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The incoming Executive Director will bring strong operations skills to the business of running a nonprofit arts center, balancing needs of internal and external stakeholders, building a stable revenue model to sustain challenging and responsive artistic programs, and guiding a collaborative team, many of whom are practicing movement artists.
The next leader will be an effective spokesperson for Dance Place, conveying enthusiasm for contemporary dance, a passion for community education, and a deep commitment to lifting up marginalized voices. They will embrace our unique role within the local, regional, and national dance community and while recognizing our responsibility to our longstanding supporters and neighbors in a rapidly changing neighborhood.
Dance Place is approaching an exciting new chapter as we begin to emerge from
pandemic-related shutdowns. With the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dance Place is in the process of drafting a new strategic plan that refines our mission and vision for creative development, performance, and education initiatives that center artists who have been systematically excluded from opportunities.
Leading with the principles of justice, equity, diversity, access, and inclusion, the Executive Director will align our programmatic strategy, staffing, and infrastructure. In the first 12-18 months of their tenure, the incoming leader will assess and strengthen key operations, including fundraising, finances, human resources, and technology.
Dance Place cultivates an environment where all staff, teachers, and artists are welcomed regardless of their identity, socio-economic status, physical abilities, or familiarity with the organization. A main strategic focus is continuing to become a just and equitable workplace. Key priorities include increasing pay, attracting and retaining diverse staff reflective of Dance Place’s communities, and increasing accessibility of workspaces and programs.
The next leader will join an organization with an immediately stable financial position, preserved throughout the pandemic by a combination of pandemic assistance and major funding for salary support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Executive Director will have strong financial acumen and be an agile, eager fundraiser to grow our donor base and bolster our contributions.
The Executive Director reports to a 13-member Board of Directors representing DC’s civic, cultural, and business sectors as well as our Brookland and Edgewood neighbors. They lead an approximately 30-person team and operating revenues of approximately $2 million supported by individuals, grants, and foundations, as well as earned revenue from performances, education programs, rental income and management contracts.
Like all nonprofit leaders, the next Executive Director should bring a balanced approach as a visionary and operational executive. They should have the capacity for organized, focused work, and an ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines, while maintaining an openness to changing situations and opportunities. Specific areas of responsibility include:
Strategy, Leadership & Governance
Organizational Development & Administration
Artistic, Education, & Community Engagement Programs
Experience, Skills and Qualities
Dance Place is seeking highly qualified candidates that can lead the organization with vision, skill, and creativity, and a passion for Dance Place’s mission and values. While no single candidate can possess every qualification listed below, the following are priority areas:
Starting salary range of $110,000-120,000 plus benefits that includes health insurance, a matched retirement plan, pre-tax travel benefits, paid time off plus major holidays.
Dance Place is conducting this search in partnership with Good Insight, a national executive search firm serving nonprofits and associations. Interested applicants should upload a resume and a detailed cover letter that describes their qualifications to www.good-insight.org/careers.
For best consideration, please apply by March 21, 2022. Early applications are encouraged due to the pace of the search. Direct confidential inquiries to DancePlace@good-insight.org.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Dance Place believes that people of color, people in the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and women must be centered in the work we do. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. As an equal opportunity employer, Dance Place will recruit and employ individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, gender identity, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, familial status, ability, veteran status, sexual orientation, size, status with regard to public assistance, or genetic information.
Dance Place is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable
accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. Request reasonable accommodation by contacting Kessa Thompson at DancePlace@good-insight.org.
Those who wish to apply for this position will be required to comply with Dance Place’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. If hired, the booster vaccine dose must be administered at least two weeks prior to the employee’s official start date, and they must show proof of vaccination upon request.