CAREERS

Careers

Thank you for your interest in joining the team at Dance Institute of Washington. We look forward to getting to know you!

Job descriptions for all open positions are listed below. When you are ready to apply, please submit your materials following the instructions on this form.

We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until the roles are filled; however, applications received before 10:00am Eastern on Monday, November 28 will be given priority review.

Our hiring process includes an initial review of resumes and cover letters followed by interviews (both virtual and in person). An additional skills test will be sent for some, but not all, roles.

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OPEN POSITIONS

Summary:  Provide direct leadership to the entire school team including staff, faculty, volunteers, parents, and students.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Additional duties may be assigned.

Vision, Strategy Development, and New Initiatives

  • Initiate new projects that can catalyze change and build on core strengths, while ensuring consistency with strategic direction.
  • Protect and advance strong organizational reputation and brand.
  • Maximize outreach and impact using a variety of social media and digital tools, data metrics, and analysis.

Leadership & Management

  • Lead by example in modeling vision and core values of DIW as well as advancing strategic direction and plan with all staff.
  • Supervise, support and mentor DIW staff.

School Administrative Operations:  

  • Provide budget oversight in concert with the finance and operations team and keep detailed tracking of expenses. Additionally, provide oversight and approval of all school related purchases.
  • Liaison to all other departments such as operations, facilities, marketing.
  • Develop and distribute the monthly school newsletter.
  • Develop and distribute school engagement materials and update materials regularly.
  • Develop and implement a process to record students and faculty information such as (incidents, legalities, suspensions/expulsions).
  • Manage all non-artistic student affairs (such as key services). 
  • Ensure smooth planning and implementation of year-round critical school events including;
  • Manage specialized rehearsals for performances etc. as Directed by the Executive Artistic Director.

Supplemental Programming & Community Partnerships:

  • Manage the creation and implementation of requested (paid or unpaid) engagements of students and staff.
  • Serve as the point of contract for all key services (Living & Growing, Energy Barre, Wellness etc.). Additionally, serve as the point of contact for all specialized programming to include St. James, Tutoring, Acting etc.
  • Manage all community partnerships to include DC Parks and Recreation, public schools, after school organizations.

Parent Engagement:

Work Closely with Family Engagement Coordinator to Develop and manage Spring, Summer, and Fall student and family orientations and trainings.

  • Coordinate and manage the Parent Engagement Committee (En Pointe);
  • Ensure parent engagement events including observation week are successfully launched and achieve stated outcomes.
  • Develop and manage the on-going communication to parents of important dates (St. James, field trips, open master classes, production rehearsals).

Enrollment & Recruitment: Work closely with Enrollment & Recruitment Manager to: 

  • Ensure all student accounts are updated and tuition received monthly.
  • Manage student withdrawals 
  • Ensure attendance is complete for all students daily.   
  • Develop and implement Open Houses, parent observation weeks, and other recruitment and retention events, etc.
  • Oversee the entire registration & enrollment process to include summer and fall registration, document collection and enrollment goals achieved.

Grants Management:

  • Manage all aspects of DIW programmatic grant requirements as directed by the Development Team.
  • Report monthly programmatic narrative and impact reports to Development.  

Supervisory Responsibilities  

Manages the Student Achievement Manager, and the Registration & Enrollment Coordinator in the Training and Education department.  Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these departments. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.   

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required.  

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: 

Ethics – Treats everyone with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational cultural values. 

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics. 

Project Management – Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.  

Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional situations; Solicits feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments. 

People Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things. 

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.  

Managing People – Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products, and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.  

Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.  

Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.  

Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.  

Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.  

Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. 

Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization’s goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities. 

EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION: 

  • 3 years of experience in a role that demonstrates a strong academic discipline, a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is preferred;or an equivalent combination of experience and education. 
  • Demonstrated record of achievement in previous roles in youth serving organizations, a commitment to youth and arts education, established regional networks and relationships within the youth and adult development sector, and demonstrated business acumen.
  • Skilled at working in close partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to develop and set of skills managing staff, key services, and operations.
  • Strong academic discipline.
  • True passion for the mission of DIW and an optimistic commitment to championing youth development and arts education on a regional scale.

Computer/Technology Skills: Proficiency with business equipment, software applications and databases. Must be proficient in MS Office 365 applications.  

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to touch or feel a computer, keyboard, monitor, telephone, Smart Phone, and talk or hear when interacting with employees. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may regularly lift or move 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. No or limited exposure to physical risk.  

Conditions of Employment 

As a condition of employment with the Dance Institute of Washington employees are required to: 

  • Be Fully Vaccinated or Submit to Weekly COVID-19 Testing – Employees are required to be fully vaccinated within 30-days of their hire date. Full vaccination is defined as at least two weeks after your second shot of a two-shot vaccination course, or at least two weeks after a single vaccination course. Unvaccinated staff must submit to weekly testing. 
  • Pass required pre-employment background check and clearances
  • Provide acceptable identification that confirms employment eligibility to work in United States within the first three days of employment.

