Company: Bates College
Location: Lewiston, ME
Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Bates College invites applications for the position of Director of the Bates Dance Festival, an internationally renowned summer program celebrating its 35th anniversary of bringing together a diverse community of international choreographers, performers, educators, and students in a cooperative environment to study, perform, and incubate new work. Serving as a leader in the development and exposition of the performing arts on campus and throughout the world of dance, the Director is the producer, artistic curator, coordinator, and manager of a contemporary dance program that combines academic excellence, innovative programming, and community engagement. The Director is responsible for strategic planning and administration of and fundraising for a summer program that trains professional dancers, pre-professional dancers, and children participating in a youth arts program. The Director recruits guest artists and performers who interface with academic year and summer dance programs. The Director advances the broader campus mission of diversity and inclusion, including in recruiting artists, performers, and students, and in program development. The directorship may include opportunities to teach depending on the needs of the college and the experience and training of the Director.

The successful candidate will have a proven record as an arts administrator with extensive curatorial and operational experience, a strong fundraising record, and a desire to build on current program strengths with new leadership and ideas. We seek candidates with strong executive skills who can work collaboratively within both national and international dance contexts, and within the framework of a highly selective small liberal arts college; a leader who will advance Bates College’s mission of diversity and inclusion and who will fortify the Dance Festival’s national and international reputation while remaining committed to the local and statewide communities.

Interested candidates should submit a resume or c.v., a letter of interest that speaks to the candidate’s qualifications for the position and a vision for the Bates Dance Festival, a writing sample from a successful grant or fundraising campaign, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on December 16, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The position will begin in summer of 2017.


Deep knowledge and experience in professional dance and education fields; significant arts administration and advocacy experience; commitment to building community through the arts; record of successful fundraising; managerial experience; outstanding written and verbal communication skills; experience promoting diversity and inclusion in arts programming; high professional standards in local, regional, national, and international dance communities.


Review of applications begins December 16, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. We will begin reading applications on December 16, 2016.

Applicants should submit the following:

Letter of application
Resume or curriculum vita
Writing sample
Contact information for three professional references

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Application is done through Interfolio here.


Bates College
215 College Street
Lewiston, Lewiston, 04240
Bates College


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