92nd Street Y

Director, School of Dance

Posted Date 2 months ago(11/17/2020 4:21 PM)
Harkness Dance Center / Dance School [24]

Position Summary

The Director, School of Dance is responsible for the effective leadership and daily operations of 92Y’s School of Dance, one of New York’s premier dance institutions offering a range of dance classes for children and adults of all ages and levels.


Working in collaboration with the Director, Harkness Dance Center and the Director, Dance Education Laboratory, the Director, School of Dance will ensure a safe and supportive educational environment for faculty and students that fosters dancers of all abilities from a holistic perspective – from offering classes to master technique, to providing opportunities for students to learn about all aspects of dance and dance history in a studio setting. As a strong leader and a creative dancer and choreographer themselves, the Director will implement a strategic direction for the School, embedded in the values and philosophy of DEL, to ensure the highest level of dance education and fiscal growth is maintained, in addition to providing support, coaching and performance development for the School of Dance administration staff and faculty members.


Under the Director’s leadership, this position will create an innovative and creative learning environment and establish 92Y’s School of Dance as one of New York’s premier dance institutions.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the effective daily operations of the School of Dance, ensuring a safe, efficient and supportive educational setting for faculty, staff, students and families.
  • Maintain oversight over School of Dance class curriculum, cultivating an inviting and pedagogically sound learning environment for students in alignment with the artistic vision of Dance at 92Y.
  • Responsible for recruiting, leading, motivating and performance managing the School of Dance administration staff and faculty.
  • Accountable for the development and oversight of the School of Dance program budget, ensuring that budget targets are consistently met, and that new and existing curriculum allows for programmatic and fiscal growth.
  • Work closely with the Director, Dance Education Laboratory to identify opportunities for collaboration between the School of Dance and DEL, and to ensure DEL philosophy is incorporated in School of Dance curriculum, where appropriate, as a way to differentiate 92Y’s class offerings from other dance schools.
  • Responsible for managing all aspects of patron and faculty engagement, handling escalated customer issues and ensuring the highest level of student growth and development while attending the School of Dance.
  • Maintain and develop strategic partnerships with other educational, community-based and arts organizations, businesses and corporations.
  • Work with the Marketing and Public Relations teams to assist in the development of strategies to promote programs and drive enrollment for the School of Dance
  • Work closely with 92Y’s Development team to identify and cultivate donors to support the School of Dance and other dance programs.
  • Manage merit and needs based scholarship applications, as required.
  • Work closely with other 92Y program departments on inter-departmental collaborative initiatives, and to encourage cross patronage.
  • Maintain an active teaching schedule as a participating faculty member of the School of Dance.
  • May be assigned other tasks and duties reasonably related to the above job responsibilities.

Education, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in dance or dance education preferred, or an equivalent professional experience.
  • A minimum 5 years management experience with a successful dance school or dance education organization.
  • An existing active network and strong working relationships with members of the professional dance and dance education communities is essential.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Dance Education Laboratory program and philosophy highly desirable.
  • Proven effective leadership skills with the ability to engage and inspire team members to consistently meet challenging goals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills accompanied by a strong proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office.
  • Proven ability to create, implement and oversee a program budget.
  • Experience managing and overseeing student productions.


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