Position Description: Executive Director
January 1, 2021
Title: Executive Director
Job Status: Full Time; exempt
Reports to: Board of Directors
DANCECleveland, one of the only stand-alone, dance-only presenters in the United States, has reopened its search for the Executive Director position pending its current Director's retirement. While DANCECleveland faced the same challenges as all arts organizations in 2020, the organization remains in a strong financial position. It is moving forward in creating a strategic plan that continues building on its leadership position in northeast Ohio and throughout the international dance world.
The ideal candidate's attributes include strong managerial and relationship building skills to maintain growth. Though beneficial, a background in dance is not a requirement of this position. The successful candidate will be the public face of DANCECleveland and work with the highly talented and professional staff to lead all programming, administrative, financial, development/fundraising, and marketing functions.
DANCECleveland has a unique operating structure that works closely with a number of venues and presenting partners. In addition to strong nonprofit management and organizational leadership experience, the successful candidate will have a demonstrated capability and temperament to work collaboratively with many different partners.
Driven by a highly inclusive mission, DANCECleveland embraces diversity and inclusion in its programming, operations, and the individuals with whom it works.
DANCECleveland has a storied history and background. The organization was founded in 1956 as the Cleveland Modern Dance Association, a grass-roots organization devoted to bringing dance enthusiasts together to share in educational and artistic workshops. Within a year, the volunteer membership began inviting nationally known artists to Cleveland for public performances. The organization was formally incorporated as a nonprofit in 1965, and in 1973 the Board of Trustees hired its first Executive Director. In 1986, the trustees elected to adopt a new name for the organization: DANCECleveland.
DANCECleveland's success over the past six decades is evidenced by the presentation of 215 dance companies from all over the world, the 1,200 workshops and masterclasses that have been conducted, and seven commissioned new works. DANCECleveland has served Northeast Ohio and the field of modern and contemporary dance by providing audiences with unique opportunities to experience modern and contemporary dance through performances, events, and educational opportunities. Additionally, the organization has led the way to raise the profile of the region as a center for modern dance excellence.
The Executive Director serves as the chief executive of DANCECleveland. The ED reports to the Board of Directors, is responsible for all aspects of the operations, and works collaboratively with an array of partners, community groups, and venues.
Mission, Vision, and Core Values
DANCECleveland's mission is to bring the passion and verve of modern and contemporary dance to the hearts and minds of Northeast Ohioans.
DANCECleveland's vision is to be a culture-maker in Northeast Ohio and the center for modern and contemporary dance in our region. As a presenter, commissioner, collaborator, and catalyst, DANCECleveland cultivates a dynamic level of activity that embraces, educates, inspires, and supports dance enthusiasts and artists alike. The centerpiece of this endeavor is DANCECleveland's annual performance series, which is enhanced with a robust array of social and educational events that break artistic boundaries and provide community access to artists.
DANCECleveland's core values are to:
• Nurture the human spirit
• Expand the aesthetic experiences in our community
• Stimulate fun, joy, and passion
Further, DANCECleveland is administratively conservative while curating creatively innovative and adventurous series of dance. The mission and vision is accomplished by:
• Curating and presenting an annual performance series showcasing nationally and internationally renowned choreographers and companies;
• Enhancing the performance experience through a series of free programs and sessions aimed at building a greater understanding of contemporary dance and the works being presented;
• Educating dancers, dance students, and dance educators through various free opportunities for them to learn from and with the dancers who are part of the performance series;
• Conducting an early childhood literacy and movement program, Read to Learn…Dance to Move.
A key element is in advocating for Northeast Ohio as a center for dance.
Key Responsibilities: Executive Director
Leadership, Strategy, and Operations
• Serve as chief executive of DANCECleveland, actively participating in all aspects of administration, operations, and Board communications.
• Serve as the public face of DANCECleveland and liaison to the local, regional, and national communities, including the funding community and DANCECleveland's collaborative partners and venues.
• Create and communicate a clear strategy for achieving and broadening DANCECleveland's mission. Articulate the vision and mission on a local, regional, and national level.
• Provide a consistent and constant focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Provide leadership and support for initiatives that advance DANCECleveland's strategic plan.
• Manage the budgeting process and financial management.
• Lead the highly competent team of staff members – four to six depending on programming. Hire, mentor, and retain an engaged, competent, and qualified staff.
• Nurture positive working relationships with consultants and external specialists.
• Work collaboratively with the Artistic Director to create and present each season of dance performances and programs.
• Maintain all financial files. Complete accounts payable and receivable functions and oversee financial reports generated by an outside Financial Manager. Coordinate annual audit.
• Manage and oversee all aspects of the physical office environment, including lease, office equipment, etc.
• Manage marketing and communications outreach to maximize communications about performances and other DANCECleveland activities. These efforts need to blend the strategic goals of audience development, brand identity, and communications.
Board Relations and Governance
• Communicate effectively with the Board of Directors, provide timely and accurate information, and support all Board activities. Work with the Board Chair to set Board meeting schedule (six meetings per year), agenda, and reports. Prepare and present written and oral reports for the Board as necessary. Create or collect all Board materials for dissemination to the Board prior to each meeting.
• Partner with the Board Trustee Committee to identify, cultivate, and recruit new Board members and play an active role in the orientation and education of new and existing members.
• Engage Board members to maximize their participation in, and their contribution to, DANCECleveland's success and growth.
• Ensure DANCECleveland's fiscal integrity, including submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget, monthly financial statements, and annual audit and 990 which accurately reflect the organization's financial condition.
• Embrace other Board relations and governance responsibilities as needed.
Resource Cultivation and Revenue Generation
• Lead development efforts for all contributed and earned revenues.
• Work with the current development staff to produce all grant applications and reports.
• Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing operations as well as other financial campaigns already seeded.
• Lead the individual giving and annual fund campaigns.
• Manage donor relations.
• Work with the Artistic Director to review and approve the pro forma artistic budget for each season in consideration of the overall organizational budget.
• Complete letters of agreement and contracts for each season's artists and venues.
• Work with the Production Manager to manage all aspects of producing and presenting all performances and programs.
• Work with the Marketing Manager to review all audience development efforts and strategies.
• Work with the Administrative Assistant to oversee all ticketing procedures and processes.
Programming/Education & Outreach
• Work with staff to determine the educational and outreach programming for the season.
• Create a calendar of Education & Outreach activities.
• Complete letters of agreements for Education & Outreach programs, including teacher contracts, venue/site agreements, etc.
• Monitor the progress of all programs; create survey materials and reports.
Core Competencies and Qualifications: The next Executive Director of DANCECleveland will be a visionary, forward-thinking leader, passionate advocate for art and culture, and enjoy connecting with diverse stakeholders at every level. Possessing a working knowledge of nonprofit arts management, fundraising, and building audiences for the arts, this individual will be committed to advancing DANCECleveland's mission, vision, and core values. The successful candidate will have a strong knowledge of presenting cultural programming as well as the national arts ecosystem. Qualified candidates will have a proven track record of visionary, collaborative leadership, strategic resource development, and experience in short and long-term planning.
Education: Qualified candidates will possess an undergraduate degree in a related field with at least 10 years of relevant experience. Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree in arts administration, business administration, or relevant advanced degree.
Diversity & Inclusion: DanceCleveland celebrates diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We know firsthand that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better results.
Compensation: Salary and employment package commensurate with experience and organization's budget. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, this is a full-time position.
Send cover letter and resume by email to DANCEClevelandSearch@gmail.com
No phone calls, please.