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Auditions and Employment


The Washington Ballet is currently accepting applications for the following positions. To apply for a listed position, interested candidates should send the following items:
1. Cover letter (complete with salary history)
2. Current resume
3. List of professional references
4. TWB Employment Application (click here to complete this fillable application, print and sign it)
Return the above items via email to resumes@washingtonballet.org or by post mail to The Washington Ballet, Attention: Resumes, 3515 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. NO PHONE CALLS or ALTERNATE EMAILS PLEASE.

The Washington Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of The Washington Ballet to employ individuals without regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor made unlawful under applicable fair employment laws.

AUDITIONS

The Washington Ballet has filled all professional dancer positions for its 2014.2015 Season and the Studio Company program is full.

Please check this web page soon for updated information on our audition schedule for the 2015.2016 Season.


The Washington Ballet
employs high level experienced male and female ballet dancers with prior professional experience performing in soloist and principal roles with established ballet companies.

The Washington Ballet Studio Companyprovides a pre-professional learning experience for talented young dancers entering the field. Studio Company members receive continued training, development as artists and performance experience. They are provided the opportunity to dance in some of The Washington Ballet’s productions, alongside Company artists and in their own performance programs. Candidates should possess a strong classical ballet technique, advanced pointe work for the ladies and highly developed male technique for the men. Candidates should demonstrate their understanding of contemporary movement and style and possess excellent partnering skills and musicality. The ability to learn and retain complex choreography is essential.

Auditions for The Washington Ballet are held annually and the current schedule will be posted on this website. Auditioning dancers must bring a completed registration form, résumé, headshot, full-body dance photos and registration fee* to the audition. Further instruction will be available here when the audition schedule is posted.

Professional dancers of The Washington Ballet are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

*Active AGMA members are exempt.


CURRENT OPENINGS

Full-Time Positions

School Manager @ THEARC

Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: School Director @ THEARC

Scope: Under the direction of the School Director (SD), the School Manager (SM) is responsible for administering all school functions with the Washington School of Ballet at THEARC. The SM will possess excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, be energetic, attentive, with the ability to multi-task, and prioritize workload. Familiarity working in Ward 8 a plus.

General Responsibilities:

  • Manage the coordination of activities between instructors and the Director
  • Manage on-site activities related to the school such as open houses, orientations, auditions, parent meetings and rentals
  • Monitor and manage school finances as it relates to school accounts and records
  • Create, update and manage school financial records and statistical data
  • Manage, coordinate, and update school website information; represent TWB @ THEARC in website rebuilding process
  • Collaborate with The Washington Ballet @ THEARC Director in budgeting process and monthly reporting
  • Create class registration system and collaborate with The Washington Ballet @ THEARC Director on updates
  • Serve as the liaison with parents to educate and create understanding, cooperation, participation, and support of programs
  • Manage coordination of communication between the Director, staff, faculty, parents and students
  • Prepare marketing materials and collaborate with marketing team to refine
  • Act as a liaison between Building Bridges Across the River and renter for rental contracts
  • Develop and implement management systems and processes that improve the school’s functionality at TWB @ THEARC and overall in the institution

Internal Contacts: School Director, School Managers of other campuses, Faculty

External Contacts:
Students, Parents, Faculty, Pianists

Qualifications: Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Knowledge of ballet is preferred
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, proficiency in Excel essential
  • Experience working with financial accounts-- payable and receivable
  • Experience with or ability to learn financial management software a must
  • Three or more years experience preferably in a non-profit arts environment
  • Experience working with youth in an urban environment highly desired
  • Effective written and verbal communication required
  • Excellent customer service skills required
  • Familiarity with basic accounting principles

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Must assist the Public Relations Manager in the search to produce new media outlets and contacts for the promotion of The Washington Ballet, The School, and The Ballet's community engagement activities; the ability to think creatively in efforts to widen the Ballet's exposure locally, nationally, and perhaps internationally is a definite plus
  • Must be familiar with all social media platforms (search, monitor, post, edit content)
  • Must be a self-starter
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor or company director
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and able to handle tasks simultaneously
  • Work independently and as part of a team

Equipment Knowledge and Use: PC and Software; Standard office equipment

Part-Time Positions


Boutique Supervisor

Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Marketing and Communications Manager (MCM)

Scope : The BS is responsible for supervising sales, operations and human resources function of the boutique to assure excellent guest experience and optimum profitability. The BS must also motivate and inspire the Boutique Assistant and Volunteers to achieve productivity and sales goals.

