Assistant Manager, Dance Programming

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Assistant Manager, Dance Programming


Job Description

Join a dynamic, creative, and dedicated group of arts administrators in the Kennedy Center’s Programming Department. The Dance Programming team is responsible for all performances that fall under the current Dance and Ballet subscription series as well as the Local Dance Commissioning Project, and other dance and movement activations across the Center and the REACH expansion campus.

The Dance Programming Assistant Manager works within the Dance Programming department team to manage all logistical planning and necessary communication to ensure the success of the Kennedy Center ballet and dance subscription series and any additional programming.

The Assistant Manager must be able to make decisions and exercise discretion in order to prioritize assignments and work under significant pressure, as many projects are time sensitive and involve concurrent deadlines. An eagerness to listen and communicate openly and problem solve in a collaborative environment is essential.  An ideal candidate is creative and has familiarity, perspectives, and personal opinions about the global dance field at large.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Project Management: Executes logistics for all performances, events, and/or activities for the Kennedy Center’s Dance and Ballet subscription series. Duties include but are not limited to:
    • Arrange, negotiate, and manage contracts and payments for all necessary hotels and artist transportation as needed.
    • Act as primary liaison between visiting artists and various departments of the Center for a portion of the Center’s Dance season.
    • When acting as primary liaison, manage Department’s visa needs as necessary for international companies and artists, in consultation with the Center’s Office of General Counsel.
    • When acting as primary liaison, lead Department’s supernumerary program, arranging and managing auditions, and overseeing the collection and processing of necessary paperwork and payment for all performers.
    • Maintain contact with production managers, orchestra manager, education staff, press representative, advertising and marketing personnel, special events coordinators, and theater managers in order to ensure the flow of information between these departments and visiting artists. Work with all of these people to develop schedules, establish needs, review promotional materials, and organize events.
    • Company management including arranging travel, housing, meals, fee payments, playbills, tickets, and matters of hospitality when needed.
    • Track payments and maintain budgets, with guidance from Director, to keep Dance Programming department in good financial standing.
    • With guidance and oversight from Director, hire interpreters, musicians, conductors, dancers, and performance staff when necessary.
    • Attend performances as a representative of Dance Programming.
  • Direct, curate, and produce as assigned (with Director’s input), various programs supporting the dance community in the DMV area. These programs may include the annual Local Dance Commissioning Project and the annual National Dance Day program. Lead department colleagues on the execution of these programs. Serve as main point of contact for artists participating in these programs.
  • Interview, train and manage department interns.
  • Serve as primary liaison for Dance Programming’s Community Partnerships contacts in collaboration with Social Impact colleagues.
  • Handle administrative responsibilities for the office including the ordering of office supplies, booking department travel for Dance Programming team members, payment of monthly credit card bills and other various payment processing as needed.
  • Attend meetings as a representative of Dance Programming as requested, to ensure that information is shared and action items are advanced.
  • General correspondence and other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • Experience in dance touring, presenting and or management required.
  • 2+ years of experience managing and supervising group(s) along with strong leadership skills required.
  • Ability to create and maintain clear channels of communication with all members and constituents from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Affinity for organization, problem solving, time management, and ability to tackle multiple concurrent projects is imperative. An ideal candidate is creative and has familiarity, perspectives, and personal opinions about the global dance field at large.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Must be able to work odd-hours, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and occasional work beyond 40 hours/week. Occasional travel may be required. Must be on-call during performance weeks and company travel days.
  • Candidate must be local or willing to relocate to the DMV area.

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Job Details (for job postings)

Job Category: Performance
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range (annual): -
Experience: 2-5 Years
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree