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Executive Director

Alaska Dance Theatre

Executive Director / CEO


Contact: Adorable Harper
Address: 161 Klevin Street, 101, Anchorage AK 99508
Phone: 1 (907) 743-1200
As Alaska’s premier 501(c)(3) nonprofit dance organization, Alaska Dance Theatre has dedicated itself to providing quality dance education and performance for more than four decades. Guided by its core values of artistry, dance for all, community, joy, and respect, ADT prides itself not only on bringing dance into the community, but also nurturing a community of dance.

Job Summary

Date Posted:   2 weeks ago Closing Date:   January 4, 2023
Location:   Anchorage, AK Salary: $78,000.00 - $85,000.00 Exempt; salary
Status:   Full time
Benefits:
Alaska Dance Theatre provides the following benefits: medical insurance, seven weeks paid time off, nine holidays, and employee discounts of ADT classes.
How to Apply:
To apply, email your credentials to ADTsearch@forakergroup.org. Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications. For questions, contact Adorable Harper, lead recruiter, at ADTsearch@forakergroup.org. Communications will be treated in confidence. Deadline for application submission is January 4, 2023. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Resume reviews begin immediately. The search process will include a multi-step interview process.

Job Description

Position Profile

Executive Director |Alaska Dance Theatre| Anchorage, Alaska

The Position

Alaska Dance Theatre (ADT) seeks an experienced nonprofit leader with a passion for nurturing artistic growth and creative expression to serve as its executive director.  The executive director will be a relationship-builder inside and outside of the organization; nurturing and developing the ADT team’s knowledge and abilities, maximizing untapped funding opportunities, deepening partnerships, and engaging broader participation for impact.  The ideal candidate will have a collaborative and approachable leadership style, experience as a mentor and developer of people, and a proven track record of connecting with partners to achieve greater impact.

The Organization

As Alaska’s premier 501(c)(3) nonprofit dance organization, Alaska Dance Theatre has dedicated itself to providing quality dance education and performance for more than four decades. Guided by its core values of artistry, dance for all, community, joy, and respect, ADT prides itself not only on bringing dance into the community, but also nurturing a community of dance. 

ADT’s welcoming and vibrant environment is supported by a dynamic team of 20+ talented instructors and six dedicated staff.  Each year, more than 300 dancers participate in a rich variety of classes and performances.  Instructors and alumni have performed with pre-professional and professional training programs, college dance programs, and professional companies, including The Radio City Rockettes, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and California Ballet.

ADT has adapted to significant changes in the past few years, including a nimble pandemic response, a transition in board and executive leadership, and advancing inclusivity to ensure dance is accessible for all.  With support from an interim executive director, the board has focused on setting a solid foundation to position ADT to build on its tradition of high caliber dance and help grow a broader community of dance in Alaska.  Also, amongst ADT’s assets is an annual budget of nearly $750,000, primarily supported by earned income, and its own beautiful training space of five dance studios and a black box theatre for in-studio performances.

Alaska Dance Theatre provides a hub for arts and dance partnerships across the community.  They are a resident company of the Alaska Performing Arts Center and serve as the coordinator of the children’s cast for the Anchorage Concert Association’s production of The Nutcracker featuring touring ballet companies such as Eugene Ballet and Ballet West.  Additionally, ADT has a history of collaborating with other dance, presenting arts, and social service organizations to engage Alaskans in the celebration and exploration of dance.

Services and Program

The Dance School offers year-round training for dancers ages eighteen months to adult in a variety of styles, including creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet, pointe, jazz/Broadway, tap, hip-hop, and dance acrobatics, as well as school-aged intensives and camps. The variety of genres supports students of all abilities and diverse interests.

The Performing Company furthers student dancers' education through additional performance opportunities and emphasizing a commitment to community engagement.

Guest Artists and Professional Dancers from across Alaska and the Lower 48 visit ADT to provide master classes, connect ADT with popular trends in the current professional dance scene, and help establish industry connections for students. 

Strategic Priorities

The ADT Board developed their five-year strategic plan in October 2022, setting an envisioned future to be an inclusive, equitable, and accessible dance school and presenting organization with programs and practices that align with its core values and purpose.  The executive director will partner with the board, artistic director, and staff to deliver on the following strategic priorities.

