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.

 

To learn more about the Joffrey's mission and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Values, click here

 

Full-Time Positions:

  • Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program

Part-Time Positions:

  • Community Engagement Teaching Artists
  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Season Ticket Sales Agent
Internships:
  • none at this time

See position details below. Full job descriptions can be found by visiting our Career Center

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Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program

The Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program works closely with the Artistic Director to maintain the highest standards of artistic excellence and educational programming as set by the Artistic Director.  This position works closely with the Academy Director to build and create programming.  With the Artistic Director and staff, the Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program develops and maintains the syllabus and curriculum. This position is responsible for the training and development of the Trainees and Studio Company in class, rehearsals, and performances.

 

Duties and Responsibilities Include: 

  • With the Academy and Artistic Director, hire, maintain, develop and manage faculty.
  • Teach a minimum of 24 hours a week in full time training programs during all semesters and summer intensive.
  • Administrative responsibilities include parent/student meetings, curriculum oversight, management meetings, as needed.
  • Advise and meet with school faculty from all divisions and administrative staff for consultation of program management and development. Develop curriculum and plan class schedules in coordination with artistic and technical standards as set forth by Artistic Director and Academy Director.  
  • Work with Artistic Director, Academy Director and other division heads to ensure consistent and excellent training.
  • Plan and attend school auditions.  Review and assess video auditions. Select and recruit students for Academy.
  • Artistically direct student rehearsals and performances, including those for Winning Works.
  • Set, stage and rehearse repertoire works on Trainees and Studio Company for Academy performances
  • Complete and review student evaluations each semester.
  • Provide professional guidance and assistance for students for the next step in their career
  • Assist in setting policies of new programming with Academy Director.
  • Work closely with Academy Director on parent and student communications.
  • Assist Academy Director with marketing of programming.
  • Provide support for special events, performances and auditions as needed.
  • Work with staff in other areas, as appropriate to meet departmental strategic goals

  

TO APPLY: Submit your cover letter and resume through our Career Center

Community Engagement Teaching Artists

Do you have a passion for dance that you would like to share with the next generation of Chicago artists? Do you enjoy teaching and would like to join Chicago’s largest dance organization to inspire students across the city? Joffrey Community Engagement is looking for teaching artists to engage students in dance and creativity at school as they develop lifelong learning skills.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The mission of Joffrey Community Engagement is to provide Chicago’s youth equitable access to high quality arts learning and dance education opportunities. Such opportunities support physical, social, and emotional development, to improve educational, community, and wellness outcomes.

 

JOFFREY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TEACHING ARTIST

The Joffrey Community Engagement Teaching Artist (TA) is an independent contractor who teaches exceptional arts education classes for Chicago Public Schools through in-school programming. We are looking for TAs who are adaptable, demonstrate knowledge and preparedness, care about all students, and create a joyful atmosphere. TAs provide instruction in multiple styles of dance including African, ballet, hip hop, jazz, and Latin. TAs offer highly structured dance experiences, encouraging students to develop technique, creativity, and life skills. Programs often last the full school year, though shorter residencies occur. Programs offered throughout the city require no previous dance training from students and are offered for grades PreK-12. TA responsibilities include:

  • Planning and providing class material culturally relevant and appropriate for the age level
  • Traveling and arriving on time to various Chicago Public Schools for instruction before, during, or after school
  • Facilitating student development of lifelong learning skills including self-discipline and confidence
  • Supporting students by creating a safe, student-centered environment
  • Utilizing critical thinking and problem solving to engage students, schools, families, and communities
  • Teaching in school spaces without traditional dance studios such as gymnasiums, auditoriums, and classrooms
  • Bringing a portable speaker to play music for class
  • Choreographing dances for students to perform in school assemblies
  • Maintaining constant and clear communication with the school coordinator and the Joffrey, through email, text, or phone
  • Completing biweekly timesheets and paperwork for contracted classes
  • Staying informed of best practices for classroom management and arts education

  

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A high school diploma is required. Additionally, professional dance experience, undergraduate degree, or equivalent experience is required
  • Cleared fingerprinting and background checks from Joffrey are required to prevent child abuse
  • Experience teaching and choreographing dances that engage and challenge students PreK-12
  • Has strong communication and time-management skills and high emotional intelligence
  • Can effectively teach and address learning needs across gender, age, race, ability, socio-economic and cultural diversity
  • Ability to command a room and engage students, while modeling ideal behavior
  • Embodies exemplary professional conduct and respect for school and community culture
  • Demonstrates expertise in dance technique that adheres to state and local standards
  • Ability to demonstrate full body dance movement for each class, which typically lasts one hour
  • Thinks creatively to problem solve and adapt in a fast-paced environment
  • Consistently assesses student learning and self-reflects on personal contribution to program effectiveness
  • Regularly explores skill development to grow as an artist and is open to feedback
  • Shares a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access
  • Committed to Joffrey Community Engagement mission and core values of equity, integrity, and creativity

  

TO APPLY: Submit your cover letter and resume through our Career Center

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 your cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation through our Career Center

Season Ticket Sales Agent

We are building a staff of ambitious, energetic telephone sales agents to sell season ticket packages for The Joffrey Ballet's 2018-2019 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.

 

To learn more about the Joffrey's mission and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Values, click here

 

Full-Time Positions:

  • Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program

Part-Time Positions:

  • Community Engagement Teaching Artists
  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member
  • Season Ticket Sales Agent
Internships:
  • none at this time

See position details below. Full job descriptions can be found by visiting our Career Center