Artistic Director-Kingston School of Dance

May. 09, 2021

Organization Description: Located in the historic Tett Centre For Creativity and Learning in Kingston, Ontario, The Kingston School of Dance (KSD) has been promoting and teaching the art of dance since 1967. KSD delivers dance education of the highest standard to promote technical, musical and artistic development. The KSD welcomes and supports individuals of all abilities, ages and backgrounds by encouraging artistic expression and personal growth through dance. KSD strives for artistic excellence in teaching, stays vitally aware of ongoing developments in the art form of dance, provides stable administration and financial management, and maintains a strong and responsible Board of Directors. Through its dedication to excellence and community engagement, KSD has remained at the forefront of training and the promotion of contemporary dance in Kingston for over fifty years. The Kingston School of Dance would like to acknowledge the sacred land on which we operate, the site of human activity for over 15,000 years. This land is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe, we are grateful to have the opportunity to live, learn and play on these lands and to share our space with all peoples – those indigenous to the region and those from the world.

Job Description: The Kingston School of Dance, located in Kingston, Ontario, is seeking a new Artistic Director. The Artistic Director (AD) reports to the KSD Board of Directors and is the artistic and creative ambassador for the Kingston School of Dance and acts as performance director, choreographer, teacher, and mentor and implements the policies of the School for the purpose of providing high quality dance instruction. KSD provides training and education to students who intend on pursuing further education or professional careers in both Cecchetti and contemporary methods, including the Summer Intensive School, an intensive week-long program for serious students and young professionals, and the Aspirant Dancers' Program. Equally important is providing dance that is accessible to all ages and stages to the community through both youth and adult recreational classes encouraging artistic expression and personal growth through dance. The School has served as the foundation and inspiration for generations of dancers with many of our graduates pursuing further education and careers in dance. The School prepares creative people to perform, choreograph, and teach, and to assume leadership roles that will change the landscape of dance in Canada. KSD is serious in its commitment to support the principles of equity across race, gender, age, religion, identity, backgrounds, culture and experience. Our organization is enhanced by committing to these principles and using the power of our differences to achieve our goals.

2 THE OPPORTUNITY KSD is seeking a new Artistic Director who will be responsible for the overall artistic direction and development of the School, reporting to the Board of Directors. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES • Artistic programming developing and delivering the School’s education programs, consistent with the mission and strategic plan • Leading and managing artistic staff, faculty and creative teams the Artistic Director shall be an active member of the teaching staff, teaching a minimum of 10 hours per week and participate in hiring and mentoring of teaching and teaching assistant volunteer staff • Reporting to the Board of Directors, on recruitment, programming, education, community, and outreach initiatives • Working collaboratively with the Studio Manager, Board of Directors and administrative staff to ensure the effective and efficient administration of all programming; and developing and overseeing education, outreach, and community programs • Partnerships maintaining a fresh perspective on the national and international dance, arts, and professional training landscapes through continued self-directed learning. • Preparing grant applications and reports for agencies and funders in collaboration with the Studio Manager and relevant Board committees • Cultivate a passion for dance in students of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, and within the broader community • Represent the School within the arts community and the local community by attending conferences, events, and performances as required • Advocating for the School, with funders, audiences, donors, the media and local community • Foster creative partnerships with other artists, dancers, community and business partners in support of the school’s vision and mission • Create choreography for the School’s performance company (KYDE) and all other performance opportunities and programs • Work collaboratively with the Studio Manager and Board of Directors and committees as required on management, marketing and communications, fundraising, and financial matters as required

QUALIFICATIONS and SPECIAL SKILLS The ideal candidate for the Artistic Director will meet most or all of these qualifications. Consideration given to an equivalent of education and experience: Qualifications: • Degree or diploma in a relevant area, or equivalent experience • At least five years of professional theatre/dance production and/or management experience • Demonstrated foundation of a broad range of diverse dance styles and genres, excellent project and staff management skills • Exceptional grant writing skills with proven results 3 • Computer proficiency and comprehensive experience with office applications, with a commitment to embracing technology and digital media to enhance the School’s programming • Experiencing working with students with diverse abilities, ages and backgrounds • A demonstrated understanding and commitment to diversity and inclusion to ensure our dancers, staff and community members feel a strong sense of belonging to our school • Strong organizational and collaborative teamwork skills are essential • Familiarity with office software, project management tools and dance software are an asset • Fluent in written and spoken English. • Bilingual in French is considered an asset Ideal Candidate: A creative, visionary leader, with rich professional dance experience, a passion for dance, and broad knowledge of the Canadian performing arts sector; Experience with teaching and planning and directing a professional dance training program (student and faculty recruitment, curriculum and program development and delivery, evaluation, performance direction, budgeting etc.); familiarity with trends in dance pedagogy; Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with recruits, students, faculty, and staff, and with alumni, audiences, donors, and the external arts community; exceptional team-building skills; A community builder with a commitment to best human resources practices and to the goal of equity and pluralism in the arts and dance in particular; Strong written communications, presentation, and advocacy skills; grant-writing and fund development experience. Core Competencies: • Exceptional communication and leadership skills • Strong organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and opportunities • Impeccable integrity, judgment, and professionalism • Ability to analyze complex situations and determine the appropriate course of action to reach a resolution, using appropriate discretion, sound professional judgement and solid decision making • Must be service-oriented and be capable of effectively dealing with a wide variety of constituents • A leader who will encourage an organizational culture that is safe, welcoming, inclusive and considers the whole student and their diverse identities, perspectives and experiences • Makes decisions regarding short-term and long-term program goals, priorities, objectives and learning outcomes, including optimum delivery methods • Decides on most effective method of achieving goals and objectives within available resources • Evaluates employee performance and decides on appropriate training or coaching to address lack of proficiency in carrying out responsibilities, or remedial action for staff disciplinary situations • Assesses investigation outcome of grievances and makes effective recommendations on appropriate course of action or next steps on grievances4 • Makes effective recommendations on level of discipline up to discharge and probationary termination for teachers and guest instructors Additional Info: Terms of Employment: This is a full-time position based in Kingston, with a salary range of $45,000 to $55,000 commensurate with experience.

To Apply: The committee will review applications as they arrive. Please include a digital video file addressing your experience and why you are interested in this role and email your cover letter and resume in one pdf file that uses your name as its file name: First name Surname.pdf and send with the subject line: APPLICATION - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR KINGSTON SCHOOL OF DANCE by email to: Only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Submission deadline: This position will remain open until filled. All applications are considered confidential. The Kingston School of Dance is committed to creating a welcoming, respectful and inclusive work environment. The Kingston School of Dance invites applications from all qualified individuals and is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginalal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons, and will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.

Job Date: 
Monday, June 21, 2021 - 12:00am to Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 11:45pm
Job Type: 
370 King Street West , Unit 303
Postal Code: 
K7L 2X4