OPEN POSITIONS

Development Associate, Martha Graham CenterProduction Supervisor, Martha Graham Center

The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance is committed to maintain a dance company, staff, School and Board of Trustees that directly reflect the diverse population of our country, and to cultivate an equally diverse audience. The Martha Graham Center is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, membership in a domestic partnership, veterans or uniform service member status, gender, pregnancy or related conditions (including breastfeeding), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnic or national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, medical condition, or any other protected characteristics under applicable federal, state and local laws.

Development Associate

The Martha Graham Center seeks a Development Associate who will serve as a key partner in its four-member development team. The Associate will support the mission of the Martha Graham Dance Company and School, reporting to the Director of Development Operations and the Director of Strategic Partnerships, and working closely with the Executive Director.

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual who take responsibility for all development and patron data, providing information to development leadership and Board members involved in cultivation and solicitation. The Associate will advance the organization’s fundraising goals as the Center launches its centennial celebration and ensure the highest level of patron service. Additionally, the Associate will share in development writing responsibilities.

Responsibilities
• Work with the Development team to establish and implement the comprehensive annual fundraising plan’s long-term strategies that build organizational capacity
• Implement individual fundraising campaigns and events
• Identify individual donor new prospects, execute wealth screenings, and develop cultivation strategies
• Oversee Annual Fund solicitations and other fundraising mailings
• Use a tracking system to manage “next steps” and ongoing engagement with prospects and donors in a timely manner
• Track prospects and donors to ensure appropriate cultivation, solicitation, negotiation, and stewardship
• Coordinate stewardship opportunities to grow relationships with current donors
• Advise the Director of Strategic Partnerships on opportunities to advance donor contributions
• Draft solicitation and acknowledgement letters
• Provide all appropriate patron and member benefits as defined in solicitations
• Maintain accurate records for development activity in Patron Manager
• Identify institutional funder prospects
• Craft proposals as necessary
• Support the preparation of grant proposals and reports by providing information upon request
• Participate in the preparation of narrative and budgets for grant proposals and reports
• Working with the marketing department, create collateral development materials
• Work with the Executive Director to plan patron travel
• With the Director of Strategic Partnerships, plan special events and seamlessly oversee their execution
• Work with the Director of Development Operations as needed and perform other duties as requested

Qualifications and skills
• Bachelor’s degree
• Minimum four years of professional development experience in fundraising or related field
• Commitment to serving the artistic mission
• A positive, “can-do” outlook and a willingness to seek creative solutions to the challenges at hand
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Attention to detail, focus on excellence and first-rate organizational skills
• Flexible, creative, and willing to take initiative
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Strong planning, interpersonal, project management, analytical, problem solving, and administrative skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Excel and Word, G-Suite, Dropbox
• Familiarity with database maintenance; Salesforce/Patron Manager a big plus!
• Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed

This is a full-time position, available immediately and remaining open until filled. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, and the opportunity to participate in the Center’s 403 (b) retirement plan. Compensation is approximately $45-55K, commensurate with experience. 

TO APPLY: Please submit letter of application and resume to aapostol@marthagraham.org.

Production Supervisor

The Martha Graham Center seeks a Production Supervisor to coordinate and supervise all production activity for the Martha Graham Center (including the Martha Graham Dance Company, School, and Resources), manage facilities for the Center, and tour domestically and internationally with the Martha Graham Dance Company.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Hire, supervise, and coordinate all technical staff, including Production Assistants, Lighting Supervisors, Wardrobe Supervisors, and Production Interns. When and if necessary, in consultation with the General Manager, terminate such staff. Direct and supervise all resident crew personnel at partner venues. 
  • Strive to ensure the safety of Center personnel and the safekeeping of Center property
  • Ensure that production activity remains within the Center’s financial limitations as outlined in the annual budget; creatively seek budget reductions when appropriate and necessary. Offer production expertise in developing the annual budget.
  • Supervise and coordinate set, costume, and prop building and repair; remain familiar with the technical property inventory
  • Represent the Center with the utmost professionalism at all times; facilitate communication between Center staff and partner venues
  • Coordinate the flow of information and property between all three Center departments, remaining aware of Company, School, and Resources inventory
  • Maintain and update (or cause to be) production related paperwork as necessary, including: Center’s technical rider; lighting plots, cue sheets, and track sheets; freight shipment lists, bills of lading, and carnets when shipping Center’s property; review and maintain Center’s historical production paperwork
  • Research and secure vendors for freight transport ensuring the timely transport of property; supervise and take part in all load-ins and loads-outs, whether from or to the warehouse, storage facility, rehearsal studio, School, or Theater. Supervise backstage set up at partner venues including crate and hamper packing and unpacking, dressing room assignment, and theater signage
  • Create Technical Schedules for international tours and domestic tours and seasons and update call boards with casting and schedule changes
  • With assistance from and in consultation with the Artistic Director and Sr. Artistic Associate, support the rehearsal process when appropriate by moving sets and large props to the rehearsal studio, learn about the technical requirements of new and reconstructed work, and proactively coordinate technical aspects of rehearsal
  • Call the show in technical rehearsal and performance for the Martha Graham Dance Company and, when possible, Graham 2 and School student performances
  • Support Graham 2 and School
    • Become familiar with the activities and programs of Graham 2 and the School in an effort to anticipate technical needs
    • Call shows in technical rehearsal and performances whenever possible
    • Secure substitute staff for the School when Company events conflict with School performances
  • Become familiar with Resources projects and provide technical support when necessary
    • Transport Resources property to and from the warehouse, supervising load-in and load-out as required
  • Maintain the theatrical equipment in the Martha Graham Studio Theater for optimal functionality
  • Serve as the technical liaison for artists renting the Martha Graham Studio Theater
    • When possible, be present as the technical personnel representing the Martha Graham Center for all showings that have technical elements, technical rehearsals, and performances
    • Secure substitute staff for rentals that conflict with Martha Graham Dance Company performances
  • Manage the Center and School facilities in collaboration with the General Manager and School administrators and respond to issues relating to all Martha Graham spaces
  • Other similar duties from the Executive Director and General Manager as may be considered necessary for the proper execution of Center’s technical work

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 

Skills and Interests

  • Exceptional attention to detail and organization
  • Excellent interpersonal and social skills
  • Positive attitude and collaborative spirit
  • Interest in the performing arts and knowledge of the dance field

Education and Experience

  • BA or BFA in Dance or Theater related subject preferred
  • Three years minimum of experience in dance production
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel and QLab
  • Familiarity with and dedication to nonprofit work
  • Commitment to serving the artistic mission
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed
  • Ability to travel freely into and out of the United States; must have a valid passport and a US driver’s license

This is a full-time, 32 to 52 weeks annually, mid-level position. Salary is $1,200 per week. Travel required.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:

Email a cover letter of application and resume to sferrara@marthagraham.org, subject—Production Supervisor. Please note that telephone and mailed inquiries or applications will not be accepted. We are unable to acknowledge all applications but we will reply should next steps be in order.