(*see below for information about Rehearsal Director position)

Position Available

Program Director, It’s Showtime NYC

Part-Time, Salaried

Starts November 2019

Reports to Executive Director (ED), Dancing in the Streets

Background

Dancing in the Streets, Inc. is a Bronx-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1984. Four years ago, the Mayor’s office asked Dancing in the Streets to start the program, It’s Showtime NYC (IST) to provide work opportunities and career development for NYC’s subway and street dancers, as a legal alternative to dancing on the subways. Over the years the program has evolved through collaborative teamwork between the dancers, a small team of dedicated program administrators, outside consultants and advisors, a range of funders and the Board of Directors of Dancing in the Streets.

In the early years, IST dancers were invited to weekly open session rehearsals and were provided pre-paid permits to perform legally in parks. Currently our dancers participate in paid rehearsals, collaborate with major street dance choreographers, and are developing a repertory that we aim to tour to performing arts stages and festivals. Our dancers have also received training in dance-teaching, choreography, commercial shoot work, marketing, branding, administrative skills, production management and dance-tourism and several of our dancers are currently in roles of managers-in-training. Through IST, dancers have received work as: performers at the MET Museum, the Shed, Abrons, SummerStage, Jacob’s Pillow, Weeksville, HarlemStage, Apollo; recent commercial work for Coach, AT&T, and New Balance; as teachers at a number of public schools and community centers; as dance-tourism guides through our self-generated program marketed through Airbnb and Expedia; and they have toured France, Brazil and the Netherlands. The dancers also attend “Forums” that are regular group and support discussions. Dancers also receive on-going coaching on work skills, etiquette, conflict resolution and time management. The program is funded through grants & donors as well as performance, teaching and tourism-guide fees.

A majority of major decisions include IST dancers’ group vote and/or with inclusive discussions.

 

Job Summary

Program Director will be expected to provide overall administrative responsibility for It’s Showtime NYC program, including bookings, communications, scheduling, general management, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, public relations, program vision and other initiatives. The Program Director works closely with an extended, part-time team. The Program Director will also seek input from an Artistic Advisory Board and the Board of Directors. Program Director will also be able to delegate select tasks to dancers who are paid to help with the program administration. 

Preferred Education, Experience and Training:

• Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit administration, education, dance, arts, social work, and/or performing arts management;

• Minimum of four years’ experience in arts administration (including dance bookings, negotiations, proposal/grant writing, budgeting, contracts, marketing);

• Experience leading, guiding and/or managing a team of dancers;

• Experience developing relationships with street dancers, educators, choreographers, funders and presenters.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge, skills, & qualities as follows:

• Strong organizational and time management skills;

• Strong knowledge and broad perspective of NYC street dance styles, techniques, and culture required. Preferred knowledge: litefeet & flexN and other street dance and club style dance forms;

• Knowledge of performing arts market;

• Excellent interpersonal skills, telephone, writing and communication skills and computer literacy.

• Ability to relate and work well with a range of personalities including street dancers, Board members, corporate clients and funders, consultants, and presenters;

• Demonstrates ability to create a rigorous, challenging, respectful, and supportive environment in which all participants and collaborators (dancers, colleagues, clients, supporters, etc.) feel heard, respected and valued;

• Ability to recognize and foster leadership and other personal and professional skills in IST dancers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Understand and be a proponent of the Program’s artistic vision, history and philosophy in support of its mission and strategic plan.

Bookings:

• Act as liaison between venues and clients and supervise dancers who will assist you in Production Management

• Respond to all booking inquiries within 24 hours; work with ED on negotiations/contracts

• Initiate and generate new bookings and other work opportunities for dancers; negotiate contracts (in partnership with ED/Legal)

• Coordinate with Rehearsal Director, Associate Administrative Director, and/or Production Manager

Fundraising:

• Work with ED and Grant Writer to develop content for grant proposals, final reports and membership program;

• Attend fundraising interviews and networking events;

• Generate or recommend new funding leads, grant opportunities, and revenue-generating initiatives;

• Plan 1-2 annual “jam sessions” for recruiting and membership drive.

Management and Program Direction:

• Prepare and oversee program budgets and financial reports;

• Oversee all marketing, archives, press, and social media for program;

• Coordinate outside dance instructors, coaches, consultants and choreographers for dancers;

• Supervise Rehearsal Director and streamline communications with team;

• Seek dancer input on major decisions (dancers will take votes);

• Critique impact of various program initiatives;

• Initiate new approaches to recruiting and retaining street dancers, especially from the subways.

Hours:

This is a part time position, on payroll. Position is designated to work 15-20 hours per week and weekly priorities will need to be set with ED as the job description above encompasses weekly as well as quarterly work and goals.  Weekend and evening hours may be required due to performance opportunities. Additional hours may be required during peak seasons. Hours may vary from week to week.

While Program Director will be required to attend meetings, occasional rehearsals, shows, and monthly Board meetings, some of the administrative work may currently be done either from a home-office or DiTS co-working space in the Bronx. Program Director is expected to provide use of own cell phone and computer.