Responsibilities: 

  • Under the direction of the MCM, the BS supervises the Sugar Plum Shoppe (SPS) retail operations and sales for The Nutcracker performances at THEARC, the Warner Theatre and The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea Party
  • Supervises the Boutique for all other season performances at the Kennedy Center
  • Engages and assists guests with retail sales
  • Liaises and manage SPS Chair(s) and volunteers for a smooth operation of Sugar Plum Shoppe
  • Operates cash registers and utilizes handheld devices to ensure positive guest satisfaction
  • Assists volunteers with retail sales and merchandise handling
  • Coordinates Shoppe/Boutique volunteers for select performances
  • Manages daily stock levels, restocks merchandise and makes key decisions about stock control
  • Runs sales reports at the end of each performance and complete paperwork for deposits
  • Tracks inventory, and take final inventory upon closing of Shoppe and Boutique
  • Supports the MCM with various tasks including inventory, transportation, receiving merchandise at the Warehouse and TWB offices, acquiring materials and supplies for both the Shoppe and Boutique, and creating labels
  • Support the MCM with set-up of the SPS at THEARC and Warner Theatre, and set-up of the Boutique at other venues
  • Liaises between the MCM and SPS Chair(s) and Volunteers
  • Contributes to a positive work environment
  • Other duties as assigned


Internal Contacts: MCM, Boutique Assistant, Marketing Department Staff, Development Department Staff and others as needed

External Contacts: Volunteers and members of the general public

Positions Supervised: Boutique Assistant and volunteer guest service providers

    Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated cash handling experience
    • High School diploma or GED certificate
    • 3-5 years of retail experience, ideally spent in a supervisory or managerial position
    • Familiarity with MS Office software including Word and Excel
    • Familiarity with retail software such as Quickbooks, GoPayment and Square


    Professional and Technical Competencies:

    • Prioritizes work to effectively balance assignments, communications, and relations
    • Demonstrates exceptional skills in managing Boutique Assistant and volunteers
    • Fosters ongoing positive relationships with individuals encountered
    • Sports a cheerful attitude
    • Maintains positive and professional decorum in relations with others
    • Maintains neat and professional attire during retail operations periods
    • Performs other duties as assigned by MCM in a timely manner and with a positive attitude
    • Works in a detail oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and able to handle tasks simultaneously
    • Demonstrates solid supervisory, mathematical and analytical skills
    • Works independently and as part of team


    Knowledge of:

    • Retail sales operations
    • Cashiering operations
    • Cash handling procedure, preferred


    Physical Demands:

    • Cyclical working hours- according to programming
    • Evening and weekend hours as required or assigned
    • Standing for prolonged periods
    • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds


    Equipment knowledge and use:

    • Computer and software
    • Current valid driver's license


    Compensation:
    Hourly, $15; This position is subject to a background and security clearance.

    Boutique Assistant

    Location: Washington, DC
    Reports to: Marketing and Communications Manager (MCM) and Boutique Supervisor (BS)

    Scope : The Boutique Assistant (BA) is responsible for assisting the BS with sales, operations and human resources function of the boutique to assure excellent guest experience and optimum profitability. The BA must also motivate and inspire the Volunteers to achieve productivity and sales goals.

