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Dance/NYC 2020 Symposium Coordinator



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September 13, 2019

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Dance/NYC 2020 Symposium Coordinator Position:

Title:​ 2020 Symposium Coordinator
Location:​ New York City
Reports to:​ Manager of Justice, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
Supervises:​ Volunteers, Production Crew
Coordinates with:​ Independent contractors, Vendors, and Sponsors
Status:​ Temporary Part-time, effective immediately,

September 16, 2019-April 15, 2020, 20 hours per week, with additional hours on week of event (March 16-22, 2020)

Dance/NYC’s mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds values of equity and inclusion into all aspects of the organization. It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. It seeks a Symposium Coordinator who will be responsible for, and exercise discretion and independent judgment regarding, all aspects of implementing and execution of Dance/NYC's yearly Symposium.

The Dance/NYC Symposium is the only gathering of its kind for the dance community in the metropolitan New York City area. It aims to share information and innovation and to stimulate awareness, interest, and ongoing engagement in dance. The 2020 Symposium will be hosted campus style at Hunter College on March 20-21 and will make us use of multiple studios for simultaneous panel discussions, case studies, interactive workshops, a networking lunch, and more.

Essential Functions, Duties and Responsibilities:

● Reporting to the Manager of Justice, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives and working with the Programs Assistant, Communications Contractor, and Communications Assistant, execute all Symposium-specific responsibilities which include:

Strategy (20%):

  • Develop replicable event tools, schedules, workflows and budget plans.
  • Embed accessibility and inclusion into every aspect of event planning and management (i.e. vender relations, tech gear rental, catering, floorplan, volunteer training, etc).

Production (50%):

  • Establish and maintain a positive, professional relationship with venue presenters through effective, accurate, timely, and reliable communication and action.
  • Supervise the running of the event (i.e. wayfinding, signage, etc); stage management day of the event (i.e. load-in, event registration, A/V device setup, contingency plans, etc) and production and staff crews.
  • Work effectively with all vendors, including catering, multimedia, security, and volunteers; communicate frequently.
  • Assist in maintaining RSVP and ticketing records, and gather attendee feedback through post event survey.

Volunteer Management (15%):

  • Manage the recruitment and training of volunteers, including but not limited to: placing and tracking online recruitment, providing training for different types of volunteers (i.e. month-of, week-of, day-of).
  • Designate specific roles to volunteers; overseeing and troubleshooting during the event.

General Administration (15%)

  • Work collaboratively with Programs Team to execute on additional administrative tasks and support organizational priorities and as they arise


The ideal candidate will have relevant prior event management, public speaking, solid grammar; writing and proofreading skills, customer service, and facilitation experience. They will be focused, data-driven, strategy minded, and thrive in fast-paced startup environments. They will be methodical, with excellent planning and time management skills, and able to advance multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines. They will have expertise in event planning, production, and technical production. They will be current on and comfortably engage with emerging technologies, and demonstrate a commitment to technology solutions in the social enterprise space. They will be comfortable working with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, and Adobe Acrobat, and have an aptitude for working with online and mobile applications (i.e. Eventbrite, NeonCRM, SurveyMonkey, Surveygizmo, etc). Previous work experience with a wide range of audience and people with disabilities are highly preferred.

Compensation:​ $20 per hour, paid semi-monthly.


The Dance/NYC offices are located on the Garden Floor (ground floor) of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan.  Access to the Garden Floor entrance includes a two-step descent. A lift to the entrance will be available in the coming months. An accessible bathroom is available onsite. Elevators are not available in the building.

Dance/NYC is an equal opportunity employer. Employment is offered without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran. The policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. It is the policy of Dance/NYC to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Dance/NYC does not discriminate against any qualified Employees or job applicants with respect to any terms, privileges, or conditions of employment because of a person’s physical or mental disability. Dance/NYC makes reasonable accommodation wherever necessary for all Employees or applicants with disabilities, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the duties and assignments connected with the job and provided that any accommodations made do not require significant difficulty or expense.

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July 26, 2019

About ISPA

The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) is a global association of arts management leaders, who come together with the shared goal of strengthening the arts internationally by building leadership ability, recognizing and discussing field-wide trends and new developments, and deepening global exchange through the arts. We achieve this through professional congresses, leadership development programs, resource sharing, and exchange.

