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Dance for PD Programs Coordinator 

About the Organization The internationally renowned Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has received 'highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.' (Bloomberg News). Founded in 1980, the Dance Group performs the repertory of choreographer Mark Morris, hailed as the 'the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical' (The New York Times), whose work is acclaimed for its ingenuity, musicality, wit, and humanity. Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group. It has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996, and regularly collaborates with orchestras and opera companies around the world. In addition to 17 full-time dancers, the organization currently employs 34 full-time staff and 75 part-time staff, teaching artists, and musicians.

In the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, the Mark Morris Dance Center, founded in 2001, is the hub of dance and music education in Brooklyn. The nine-studio building provides affordable classes in multiple genres for people of all ages, levels, with and without disabilities, accompanied by live music. The studios, a performance space, a Wellness Center, and ancillary spaces are all available to the community and to nonprofit organizations at subsidized rates. MMDG's Community Education Programs partner with public and private schools and community centers to provide customized classes. MMDG also offers customized dance workshops for persons with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers.

MMDG programs in NYC and worldwide engage nearly 100,000 people annually. Propelled by core values of community, access, excellence, and creativity, MMDG is committed to ongoing equity, diversity, and inclusion work to ensure its programs are welcoming and accessible to all.
 
Category Dance for PD  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Description

SUMMARY:

MMDG seeks a Dance for PD® Programs Coordinator with excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills, to join the Dance for PD team within the collaborative Education and Community Engagement Department. Reporting to the Dance for PD Programs and Engagement Manager, the Dance for PD Programs Coordinator is responsible for implementation of local in-person and global digital programming while supporting the design of program expansion and special initiatives at the vibrant, bustling Dance Center and between community-based partners. With support from the Dance for PD Programs and Engagement Manager, the Dance for PD Programs Coordinator manages scheduling and staffing for ongoing activities, oversees class registration, and acts as a liaison between faculty and staff, community participants, hosting partners, and volunteers. This is a full-time non-exempt position.

The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) believes that universal access to the arts is essential. Dance for PD® is a program of MMDG that offers dance classes for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and their families online and in person within New York City, and through our network of partners and associates, in more than 300 other communities in 25 countries. In our classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. All of our flagship classes in New York City are offered free of charge with live musical accompaniment, reflecting the spirit of MMDG in its celebration of music and dance.

The successful candidate joins a community of kind and dedicated arts and administrative professionals who are propelled by Mark Morris's commitment to artistic excellence, access to the arts, and the impact that the arts have in connecting and engaging communities. MMDG is committed to ongoing and sustained equity and inclusion work. All staff are expected to be actively engaged and dedicated to upholding our core values: celebrating our diverse community, pursuing excellence in all that we do, advancing access, exposure, and opportunity to dance and music, and cultivating creativity. Staff members also have opportunities to shape the culture of the organization through our Work, Life and Culture Committee working groups at a time when we are revamping our IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) action plan, initiating an ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) strategic plan, and more.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

Dance for PD program classes, workshops, and events

  • Maintain knowledge base and understanding of all flagship program operations, opportunities, and resources
  • Coordinate onsite and online programming in collaboration with Programs and Engagement Manager, MMDG Operations team, and/or partner contacts
  • Oversee administration and promotion of regular in-person and online programming, including staffing, digital bulletins, and website updates
  • Maintain Dance for PD programs calendar and ensure accurate and timely updates for public viewing and internal reporting
  • Manage set-up and clearing of studio resources, such as chairs and songbooks
  • Track attendance and collect waivers (when applicable) for all participants, providing reports as needed
  • Manage, communicate, and enforce registration policy
  • Offer customer service, including patient and prompt responses to phone/email inquiries
  • Supervise and delegate tasks to volunteers in collaboration with Programs Assistant
  • Liaise between program staff, teachers, assistants, volunteers, and participants
  • Assist with local Training Workshops (3-4 per year)
  • Process and ship merchandise orders
  • Represent MMDG/Dance for PD at public events
  • Coordinate photo and video documentation with Marketing as needed
  • Attend team and inter-departmental staff meetings as needed


Organizational expectations

  • Attend organization-wide staff meetings
  • Participate in ongoing professional development
  • Assist in development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and procedures utilizing the framework of MMDG core values

SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, Sunday-Thursday approximately 11 AM-7 PM; a willingness to flex one's schedule to include additional weekend and/or evening hours depending on staffing needs.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

  • Annual Salary: $41,600
  • Paid vacation, sick/personal leave, and holidays
  • Comprehensive benefits package includes: Employee Health and Life insurance covered 100%, Flexible Spending Plan, Voluntary vision and dental coverage, Pre-tax commuter benefit, 403(b) retirement plan, and 100% paid family leave
  • Access to free and discounted classes at the Dance Center and online
  • Access to special events and MMDG performances (when available)
  • Invitations to cultural events extended to staff members by community partners

APPLICATIONS:

  • Applications accepted through October 31 via our website - www.mmdg.org/jobs
  • Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please; incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • You will be asked to submit the following as part of your online application:
    • Complete résumé highlighting relevant experience.
    • 1-page Cover Letter addressed to Maria Portman Kelly, Dance for PD® Programs and Engagement Manager, including:
      • Why are you interested in working at the Mark Morris Dance Group?
      • How might you foster engagement and a sense of belonging in a community-based dance class?
      • MMDG is a values-driven organization; please review our core values of Community, Excellence, Creativity, and Access and discuss an instance in your professional career where you have demonstrated at least two of them.

DEADLINE: The position is open until filled. Please note that all initial candidate interviews will be conducted by video using the Zoom (https://zoom.us/) video communications application. Please download the application in advance and have a functioning camera and speaker on your device. MMDG can also provide candidates with reasonable accommodations, if needed.

 
Position Requirements

REQUIRED TRAINING:

  • First Aid Certification + refresher courses offered annually
  • CPR/AED Certification + refresher courses offered annually
  • FDNY Certificate of Fitness F03 (Place of assembly emergency personnel) + recertification (required every 3 years)
  • MMDG COVID-19 Safety Plan and Dance Center Health and Safety policies
  • Anti-Harassment and Bystander / De-escalation
  • Dance for PD Introductory Training Workshop


IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Experience working with older adults, particularly those with movement disorders or mobility concerns
  • An interest in the arts and health field
  • Minimum of one year of customer service and administrative experience
  • Commitment to reliability and possession of exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to learn quickly and manage and/or improve operational systems
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent follow-through
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and prioritize work accordingly
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Dedication to contributing as a congenial and collaborative team player with a sense of humor and humility
  • Ability to be a resourceful, versatile, proactive problem-solver
  • Comfort and fluency with basic office and web-based software and smartphone apps, such as Salesforce, GSuite, Microsoft Office Suite, MindBody, and WordPress
  • Fluency in language(s) in addition to English a plus

 
 
EOE Statement We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status. It is the policy of MMDG to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). MMDG 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. MMDG 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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