    Responsibilities: 

    • Under the direction of the BS, the BA supervises the Sugar Plum Shoppe (SPS) retail operations and sales for The Nutcracker performances at THEARC, the Warner Theatre and The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea Party, or other venues as assigned
    • Engages and assists guests with retail sales
    • Liaises with BS, SPS Chair(s) and volunteers for a smooth operation of Sugar Plum Shoppe
    • Operates cash registers and utilizes handheld devices to ensure positive guest satisfaction
    • Assists volunteers with retail sales and merchandise handling
    • Coordinates Shoppe/Boutique volunteers for select performances
    • Inventories daily stock levels and restocks merchandise
    • Runs sales reports at the end of each performance and completes paperwork for deposits
    • Supports the MCM and BS with various tasks including inventory, transportation and set up of the Sugar Plum Shoppe at THEARC and Warner Theatre or other venues
    • Contributes to a positive work environment
    • Other duties as assigned


    Internal Contacts: MCM, BS, Marketing Department Staff, Development Department Staff and others as needed

    External Contacts: Volunteers and members of the general public

    Positions Supervised: Volunteer guest service providers

      Qualifications:

      • Demonstrated cash handling experience
      • High School diploma or GED certificate
      • 2 years of retail experience, minimum
      • Familiarity with MS Office software including Word and Excel
      • Familiarity with retail software such as Quickbooks, GoPayment and Square


      Professional and Technical Competencies:

      • Demonstrates exceptional skills in managing volunteers
      • Fosters ongoing positive relationships with individuals encountered
      • Sports a cheerful attitude
      • Maintains positive and professional decorum in relations with others
      • Maintains neat and professional attire during retail operations periods
      • Performs other duties as assigned by MCM in a timely manner and with a positive attitude
      • Works in a detail oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and able to handle tasks simultaneously
      • Demonstrates solid supervisory, mathematical and analytical skills
      • Works independently and as part of team


      Knowledge of:

      • Retail sales operations
      • Cashiering operations
      • Cash handling procedure, preferred


      Physical Demands:

      • Cyclical working hours- according to programming
      • Evening and weekend hours as required or assigned
      • Standing for prolonged periods
      • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds


      Equipment knowledge and use:

      • Computer and software
      • Current valid driver's license


      Compensation:
      Hourly, $12; This position is subject to a background and security clearance.

      Part Time Teacher

      Department: NW School
      Reports to: School Director
      Classification: Part-time, Seasonal
      Location: Washington, DC

      Scope: The Washington School of Ballet seeks an energetic candidate with significant experience teaching ballet technique to children. The person must possess strong classical ballet knowledge, must be a team player, teach the school’s curriculum and have experience in choreography for young children.

      General Responsibilities: 

      • Teach ballet classes in level(s) Pre Ballet 1 through Level 2
      • Choreograph for the Pre Ballet 2 & 3 Class Presentations and Spring Performances for Level 1A and up
      • Write evaluations for each student

      Internal Contacts: 
      School Director, School Manager, Associate School Manager, Faculty

      External Contacts:
      Students, Faculty, Pianists

      Qualifications- Education and Experience (min.):

      Teaching or professional experience in a nationally recognized company and/or school is preferred. Experience teaching and choreographing for young children is a must.

      Professional and Technical Competencies:

      • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
      • Must be a self-starter
      • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
      • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor
      • Work in a detail-oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and is able to handle tasks simultaneously
      • Works independently and as part of team


      Knowledge of:

      • Classical Ballet


      Equipment Knowledge and Use:

      • PC and software
      • Standard office equipment

      Please submit your application by July 30, 2014. All applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.


      Receptionist

      Department: Administration
      Reports to: School Manager
      Classification: Part-time
      Location: Washington, DC

      Scope: The Washington Ballet seeks an energetic candidate with excellent guest services skills and a professional demeanor. The person must be a team player, communicate effectively and multitask efficiently.

      Summary of Responsibilities: 

      • Answers all incoming calls
      • Direct callers to appropriate departments and extensions
      • Greet customers, clients and appointments as they enter TWB
      • Announce and direct arrivals to correct individual/destination
      • Manage merchandise sales
      • Oversee security by monitoring door and arrivals
      • Receive and notify recipients of packages as they arrive
      • Assist other departments with projects as needed


      Specific Duties:
      Customer Service

      • Greet customers and answer telephones in a pleasant and courteous manner
      • Direct all business sales inquiries to the Director of Facilities or the Director of Finance
      • Filter incoming calls to the correct department/individual.
      • Transfer individuals to voicemail if department/individual is unavailable
      • Provide General Information to the public regarding the following or direct them to the organization’s website:
      • - TWB Season (program/dates/length/location)
        - Ticketing (price range/availability/where to purchase if not TWB)
        - TWB Events (when/where/ticket price/contact Special Events Manager)
        - TWB/WSB Meetings (who/where/when/meeting contact)
        - TWSB Schedule (classes/location/studios/teachers/pianist)
        - TWSB Auditions (where/when/age range/direct to website)


