Executive Director – Dance Place

Executive Director – Dance Place

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Job Description

Status: Full-time, exempt employee
Salary: $110,000-$120,000
Reporting: Board of Directors with close partnership with the Board President
Location: Position based in Washington, DC; partially remote during COVID-19 only
Deadline: Apply by March 21 for best consideration. Early applications encouraged.

Founded in 1980, Dance Place is an award-winning dance institution committed to strengthening the field of dance locally, nationally, and internationally. Rooted in the U.S. capital of Washington, DC, Dance Place supports movement artists by creating opportunities for creative development, performance, and education. We invest in artists and center those who have systematically been excluded from such opportunities.

Dance Place conducts much of our work from a vibrant arts campus in the Brookland and Edgewood neighborhoods of northeast Washington, DC. Dance Place includes a 144-seat black box theater, three training and rehearsal studios, a children’s center, administrative offices, the adjacent 8th Street Arts Park, two flexible-use studio spaces at the neighboring Brookland Artspace Lofts, and two condo units used for internship housing.

Position Overview
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.

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.

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.

Strategy, Leadership & Governance
• Set strategic direction for Dance Place’s mission, vision, and goals in collaboration with the board of directors, staff, and stakeholders. Create mechanisms to monitor progress and periodically evaluate alignment of existing strategies and new ideas.
• Show leadership for the dance community through authentic, transparent, and bold actions to address equity across race, ability, and identity at organizational, institutional, and systemic levels.
• Collaborate with the Board of Directors to achieve good governance, including recruiting and onboarding new board members, advising about key artistic and management activities and ongoing resource development.

Organizational Development & Administration
• Advance racial, LGBTQ+, gender, disability, and economic justice throughout the organization’s culture, structures, policies, and operations.
• Manage and develop a senior management team with the skills and expertise to administer programs with a high degree of creativity, professionalism, and sustainability.
• Strengthen human resources practices, including onboarding, reporting structures, policies, and performance management.
• Ensure sound financial systems, bookkeeping, accounting procedures, and internal controls are in place and implemented by staff.

Fund Development
• With senior management team, establish a long-term revenue strategy that expands fundraising and earned revenue activities to support existing and new programs, general operations, and long-term financial goals.
• With development department, set annual and long-term plans to maintain and cultivate relationships with individual, corporate, and institutional funders. Serve as primary solicitor for support from major gifts and national funders.
• Direct a messaging and institutional marketing plan that creatively integrates fundraising and programmatic goals, and guide fulfillment of artistic marketing plans, public relations efforts, and other communication initiatives.

Artistic, Education, & Community Engagement Programs
• Provide executive leadership in managing and enhancing Dance Place’s compelling, culturally relevant, and innovative artistic programs, education initiatives, and community engagement efforts as designed by Artistic and Education departments.
• Monitor planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs, special projects, and services to maintain and improve quality for artists, audiences, and participants.
• With resident artists, staff, and Board, support development of long-term financial and operational strategies for residencies, commissions, and other programs that encourage artistic risk-taking, strengthen community, and elevate new talent from diverse backgrounds.

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. The following are priority areas for the board and staff:
• A strong record advancing antiracism, anti-oppression, LGBTQ+ rights, and social justice initiatives.
• A history of leadership and networks in dance, performing arts, and/or arts administration.
• A strategic fundraiser experienced in setting and achieving ambitious development goals.
• A significant supervisory record, with experience developing a team culture that centers racial, LGBTQ+, gender, disability, and economic justice and fosters distributed leadership.
• Experience systematizing organizational management and team communications.
• Proven track record of business acumen, including a working understanding of multi-year budgeting, contract negotiations, IT and finance systems, and marketing.
• Prior experience working with or serving on a nonprofit board. Understands the importance of governance, board development, and collective decision making.
• Familiar with property management, commercial leasing and facilities planning.

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.

Application Process
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.

COVID-19 Requirements
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 2 weeks prior to the employee’s official start date, and they must show proof of vaccination upon request.


Dance Place


Washington, DC

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