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Vershawn Sanders-Ward

Managing Director


Red Clay Dance Company (RCDC) lives to awaken "glocal" change through creating, performing and teaching African Diaspora inspired work---change that transforms cultural and socio-economic imbalances in our local and global community.”

RCDC is excited to request applications for a Managing Director. This position reports to and works in partnership with the Artistic Director/CEO to provide leadership and nurture the artists, staff, and board towards exemplifying the organization’s mission, vision, and core values. Within this partnership, the Managing Director is responsible for executing the Artistic Director’s artistic vision into initiatives that excite our staff, artists, and community.

The Managing Director will be responsible for providing oversight and management of the organization’s day-to-day operations, implementing the strategic plan, and working closely with the Artistic Director/CEO and Board of Directors to ensure fiscal health. RCDC recently launched a 3-year strategic plan to increase our organizational capacity and brand excellence. This plan includes building a state-of-the-art facility for the organization and scaling our programming for national and international reach. We seek a leader with demonstrated management skills who is innovative, efficient, and collaborative. Our ideal candidate will be self-directed, detail-focused, and eager to establish close working relationships that support an equitable and anti-racist organizational culture.

Direct Reports: Academy Manager, Program Manager, YE Director, Grants Manager, Special Events Coordinator, and Bookkeeper


Human Resource ManagementThe Managing Director will maintain a solid infrastructure to select, develop, manage and support our people and culture.

• Co-manage the execution of the Strategic plan.• Manage all HR processes and procedures for the organization.• Oversee the hiring, management, development and retention of non-artistic staff.• Manage short- and long-term plans for employees professional development.• Foster a collaborative, equitable and anti-racist atmosphere that nurtures trust and cohesion within the organization.• Ensure all operations are carried out in an appropriate, cost-effective way• Manage updates to policy and procedures, employee and independent contractor manuals.

Financial Management The Managing Director will provide informed financial management that advances the mission and elevate earned and contributed revenue opportunities.• Collaborate with Artistic Director/CEO to establish annual operating budget.• Manage operations, budget reporting, cash flow and administration.• Support the Bookkeeper in the creation of balance sheets, income statements, and other financial oversight reports.• Maintain appropriate financial policies and procedures for internal controls while proactively addressing audit issues.• Ensure that financial activities comply with generally accepted accounting practices.• Ensure the timely execution of required financial audits and tax filings.• Ensure the highest levels of excellence in the delivery of outstanding service to donors and supporters in partnership with the Development Consultant.• In partnership with our Development Consultant, actively participate in the cultivation and solicitation of major donors, individuals, foundations, corporations, and government• Support fundraising for the organization through sponsorships, naming rights and underwriting, events, annual campaigns, and the planned capital campaign.

Community Engagement and External Relations The Managing Director will create opportunities that further Red Clay Dance’s vision & mission including:• Continue to grow RCDC as the trend-setter for integrating elite professional dance creation, performance & teaching.• Nurture and enhance appropriate strategic partnerships in the community that advance the goals of the organization.

Brand Excellence The Managing Director will manage and elevate the experience of the brand through every RCDC touchpoint, both internal and external.• In partnership with the Marketing/PR Consultant, ensure consistent branding; develop and execute marketing strategy;• Develop strategies to increase quality of customer service.

Note: This role may also include other duties as assigned. At which time they will be clearly defined and communicated.

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS The Managing Director will be a passionate and innovative leader with the ability to build seamlessly on the vision of the Founder. The ideal candidate will have:

• Strong desire to work with a professional dance company rooted in the dance and culture of theAfrican Diaspora, that also has an equally essential community engagement & education component.• Contagious pursuit of excellence and professionalism.

• Financial discernment and business intelligence to make sound decisions that support goal achievement.• The desire to be a team player, deeply engaged with all stakeholders and understand their diverse needs and interests.• Exceptional organizational and time management skills, ability to manage multiple projects and identify priorities.• Superior written and oral communication skills communication, active listening, and interpersonal skillsThe selected candidate should also demonstrate the following competencies:

• Leadership & Teamwork - Work effectively and productively with others to achieve extraordinary results. Demonstrated track record as an effective manager including cultivating talents, providing actionable feedback, leading by example, and approaching challenges authentically, ethically, and creatively.• Flexibility, Resiliency, and Problem- Solving Ability - Agile in responding to change with an ability to analyze, diagnose, and resolve problems.• Decision-Making, Self-Management, Planning & Organizing - Uses logical, systematic, effective procedures to create plans and make decisions. Ability to understand lengthy and detailed contracts and negotiate terms.

QUALIFICATIONS• Bachelor's degree required (degree in Arts Management, Non-profit management or Business preferred)• A minimum of 1 year in non-profit management and fundraising.• Understanding of prudent financial management over a minimum six figure annual budget.• Knowledge of basic HR procedures.• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Sharepoint, and Quickbooks• Proficiency with social media platforms

JOB TYPE: Full Time

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit the following documents in a single PDF document to info@redclaydance.comCover LetterResume3 Professional references

Red Clay Dance Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a diverse workforce. Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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Contact Info:
Vershawn Sanders-Ward
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago