Overview of Position: American Repertory Ballet’s next Executive Director will serve as one of the faces of the organization, promoting the mission and vision of American Repertory Ballet while spearheading and executing its strategic plan and development goals.  S/he will act as the chief operating officer for American Repertory Ballet (“ARB”) and Princeton Ballet School (“PBS”).  S/he will have the responsibility for all financial, development, personnel, and legal aspects of the operations of ARB and PBS.  S/he will work with the Program and Administrative Directors to form and maintain operations and production budgets and to manage all promotional and marketing material, and will monitor all revenues and expenses throughout the year.      

Roles and Responsibilities: 

Develops clear long-range operational strategy with the Board of Trustees, and ensures consistent and timely progress in this regard.

Designs and proactively implements fundraising strategies and financial budgets on behalf ARB and PBS, participating in the building of productive relationships between ARB/PBS and their supporters.

Leads and implements audience development and marketing initiatives to create and maintain a stable audience base for all ARB and PBS programming, including company performances, school activities and educational programming.

Develops program plans with the Board of Directors and Program and Administrative Directors, and carries out plans, policies and procedures authorized by the Board.

Provides leadership in managing all administrative aspects of the organization, including finance and administration, personnel management, strategic planning, fundraising, education, audience development, and public advocacy.

Hires and manages department heads in all programmatic and administrative areas including the School, Company, Educational Programming, Development, Marketing and Communication, and Finance. Provides leadership and overall responsibility for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, including volunteers. Ensures sound human resource practices are in place.

Communicates regularly with Program and Administrative Directors in regard to management and monitoring of budgets for artistic, school and educational programming operations.

Consult with Program and Administrative Directors to create an operational calendar of rehearsals and performances.

Reports to the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee on all matters relevant to his or her activities on a periodic basis, but no less frequently than at each regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Establishes and maintains sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with the artistic community, funders and corporations in representing the ARB/PBS point of view to state agencies, academic institutions, partnership organizations, and the general public.

Promotes and represents ARB/PBS through interviews with the press and other media, as well as by attending performances, fundraising, professional, education and other meetings and events relevant to ARB’s mission and vision.

Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

Reports to: The Board of Trustees

Directly Supervises: Artistic Director, School Director, and Director of Educational Programming (Program Directors); Marketing Director, Development Director, and Finance Director (Administrative Directors).


A Bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited university or college;
A minimum of 5 years of executive director and/or arts management experience;
Strong planning, strategy, financial, budgeting, analytical and communication skills required, with the ability to meet deadlines and multi-task;
Experience working with high-level corporate and individual donors; established networks in the Princeton and/or New Brunswick area preferred;
Ability and willingness to work evenings/weekends to attend organization performances, fundraising and other events. 

Compensation:  Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply:  Submit the following materials in MS Word or PDF electronic format to hr@arballet.org.  Please do not mail hard copies.  All materials must be received by November 30, 2016.

Cover letter;
Resume with salary history;
Three (3) development or other writing samples;
Three (3) professional references, who will not be contacted without the approval of the candidate.

About American Repertory Ballet:

The organization’s vision is to entertain, educate, enlighten and inspire New Jersey and beyond with the beauty and passion of dance. Our mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and beyond through artistic and educational programs, presented by a financially responsible organization.

The organization is comprised of: American Repertory Ballet, the preeminent contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and the Access and Enrichment initiatives, ranging from the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program to the popular On Pointe series. Founded in 1963, the professional company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. ARB has been designated a “Major Arts Institution” by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council. ARB was voted People’s Choice for Best Dance Company in 2008, 2011, and 2012.

Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Princeton Ballet School currently enrolls approximately 1500 students annually from age three through adult. PBS has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton.

DANCE POWER, established in 1984, is a partnership between ARB and the New Brunswick Board of Education. ARB places DANCE POWER Teaching Artists into second and third grade classrooms, providing dance education throughout the New Brunswick Public School District. Additionally, ARB awards 32 scholarships to DANCE POWER graduates each year to study year-round at ARB’s affiliated PBS. DANCE POWER remains the longest running arts/community partnership in New Jersey.

American Repertory Ballet is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity employer.  ARB provides equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law.  This policy also prohibits employees from harassing any other employee for any reason including, but not limited to, race, religion, sex, national origin, age or disabled status.


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