Guided by a strategic plan, ISPA supports more than 500 members in 60 countries around the globe.  In addition to two annual congresses, ISPA supports multiple leadership development programs and regional events.  With a small but committed team of 5, the work environment is positive, collaborative, and encouraging of initiative.

Position and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Administrator role is diverse including responsibility for office management, providing support services to the CEO, the ISPA Board of Directors and all committees, and contributing to the general team environment.  The incumbent will also support ISPA’s annual New York Congress planning committee and provide general assistance in realizing a successful Congress. 

Specific responsibilities will include:

ISPA’s offices in Manhattan support a small staff of five full-time positions and a seasonal intern in a shared environment. The responsibilities include:

  • Perform accounting tasks including day to day bookkeeping (QuickBooks), invoicing, accounts receivable and supporting annual budgeting and audit processes
  • Reception including answering telephones (as applicable); greeting guests in a shared reception environment; providing support services to members visiting the ISPA office
  • General office administration including overseeing office supplies inventory, sorting and delivering mail and deliveries and ensuring a well maintained environment that is clean and organized at all times
  • Other duties as assigned

Event Support
ISPA holds an annual Congress in January in New York and an international Congress mid-year (2019 – Guadalajara, 2020 – Taipei, 2021 - Reykjavik).  Working with the CEO and other staff, this position provides important support to the Congresses:

  • Support the Planning committee through active participation including but not limited to coordinating all meetings and preparing agendas and meeting minutes
  • Liaise with program participants and speakers to coordinate and book travel and accommodation
  • Other duties as assigned

CEO Support
Ongoing support to the CEO is an important element of the position. Responsibilities include:

  • Liaise and provide support to the board of directors and committees including creating and distributing meeting minutes, meeting agendas and other materials as may support the work of the committees
  • Maintain CEO schedule
  • Make travel arrangements as necessary

Requisite Skills

  • A diploma or related university degree
  • Three years experience in this or a related role
  • A demonstrated appreciation and knowledge of the performing arts in a global environment
  • Attention to detail, well organized and efficient
  • Work well in a team environment where a small staff are responsible for a variety of tasks and initiatives
  • Ability to work on many initiatives for different groups at the same time
  • Good verbal and written communications skills
  • Experienced and knowledgeable with day to day accounting and the use of QuickBooks
  • Facility with Microsoft Office programs
  • Familiarity with CRMs
  • A second language is a definite asset

Terms: Full-time, 1-Year contract, with expectation to renew, competitive salary plus benefits

Location: Manhattan with some travel.  Applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States.

ISPA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Special Events Intern - Dancewave



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Travel stipend, free dance and fitness classes

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Dancewave is accepting applications for a Special Events Intern. This candidate will assist the Special Events Coordinator in the production of events including Dancewave Through College & Beyond (DTCB) and Moving Together at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Skills cultivated during this internship will assist aspiring individuals pursuing a career in event management or non-profit fundraising.

HOURS: This is a part-time, 15-20 hours/week position for six months. Selected candidate will work primarily at Dancewave’s office in Gowanus, Brooklny, NY, with occasional off-site visits.

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND: Dancewave provides access to a community dance experience that encourages individuality and whole-person development throughout New York City and beyond. Through innovative programming, we use dance as an expressive vehicle for transformation. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Assist with planning, execution, and follow up of events
  • Support organization of volunteer committee for Dancing Through College & Beyond Assist in the acquisition of in-kind donations and sponsorships
  • Assist in event documentation, advertising and promotion, in conjunction with Marketing department
  • Respond to email and telephone inquiries regarding events and registration
  • Process registration and payments in Dancewave’s online database (Salesforce)



  • Must be available all day October 5 & 6, 2019 (for DTCB)
  • Ability to be flexible and willing to assist in other tasks as assigned
  • Willing to occasionally travel off-site to Dancewave programs and events
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly detail oriented Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)


  • Knowledge of dance and interest in dance education and special events
  • Familiarity with Salesforce (or similar database) or Adobe Creative Suite
  • Familiarity with social media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Dancewave is an equal employment opportunity employer dedicated to maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected class. Dancewave is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values community, teamwork, creativity, understanding, and appreciation. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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