OBT2 Program Director & Principal School Instructor

Deadline May 30, 2023


REPORTS TO: Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre School
POSITION STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt, Benefits Eligible, 43 Weeks Annually
COMPENSATION: $65,000 – $70,000, plus full benefits
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 1, 2023

Opportunity: This is an exciting time to work at Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) – one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. We are in a position of strength and are well-positioned for the future, financially solid and debt free. OBT has appointed two visionary leaders to guide the company and school’s exciting next chapter: Artistic Director Dani Rowe and School Director Katarina Svetlova. The OBT2 Program Director and Principal School Instructor will round out this team and enable a bridge between Oregon Ballet Theatre’s professional dance company and the school. They will represent OBT2 dancers as their leader and mentor.
Artistic Director Dani Rowe comes to OBT after an expansive professional career as an acclaimed principal dancer with The Australian Ballet and Houston Ballet, and artist of Nederlands Dans Theater 1. She is an award-winning choreographer, having created renowned works for companies like San Francisco Ballet, New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Idaho, and more. Her rich career of performing, choreographing, and directing at the highest levels of classical and contemporary dance worlds has cultivated in her a curatorial aesthetic that is already revitalizing OBT with a dazzling mix of innovative and cutting-edge programming. Her vast network and deep relationships with top-level artistic collaborators will usher in a new era for OBT.
In addition to our energizing leadership and strategic plan, our growing Board is actively engaged in oversight and stewardship. Our 250 employees are resilient and energized. Programmatically, OBT is robust, and we are changing lives through dance. Our professional company of 27 dancers performs an annual season of five programs, featuring both classical and contemporary work. OBT2, our junior company, boasts 25 dancers of exceptional talent. Our nationally renowned School trains hundreds of elite students from across the county. Our community education programs reach thousands of students in classrooms across the region. Through all our endeavors, we are committed to advancing equity and creating a culture of kindness.
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POSITION. The OBT2 Program Director and School Instructor will plan season repertory for the OBT2 preprofessional dancers in conjunction with the Artistic Director and School Director; help select dancers to participate in the OBT2 program; teach, rehearse, mentor, and evaluate OBT2 dancers. They will create a robust men’s/boy’s program curriculum and grow the program. They will also be responsible for scheduling rehearsals/coordinating schedule with the OBT dance company; assist with tour and performance bookings; teach master classes, intermediate and advanced levels in technique, pointe, men’s classes, variations, partnering and repertory; supervise all OBT2 instructors; rehearse and choreograph pieces for the Annual School Performance as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS: Must have danced with a major classical ballet company, can demonstrate strong experience in teaching classical ballet technique at a professional level; have experience establishing men’s/boys program curriculum and demonstrated ability to teach partnering techniques. Will have experience with staffing, rehearsing, and coaching dancers in classical and contemporary repertory; be able to multi-task, possess excellent communication skills, and be a team-oriented person who understands the dynamic of working with a diverse population of teammates/students. The successful candidate will demonstrate equal strengths in instruction and program administration.

Candidates must be able to pass a thorough background check and provide a record of COVID vaccinations/boosters. A full job description can be obtained on the OBT website at https://www.obt.org/about-obt/employment/.

APPLY. Submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@obt.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled.

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