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  • Director of Dance, Harkness Dance Center

    Posted Date 2 months ago(4/12/2019 9:48 AM)
    Harkness Dance Center / Dance School [24]
  • Position Summary

    The Director is the principal leader of HDC, reporting to Alyse Myers, Deputy Executive Director. The individual in this post will be engaged a majority of the time in artistic and programmatic matters but, as HDC’s Director, will also be aligning dance programming internally both inside HDC and more broadly within 92Y. To view a comprehensive overview of this position, and to apply online, please visit this link. For this position, please do not apply using the 'Apply' tab to the right of this screen. 

    Essential Functions

    The primary roles of the Director are as follows:

    • Set overall vision and direction for HDC by providing strong organizational leadership and keen strategic planning.
    • Oversee HDC’s public presentations, dance classes (curriculum and pedagogy), DEL, and community programs in ways that deepen the 92Y / Harkness brand that is defined in part as diverse, accessible, and welcoming.
    • Make choices that continue to build audience numbers, student enrollment, and donor breadth.
    • Serve as the public face of HDC.
    • In concert with 92Y’s development office, engage in donor cultivation.
    • Create a working environment in which the staff and faculty can do their best work and HDC’s artists and audiences enjoy rich experiences of dance.
    • Lead all HDC administrative and business operations, effectively aligning and managing resources and creating a culture of productivity, inclusivity, creativity, and innovation.

    Education, Skills and Experience

    The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

    • 10+ years’ experience of working within a high-profile dance or creative arts organization.
    • Active network within the New York and global dance community along with knowledge of different kinds of art and educational issues, resources and the New York City school system.
    • Proven effective leadership skills with the ability to engage and inspire team members to consistently strive to meet challenging goals.
    • Ability to manage the demands of a diverse group of people with ease and diplomacy.
    • Demonstrated project management experience with the proven ability to manage detailed projects from conception through to delivery and evaluation.
    • Analytical problem solver with the ability to identify and solve problems creatively, quickly and effectively.
    • Effective time management skills accompanied by a focus for detail and the capability to coordinate projects successfully across departments.
    • Strong organizational, verbal, written and interpersonal skills accompanied by effective and diplomatic communication skills.
    • A passion for dance in all its manifestations.
    • An articulate, compelling, and engaging presence, effective in representing HDC.
    • A collaborative nature and ability to work effectively with a diverse population.
    • At minimum, a bachelor’s degree in dance, education, or fine arts.


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