Employment Opportunities

Executive Artistic Director

Anticipated start date : Dec 15, 2012

Job Description:

This is an Executive level Director position, which is shared with the Director of Business and Finance. The areas of oversight managed between these two positions include organizational and business management, long-term planning, event programming, management of rental program, fundraising and grant writing, publicity and outreach, oversight of the physical facilities, staff hiring and oversight, and working with and reporting to the board of directors.

The Executive Artistic Director’s, primary function will be oversight and direction of programming, development and fundraising, management of marketing, staff leadership and organizational management. The Executive Artistic Director, will also play a major role in cultivating efforts in pluralism, community growth and partnership development.

Candidates should be highly self-motivated, creative, community-minded and detail-oriented, with strong leadership and organizational skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to develop and direct projects, oversee staff members, handle multiple tasks within in a timely manner, and make bold, strategic decisions while nurturing a culture of collaboration and cooperation. We are looking for someone who enjoys the creative challenge of devising systemic solutions and implementing them, and who would relish the opportunity to grow with a cooperatively run community arts organization. We greatly value someone who has a Contact Improvisation or other creative practice, and who has a familiarity with Contact Improvisation and/or other improvisational dance and interdisciplinary arts. More detailed job responsibilities are listed further below. Candidates with three to five years of previous experience in dance/arts program development and/or curation, as well as experience in community leadership are preferred.

In the past few years, Earthdance has renewed its core values, mission, and long-term goals, articulating the interrelatedness: creative exchange, artistic growth, social/economic/and ecological justice, and healthy living. The Executive Artistic Director would be a primary influence in nurturing these values in the Earthdance community.

Women, people of color, LGBT/queer people, and/or people who are differently abled are encouraged to apply.


Salary: The Executive Artistic Director works 32 hours/week and is also expected to spend some non-work time at Earthdance for community events, jams, performances, etc. The annual salary for this position is commensurate with experience, and will be in the mid-thirty thousand dollar range.  A higher salary may be possible for candidates with demonstrated experience in fundraising and organizational leadership, and a demonstrated commitment to the Earthdance mission and values. We anticipate that this salary will rise over the next 2-3 years as we invest greater energy in our fundraising program.

Additional Benefits include four weeks of paid vacation time, the opportunity to attend many events free of charge, and connection to a diverse, creative community.

Health Insurance: Earthdance does not currently offer a healthcare plan, though an individual may qualify for subsidized insurance through the Massachusetts Commonwealth Care program.

Housing: We do not currently provide housing for the Executive Artistic Director.


Together, the two Directors provide Organizational Leadership, Staff and Board Development, Residential Management, Budgeting and Financial Oversight, and General Supervision of Earthdance.  While much of the oversight of Earthdance is a shared endeavor, the Executive Artistic Director will hold direct responsibility for the following areas:

Fundraising & Development

  • Lead annual development efforts
  • Develop and coordinate annual fund drives and materials
  • Explore potential sources of institutional funding and develop relationships with appropriate local, regional, and related international foundations.
  • Manage all institutional grant research, writing, reporting and budgeting.
  • Develop partnerships and relationships with funders, potential funders, and other community organizations

Earthdance Programming

  • Continue to build Earthdance’s program of workshops, festivals and events.
  • Collaborate with other institutions to develop combined programs.
  • Develop relationships with prominent teachers and artists in the field of improvisational dance and arts
  • Develop diverse set of programming that is aligned with Earthdance’s mission and long-term goals, including pluralism.
  • Maintain and enrich Earthdance’s growing Artist-in-Residency Programs

Public Relations, Promotion & Marketing

  • Oversee all general marketing for Earthdance.
  • Increase stakeholder engagement, education of Earthdance programming, and general public outreach and development.
  • Lead in Earthdance advocacy and positive public relations.
  • Oversee our newsletter production, design and content.

If you are interested in this position please submit the following:

  • A personal/professional statement that includes: 1) a detailed summary of your relevant experience as a manager of projects and people 2) your specific experience related to the detailed job responsibilities above 3) your interest and/or experience in movement, dance, community living, sustainability and other Earthdance Core Values 3) and a persuasive presentation sharing with us how you are uniquely suited to the position of Co-Executive Director at Earthdance.
  • A resumé
  • Three references (include name, relationship, phone number, and email if possible)
  • 2-3 supporting materials (marketing or fundraising materials, a grant narrative, general writing samples, project descriptions, etc.)

Materials should be sent to:

Attn: Executive Artistic Director Hiring Committee
252 Prospect Street
Plainfield, MA 01070

Download the Executive Artistic Director Job Decription here.

Development and Fundraising Intern


The Development & Fundraising Intern works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, and works closely with the Associate Director, Marketing Assistant and Office Manager. This position supports all of Earthdance’s fundraising efforts, with a special focus on researching, planning and prospecting for direct funding appeals and individual donations. S/he is critical to supporting and organizing Earthdance’s individual donor cultivation, campaigns and stewardship. S/he will also support the development functions, including the annual Earthdance Gala and other events, as well as writing appeal letters, grant applications and reports, and online fundraising campaigns.

