Job opportunities at the Joffrey

The Joffrey Ballet is committed to providing equal opportunity employment opportunities to candidates and employees without regard to race, religion, creed, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability unrelated to an individual's ability to perform adequately, national origin citizenship, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Full-Time Positions:

  • Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships
  • Associate Director, Planned Giving and Major Gifts
  • Director, Annual Campaign

Part-Time Positions:

  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Community Engagement Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Development and Events Assistant
  • Development and Events Intern
  • Season Ticket Sales Agent

 

Full job descriptions for all available positions are below.

 

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Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships

Develops the overall sponsorship program by identifying, cultivating and stewarding corporate prospects and corporate donors to maximize sponsorship revenue. This individual is responsible for an annual financial goal as well as the strategic expansion of the program while working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the Development and Marketing teams.


QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum 3 years of experience with demonstrated success in external relations, fundraising, corporate marketing or business development is ideal. Experience working with a cultural organization is preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong analytical and research skills are essential. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, creative, strategic, organized, highly computer literate and able to work creatively within a group. Display knowledge of and interest in the corporate sponsorship and giving community. Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, donors, program participants, and other supporters. Deep commitment towards diversity, inclusion and equity. Tessitura experience is preferred. An undergraduate degree in public relations, communications, marketing or similar disciplines is strongly preferred.   


WORK SCHEDULE: 
Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5pm, additional hours as required.


TO APPLY:
Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

 

Associate Director, Planned Giving and Major Gifts

The Associate Director of Planned Giving is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of planned giving donors and prospects. This newly created position manages strategic planning, solicitation process, direct communications, and stewardship activities to retain and acquire donors for planned giving campaigns. Collaborate with Development team for support of special campaigns.


QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

Undergraduate degree preferred. 3+ years of experience working with high-net-worth individual donors, with demonstrated ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors in order to develop relationships between them and the Joffrey. Interest in dance, dance education and outreach, and in building donor relationships in support of the Joffrey’s mission is highly desirable. Tessitura experience preferred. Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments. Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.   


WORK SCHEDULE:

Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5pm, additional hours as required, including regular attendance at evening and weekend performances and events.

 

TO APPLY:

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

Director, Annual Campaign

The Director of the Annual Campaign is responsible for increasing the number of annual donors between $1 and $24,999 to the Joffrey, building loyalty, engagement, and maximizing revenue from this group. This individual will work closely with the Joffrey’s Audience Development team to increase donor retention and renewal rates, while engaging new donors, through communications, engagement and solicitation strategies. Managing a portfolio of high-potential donors and prospects for gifts at this level, with a special focus on funding for scholarships and community engagement programs, and be the development liaison to the Joffrey Academy and Community Engagement Committees, coordinating their involvement in Joffrey fund raising priorities. The Director of Annual Campaign will oversee the Assistant Director of Individual Giving and Development Associate to implement and oversee processes that that facilitate continuous identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.


QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS: 
Undergraduate degree required. Five years of experience working in the field of development, including substantive experience with individual giving, donor and volunteer relations. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills including the ability to speak and write persuasively about the needs and goals of the Joffrey. Interest in dance, dance education and outreach, and in building donor relationships in support of the Joffrey’s mission is highly desirable. Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas, including development information systems. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments. Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity


WORK SCHEDULE:  

Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5pm, additional hours as required, including regular attendance at evening and weekend performances and events.

 

TO APPLY:
Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

Academy Part-Time Faculty Member

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet is continually seeking talented, experienced classical ballet teachers for part-time faculty positions. Faculty members are responsible for teaching anywhere from 1-20 hours per week in the Academy's Children's, Youth, Adult and/or Pre-Professional Divisions. Part-Time Faculty members work closely with the Academy Artistic Directors to maintain the Joffrey Academy’s syllabus and uphold the artistic excellence for the Joffrey Academy. Part-Time Faculty members are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures of the Joffrey Academy of Dance. 


Responsibilities include; prepare and teach ballet, pointe, and classical repertoire classes at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, as scheduled by the Academy Staff, maintain a strong knowledge and understanding of the Joffrey Academy syllabus, serve on the substitute list for ballet classes, as availability permits, complete student evaluation forms for students in the Fall and Spring semesters, maintain a positive and structured classroom environment, teach private lessons, as needed and as availability permits, communicate regularly with Academy Artistic Staff and Faculty, Academy Administration, and other Joffrey Ballet staff members, meet with Artistic Staff and students/families, as needed, attend faculty meetings throughout the year, as availability permits, and complete paperwork and input payroll hours, as needed.


QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:
2-5 years, minimum, teaching experience in classical ballet
Must have a strong technical background in classical ballet 
Work exceptionally well with young students
Have a desire to learn the Joffrey Academy’s syllabus
Enjoy working in a collaborative environment as a team player
Be able to take constructive feedback to achieve high artistic standards

 

WORK SCHEDULE: 
Schedule will be mutually agreed upon by the Joffrey Academy and the Faculty Member. Hours primarily after 4pm on weekdays and 9am-3pm on weekends. Teaching schedule may vary each semester.

