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:

  • Academy Production Associate
  • Institutional Giving Manager


Part-Time Positions:

  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Development Intern
  • Production Intern
  • Subscription Sales/Telemarketing


Full job descriptions for all available positions are below.



Academy Production Associate


General position description: The Academy Production Associate is primarily responsible for oversight of all Joffrey Academy productions and schedules.  This includes schedules and production for events both at Joffrey Tower and alternate venues.  Responsibilities include handling details of the Academy student’s involvement in company's productions and events, managing all Joffrey Academy productions and scheduling, managing the Reception team as well as organizing the Joffrey Academy’s payroll for all Joffrey Academy part-time staff and independent contractors.

The Production Associate is a full-time, salaried position reporting to the Academy Managing Director and working directly with the Academy Artistic Directors, and interfacing with the production and artistic staff to coordinate Joffrey Academy students’ involvement in company productions.  This position also works closely with the Academy Staff, Faculty, Reception and Academy Directors to maintain the Joffrey Academy’s schedules and oversee payroll processing for the Joffrey Academy.


Manage all aspects of the Nutcracker Children's Cast and any Joffrey Ballet productions that require students.

  • Plan details for the audition, inculding logistics, volunteers, etc.
  • Create all schedules for Children's Cast rehearsals
  • Process all necesary paperwork and handle all related communication with families
  • Work with wardrobe department for costume fitting and costume needs
  • Manage parent volunteers
  • Act as off-site contact for performances

Work with Joffrey Artistic Staff regarding details of Joffrey Academy Trainee and Studio Company schedules, performances, rehearsals, events, travels with the Company, etc. and communicate all details to the Trainees and Studio Company.

Manage Joffrey Academy productions and performance events.

  • Coordinate all details of Joffrey Academy performance events including costumes, music, props, scenerey, photography, videography, program order, transportation, preparation of the Black Box Theater, signage, merchandise, check-in table, etc.
  • Manage ongoing inventory tracking for all production elements
  • Act as on-site contact for all special events and performances for Joffrey Academy programs and run performances as needed
  • Contract and manage production designers; facilitate communication between production team and Academy Artistic Directors


  • Work with Academy Directors to create schedules for Joffrey Academy programs
  • Schedule and reserve the appropriate space needed for any Joffrey Academy performances and programs
  • Coordinate with Director of Facility Operations on use of studio space
  • Act as the liaison between Academy Artistic Directors and the faculty and accompanists
  • Coordinate private lessons and master classes
  • Manage the Reception team and create the monthly Reception schedule
  • Coordinate all aspects of the International Summer Intensive Audition Tour


  • Bachelor's degree in Arts Administration or related field
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and succeed wihtin fast-paced work environment
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, CRM systems, Google Docs
  • Experience with high volume scheduling
  • High attention to detail and strong communication skills
  • Works well in a team environment
  • Demonstrates ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines efficiently



Institutional Giving Manager

EDUCATION: Undergraduate degree required.

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of three (3) years of development experience necessary, with a proven track record of accomplishment and success in fundraising in a major arts or related organization. The ideal candidate will have exceptional ability to speak and write persuasively with donors and prospective donors about the needs and goals of The Joffrey Ballet. He/she will be prepared to take an active role in solicitations and confidently lead, inspire and organize Board and volunteer leadership. He/she will be a self-starter with the ability to make decisions in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, be knowledgeable about Chicago's institutioanl funding community and embrace opportunities to learn. Excellent strategic, technical, organizational and computer skills required. Must be professional, detail-oriented and have excellent communications skills. Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser's Edge, Tessitura or other development information systems a plus.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, additional hours as required, including regular attendance at evening and weekend performances and events.

APPLICABLE PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES: General mobility in office areas. Ability to operate data processing and other office equipment.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES: The Institutional Giving Manager reports to the Chief Development Officer and is responsible for raising funds from corporate, foundation and government sources. This position works closely with the Executive Director, volunteer Board leadership, Chief Development Officer and the other members of the development and marketing departments.


  • Prepare grant proposals, solicitations, letters of intent, invoices and reports in accordance with funder and Joffrey standards.
  • Work closely with institutional donors to develop personalized recognition and sponsorship activation plans, ensure that all recognition and benefits are delivered as promised.
  • Manage donor cultivation and stewardship activities, including: staff regular face-to-face meetings with current and prospective funders, participating in person and/or staffing senior leaders and volunteers; produce personalized and general communications to institutional funders and prospective funders (e-news, website, social media); invitations to participate, as donors and guests in Joffrey fundraising and stewardship events.
  • Identify new grant and sponsorship opportunities, research funders and match with Joffrey programs and initiatives and prepare institutional donor profiles.
  • Maintain accurate institutional donor contact information, solicitation and stewardship plans in Raiser's Edge.
  • Manage grants calendar; track all deadlines for applications, solicitations, invoices and reports.
  • Maintain library of materials to be submitted with proposals and reports (i.e. articles, budgets, Board lists, etc.).
  • Prepare personalized acknowledgement letters to institutional funders for Executive Director's signature.
  • Assist with the preparation of the annual development plan with goals and strategies for the corporate, foundation and government areas of the Joffrey's fundraising effort.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Development Officer.