This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills, confidence building and maintaining donor relationships, above-average organizational skills, and comfort with Microsoft Office suite, donor management tools, and familiarity with web-content management software. Ideal candidates will possess a strong attention to detail, strong individual motivation and direction, and be interested in developing a solid foundation for our Development & Fundraising department.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage gift acknowledgement, donor database, and reporting on donations;
  • Manage and track development budget with support from the Executive and Associate Directors;
  • Research and prepare background for individual asks and grant applications;
  • Provide communications and reporting on existing grants and campaigns;
  • Support special events and fundraising activities;
  • Draft and proofread professional correspondence;
  • Develop and disseminate fundraising materials and donor appeals;
  • Support the Earthdance Gala, and other individual donor campaigns;
  • Manage web content related to development and coordinator with online fundraising and marketing; and,
  • Perform other administrative and support duties, as assigned.

Preferred Skills and Competencies:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the major duties of the position:

  • Two years of higher education, or the equivalent;
  • Some experience with development support and office operations (preferably experience in nonprofit fundraising or administrative support);
  • Comfort with soliciting individuals for donations face-to-face, on the phone, online, or via email;
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams;
  • Comfort and familiarity with event planning;
  • Research, writing, editing and proof-reading skills as evidenced by past work product; and,
  • Demonstrated commitment to public-service, non-profit, or cause-oriented work.


  • For 30 hours of work/week, this position receives room & board, utilities, community development, free jams and significant discounts on Earthdance produced workshops.
  • The estimated total compensation for this position is equivalent to $11,478 for the 9 month duration.
  • The position does not receive a monetary stipend.
  • Overtime may be taken off for hours worked beyond the 30 hour/week requirement.
  • Flextime, or the opportunity to work an average weekly rate of 30 hour/week, may be arranged between the Executive Director and the intern, to provide flexibility in his/her work schedule.
  • Health insurance is offered to residents of Massachusetts through MassHealth.
  • Opportunities to earn supplemental financial income at Earthdance for all staff and volunteers occurs on a regular and ongoing basis.


This 9 month position will begin in September 2012 and end in May 2013.

To Apply:

Please submit the following:

  • Your cover letter
  • Your professional resumé
  • Any additional supporting materials

Women, people of color, LGBT/queer people, and/or people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Materials should be mailed and/or emailed to:

Attn: Krista DeNio & Jessica Lotak
252 Prospect Street
Plainfield, MA 01070
Krista DeNio - krista@earthdance.net
Jessica Lotak - jess@earthdance.net



Earthdance Seasonal Intern Program

The Earthdance Seasonal Intern Program is loosely divided among the seasons in three, four, or nine month intervals, offering its members an opportunity to immerse in a community focused in the movement and improvisational arts in an alternative environment to the urban landscape. The dynamic schedule of events allows seasonal interns to interact and co-habitate with dancers, artists and performers from all over the world. Volunteers are the main support of the operation of Earthdance, working 30 hours per week in a variety of assigned tasks including housekeeping, office assistance, cooking and grounds maintenance. In exchange, seasonal interns receive:

  • Complimentary room (shared) and board.
  • Use of dance studios and other Earthdance facilities (when not in use by the rental groups).
  • Free participation in community events (jams, performance nights, etc).
  • Free 5-day event jams.
  • Significant discounts on workshops.

Interested individuals will need to fill out an application. Earthdance uses an evaluation system consisting of interview, review and consensus by core staff members in order to finalise decisions amongst canidates. Due to the volume of applicants and the unpredictable nature of Earthdance, please respect we do not make confirmations until 1-2 months prior to the new season.

Individuals with skills in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Office Administration
  • General Carpenty and/or Electrical Work and Plumbing
  • Computer Systems Management
  • Cooking for Large Groups


Spring (Feb. 1 - May 31) : Applications accepted Oct. 1 - Nov. 15
Summer (June 1 - Aug. 31): Applications accepted Feb. 15 - Apr. 15
Fall (Sept. 1 - Dec. 31): Applications accepted May 1 - Jul.1
Long-Term (Sept. 1 - May 31): Applications accepted May 1 - Aug. 1

If interested, please complete an application and either e-mail it to volunteer@earthdance.net or send it to:

252 Prospect St.
Plainfield, MA 01070

Please also send a copy of your resume.


Support Staffing

Volunteers are the main support of the operation of Earthdance, working in a variety of assigned tasks including housekeeping, office assistance, cooking, grounds maintenance, and workshop and festival support. In exchange, support staff receive:

  • Complimentary room (shared) and board,
  • Use of dance studios and other Earthdance facilities (when not in use by the rental groups), and
  • Free participation in community events (jams, performance nights, etc).

Support staff work for 4 hours a day and can come for a few days to a few weeks at a time, depending on the needs of Earthdance.  With large projects, large rental groups, and staff vacations, Earthdance often has a need for extra hands.  Support staff is determined by skill level, availability, and interest.

If you would like to join our Support Staff listserve, please email volunteer@earthdance.net, with a brief description of your area of interests.


Work Study

Earthdance offers work study at seasonal Jams, Festivals, and sometimes at long workshops (longer than 3 days) in order to make our programming accessible for those with financial need. The BULK of work study support that Earthdance needs is cooking and cleaning. Work study positions range from 5-10 hours per position. If you are interested, please complete an application.


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