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The Opportunity

Reporting directly to the Development Manager, the Development Coordinator is a key member of the DIW development team working to ensure DIW’s financial long-term sustainability. This position reports to and assists the Development Manager with ongoing development tasks that enhance the organization’s ability to identify and cultivate potential supporters and secure contributions and grants. This position offers the opportunity to become deeply engaged with the fundamental strategic processes and implementation of fund development for a growing, legacy organization with an increasing community impact and social justice at its core.

Key responsibilities:

Vision, Strategy Development, and New Initiatives

  • Initiate new projects that can catalyze change and build on core strengths, while ensuring consistency with strategic direction.
  • Protect and advance strong organizational reputation and brand.
  • Maximize outreach and impact using a variety of social media and digital tools, data metrics, and analysis.

Grant Compliance: 

  • In conjunction with the Development Manager ensure that monthly program reports are submitted on-time with stated outcomes achieved.
  • Partner with the Director of Operations and Finance department to ensure that the school department spends grant funds appropriately.
  • engage with program and community service staff to gather metrics and anecdotes that enhance appeals, requests and reports.

Corporate & Individual Cultivation: 

  • Perform individual and institutional and corporate prospect research to ensure a steady pipeline of potential support
  • Help manage all donor communications, including benefits, renewals and special announcements.
  • Assist with the creation of donor campaigns and development of expanded donor/membership benefits and/or impact statements.

Fund Development:

  • Prospect research, gather documentation, and write solicitation applications.
  • Maintain and expand fundraising calendar and database, including all prospects, pending asks, results and reporting requirements.
  • Assist with the creation of donor appeals, campaigns, sponsorship packages, grant submissions and report materials.
  • Collaborate with Marketing Manager on efforts that support fundraising such as brochures and social media campaigns.

Special Events & Donor Engagement: 

  • Interact with DIW donors and process donations and maintain member database.
  • Partner with leadership to plan and manage events for the donor cultivation pipeline, membership benefits, and volunteer appreciation.
  • Collaborate with the leadership to ensure timely updates to DIW’s fundraising calendar and donor database for all e-communications and mailings.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

  • A. degree, preferably in arts or education-related field.
  • 1 to 2 years’ experience in a nonprofit office; preference given to background in arts, education and/or social justice settings.
  • Familiarity with building and stewarding membership programs a plus.
  • Excellent writing skills, confident speaking skills, and strong sense of graphic design.
  • Dedication to accuracy and detail in the creation of high quality work products.
  • Experience in fast-paced work environments; ability to take the initiative.
  • Strong team player; able to engage with diverse staff to gather, synthesize and use programmatic and financial information for effective fundraising.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information.
  • High level of comfort working with CRM software (experience with Bloomerang a plus).
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and direct mail programs such as Constant Contact.
  • Enthusiasm for fundraising and genuine interest in the development field as a career path.
  • Interest in the field of arts education and the impact of arts engagement on children.
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.

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Summary:  Reporting to the Student Achievement Manager, work to implement high quality family and community engagement supports to DIW families, provided through a tiered model to design, and implement high quality family engagement programs. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Additional duties may be assigned. 

  • Establish and maintain effective and consistent communication with DIW school staff around pre-professional training family engagement and wellness initiatives. Serving as a liaison between the school and families. 
  • Support DIW’s enrollment outreach efforts in partnership with the Enrollment & Recruitment Coordinator.
  • Build schools’ capacity to support family needs holistically.
  • Work closely with the school leadership to develop structures and systems to identify resources and activities that connect and engage families in support of student learning.
  • Support the school with building relationships that foster strong partnerships with community organizations.
  • Nurture relationships with school staff, volunteers, and cross-sector community partners including family support service providers, health partners and various community leaders. 
  • Serve as a resource to School Admin, Families, and Community Members regarding school services and activities. 
  • Identify, develop, and lead training for school staff to as they increase their Family Engagement capacity.
  • Support DIW’s enrollment team as they implement a tiered approach to providing enrollment and community outreach supports. 
  • Use qualitative and quantitative data to assess, develop action plan, implement strategies, and measure growth towards identified goals. 
  • Actively participate in staff meetings and professional development. 
  • Maintain accurate records and files. 
  • Other duties as assigned.  

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required.  

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: 

Ethics – Treats everyone with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational cultural values. 

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics. 

Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional situations; Solicits feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments. 

People Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things. 

Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. 

Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization’s goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities. 

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: 

  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent required
  • Family Engagement Specialist Credential preferred 
  • Five (5) years’ experience working in the field of child and family engagement
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred 
  • Early Childhood Education, Community Engagement, Social Work and Public Policy background
  • Proven skills in leadership, group facilitation, communication, and data collection
  • Proven capacity to establish and maintain working relationships with families, students, school staff, administrators, and community-based organizations. 
  • Experience working and serving urban diverse families and understanding knowledge of their needs
  • Experience working collaboratively with a team of professionals 
  • Experience managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from various stakeholders in personal interactions and group settings. 
  • Ability to assess and evaluate community and school needs and resources and develop and implement programs to meet these needs. 
  • Deep understanding of DIW policies and structure 

Computer/Technology Skills:  Proficiency with business equipment, software applications and data bases.  Must be proficient in MS Office 365 applications.   Ability to use a range of technology and tools, including but not limited to projectors, and Google. 

