Founded in May 2007, DanceWorks Chicago (DWC) is committed to the individual artistic growth of dancers and choreographers, providing a creative incubator from which early career artists propel themselves and the art form to a new level through training, collaboration, mentorship, and performance. Where the traditional dance company model focuses on putting dances on stage, DWC invests in and shines a spotlight on individual dancers and choreographers, empowering a diverse next generation of dance artists to cultivate their unique voices. DWC fosters an inclusive culture relating to board and staff, artists, the works of art, and audience served. A cultural ambassador locally, nationally, and internationally, DWC’s professionalism inspires excellence in the studio, on stage, and behind-the-scenes.
DanceWorks Chicago operates with two full-time staff positions, an Artistic Director and a General Manager, a part-time Dance360 Program Director, and intern and contractor support. The organization has a history of fiscal discipline evidenced by a strong financial position and healthy cash reserve.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT
We believe that the way we navigate the world is absolutely informed by our culture, background, and experiences. While we are inspired by uniqueness, empowered by our individual gifts, and driven by our own self purpose, we believe in the diversity of thought and artistic expression. We embrace differences that inevitably reveal our sameness. We seek to create and support environments that cultivate this inclusionary spirit and believe that our organization should be reflective of the communities that it serves; specifically, in the composition and demographics of our board and our staff. We fundamentally trust that the inclusion of different perspectives and ideas will unearth a standard of creativity and innovation that cannot be achieved by one.
The General Manager is the administrative leader of DWC. This person provides ethical, strategic, transparent, and values-centered leadership. Equally comfortable managing the external and internal aspects of the job, the General Manager recognizes the importance of these different spheres to the organization’s ultimate success. Responsible for oversight and hands-on execution of all key administrative functions, the General Manager manages fundraising and resource development, financial management, communications/marketing/PR, board governance, human resources (e.g., payroll and benefits), and community relations. The General Manager works in collaboration with the Artistic Director, leading, supporting, and empowering a team of board and staff in service of the mission and vision of DWC. There is growth potential within DWC for the appropriate candidate.
Salary is competitive and will be comparable with experience.
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