 

TO APPLY:
Submit resume, cover letter, salary history, and two letters of recommendations to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org.

Community Engagement Part-Time Faculty Member

The Community Engagement Teaching Artist reports directly to the Director of Community Engagement and is responsible for planning, implementation, and instruction of educational programs in accordance with the syllabi established by the CE staff.  The CE Teaching Artists must work closely with CE staff as well as teachers and coordinators at the schools or organizations where the programs are taking place.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to;  read, understand and properly deliver material from a syllabus, instruct students in a manner that is interesting and keeps them engaged throughout the class , maintain constant and clear communication with the teachers or coordinators at the school or organization where the program is being facilitated, maintain constant and clear communication with CE staff to ensure they are always aware of how the program is running and able to assist if necessary, complete forms and paperwork in a thorough and timely fashion according to set deadlines, attend meetings and workshops to complete the training required for teaching various syllabi, prepare materials in advance of classes for distributing to students, travel and arrive on time at various locations throughout Chicago where programs are held, use e-mail as needed from personal computer.


QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:

Professional dance experience required, undergraduate degree recommended.  Must have 3-5 years of performance, coaching and teaching experience in the area of dance.  In addition to choreographic and improvisational skills, must have extensive knowledge of a variety of dance styles.  Must have experience in working with children in a public school setting.  Strong communication, presentation and group management skills are recommended.  Strong organizational skills and computer skills, and excellent writing and oral skills are recommended.  Should be able to think quickly and creatively and adapt to new situations in a fast-paced environment.


TO APPLY: 

Submit resume and cover letter to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

Development and Events Assistant

The Development and Events Assistant supports the Director of Special Events in all aspects of special event fundraising and corporate partners program, including preparation of mailings, proposals, and personal acknowledgements. This individual serves as primary liaison for planning meetings of the Women’s Board and Women’s Board committees, including preparation of meeting agendas, materials, and coordination of follow up meetings. The Development and Events Assistant attends all related meetings and supports Women’s Board volunteers in preparing meeting summaries/minutes, works closely with the Joffrey’s marketing team to support Women’s Night programs, tracks Women’s Board attendance and participation in Tessitura, and maintains contact lists for the Women’s Board and other volunteer event committees in Tessitura.


QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

Undergraduate degree required. Extensive knowledge with non-profit fundraising models and database policies and procedures. Proficiency and technical expertise with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Power Point) and development information software required. Tessitura experience is preferred. Candidates must be detail oriented, possess excellent written and oral communications and have the ability to manage multiple projects, presentation skills, sense of humor and team spirit. Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.


WORK SCHEDULE:

Approximately 20-24 hours a week (8:30am – 5pm on Thursdays required) with additional hours as required for special events, meetings, some performances.


TO APPLY:

Please send cover letter and resume to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

Development and Events Intern

The Development and Events Intern will be repsonsible for compiling, analyzing and organizing information related to the Development department. Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to conducting research on potential donors, strategic partners, markets, and industries, maintain and update donor files and other Development materials, assist with updating donor database, draft correspondence, reports, proposals, and donor appeals, assist with planning and executing donor events and other activities by preparing and printing packets, badges, etc.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:
College Undergraduate with strong academic credentials as well as excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills is required. Interest in the arts and committee experience is preferred. Demonstrated working ability with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word.  Must have a solid commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.

 

WORK SCHEDULE:
20-30 hours per week during normal office hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm. May have occasional hours in evenings and weekends for duties related to events and meetings.

 

TO APPLY:
Please send cover letter and resume to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

 

 

Season Ticket Sales Agent

We are building a staff of amitious, energetic telephone sales agents to sell season ticket packages for The Joffrey Ballet's 2016-2017 season. The team makes outbound calls to Joffrey patrons with the goal of increasing the Joffrey's subscription base. Do you easily make conversation? Have non-profit experience? Let us know why you'd be the next sales star for The Joffrey Ballet!

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

  • An appreciation of the arts is preferred (complimentary tickets available to all staff).
  • Immediate start. Must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours a week.
  • Flexible schedule is perfect for graduate students, actors, and artists of all kinds.
  • Friendly environment, conveniently located in downtown Chicago.


TO APPLY:

Please address resume to The Joffrey Ballet and send to priorityseating [at] joffrey [dot] org.

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The Joffrey Ballet is committed to providing equal opportunity employment opportunities to candidates and employees without regard to race, religion, creed, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability unrelated to an individual's ability to perform adequately, national origin citizenship, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Full-Time Positions:

  • Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships
  • Associate Director, Planned Giving and Major Gifts
  • Director, Annual Campaign

Part-Time Positions:

  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Community Engagement Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Development and Events Assistant
  • Development and Events Intern
  • Season Ticket Sales Agent

 

Full job descriptions for all available positions are below.