To apply:

Email cover letter and resume to: Erica Ruben, Executive Director,

erica@dancinginthestreets.org

Please label your email with SUBJECT: Program Director

Dancing in the Streets  is an active Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

 

POSITION AVAILABLE

REHEARSAL DIRECTOR, It’s Showtime NYC

Part-Time (5-10 hours per week), Paid Hourly

Reports to Program Director (PD), It’s Showtime NYC

Mandatory 4-6 hours of scheduled rehearsals per week + prep work for shows

BACKGROUND:

Dancing in the Streets, Inc. is a Bronx-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1984. Four years ago, the Mayor’s office asked Dancing in the Streets to start the program, It’s Showtime NYC (IST) to provide work opportunities and career development for NYC’s subway and street dancers, as a legal alternative to dancing on the subways. Over the years the program has evolved through collaborative teamwork between the dancers, a small team of dedicated program administrators, outside consultants and advisors, a range of funders and the Board of Directors of Dancing in the Streets.

In the early years, IST dancers were invited to weekly open session rehearsals and were provided pre-paid permits to perform legally in parks. Currently our dancers participate in paid rehearsals, collaborate with major street dance choreographers, and are developing a repertory that we aim to tour to performing arts stages and festivals. Our dancers have also received training in dance-teaching, choreography, commercial shoot work, marketing, branding, administrative skills, production management and dance-tourism and several of our dancers are currently in roles of managers-in-training. Through IST, dancers have received work as: performers at the MET Museum, the Shed, Abrons, SummerStage, Jacob’s Pillow, Weeksville, HarlemStage, Apollo; recent commercial work for Coach, AT&T, and New Balance; as teachers at a number of public schools and community centers; as dance-tourism guides through our self-generated program marketed through Airbnb and Expedia; and they have toured France, Brazil and the Netherlands. The dancers also attend “Forums” that are regular group and support discussions. Dancers also receive on-going coaching on work skills, etiquette, conflict resolution and time management. The program is funded through grants & donors as well as performance, teaching and tourism-guide fees.

A majority of major decisions include IST dancers’ group vote and/or with inclusive discussions.

 

Preferred education, experience, & training:

This is a culturally specific program. Having lived, experienced and/or directly worked with Black and African-American communities is required. The ideal candidate will have experience providing culturally relevant support-advocacy to Black, African-American, Latin-X, and/or dancers from economically challenged communities.

• 7 years’ experience teaching/leading flexN, litefeet, krump, hip hop, bone-breaking, house, and/or other NYC street and club dance forms;

• Strong knowledge of NYC street dance culture and history required;

• Proven record of strong time management and well-prepared rehearsals;

• Experience working with dancers in performing arts, museums, festivals, site specific contexts.

Idea candidate will have knowledge, skills, & qualities as follows:

• Ability to lead independent freestyle dancers in organized, well-structured rehearsals while nurturing dancers’ creative input;

• Ability to maintain the group process with a warm, strong and supportive level of supervision;

• Punctual, consistent, detail oriented, with strong level of preparedness required;

• Ability to maintain and creatively adapt repertory for performances that may be created by other choreographers and dancers;

• Diplomatic & able to relate well to a range of personalities including: street dancers, Board members, Program and Executive Directors, consultants and presenters;

• Strong knowledge of dancer safety and injury prevention is required;

• Demonstrates ability to create a rigorous, challenging, respectful, and supportive environment in which all participants and collaborators— dancers, colleagues, consultants etc.—feel heard, respected and valued;

• Ability to recognize and foster leadership and other personal and professional skills in IST dancers.

 

Job Description:

Supervise IST weekly rehearsals (currently 4-6 hours every Monday), including:

• Maintain repertory (created by dancers and guest choreographers);

• Assist guest choreographers in rehearsals;

• Nurture dancers’ choreographic and leadership skills;

• Supervise development of Beginners’ recruiting and training sessions;

*  Facilitate discussions; offer input to Forum facilitators;

• Educate dancers on street dance history, dance institutions’ etiquette;

• Document activities for grant reports;

• Document and approve all dancer timesheets and payments;

• Maintain fair system of recommending dancers for work opportunities;

• Offer Program Director and ED feedback on new program initiatives and progress;

• Attend performances and offer feedback;

• Coordinate with Program Director, Associate Administrative Director, and/or Production Manager on scheduling dancers for projects;

• Oversee tech needs and coordinate video documentation of performances;

• Attend occasional foundation pitch meetings;

• Coordinate with PD to delegate and supervise dancers’ administrative tasks.

Other Requirements:

Rehearsal Director will:

• Attend 1-2 paid rehearsal(s) and/or be hired to present 1 paid workshop to dancers before being hired in late November/early December;

• Work on a paid trial period for up to 8 weeks;

• Maintain Sexual Harassment Prevention program;

• Use own computer and phone for work communications;

• Participate in physical work as a dancer leader;

Hours: (5-10 hours per week or more pending extra bookings)

• Lead weekly rehearsals (select studios in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx);

• Additional administrative and management hours are flexible however all emails and texts must be replied within 24 hours;

• Some evening and weekend hours will be required to attend performances, workshops, forum discussions.

To apply:

Email cover letter, resume, and 3 links to videos that demonstrate your dance/leading skills to: Erica Ruben, Executive Director, erica@dancinginthestreets.org

Please label your email with Subject: Rehearsal Director

Dancing in the Streets  is an active Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

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