Employment Opportunities

Position: Managing Director of Minnesota Ballet

General Description

The Managing Director serves as the business administrator of the Minnesota Ballet organization with delegated authority and accountability for designated programs and reporting-back responsibilities to the Board of Directors.

Works closely in conjunction with the Artistic Director in fulfilling the Minnesota Ballet’s mission.

Primary Duties: financial oversight, including the planning, organizing, supervising, coordinating and promoting of activities that will achieve the Minnesota Ballet’s mission.



AA or 4-year degree in Business, Management, Arts or similar degree.

Participation in the Arts via personal, volunteer or related experience.

Budget creation and oversight experience.

Grant writing / oversight.Experience in Microsoft Office programs and QuickBooks.

Experience in financial bookkeeping and/or accounting.

At least two years of management experience


Duties and Responsibilities

 1. Supervision and Management: Goal – Under the delegated authority of the Board of Directors, provide supervision, management and oversight for all aspects of Administrative programs.

Oversight of efficient and effective hiring of administrative staff.

Oversight of timely and accurate performance reviews, salary reviews and objective setting for staff.

Deal with staff performance issues in a timely and effective manner, ensuring documentation of decisions.

Prepare all contracts for Minnesota Ballet with employees, independent contractors, tours and guest artists.

Oversee scheduling and content of marketing materials.

Contract, administer and process all group health, dental and life insurance for the organization.

Administer, maintain and process adequate liability, comprehensive and workers’ compensation insurance for organization. File and process any and all workers’ compensation and liability claims. Provide additional payroll information and records for WC claims.


2. Budgets and Fundraising: Goal – Provide overall fiscal responsibility for the Ballet.

Create and oversee program budget with Artistic Director. Ensure programs operate within budget. Provide and implement solutions to any budget issues.

Prepare and report on monthly financial statements to the Board.

Prepare financials for grants submitted by the Minnesota Ballet.

Oversee payroll agent.

Prepare all information and files for annual independent financial audit, liability insurance, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance audits and periodic IRS audits.

Process all accounts payable and accounts receivable; tuition, membership, program ads, grants and scholarships (invoicing, statements and receipts).

Prepare all information and files for independent annual audit and federal 990 tax forms, 990 schedules and State Charitable Organization annual report.

Seek out potential Grantors and participate in the Grant writing process.


3. Networking and Public Relations: Goal – Build effective relationships within the agency, with patrons and the community.

Effectively communicate information between administrative staff, artistic department and stakeholders.

Build effective relationships within the community.

Provide active participation on applicable/relevant Boards and Committees.


4. Communication and Coordination: Goal – Ensure high levels of communication and coordination within the agency.

Ensure effective communication between administrative staff, artistic department and stake holders.

Perform as liason between Board of Directors and other staff personnel.

Coordination of performance tours including contracts.

Coordination of outside contracts as needed.

Attend and participate in community organizations such as Minnesota Council on Nonprofits.


Typical Physical/Mental Demands

Regular and timely attendance is required. Ability to work days (evenings, weekends and holidays as needed). This is a salaried position which will require a flexible schedule. Ability to work effectively in a stressful and busy environment.

Frequent and effective interpersonal communication, involving frequent interruptions. Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize work flow. Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of individuals and groups and effectively manage conflict. Capability for high level decision making and complex problem-solving. Ability to exercise mature judgment to evaluate and negotiate situations and interactions with others. Other duties may be assigned to this position periodically as required by the need of the Company and at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Deadline for submissions – May 24

Send cover letter and resumé, electronic submissions preferred, to:

e-mail: searchcommittee@minnesotaballet.org

Search Committee

Minnesota Ballet

301 West First Street, Suite 800

Duluth, MN 55802

Equal Opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs of the Minnesota Ballet is provided to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or disability in admission, access, or employment.






Internships available in
Marketing and Development
with the Minnesota Ballet

For information contact: bizadmin@minnesotaballet.org

Company Auditions for the 2015–16 Season

All positions for the 2015-16 season have been filled.

In January 2016, the Ballet will start accepting a résumé and a video/DVD by mail.
Send to:
ATTN: Robert Gardner
Minnesota Ballet
301 West First Street, Suite 800
Duluth, MN 55802

Videos posted to YouTube may be included in links if you are e-mailing your résumé to: balletmaster@minnesotaballet.org

Videos should include a classical variation (en pointe for women) and pas de deux or partnering work. Performance video is preferred if possible. Contemporary work may also be submitted. Videos are accepted as a preliminary audition and do not replace a live audition. You may be asked to attend company class if you are unable to attend the scheduled auditions. Dancers auditioning in Minnesota Ballet company class in Duluth must do so during the season when the company is not on tour; please schedule in advance.

General physical attributes:

The Minnesota Ballet is looking for men with a height of 5′-9″ and up, and women with a height of 5′-7″ and under.

National Auditions for the 2016-17 season will be held:

Dates and times: TBA

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Chicago, Illinois

Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Minneapolis, Minnesota

There is a $10 audition fee for each audition. Please bring résumé and dance shot to audition.
Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs of the Minnesota Ballet is provided to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or disability in admission, access, or employment.