimentary performance tickets

All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and daily tasks of running the ADF School summer programs, which often includes work outside of specific position responsibilities. This position must be able to work independently with minimal oversight as well as part of a team and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. This position involves physical labor. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required. Must be able to bring your vehicle with you to the festival.

To be considered, please submit the following application requirements to adf@americandancefestival.org:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume with relevant experience highlighted
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak directly about your qualifications
  • Three references

School Operations Coordinator

The School Operations Coordinator provides coordination of studio, transportation, equipment, and technical needs for the ADF community. This position works collaboratively with the entire ADF School team and reports to the School Assistant.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Coordinate transportation for students, faculty, and guests
  • Oversee all studio schedules
  • Coordinate ADF bus/van schedules, maintenance, and bus drivers
  • Maintain studio upkeep and inventory
  • Execute the setup/breakdown and equipment operation for all school-related events
  • Arrange all technical needs (sound, video, etc.) for all ADF School classes, rehearsals, events, and showings
  • Oversee equipment checkout for the entire ADF community
  • Supervise one intern and multiple work-study students

Qualifications/experience:

  • Experience in dance production, facilities, and/or event planning
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills, self motivation, and professionalism
  • Great attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong Google Suite and Microsoft Office proficiency

Details and compensation:

  • Dates of position: May 16–July 22, 2022
  • Compensation: $350/weekly
  • Take one SDI course and attend discussions, drop-in classes, and informal showings
  • Receive complimentary performance tickets

All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and daily tasks of running the ADF school summer programs, which often includes work outside of specific position responsibilities. This position must be able to work independently with minimal oversight as well as part of a team and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. This position involves physical labor. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required. Must be able to bring your vehicle with you to the festival.

To be considered, please submit the following application requirements to adf@americandancefestival.org:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume with relevant experience highlighted
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak directly about your qualifications
  • Three references

Dean’s office & workshop Coordinator

The Dean’s Office & Workshop Coordinator provides administrative support to the ADF School Dean and helps administer ADF’s Dance Professionals Workshops (DPW), which comprises two, weeklong programs for graduate-level and professional dance artists.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Dean’s Office:
    • Administer all aspects of the drop-in class schedule
    • Create and distribute schedules using the ADF app and other technologies
    • Coordinate logistics and schedule with faculty and staff
    • Track attendance
    • Assist in oversight of select school events
    • Act as ADF’s primary liaison for the Duke MFA program
    • Distribute festival-wide communications through the ADF app
    • Oversee work-study staff
  • DPW program:
    • Serve as primary point person for DPW participants and faculty
    • Generate and disseminate workshop documentation and communication materials to participants
    • Guide participants during DPW orientations
    • Monitor program progress and support workshop activities in coordination with the ADF Dean

Qualifications/experience:

  • Experience and/or interest in engaging in the administrative aspects of running education programs
  • Experience managing or overseeing a team preferred
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills, self motivation, and professionalism
  • Great attention to detail
  • Strong Google Suite and Microsoft Office skills

Details and compensation:

  • Dates of position: May 9–July 21, 2022
  • Compensation: $350/weekly
  • Take one SDI course and attend discussions, drop-in classes, and informal showings
  • Receive complimentary performance tickets

All school staff are expected to assist in the overall administration and daily tasks of running the ADF school summer programs, which often includes work outside of specific position responsibilities. This position must be able to work independently with minimal oversight as well as part of a team and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required. Must be able to bring your vehicle with you to the festival.

To be considered, please submit the following application requirements to adf@americandancefestival.org:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume with relevant experience highlighted
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak directly about your qualifications
  • Three references

Dorm counselor

Each year, ADF builds a team of five dorm counselors for its Pre-Professional Dance Intensive (PDI). PDI is a two-week, audition-based program for dancers ages 13-17 that provides rigorous training for intermediate and advanced dancers and encourages the artistic voice within a supportive community. Counselors play a critical role as mentors and gain experience supporting dancers’ training in the classroom and through constructing a healthy, fun, and inclusive residential living experience.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Provide daily schedule oversight and accompany students to all classes, meals, activities, and performances
  • Planning and implementing activities and support mechanisms that establish a trusting community and foster relaxation and enjoyment outside of the classroom and in the residential hall
  • Model best practices in how to take class and manage the stresses of an intense training experience inside of the classroom
  • Provide support to students for emotional and physical issues
  • Act as an intermediary and appropriately mediate or take another action when necessary with the support of ADF school staff
  • Enforce ADF and Duke University guidelines and policies

Qualifications/experience:

  • Prior experience working with students as a residence life assistant, camp counselor, or equivalent role, preferably with youth ages 13-17
  • Strong leadership skills, self motivation, and professionalism
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Conflict resolution skills and able to negotiate sensitive situations with students with integrity and maturity
  • Must be able to balance responsibilities in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with best practices for creating an inclusive community for students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and physical abilities

Details and compensation:

  • Dates of position: June 29–July 17, 2022
  • Compensation: $850 stipend
  • Dorm Counselors are provided housing and three meals a day on Duke University’s East Campus
  • Dorm counselors take classes and attend performances with PDI students
  • ADF provides dorm counselors with four days of training, team-building, and planning sessions prior to student arrival on July 3

Candidates interested in a dorm counselor position should carefully consider the magnitude of this rewarding, yet demanding position before applying. Dorm counselors have a great deal of responsibility, are on-the-job at all times, and are intensively engaged with program participants the majority of each day. Consistent, yet limited, time off each week is structured into the schedule for each counselor. Applicants must be 21 or older. Some dorm counselors will be asked to have a car with them at the festival. All dorm counselors must pass a background check and complete online training on policies and issues relating to interactions with minors as coordinated by Duke University.

To be considered, please submit the following application requirements to adf@americandancefestival.org:

  • Resume with relevant dorm counselor or equivalent experience highlighted
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak directly about your qualifications
  • Three references; at least one reference must have been directly involved with your previous dorm counselor or equivalent experience


ADF Summer Positions
Deadline to apply: February 18, 2022

Summer Production Positions

Start Date: June 8, 2022
End Date: July 23, 2022

Available positions for 18-plus performance schedule:

  • Technical Director / Carpenter
  • Sound Technician
  • Production Stage Manager
  • 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

Video Producer and Editor

Start date: June 6, 2022
End date: July 21, 2022
Salary begins at $400 a week. Additional compensation may be considered based on experience.

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


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.