Jobs at Dance/USA


 the national service organization for professional dance, sustains and advances professional dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of artists, administrators and organizations.  Dance/USA operates at the center of the national dance field providing dance-related research and information, professional development, advocacy, and service so that members may gain new insights, perspective, and knowledge on their works as dance professionals.  Dance/USA's membership currently consists of roughly 460 aerial, ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, culturally specific, traditional and tap companies, dance service and presenting organizations, artist managers, individuals, and other organizations nationally and internationally.  

Dance/USA’s Core Values of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Dance/USA is committed to honoring, nurturing and advancing dance through the lens of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity in all aspects of its programming, services and organization. Learn more about the organization’s core values here.  

Director of Programs
Deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Title: Director of Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Executive Director of Dance/USA 
Supervises: Programs and Conference Intern(s) 
Status: Full-time, exempt

Position Overview
The Programs Director is in charge of three major programs at Dance/USA:

  • Annual National Conference 
  • Annual Dance Forum 
  • Institute for Leadership Training  

Annual National Conference
Dance/USA’s Annual Conference is the largest gathering of not-for-profit dance professionals in the United States.  Each year, hundreds of executive directors, artistic directors, company managers, choreographers, artists, and development and marketing professionals convene to discuss timely issues, learn best-practices and benefit from peer-to-peer discussions.  Dance/USA’s Annual Conference takes place in different regions of the United States each year and includes three full days of professional development programming and special events.

Annual Dance Forum
The annual Dance Forum is an annual 3-hour convening hosted as a pre-Conference event at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference. It brings together a wide variety of individuals working in the dance industry to connect with peers and discuss immediate, field-wide issues. There are roughly 300 guests that attend the event. Programming is geared toward agents, presenters, artists, and dance company leadership.

Institute for Leadership Training
The Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT) is a mentorship program meant to leverage connections between industry leaders and emerging artists to bolster personal and professional development through one-on-one mentoring relationships. A limited number of Mentees are accepted through an application process and are paired with Mentors based on experience, area of interest, personality, geography, and/or professional affiliations by a Dance/USA DILT Selection Committee. The program runs June- December each year, and all participants meet at Dance/USA’s Annual Conference to kick-off the program.

High Level Responsibilities – include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as liaison to the Conference Host Committee, Programming Committee, and Awards Committee;
  • Work within set event budgets and participate in frequent budget discussions related to programming and convenings;
  • Participate in Dance/USA Board of Trustees meetings, as needed, to provide updates and answer questions;
  • Oversee logistics and relations with all event locations including site contracts, hotel master accounts in coordination with the Director of Finance and Operations;
  • Serve as on-site manager during professional development convenings;
  • Coordinate with Director of Development on all fundraising issues related to current and future convenings;
  • Coordinate with Director of Research and Information to evaluate program events and services;
  • Coordinate with Director of Communications to promote the Annual Conference; Annual Dance Forum; and Institute for Leadership Training;
  • Coordinate with Database Manager on registration system and database tracking of Conference participants. Will field communications with constituents regarding questions with the registration and application systems.
  • Identify and research meeting locations for future Annual Conferences with Dance/USA’s Executive Director and Director of Finance and Operations;
  • Assemble speakers and panelists for Conference sessions, coordinate speaker agreements, A/V needs, materials for distribution;
  • Work with staff and vendors to design and print all necessary materials and signage for events;
  • Develop and upload content for the Annual Conference website, the Conference mobile app, and the main Dance/USA website.
  • Managing application processes (DILT applications, award nominations, request for programming proposals). This includes setting priorities, outlining criteria, fielding questions, summarizing for Committees, and coordinating with accepted and rejected applicants.
  • Vetting, hiring, and managing contracts for vendors on event meetings needs (mobile app, equipment rental, awards, florists, photographer/videographer, live stream, graphic designer, caterers, etc.). 
  • On-site Conference city visits: conduct meetings with government agencies, tourism institutions, local dance leaders, philanthropic institutions, corporate sponsors, etc.

Qualifications, Skills, and General Knowledge Required

  • Requires a strong passion and love for event management and the field of not-for-profit dance.
  • Must be self-motivated and comfortable working independently.
  • Must have a commitment to embedding equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout all aspects of the Annual Conference, Dance Forum, and the Institute for Leadership Training.
  • Requires exemplary attention to detail, diplomacy, interpersonal skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, strong written and communication skills, and ability to establish priorities.
  • Experience with planning and implementing major professional conferences and special events strongly preferred.
  • Requires a strong working knowledge of the professional nonprofit dance field and its needs.
  • Requires strong technology skills including the ability to update the Conference website and update the Conference mobile app;
  • Ability to collaborate with many constituencies and manage group discussions well;
  • Bachelor Degree required.

Salary and Compensation
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and references by Wednesday, July 27th to:

Casey John McEnelly
Director of Finance and Operations

Staff Accountant
Open Until Filled

Title: Staff Accountant
Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Director of Finance and Operations
Status: Part-time, hourly

Position Overview
The staff accountant works with the Director of Finance and Operations to make sure that revenue and expenses are correctly entered into the accounting system. The staff accountant will also assist staff in making sure they are compliant with Dance/USA business and accounting policies.

Duties Performed

  • Distribute and open mail
  • Enter bills, check requests, and expense reports into accounting system (Quickbooks)
  • Log and code incoming checks for entry
  • Prepare payments for distribution
  • Prepare checks for deposit
  • Maintain orderly files of accounts payable and deposit records

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Basic understanding of accounting principles
  • PC and Microsoft Office conversant
  • Quickbooks and arts not-for-profit experience a plus
Salary and Compensation
$20/hour for 20 hours/week, no medical or retirement benefits, paid leave and holidays.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and references to:

Casey John McEnelly
Director of Finance and Operations

For information regarding Dance/USA's internship program, please visit
Internships at Dance/USA.