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Development Associate

Job Opportunity:
Development Associate at The Dance Complex

Posted: April 1, 2017;

The Dance Complex, a nexus for dance in the Metro Boston area, seeks an experienced Development Associate, who will work closely with the Executive Director on the organization, management and administration of giving at The Dance Complex. The associate will be available Monday-Friday with consistent hours either at the studio or remotely. This is a contract position for 12 months, set at half time/20 hours, with potential for ongoing reappointment.

The Development Associate will:

  • Work with both the Executive Director and Development Consultant to carry out a strategic development plan focusing on creating development systems
  • Organize, manage and steward matters of individual, government, corporate and foundation giving for the organization including calendar planning and maintenance
  • Maintain the Donor Perfect and Constant Contact systems and sustain ongoing communications with all donors efficiently. Provide support for fundraising initiatives or events
  • Assist in generating necessary reports using data from all aspects of fundraising and gifts
  • Be required to attend evening and weekend events that include donors, Board of Trustees, and others.


  • Working knowledge of Donor Perfect and Constant Contact.
  • Experience in development management, writing and reporting
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills including report and appeals writing
  • Experience in working with diverse populations authentically and within a collaborative administration and growth environment
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
  • B.A., plus 3 or more years of relevant experience in the field

Submit cover letter and resume to the attention of Liz Smith, Financial and Operations Manager at Please state desired salary range in cover letter; discussion of potential benefits upon being called for an interview.

About The Dance Complex:

The Dance Complex, based in Central Square, Cambridge, sustains artists, audiences and community through dance programming that educates, engages and entertains. We enable the creation, study and performance of dance, celebrating and investing in the connection of moving bodies to thought, to ideas and to curiosity. We advance the role of dance and movement for all regionally, nationally and beyond.



 Internship Opportunities at The Dance Complex!
Internship Overview:

Each season, The Dance Complex offers several focused internship opportunities for students and young professionals seeking experience in the arts and arts administration. Interns will work within a dance community that brings accessible, artistic opportunities to dancers throughout the greater Boston area. All intern positions are designed for new professionals to kick-start their career in arts administration, marketing, programming, event planning, and/or dance production/operations.

Under the guidance of experienced professionals, interns are given the necessary tools to thrive in a fast-paced, constantly-shifting environment. Interns will learn how to efficiently manage the demands on a successful non-profit and apply their academic studies to our administration and programming.

In addition to assisting staff, interns may choose to plan and execute independent projects within the focus of their internship, formed from their own artistic and academic interests. Interns are compensated with free classes and rehearsal space at The Dance Complex to develop and refine their own dance experience.

While each internship has a varied focus, all internships include assistance with general administrative responsibilities as well as one 2-3 hour front desk reception shift per week to ensure that all interns are given the opportunity to connect and interact with our community members.

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the following seasons. Interns must be available for the duration of at least one full season.

  • Fall (September - December)
  • Winter/Spring (January - May)
  • Summer (June - August)

Internship Types

The Dance Complex encourages all prospective interns to review the following internship descriptions and apply for the one that best suits their needs, availability and interests. Any questions regarding internship descriptions or requirements can be directed to Liz Smith–

Social Media/Communications Internship

Social Media/Communication interns will manage social media outlets, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Youtube. Interns will also be in charge of updating our official blog, “Writing The Dance Complex”, for which they will write features on students and faculty, share snippets of Dance Complex history, and post recaps of Dance Complex festivals, performances, and other events. Interns may also help to draft and edit press releases, project proposals, and fundraising statements.

Requirements for Applicant:

  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Completed at least two years of college (taking writing-heavy classes in communications, marketing, journalism, or English) or comparable work experience
  • Extensive working knowledge of various social media platforms
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and Google Drive applications
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a constantly shifting environment
  • Available for a minimum of 12 hours per week

Required Documents:

  • Completed internship application form below
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Preferred but not required: Writing sample (press release, article, blog post etc.) of between 200 and 400 words
  • Preferred but not required: Link to a portfolio or 2-3 images of your design work in PDF or JPEG format

Special Events Internship

Special Events Administration Interns will help coordinate and implement Dance Complex festivals, workshops, and events. The Dance Complex annual festivals include The Festival of Us, You, We & Them (late June), Summer Sizzle (mid August) and Winter Wonder Dance Festival (end of December). Each festival has its own character, but all festivals include elements of guest and resident teaching and performing artists, indoor/outdoor public performances, arts dialogs, and other forms of community engagement. Interns may assist with participant recruitment and registration, scheduling of events and artist rehearsals, communications with artists, social media and marketing efforts.

Requirements for Applicant:

  • Strong communication/verbal skills
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to prioritize
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a constantly shifting environment
  • Completed at least two years of college or comparable work experience
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and Google Drive applications
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms
  • Graphic design skills helpful but not required
  • Available for a minimum of 12 hours per week and availability to work during festival days

Required Documents:

Non-Profit Arts Administration Internship

Interns will primarily work in our office, learning the in’s and out’s of a successful non-profit arts organization. Responsibilities may include assisting with artist contracts, approving proposals, social media, work study management, software updates (Mind Body), and fundraising. This internship position offers insight into the full scope of The Dance Complex operations as a dance studio, theater space, and resource for the field of dance in Boston and beyond.

Requirements for Applicant:

  • Strong communication/verbal skills
  • Strong organization skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a constantly shifting environment
  • Completed at least two years of college or comparable work experience
  • Knowledgeable of Microsoft Office programs and Google Drive applications
  • Knowledge of BaseCamp preferred but not required
  • Graphic design knowledge preferred but not required
  • Available for a minimum of 12 hours per week, Monday-Friday

Required Documents:

Production/Performance Series Internship

This internship will specifically focus on the Dance Complex’s seasonal performance series. Interns will assist with communication with artists that may include conveying contract terms and expectations, scheduling performances, tech times, and audience talk backs. Interns will help coordinate staffing for these events (work studies, ambassadors, backstage crew etc.) and may also choose to act as a technical theater assistant. This internship is well suited for those interested in theater management, stage management, tech production, and/or event planning.

Requirements for Applicant:

  • Strong communication and verbal skills
  • Strong organization and leadership skills
  • Completed at least two years of college or comparable work experience
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a constantly shifting environment
  • Available for a minimum of 12 hours per week with some availability being Friday-Sunday evenings during performance seasons (September-December and February-June)

Required Documents:


Revised: Thursday, April 13, 2017




Participants of the Work Study Exchange give their time, energy, and talent to The Dance Complex in exchange for free dance classes and/or rehearsal time. They are a vital part of the organization, helping with the daily upkeep of our historic building, reception, administration, events, marketing and other projects. Having a corps of volunteers allows The Dance Complex to offer the most affordable studio rental rates around and make dance an accessible art form for all.

The Exchange fosters engagement, networking and collaboration among its participants and the incredible community of movers, administrators, friends and artists that call The Dance Complex its home. We love our Work Studies!

If interested in becoming a Work Study please complete the following application and click submit. If you have any questions, please direct them to Emily Caulfield, Work Study Exchange Coordinator at

Click here for Online application.

Revised: Thursday, April 13, 2017

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