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:

  • Database Analyst
  • Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program


Part-Time Positions:

  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member\
  • Community Engagement Manager - Temporary
  • Community Engagement Teaching Artist
  • Patron Services Associate
  • Production Intern
  • Season Ticket Sales Agent

 

Full job descriptions for all available positions are below.

 

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Database Analyst

The primary responsibility of the Database Analyst/Administrator is to serve all data analysis needs internally in the forms of requests for data, reporting, cleanup, deduplication, and forensic analysis.  This role will also investigate and identify data spaces, trends, and anticipate potential problems before they become critical.  This will be a highly visible role in the organization with exposure to just about every facet of the operation. This person will need to be able to interface in a friendly way with all skill levels of technology.

 

Secondarily, this role represents the IT department and will be responsible for supporting Joffrey staff on tech issues.  This person should have a willingness to branch out of silo'ed responsibilities and be willing to learn other admin tasks through cross-training and coverage.

 

QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:

1-2 years of experience in a similar role. Strong knowledge and experience with MSSQL queries, analysis, and reporting, data research, SSRS web interface and report scheduling, building dashboards, and data disaster recovery scenarios is required.  Preferred experience with MySQL, SQL server administration, performance tuning, interface building, Tessitura 12, and modular CMS systems.  Additional knowledge of PHP5, Linux command line and scripting, Windows server admin, networking, and virtualization is desirable.

 

This individual should possess the proper skills to handle all internal data analysis and admin needs but also have a deep appreciation of the arts with a mission to help us maximize the power of technology and data for the furtherance of The Joffrey Ballet, the City of Chicago, and the arts in general.


SCHEDULE:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, with additional evenings and weekends, as needed.

 

TO APPLY:
Submit resume, cover letter, and salary history to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program

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


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • With the Academy and Artistic Directors, hire, maintain, develop, and manage faculty.
  • Teaching a minimum of 24 hours a week in full-time training programs during all semesters and summer intensives.
  • Administrative responsibilities and parent/student meetings, curriculum oversight, management meetings, as needed.
  • Advise and meet with school faculty from all divisions and administrative staff for consultation program management and development. Develop curriculum and plan class schedules in coordination with artistic and technical standards as set forth by the Artistic Director. 
  • Work with the Artistic Director and other division heads to ensure consistent and excellent training.
  • Plans and attends school auditions. Review and assess video auditions. Selects and recruits students for the Academy.
  • Artistically directs 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.


QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of ballet training and performing experience in both classical and contemporary repertoire. 
  • Extensive knowledge of ballet history, styles, and current ballet trends.
  • Ability to teach ballet and direct large groups of people, as well as work one-on-one with individuals.
  • Experience in partnering and ability to teach such skills to students.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the sophisticated management needs of a ballet school of significant scale. 
  • Deep knowledge of ballet pedagogy across the age/ability spectrum.
  • Established track record in recruiting, hiring, supervising, and coaching teachers and staff.
  • Proven success in collaborative work with a team of highly skilled professionals.
  • Clear understanding of financial issues in managing a ballet school.
  • Strong knowledge of the ballet world and the professional companies and schools currently operating in the United States and abroad.
  • Ability to create an environment of both discipline and encouragement for students, faculty, staff, and parents.
  • A passionate, approachable, team-oriented individual who is collaborative, diplomatic, and highly self-motivated is preferred.
  • Exceptional written, oral, presentation, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, Board of Directors, staff, parents, and students.


The following personal attributes will also be considered important:

  • An active and energetic mind and demeanor.
  • Deep commitment towards diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • A desire to provide excellence in training to students of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to derive deep satisfaction from facilitating the best work of others.


SCHEDULE:

Schedule will vary with class schedules each term, additional hours as required.


TO APPLY:

Submit resume, cover letter, and salary history 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, 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. 


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 Manager (Temporary)

This position will assist the Director of Community Engagement with the business management of the Joffrey CE programs, outreach events and departmental staff. This position is primarily responsible for oversight of day to day operations and major communications related to the Community Engagement (CE) programs. The Temporary CE Manager works directly with the Director of Community Engagement on all responsibilities related to communications, operations, data, development, coordination of productions, and program management. Additionally, this person supports the Director of Community Engagement in the coordination of the CE Program Coordinators, Teaching Artists, and intern staff. This position interfaces regularly with school personnel, Teaching Artists, current and prospective community partners and other Joffrey staff. The Community Engagement Manager will be available to assist at all Community Engagement performances, productions and events.

 

This is a temporary position beginning in late-July for approximately three months and is not eligible for benefits.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/ REQUIREMENTS:  
A working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook and Word. Microsoft Publisher preferred. Must possess strong communication and organizational skills. Professional manner, critical thinking, self-motivation, the ability to manage multiple projects and work in a fast-paced environment are essential. Awareness of arts education organizations in Chicago. Prior experience with Chicago Public Schools and Arts Curriculum is preferred. Bachelor degree and experience in a not-for-profit arts organization is preferred.

 

SCHEDULE: 
Regular office hours are 8:30-5:00. Some weekend and evening hours involved including evening and weekend performances

 

TO APPLY:
Submit resume, cover letter, and salary history to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org  



Community Engagement Teaching Artist

 

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

Patron Services Associate - Part-time

The Patron Services Associate is responsible for handling all customer service and duties that relate to the Joffrey’s subscribers and box office.  This position serves as a staff contact for internal and external ticketing-related issues; processes subscription, single ticket, group and exchange orders daily, including database entry and record keeping; updates sales reports; handles incoming and outgoing customer services calls, letters and emails; and staffs the Joffrey box office at 10 East Randolph St.

 

EDUCATION:  B.A. in dance or other performing arts field preferred

 

EXPERIENCE:  Non-profit experience a plus. B.A. in dance or other performing arts field preferred, experience with Tessitura or similar box office software preferred, excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Great organizational skills with a keen eye for details, able to work well independently and collaboratively as well as handle multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.  Proficient with Microsoft Office and other PC programs. The availability to work additional hours some evenings and weekends, primarily during performances.

 

WORK SCHEDULE: at least 18 hours a week including at least two noon until six box office shifts during the week.

 

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

 

TO APPLY: 
Submit resume, cover letter, and salary history to hr [at] joffrey [dot] org

Production Intern

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.

 

Responsibilities include assisting 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, and management and supervision of design process including identifying and hiring of designers.

 

QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:
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


INTERNSHIP SCHEDULE: 
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.

 

TO APPLY
Submit resume and cover letter 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:

  • Database Analyst
  • Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program


Part-Time Positions:

  • Academy Part-Time Faculty Member\
  • Community Engagement Manager - Temporary
  • Community Engagement Teaching Artist
  • Patron Services Associate
  • Production Intern
  • Season Ticket Sales Agent

 

Full job descriptions for all available positions are below.