Additional responsibilties include:

  • Represent the Joffrey and its programs at Joffrey performances and events.
  • Assist in development and marketing department activities as needed to achieve the Joffrey's fundraising goals.


REPORTS TO: Chief Development Officer



Academy Part-Time Faculty Member


The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet is continually seeking talented, experiences 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.


  • 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.


  • 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
  • Complete paperwork and input payroll hours, as needed

Applications should be submitted for consideration to HR [at] joffrey [dot] org.
Applications should include a resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendations.

Development Internship

Applications for 2015 Summer Internship has been closed. Now accepting applications for Fall 2015 Development interns.


An internship with the Joffrey offers valuable experience working in the vibrant and exciting environment of one of the top ballet companies in the country.  Development Interns will gain an excellent overview of nonprofit fundraising and donor communications, hands-on experience with volunteer board members and special events, practical experience with the Joffrey’s donor database management software, and much more. In this role, you will be providing administrative assistance to the Development Department's stewardship and fundraising initiatives.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assist the development staff in entering data into The Joffrey Ballet's donor database.
  • Conduct preliminary research on potential donors, strategic partners, markets and industries.
  • Prepare reports and presentations for internal and external use.
  • Draft correspondence, reports, proposals, and donor appeals.
  • Assist with donor events, including preparation and day-of logistics.
  • Maintain donor files and other development materials.
  • Attend department and staff meetings.
  • Assist with mailings, filing, and special projects as needed.
  • Continually update and correct database records.
  • Prepare communication materials for distrubution (i.e. copying, filing, mailing, emailing)
  • Help handle administrative details associated with committee meetings (i.e. prepare and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned by the Development Department.


  • Strong writing and research abilities.
  • Desire to learn more about fundraising and philanthropy.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Experience with databases is a plus.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks.
  • High level of organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Solid oral and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to following through on tasks as assigned.

Time commitment

  • Minimum of 15 hours per week.
  • Minimum 3 month commitment, with option to extend intern experience.


Please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Sample Donor Acknowledgement Letter (150 max.)

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter stating their areas of interest and the dates/hours the applicant is available to work to Human Resource Administrator at hr [at] joffrey [dot] org. College credit available.

Please indicate on application your internship availability.


Production Internship


Production Internship

The Joffrey Ballet is seeking an intern for the Production Department. An internship with the Joffrey offers valuable work experience in a vibrant and exciting environment at one of the top ballet companies in the country. College credit is available. Other opportunities within the organization may become available depending on the intern’s availability and interest.


The Production Intern will assist the Director of Production in the normal day to day activities of the department including but not limited to:

  • Development of schedules for each of the performance venues
  • Planning and budgeting of technical requirements related to performance programming
  • Execution of agreements for designer contracts
  • Management and supervision of design process including identifying and hiring of designers



  • Late career student or recent college graduate
  • Interest in production management, stage management or general management
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and other typical office software


Time Commitment

  • 15-20 hours per week
  • Minimum four month commitment corresponding to the typical academic calendar (Sep-Dec; Jan-Mar; Apr-Jun, Jun-Aug)
  • Specific dates may be adapted to meet the needs of the Joffrey and the qualified candidate


Applicable Physical Capabilities

  • General mobility in office areas
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs
  • Ability to operate data processing and other office equipment


The Summer internship has been filled. For consideration for our Fall/Winter internship, submit cover letter and resume to HR [at] joffrey [dot] org.

Subscription Sales/Telemarketing

Part-Time Subscription Sales and Telemarketing


We are building a new staff of ambitious, energetic Sales Agents to sell Season Tickets for The Joffrey Ballet 2015-2016 Season. Our Sales Team initiates out-bound calls to a diverse audience of Joffrey patrons with the goal of engaging in informative conversations and converting the Joffrey patron from being a Single Ticket Buyer to becoming a Joffrey Subscriber. Joffery Subscribers are a very important and valuable component of The Joffrey Ballet Community.


To prepare you for on-the-job success, we provide:

  • paid orientation geared towards expanding your knowledge of The Joffrey Brand
  • paid training geared towards helping you develop a confident ability to apply the most effective sales techniques over the phone, while providing superior customer service
  • on-going training and support


The best candidates offer a high level of professionalism and integrity, are comfortable selling over the phone, self-motivated, goal-oriented, well-spoken, upbeat and personable with a diligent work ethic, basic computer familiarity, strong communication skills, and the ability to remain focused working independently or in a small group.


This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in the fundamentals of marketing, organizational advancement, audience development, and patron services.

  • inside sales experience is a PLUS
  • an appreciation of ballet and the performing arts in Chicago
  • smart, enthusiastic students and retirees are encouraged to apply
  • minimum of 16 hrs per week; Mon-Thurs, 4:00-9:00 PM; some Fridays, 2:00-6:00 PM; Saturdays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • friendly, business casual environment, conveniently located in downtown Chicago
  • compensation is a salary, plus commission commensurate with similar positions within the non-profit performing arts community


No resumes. No walk-ins.

Please leave a message at 312.702.0032 and your call will be returned.





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:

  • Academy Production Associate
  • Institutional Giving Manager


Part-Time Positions:

  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Development Intern
  • Production Intern
  • Subscription Sales/Telemarketing


Full job descriptions for all available positions are below.