    School

    • Maintain list of make up classes
    • Alphabetize filing
    • Help prepare attendance books
    • Prepare Adult Class sign-in sheet and 10 class cards
    • Greet Adult Class students, provide information
    • Use the terminal provided to process charges for adult classes and TWB/TWSB merchandise


    General

    • Notify finance department as soon as mail arrives
    • Maintain necessary supplies for front desk duties/place orders with Executive Assistant
    • Must read and refer to the Employee Handbook
    • Notify department managers when supplies arrive for them to pick up
    • Use the terminal to clock in and out of work and breaks
    • Keep the front door locked at all times
    • Report suspicious individuals to Director of Facilities or School Manager
    • In case of an emergency contact a member of the facilities staff immediately or call Director of Facilities on cell phone
    • Inform the School Manager when taking a break or have another staff member monitor the front desk
    • It is very important that all patrons are aware that the TWB building is secure
    • If late or unable to get to work, call Director of Facilities,Fidel Colin at 703-536-2116 or Director of Finance, Shakira Reid-Segundo at 202-362-3606x132

    Professional and Technical Competencies:

      • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
      • Must be a self-starter
      • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
      • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor
      • Work in a detail-oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and is able to handle tasks simultaneously
      • Works independently and as part of team

      Equipment Knowledge and Use:

      • PC and software
      • Standard office equipment


      Internships

      Marketing and Communications Internship for Fall 2014

      Department: Marketing and Communications
      Internship Title: Marketing Intern (MI)

      Reports to: Marketing and Communications Manager (MCM), Public Relations Manager (PRM)

      Classification: Internship 12 hours min./week

      Location: Washington, DC

      Scope: This internship supports the activities of the Marketing and Communications Department of TWB and provides a general introduction into the varied responsibilities of the marketing and communications management professional, and exposes the intern to the non-profit/performing arts environment in particular.

      Duties and Responsibilities:

      • Assists with weekly activities in the marketing and communications department related to public relations, publications, special projects and social media
      • Assists with daily tasks as requested by the marketing and communications department
      • Assists with monitoring the social media and enews calendars
      • Assists with payments due to vendors
      • Researches information on ballet and marketing trends and news
      • Attends weekly marketing staff meetings and takes notes as necessary

      Qualifications:

      • Currently enrolled or recently completed coursework in arts administration, marketing, public relations or related field of study
      • Excellent verbal and writing skills
      • Experience with social media platforms highly beneficial
      • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor or company director
      • Works independently and as part of team
      • Interest in the performing arts

      Evaluation Procedure: Evaluation is ongoing. Weekly communication between the MCM, PRM, marketing and communications team and intern steers activities in appropriate directions and allows for alterations if the interests of the intern or the Ballet change. At the conclusion of the internship, the supervisor will prepare a written evaluation of the intern’s work, experience, and overall contribution to The Washington Ballet. In addition, the intern has an opportunity to evaluate the internship experience.

      Benefits:

      • Great experience working for the nation’s tenth largest ballet company
      • Opportunity to work on a variety of projects
      • Possible graduate credit if University/College allows
      • Free Adult Dance classes with excellent instructors from The Washington School of Ballet

      Internal Contacts:

      MCM, PRM, Marketing Staff, Company Manager, School Director, Finance Director, Company Dancers, Development Department Staff, Finance Department Staff, Artistic Department Staff, School Staff, Stage Management Staff, Wardrobe/Costume Staff, Ticketing Staff and others as needed

      External Contacts:

      Board members, constituents, members of the general public

      Knowledge of:

      • Basic marketing knowledge

      Physical Demands:

      • May be required to lift and move up to 30lbs
      • Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required
      • Must be able to set and stand for prolonged periods

      Equipment Knowledge and Use:

      • PC and software
      Standard office equipment