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to touch or feel a computer, keyboard, monitor, telephone, Smart Phone, and talk or hear when interacting with employees. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may regularly lift or move 15/25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.   The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  No or limited exposure to physical risk.  

Conditions of Employment 

As a condition of employment with the Dance Institute of Washington employees are required to:  

  • Be Fully Vaccinated or Submit to Weekly COVID-19 Testing – Employees are required to be fully vaccinated within 30 days of their hire date. Full vaccination is defined as at least two weeks after your second shot of a two-shot vaccination course, or at least two weeks after a single vaccination course. Unvaccinated staff must submit to weekly testing.  
  • Pass required pre-employment background check and clearances. 
  • Provide acceptable identification that confirms employment eligibility to work in United States within the first three days of employment. 

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The Opportunity

The Manager of Operations will bring exceptional management and strong understanding of the youth development and education sectors and a deep sense of respect for the youth and arts education. This dynamic leader will display excellent emotional intelligence and will have mid-level experience, which will be used to skillfully manage the staff and consultants. The Manager of Operations will have the desire to support campus operations while supporting the organizational operations. The Manager of Operations will report directly to the Director of Operations.

Location: 3400 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009

Hours: The schedule will be flexible with the candidate working Monday – Friday with evening and weekend commitments. 


Key Responsibilities

Leadership & Management

  • Provide direct leadership to the campus operations team including operations staff and volunteers.
  • Lead by example in modeling vision and core values of DIW as well as advancing strategic direction and plan with all staff.
  • Model effective leadership with DIW Operations Team, staff, and outside consultants.

Information Technology Systems:

Work with Director of Operations and outsourced IT vendor to: 

  • Implement plans for updating of established technology resources, including hardware, software, web access, learning centers.
  • Ensure staff receive proper e-mail access and assigned groups.
  • Order and maintain new equipment for staff and students.
  • Ensure that an inventory of all of DIW property is accurate and is completed annually.
  • Maintain student computers to include computer passwords, distribution, and storage.
  • Ensure maintenance of all inventories, warranties, guarantees and software license.
  • Ensure that technology expenditures are controlled within the budget requirements. 
  • Manage IT vendor and/or staff to support users including installing hardware and software, troubleshooting problems, delivering training and consulting on future IT needs.

Facility Management:

Work closely with staff building contractors and operations specialists to:

  • Develop, implement, and manage in-house cleaning staff
  • Manage custodial supplies and contract in accordance with LEED
  • Maintain facility and system operational manuals
  • Oversee capital building improvements and/or construction projects as directed by the Operations Director.  
  • Manage building repairs and maintenance.
  • Manage building contracts and licenses: elevator, HVAC, security, trash removal, certificate of occupancy, elevator license, basic business license, fire inspection, sprinklers, alarm system, health inspection, etc. as directed by the Director of Operations.
  • Oversee general building and grounds appearance and repairs (interior and exterior)
  • Oversee building use agreements with outside organizations and met rental income goals.

Campus Operations:

Work closely with the Director of School and the Director of Operations:

  • Support the Director of School mission and vision related to student achievement.
  • Process bi-weekly payroll for programming and campus operations team by compiling timesheets and submitting payroll hours to the Director of Operations.
  • Develop faculty and master class instructors’ agreements.
  • Serve as point person on all student and staff incidents; ensuring incidents are reported to the Director of Operations promptly.
  • Organize site support (equipment, studios, etc.) for daily programming and special scheduled events: studio recitals, master classes, rentals.

Core Competencies:

The Manager of Operations will be highly energetic and passionate, with a track record of achievement in previous leadership roles in philanthropic organizations, a commitment to youth development, established regional networks and relationships within the youth development sector, and demonstrated business acumen.

The Manager of Operations will show respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; and promote a harassment- free environment. The Manager of Operations will treat people with respect and dignity, work with integrity and ethically uphold DIW’s mission, values, standards of employee conduct, and Code of Ethics. The Manager of Operations will have a true passion for the mission of DIW and an optimistic commitment to championing youth development on a regional scale. Additionally, the Manager of Operations should have the following: 

  • 2+ years of nonprofit experience strongly preferred in operations
  • Proven ability to navigate complex nonprofit compliance and risk management issues
  • Demonstrated passion for managing, developing, and coaching diverse teams; prioritizes building authentic and respectful relationships with all colleagues within an organization
  • Confidence and capability to adapt and lead in a fast-paced, changing environment while also navigating ambiguity and change inherent to a fast-paced, evolving organization
  • Effective and persuasive communicator, both oral and written, with exceptional emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
  • Possesses unquestionable personal and professional integrity, unwavering commitment to equity, and a growth mindset
  • Innovative, creative, and willing to think outside of the box to develop solutions that meet DIW unique needs and support our high-performing team

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