Long-term and Mid-term Priorities

·         Expand accessibility and opportunity for dance instruction through greater scholarship opportunities and partnerships with organizations that serve youth and children

·         Strengthen financial diversity to create resiliency and the ability to deepen the mission

·         Foster more community engagement and outreach partnerships in Anchorage to share resources, ideas, and creations

·         Inspire, strengthen and engage our artistic and executive teams to increase trust both internally and externally

·         Expand and support the student body

·         Provide summer dance opportunities that bring dancers and instructors from all over the state and nation

Twelve to Eighteen Month Priorities

The incoming executive director will focus on the following priorities over the first twelve to eighteen months:

·      Foster a joyful and enriching organizational culture, focusing on staff retention, recruitment, and development

·      Establish a strong working relationship with the artistic director and the Board of Directors that is grounded in respect and open, clear communication

·      Generate additional income through growth, grants, and fundraising

·      Ensure integrity in all policies and practices to provide consistency and transparency

·      Develop relationships with existing partners, funders, dancers, families, and the larger ADT community

·      Nurture partnerships with schools and other organizations that serve youth and children

·      Identify and respond to facility management and maintenance needs, as well as the creation of a facilities maintenance and replacement plan

The Leadership Opportunity

The executive director has the opportunity to partner with an engaged board and implement a strategic plan focused on growing access to dance education and performance and expanding ADT’s role as a leader in the arts.  In collaboration with the artistic director, the executive director will explore and implement mission-aligned programming that furthers ADTs strategic direction and play a formative role in fostering an inclusive culture of accountability, cooperation, communication, and trust. The executive director will be a relationship-builder inside and outside of the organization; nurturing and developing the ADT team’s knowledge and abilities, maximizing untapped funding opportunities, deepening partnerships, and engaging broader participation for impact. 

Key Responsibilities

The Executive Director has the dual role as leader of the internal team and champion and advocate for Alaska Dance Theatre’s mission across Alaska. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·      Partner with the Board to set ADT’s course and implement strategies and actions for advancing mission

·      Hire, directly supervise, and collaborate closely with artistic director and office manager to develop and implement business and artistic strategies and programming that advance mission

·      Lead, support, mentor, and indirectly supervise ADT staff while ensuring that all programs, policies, and procedures align with the values, mission, and strategic direction set by the Board of Directors

·      Ensure welcoming and inclusive environment for all staff, students, families, and patrons

·      Assure successful business operations through sound fiscal management practices, including developing and executing the annual budget with board approval, supervising development of accurate and timely financial statements, approving expenditures, and ensuring compliance with all funding and regulatory agencies

·      Oversee management, maintenance, and repairs of ADT facility to ensure safety, maintenance, and optimal utilization of space

·      Foster and maintain a positive relationship and reputation in the broader community, including funders, presenters, families, and other arts organizations

·      Initiate and steward ongoing fund development efforts, including grants writing, fundraising, and donor relationships. Pursue local, state, national and arts-specific funding opportunities

·      Promote positive communication and strong working relationship with the board of directors, provide regular reporting and recommendations to assist in decision-making, support board of director meetings (including committees) and serve as an intermediary between Board of Directors and staff

·      Provide oversight for ADT’s human resource functions, including compliance, employee relations, compensation and benefits, and recruitment and development of staff

·      Ensure effective administrative and school management systems, including enrollment, tuition processing, and student tracking

Qualifications and Attributes of the Ideal Candidate

While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

Skills and Experience:

·      Demonstrated passion for and experience in supporting and growing dancers, artists, and/or community-based arts organizations

·      At least five years of experience leading and managing highly functional teams, including staff development experience

·      Partnering with nonprofit board of directors to help build and lead organizational vision, mission, and strategic direction

·      Designing and implementing fund development strategies, including grant writing and fundraising

·      Developing and monitoring budgets while maximizing operational resources

·      Proven ability to build, nurture, and sustain internal and external relationships

·      Experience with co-leadership arrangements; knowledge of artistic director-executive director relationships is a plus

·      Communicating effectively in person, writing, and on remote platforms

·      Facilities management experience a plus

Attributes:

·      A collaborative and approachable leadership style consistent with building and maintaining strong relationships and an environment of safety, openness, trust, and respect

·      An inclusive approach that respects and values diverse life experiences, ensures that all voices are valued and heard, and fosters a sense of community

·      Confident leader able to partner with and manage artistic staff in order to achieve organization’s mission, values and strategic direction

·      Able to reconcile differing opinions, bring attention to potential issues, and anticipate and mitigate conflicts of interest with the ultimate goal of staying true to ADT's core purpose and values

·      Knowledge and appreciation of the diversity and uniqueness of Alaska communities

·      Unwavering commitment to quality programs and customer service

Compensation

The salary range is $78,000 to $85,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Alaska Dance Theatre provides the following benefits: medical insurance, seven weeks paid time off, nine holidays, and employee discounts of ADT classes.  

Application Process

To apply, email your credentials to ADTsearch@forakergroup.org.  Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications.  For questions, contact Adorable Harper, lead recruiter, at ADTsearch@forakergroup.org.  Communications will be treated in confidence. Deadline for application submission is January 4, 2023.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Resume reviews begin immediately. The search process will include a multi-step interview process.

Alaska Dance Theatre endeavors to provide equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment.  ADT’s employment practices comport with anti-discrimination provisions of all relevant State and Federal law. 

 

 


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