About Us: The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing opportunities for students of all ages to study, perform, and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry. We welcome dancers of any race, religion, body type, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and family income.
Located in central Hyde Park, HPSD operates four studios near the University of Chicago campus on the south side of Chicago and enrolls 500 students of all ages. Programs operate year-round, including more than 100 hours of weekly instruction, frequent public performances, and a community outreach program. HPSD’s operating budget is just over $1 million with approximately 86% of revenue derived from instructional tuition and performance income and 10% from fundraising sources. Learn more about our school and program at www.hydeparkdance.org.
Position Summary: The Executive Director provides leadership to ensure that HPSD is fulfilling its mission and goals. The position reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the Artistic Director who is responsible for the creation and oversight of HPSD’s instructional curriculum and performance programming. The Executive Director provides direction for and management oversight of all administration of the school, including budgeting, financial planning and reporting, human resources, board relations, fundraising, communications and marketing, planning and coordination of performances and events, facilities management, and volunteer management. The Executive Director directly supervises an administrative staff consisting of full time, part time and contracted employees.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Organization Operations – 40%
Hire and supervise professional staff and outside contractors in accordance with HPSD Human Resources guidelines and procedures
When directed by the HPSD Board of Directors, conduct and lead office staff/contractor job searches and hiring decisions
Oversee and implement suitable resources to ensure that operations of the organization are appropriate and effective including technology to support registration, social media, and donor relations
Oversee all agreements and negotiation on behalf of HPSD including faculty and accompanist contracts, leases for studio space, and performance venues
Manage human resources issues and policy creation as needed, in collaboration with Artistic Director and Board committee, including for faculty, staff, or student matters
Manage and attend all HPSD special events, school-wide initiatives, and performances
Oversee the development and implementation of volunteer programming and recognition opportunities
Other duties as may be assigned by Board of Directors
Financial Performance and Viability – 15%
Responsible for fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintains the organization in a positive financial position
Management oversight of the fiscal integrity of HPSD, including submission to the Board of an annual budget developed in collaboration with the Artistic Director and Board finance committee, as well as reporting, analysis, and forecasts as needed
Identify and develop in collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Board, resources sufficient to ensure the financial well-being of the organization including fundraising from foundations, corporations, individuals, members
Oversight of the annual financial audit
Marketing and Communications – 15%
Oversee the design, development and production of all printed materials
Communicate with and assist parents through staffing of office, email correspondence, and telephone
Oversee all marketing activities, including creation and execution of yearly marketing plan
Organizational Mission, Strategy, and Evaluation – 15%
In collaboration with Artistic Director and the Board, ensure that the mission of HPSD is fulfilled through all programs and activities of the school
With the Board and Artistic Director, develop and implement strategic planning to ensure HPSD can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
Responsibility for the enhancement of HPSD’s image by being visible and collaborative in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations
Manage all aspects of the scholarship program with Artistic Director and Board scholarship committee
Board Governance – 15%
Work with the Board to fulfill the organization’s mission
Serve as Ex Officio member of all standing Board Committees
In communication with the Board Executive Committee, provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions
Assist with the recruitment and development of Board members
Provide support to the Board for ad hoc committees and special fundraising initiatives
HPSD is looking for people-oriented candidates with proven previous experience in some aspect of non-profit management and a commitment to the advancement of arts education and performance studies for children. The ideal candidate may have honed their skills serving in a sector management or specialization role in a small to medium-sized non-profit and is now ready to advance to a broader management position.
Bachelor’s degree or comparable combination of education and experience
Three to five years of previous experience in a comparable nonprofit organization; previous arts management preferred
Demonstrated budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting
Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task delegation
Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
Ability to convey a vision of HPSD’s strategic future to staff, faculty, Board, volunteers, donors, and families
Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector
Knowledge of marketing and communication strategies
Strong written and oral communication skills
Strong ability to actively listen to and interact with the diverse constituency of families, donors, and friends that make up the HPSD community
Strong public speaking skills
Proficiency in a variety of software and knowledge of student information systems
Website management and experience with website CMS a plus
Quickbooks familiarity a plus
Some light lifting (up to 15 lbs) is required
Background check will be required
Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. No phone calls, please. All cover letters should address the following questions;
Why do you think the arts are important?
What do you think is the value of dance for children?
What in your background and previous work experience makes you the right person to lead this school of dance?
Additional Salary Information: •Health Care Plan: Participation in HPSD Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan with benefits paid up to 75% of selected plan coverage to a maximum of $1,000 per month; single and family plan options available
•Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation plus holidays (New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving plus Friday, July 4, Memorial Day, MLK Day, Labor Day). Unused vacation days will not be rolled over into a new fiscal year nor paid out.
•HPSD Tuition: Staff and staff children receive free classes
•Compensatory Time: Salaried employees are not eligible for overtime pay but may request compensatory time to offset additional hours worked at HPSD performances and events. Such time may not be combined with vacation.
•Flexible working arrangements: May work from home, but must be a presence in the office at least 4 out of 5 days per week
Internal Number: 0001
About Hyde Park School of Dance
The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. HPSD provides opportunities for students of all ages to study, perform, and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry. We welcome dancers of any race, religion, body type, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and family income. Learn more about our school and program at www.hydeparkdance.org.