• Academy Director and Adjunct Dance Faculty

    Festival Dance & Performing Arts
    Job Description
    Festival Dance is a vibrant arts non-profit that has been “Bringing the Arts to the People and the People to the Arts” for over 40 years through education, performance and outreach programs. The University of Idaho Dance Program offers a B.S. degree in Dance focused on healthy practice. Festival Dance and UI-Dance have supported dance education and experiences for our students and communities through a unique and long- standing partnership. We seek an outstanding professional with experience and passion for teaching youth, mentoring university students, and managing an academy.

    Reports to: Festival Dance and Performing Arts Executive Director and UI-Dance Program Coordinators

    Salary/Hours: $32,000 full time annual salary

    Start Date: July 1, 2020

    Minimum qualifications:
    • Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts in Dance or demonstrated equivalent experience
    • Expertise and experience in teaching and choreographing for a variety of ages and skill levels
    • Expertise and experience teaching ballet and pointe
    • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of constituents (dancers, instructors, parents, community volunteers, school administrators and teachers)
    • Ability to operate in a dynamic and collaborative environment with flexibility and professionalism
    • Ability to create a vibrant and encouraging learning environment
    Preferred qualifications:
    • Expertise and experience in teaching other dance forms and/or movement practices (i.e. modern, contemporary, African, jazz, hip hop, yoga, Pilates)
    • Knowledge of dance academy management and administration
    • Experience in choreographing, rehearsing and overseeing performance productions
    • Background in dance pedagogy and desire to mentor young instructors and university students
    • Professional performance experience

    Essential Duties of the Position:
    Management of Festival Dance Academy – Successful candidate will manage multiple
    area academy locations. Duties include: hiring, supervising, and mentoring academy
    instructors; managing a budget as approved by the Festival Dance Board of Directors;
    scheduling of classes; communicating with parents; maintaining regular office hours;
    implementing safety protocols for academy classes, events and functions; producing
    academy performances; preparing monthly academy reports to present at board
    meetings; representing Festival Dance Academy at community events. As an integral
    part of Festival Dance, the Academy Director will work closely with the Executive
    Director and Board of Directors.
    Dance Instruction/University Level – Successful candidate will provide 3 credits per
    semester (8-9 contact hours per week) of high-quality instruction in university-level
    dance courses including ballet and/or other forms arranged with UI Dance

    Coordinators. Candidate will be expected to create a comprehensive syllabus for
    courses taught, attend all required meetings, assess student progress, and adhere to UI
    Dance and University policies and procedures. Employee will report to UI Dance
    Program Coordinators for all matters related to university teaching.

    Dance Instruction/Academy Level – Successful candidate will provide 6-8 contact hours
    per week of high-quality instruction in intermediate and advanced ballet, jazz or
    other technique courses offered by Festival Dance Academy. Other responsibilities
    include producing recitals and other performances such as children's parts for The
    Nutcracker and Festival Dance events. The candidate will also teach and manage
    summer classes culminating with performances at Moscow Farmer’s Market.

    Opportunities for growth:
    • Invited guest choreographer for annual UI Dance Fall Faculty Concert (additional
    compensation through the University of Idaho)
    • Teach other University classes related to expertise, for additional compensation
    • Enhance the collaborative relationship between Festival Dance and the
    University of Idaho Dance Program
    • Grow Festival Dance Academy with new programs and increased enrollment
    • Create new opportunities for mentorship of UI dance students as Academy

    Benefits: Six weeks of paid time off during the school year, including one week at Spring
    Break, one week at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, and two weeks in late Julyearly

    Working Conditions: Work environment is a typical office setting with no hazardous
    duties. Moderate to heavy lifting up to 20 lbs is required on occasion. Stooping and
    bending is required when filing or in costume storage. Visual acuity and good motor
    coordination and finger dexterity are required to perform data entry and review work.
    Must possess valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with adequate
    In order to meet University of Idaho and Festival Dance Risk Management Policies, the
    candidate will need to pass a background check
    Application Instructions:
    Candidate should submit the following:
    • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications related to the position
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Teaching Philosophy
    • Contact information for three professional references (include name, title, email,
    and current phone number)
    • Links to 3-5 video examples of teaching and choreography, illustrating work with
    a variety of skill levels

    Please submit information to:
    Deanna Bren, Executive Director of Festival Dance & Performing Arts Association

    Application deadline: March 1st for priority consideration. Open until filled.
    For more information about Festival Dance and the University of Idaho Dance Program:
    Contact Information