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Director of Community Engagement


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Miami Beach, FL, United States


Activism-Advocacy, Events-Meeting Management, Fundraising-Development, Government Relations-Public Affairs, Program-Project Management

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POSITION TITLE:                            Director, Community Engagement
REPORTING TO:                             Executive Director
LOCATION:                                      Miami, FL

THE COMPANY:                              Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet (MCB), founded in 1985, is universally admired as one of the world’s preeminent interpreters of the choreography of George Balanchine. Its repertory of more than 100 ballets, including 12 world premieres, was built upon the Balanchine repertory, style, and technique, and then expanded to include beloved classical works of importance and exciting new choreography by contemporary and ground-breaking artists. MCB is led by former NYC prima ballerina and television personality, Lourdes Lopez. Now in her sixth year as Artistic Director, Ms. Lopez is bringing a new level of artistry to the company, increasing the level of the company, adding classical repertoire, and commissioning new works. MCB presents a season of four repertory programs and a newly designed Nutcracker at Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and is presented annually at Artis-Naples. It also presents the Nutcracker annually at Los Angeles Music Center. The annual operating budget is approximately $17 million, half of which is earned through ticket sales, touring fees, and school tuition.

MCB is also presented nationally, and has appeared in New York City and Jacobs Pillow. This May, it will be presented in Spoleto Festival and in June during Les Etés de la Danse in Paris. Its 2016 debut at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater was hailed by the national press as a resounding success. The New York Times’ Alastair Macaulay wrote, “Of all the ballet troupes who have visited the Koch in recent years, none looks so truly and completely a company.”

Miami City Ballet School (MCB School), founded in 1993, is one of the largest dance training programs in the nation, training dancers for careers with MCB and other professional companies throughout the world. MCB School’s expanded national and international audition tours attract more than 1,300 students each season, and MCB School’s scholarship program offers support to children from around the corner and across the globe, providing nearly $500,000 worth of scholarships each year. As one of the most diverse classical ballet companies in the nation, MCB serves as a gateway to the Americas for dancers from Central and South America, resulting in a robust international roster of both dancers and students.

MCB’s transformative Share the Dance: Community Outreach and Educational Programs reach deep into the community, touching nearly 23,000 young people, seniors, and other traditionally underserved community members annually through a wide array of programming. This expanded portfolio of programs introduces new and underserved audiences to the art form of classical ballet while building strong community relationships and engagement with the arts.


The Director, Community Engagement will fulfill an expanded role at Miami City Ballet. This individual is charged with developing a model community engagement program, one that will build upon the education and outreach programs for which MCB is known, creating a rich environment for learning, self-exploration, and engagement for all ages. In the belief that high quality dance arts can change how we see ourselves in the world and can create a stronger sense of unity and belonging, MCB seeks to bring diverse communities together and enable meaningful dialogue across those communities. The Director, Community Engagement will help to strengthen the brand and influence of MCB in Miami and throughout the country. South Florida is a cosmopolitan area with a large Spanish-speaking population. The ideal candidate will be able to communicate and engage all community members, and particularly engage those groups.

Specific Responsibilities:
·         Develop a comprehensive and innovative community engagement strategy that builds upon MCB’s established trademark of producing high quality ballet repertoire and acting as an active member of the greater Miami arts and education establishment.
·         Expand and create new specialty programs that now include Share the Dance, which includes, but is not limited to,
o    Ballet Bus – provides underserved children with comprehensive, full scholarship dance training;
o    Explore Dance – ballet to Title 1 school first and second grade classrooms;
o    Behind the Ballet – pre-performance lecture series at repertory appearances;
o    Open Barre – intimate performance series held at MCB Studios;
o    Touch Tours – for patrons with visual impairments.
·         Contribute the latest ideas and concepts about community engagement to the company, expanding on its strengths and extending its reach.
·         Develop evaluation criteria to track the short- and long-term success of the effort.
·         Establish meaningful partnerships with local arts and education organizations.
·         Engage regional social service organizations and other nonprofit agencies so that MCB becomes a vital resource and partner with them in creating a better society.
·         Position MCB as the arts company known for engaging broad and diverse communities in Miami and across the state, and position MCB as an integral part of the national dialogue around arts relevancy and accessibility.
·         With the Artistic Director and the Executive Director, engage the internal stakeholders (board, volunteers, senior management, and staff) and external stakeholders (funders, audience members, community leaders, government agencies, etc.) in the community engagement activities of the company.
·         Facilitate special events related to outreach and educational programs; collaborate with Marketing and Special Events teams – fundraising events; galas; special cultivation events.
·         Assist with major gift solicitation and foundation grants from local and national foundations and corporations by being available to provide tours for donors and content for grant writers.
·         With the Artistic Director and MCB leadership, energize the school programs to ensure they are of highest quality and represent issues relevant to children and their parents.
·         Represent MCB in the community, along with MCB partners, and at national and regional conferences, consortia, and discussion groups concerned about community engagement of the arts.
·         Use Tessitura and other databases as appropriate to inform effective planning and information sharing with MCB staff.


·         The ideal candidate will have five-plus years’ demonstrated successful experience as an arts education professional, developing and managing programs and budgets of the size and complexity required in this position.
·         In addition, the ideal candidate will demonstrate:
o    Knowledge of dance and/or ballet, gained either as a performer or dance educator.
o    Strong people management, business planning, and program evaluation skills.
o    Proven skills, knowledge, and experience in the areas of fundraising, advocacy, and event management.
o    A reputation for innovation, imagining and implementing new and forward-thinking ideas that break the mold of traditional community engagement programs and could help MCB stand out from the field.
o    Personal presence and communication style that allows representation of MCB to a range of audiences, including professional artists, ticket buyers, donors, educators, other arts and civic leaders, government representatives, volunteers, parents and teachers and children. Of particular importance, is an ability to interact with families who are underserved and receiving support from MCB and sensitivity to concerns that might be unique to them.
o    Proficient use of technology as communication, management reporting, and systems tools.
o    Ability to set priorities, develop schedules, and monitor progress toward goals.
o    Ability to assess situations, identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate solutions.
o    Thought leadership in the field, recognized for ideas and accomplishments in the broader field of community engagement, etc.
o    An affinity for all the arts and be accomplished and conversant in one or more art forms, including a required high level of literacy in dance and/or ballet.
o    Energy, enthusiasm, a willingness to experiment, a penchant for creativity and a desire to seek personal growth and professional fulfillment.
o    Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for the MCB’s mission.
o    Proficiency in English and Spanish with the ability to speak in public, to the press and to community members.

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Please send résumé to:
Phil DeBoer
Senior Associate
DHR International
(708) 450-4003