Artistic Director - Executive Director & Master Teacher - Ballet

Position ID: 37900
Columbus State University
Continuing & Professional Education
Position Description
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Executive Director, Administrative
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In collaboration with The Columbus Ballet, The Department of Continuing and Professional Education at Columbus State University seeks candidates for a dual appointment as the Artistic | Executive Director of The Columbus Ballet and Master Teacher of the Columbus State University Dance Conservatory (Ages 3-Adult).

As the Columbus Ballet’s Artistic | Executive Director, the successful candidate will report to the Board of Directors with responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Providing the overall artistic vision for the Youth/Civic Ballet company, emphasizing classical ballet technique and principles.
  • Producing two annual productions including “The Nutcracker”.
  • Serving as choreographer and/or hiring and supervising choreographers for productions.
  • Coordinating and securing performance locations, and hiring and supervising designers, artisans and production staff; supervising volunteer efforts with the volunteer coordinator.
  • Developing and providing fiscally responsible management of the Ballet’s budget and assets in cooperation with the Board of Directors.
  • Determining and executing marketing and fundraising activities in cooperation with the Board of Directors.
  • Actively seeking out partnerships and performance opportunities with other area and regional arts organizations.
  • Positively representing the Columbus Ballet to the public, including media appearances.

As the Columbus State University Master Teacher (part-time, 19 hours per week), the successful candidate will report to the Director of Continuing & Professional Education with responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Serving as the primary teacher for a non-credit dance program (ages 3 – adult) that provides outreach and primarily ballet educational experiences to students.  This position requires flexible hours with most teaching hours falling in the after-school hours on weekdays/nights and for five hours or more on Saturdays.
  • Recruiting, training, and evaluating instructors.
  • Recruiting and evaluating students, and other associated duties as appropriate.
  • Planning and developing quality classical ballet/modern/jazz/lyrical curriculum to meet the needs of the students and teach students at a variety of levels.
  • Assisting with the vision for marketing the program in order to increase enrollment.
  • Managing and nurturing the artistic development of students, to include master classes and intensives.
  • Coaching advanced and pre-professional students for YAGP and summer intensive auditions.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to fundamentally understand, endorse, and champion the purpose of Youth/Civic ballet and classical ballet education to the community; positively and creatively coach ballet company members (consisting primarily of school-aged youth) in classical ballet performance and technique, with a special focus on encouragement and equal development of both pre-professional and avocational dancers; and hire, supervise, and evaluate artistic personnel including teachers, performers, guest artists and designers.

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (MA or MFA in dance, dance education or other appropriate degree is preferred); or an equivalent combination of education and/or professional experience will be considered. The successful candidate will build and sustain positive working relationships with a wide variety of constituents to include the Board of Directors, Columbus State University, donors, volunteers, parents, students and the community; successfully manage a small 501(c)(3)-designated artistic organization, with a focus on artistic growth, increasing Company participation, sound fiscal management, and audience development; possess strong oral and written communication skill; possess strong organizational and problem solving skills; the ability to balance multiple priorities efficiently with excellent time management skills; a demonstrated proficiency in Web navigation, Google products, and MS Office programs, with the ability to learn new software; and a demonstrated proficiency in social media.

The salary is commensurate with education and experience.

For fullest consideration, please submit your application by February 15, 2018. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring. A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Required Documents to Submit with Online Application

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • Portfolio - Candidates should submit a portfolio (either DVD or links to YouTube/Vimeo/website videos) including: Video of at least three separate pieces choreographed by the candidate, ideally featuring student dancers. At least one piece should be from the classical repertoire, and one should be contemporary. Only one piece may be a solo performance. A brief description of each piece (including performance company and performance location and date) should accompany the videos. Production stills/videos, programs, and/or reviews from other productions supervised or choreographed by the candidate.
  • Other Document 1: Contact information (email and telephone number) of three persons willing to provide letters of reference.

All applications and required documents must be submitted using the Columbus State University’s online employment site. To access the Columbus State University’s online employment site, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at 706-507-8920 or e-mail to

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
119 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822

Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Clare Norins, Assistant Director

Louis C Castenell, Assistant Director

Sheila C England, System Coordinator

Sandra Gilbreth, Admin Assistant II