Administrative Director of Professional Training Programs

Organization: American Dance Festival
Category: Artistic
Type: Full-time

Administrative Director of Professional Training Programs

May 16, 2017

Overview of the American Dance Festival

The American Dance Festival is held for six and a half weeks each summer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Heralded as “One of the nation’s most important institutions” by the New York Times and as “The world’s greatest dance festival” by the New York Post, the American Dance Festival’s sustained record of creative achievement is indivisible from the history of modern dance. Through its school and performance season, ADF serves professional and pre-professional choreographers and dancers from around the world.


ADF’s core summer training programs are the Three Week School for Pre-Professional Dancers (ages 13-17), the Six Week School (ages 18 and up), and the Dance Professionals Workshop, which targets dance educators and working artists.  These programs collectively attract anywhere from 250 to 350 students from around the country and world.


Job description

The Administrative Director of Professional Training Programs oversees all aspects of the Six Week School (6WS) and provides support for the Dance Professionals Workshop Intensive and Sampler (DPW). This position works with and reports directly to the Dean and occasionally with the Executive Director; collaborates regularly with the Administrative Director of Youth Training Programs to help realize school programs; and works with marketing, finance, and development staff to fulfill specific program needs.


Responsibilities of the position include:







Education and Experience:


Skills and Qualities:


Work habits: able to work independently, manage workload with minimal oversight, and effectively prioritize the execution of multiple projects that have varying timelines for completion


Teamwork and collaboration: agile team member who is able to adapt to changing needs and conditions that necessitate sensitivity in knowing when to lead and when to follow; able to cultivate a positive working environment; able to resolve conflict through clear communication and openness


Versatility and range: willingness to engage in a range of activities, from the practical nuts-and-bolts tasks of data management to the socially savvy work of recruiting and teambuilding to the highly creative thinking of program vision and development


Goal-setting and achievement: able to set goals, implement steps necessary to realize them, and achieve measurable results


Position details:

Full-time, requiring travel on weekdays and weekends for recruitment during the fall, winter, and spring; extensive hours in the summer during the festival season. 


Salary is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health insurance, dental care, paid time off, and a 401K plan.


To apply:

Please email the documents below in a single PDF to with Administrative Director of Professional Training Programs in the subject line.


Cover Letter discussing how your experience and skills fulfill the obligations of this position; resume; and three references, including email and phone contact information, their relationship to you, and the length of your experience working with them.