POSITION:               Development Assistant at Dancewave
REPORTS TO:         Executive/Artistic Director (ED)

SALARY:                   Based on experience

HOURS:                  Part-time 20 hours/week; must be available on select weekends for performances

START DATE:         Immediately

JOB DESCRIPTION: Dancewave seeks an Assistant Director of Development to assist in managing all fundraising activities for the organization.  The Assistant Director of Development must be highly organized, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a strong passion for Dancewave’s mission.  This position is an incredible opportunity for an ambitious, young-in-career nonprofit professional to develop new skills and contribute to the growth of an innovative, rapidly expanding arts organization.  The Assistant  Director of Development works closely and directly with Dancewave’s Executive & Artistic Director and the Dancewave Team to plan and implement all facets of development.   


Strategic Planning & Board Development

Work with ED and staff  to develop annual implementing fundraising strategy
Schedule and accompany ED to meetings with potential community partners and funders
Assist ED and Board Chair with quarterly board meetings and fundraising committee meetings
Prepare fundraising reports for ED and Board
Assist ED and board in launching a capital campaign

Government Contracts

Write and submit government grant applications and grant reports
Manage D-Wave in Motion (Arts in Education) contracts; prepare contracts, submit payments, track all contracts
Manage current government grants (incoming receipts, filing)
Liaise with local elected officials regarding government funding
Manage existing capital campaign funds
Research and track new government funding opportunities


Write and submit grant applications and grant reports
Manage current foundation grants (incoming receipts, filing)
Manage relationships with foundation officials
Research and track new foundation funding opportunities

Individual & Business Donors

Manage annual appeal campaign (writing, design, mailing)
Work with ED to identify prospective individual donors and schedule meetings
Track incoming donations
Solicit support from individuals and businesses for Dancewave’s  annual gala




Superb written and verbal communication skills
Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
Ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage competing demands
Grant writing experience and familiarity with funder research resources
Excellent interpersonal and networking skills; positive and professional demeanor
Passion for Dancewave’s mission and commitment to serving youth
Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Ability to pick up new computer programs quickly
Self-starter with a positive, flexible, can-do attitude
Ability to speak about dance and dance education


Training in dance and/or dance education; work experience with dance company/organization
Demonstrated ability to build creative and mutually beneficial partnerships within the nonprofit, public and corporate sectors
Familiarity with NYC and NYS government contracts
Experience with Salesforce, database design or theory


Bachelors Degree in liberal arts, arts administration, or business
1-3 years nonprofit development experience, including grant writing and individual donor development, preferably at an arts non-profit


Small office, dance studio
Five (5) staff members
Interaction with kids of all ages, parents and teachers as part of daily work life!

HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a cover letter, resume and 1-2 page writing sample to jobs@dancewave.org.
No phone calls please!



Dancewave is a dance education nonprofit that focuses on the development of the whole person through a dance experience accessible to all. Dancewave was founded 1995 by Diane Jacobowitz, Artistic/Executive Director.  Since its inception, Dancewave has offered education programs for young people with a rare combination of four core values: artistic integrity, nurturing support, educational rigor and access for all students.  Dancewave is committed to serving disadvantaged student populations who would not typically have the opportunity to pursue high-level dance training. 


Dancewave’s programs include: DANCE TRAINING (The School at Dancewave, Summer Dance Intensive); ARTS IN EDUCATION (D-Wave in Motion, Public Schools Master Class Tour), PRE-PROFESSIONAL COMPANIES (Dancewave Company, Dancewave Company II, Young Movers Ensemble); and COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE (Kids Cafe Festival, Spring Celebration).  For more information, visit www.dancewave.org


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