Executive Director


Brooklyn, NY 11220


Aug 01, 2020


Mar 03, 2020

Dancewave is a socially conscious dance education not-for-profit organization providing access to a community dance experience that encourages individuality and whole-person development throughout New York City and nationwide. Through innovative programming, we use dance as an expressive vehicle for transformation. We engage our diverse audience through an expansive platform of dance performances and classes, youth performing ensembles, dance educator training workshops, artist residencies, social justice initiatives, college readiness events and subsidized studio rentals, reaching over 6,000 students annually.

Our next Executive Director will provide strategic vision and operational responsibility for our organization as an inspiring manager, passionate fundraiser and competent administrator. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

Strategic Management
● Seeks most effective and efficient ways to deliver Dancewave’s mission for maximum
community impact
● Establishes direction and oversight for all core organizational programs; initiates new
programs as appropriate; and implements research as needed.
● Ensures all programming meets highest standards of quality
● Manages and oversees all program directors and operations
Fundraising and Communications
● Leads fundraising strategy and oversees all fundraising initiatives and directives
(government, institutional, individual)
● Cultivates and solicits various sources utilizing organization contacts, field research and
Board of Directors’ networks
● Represents Dancewave publicly while ensuring marketing operations appropriately
publicize activities of the organization
● Grows community and organizational partnerships and collaborations
● Develops short and long-term financial strategies with Board of Directors as part of
annual Budget planning process
● Ensures that sound human resource practices are in place including interviewing, hiring
and release of all paid employees and independent contractors; conducts personnel
performance evaluations of all program directors.
● Maintains a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of capable
● Oversees facilities management operations
● Works in close collaboration with Board of Directors

Artistic Oversight
The right candidate may also provide artistic oversight, working in conjunction with the Director of Education. This may include overseeing the hiring of choreographers and teaching artists; developing new class initiatives and learning modalities; overseeing the work of Education and Community Programs Directors, and all curriculum direction; exercising final approval of class
lists, instructors, and scheduling of organization calendar. In addition, this may include overseeing artist services in promoting Artist-in Residence program and performance showcases; giving final approval to artist selections


The successful candidate for this role will possess the following skills and experience:

● Passion for Dancewave’s mission
● A successful track record in leadership and management in the arts/dance/nonprofit
● Demonstrated success in personally securing philanthropic support in a not-for-profit
arts/dance environment
● A collaborative style that engages staff, Board, and key donors
● Ability to develop partnerships with local and community partners
● A demonstrable commitment to advancing justice, equity, diversity and inclusion
● Experience developing organizational routines and processes
● Strong social and interpersonal skills in multiple social and business contexts
● Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
● Innovative problem-solver
● Knowledge and awareness of or direct experience in the dance field is a plus




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