Director of OBT School

Deadline June 30, 2022

Career Opportunity: Director of OBT School
May 18, 2022

This is an exciting time at Oregon Ballet Theatre, one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. We are emerging from the pandemic in a position of strength and well-positioned for the future. We are financially solid and debt free. Our Board is actively engaged in oversight and stewardship. Our 250 employees are resilient, committed and energized. Programmatically, OBT is robust. Our professional company of 26 dancers perform a season of five shows featuring both classical and contemporary work. OBT2, our junior company, boasts 18 dancers of exceptional talent. Our nationally renowned School continues training 250 students from across the county. And our community education program reaches tens of thousands of students in classrooms across Oregon.

The School Director is responsible to ensure that OBT meets the following goals: 1) our School has a clear identity and is known for excellence in classical ballet; 2) our training produces better equipped and more well-rounded students; 3) our students, instructors and instruction are inclusive and culturally responsive; and 4) our School grows in size and scope, and generates net gain.
The School Director is a member of OBT’s senior management team, participating in decision-making for the organization and providing exemplary leadership. In turn, this position requires collaboration with many OBT internal departments and some external organizations.
The School Director serves as a representative of OBT with students, their families, and other stakeholders, and is a dedicated pedagogue with a proven track record of training ballet dancers from a young age and placing them as apprentices, company members, or in top schools. They have a thorough knowledge and commitment to the forms and techniques of classical ballet; established contacts in the national community of schools and companies; and a strong and inspiring presence in the studio, with an ability to motivate students to excellence.
This position directly supports OBT’s mission and reflects the organization’s core values and highest ethical standards.
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10+ years of ballet training with professional experience at the soloist level or above with a national, regional or international company; 5+ years’ experience teaching ballet at all levels; experience managing a ballet school and supervising other instructors; ability to design, plan and direct ballet education programs using specific, sequential curricula; knowledge of ballet pedagogy; financial and human resource acumen; commitment to advancing racial diversity, equity, and inclusion.

OBT is committed to a diverse, racially and culturally inclusive, and equitable workplace in which differences broaden our awareness, enrich our daily experiences, and contribute to our collective strength. We seek to understand, acknowledge, and mitigate inequities in ballet in general, and at OBT specifically.

Starting salary of $85,000. – $90,000. annually DOE, and full benefits, including: employer-paid health and life insurance and 24 days off annually.

Email cover letter and resume to Applications are reviewed as received and the position is open until filled.

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Portland, OR