Careers at Richmond Ballet
Thank you for your interest in joining the Richmond Ballet team.
The Richmond Ballet Costume Shop is hiring a draper/pattern maker for the 2022/2023 season. The costume shop is located in the Richmond Ballet building in downtown RVA. Costume storage is on premises. Performances vary from downtown locations to tour stops throughout the region. Our season consists of large-scale story ballets for which fitting, maintenance, alteration, and small builds will be required. Our season also includes new works which are built in-house and on-site. The deadline and build timeline for these new works is often fast-paced so attention to detail, flexibility, and excellent communication skills are crucial to this position’s success. Dance draping and construction experience is required. We’re looking for a candidate who understands the build and fitting process from the first stages of interpreting a design into pattern, to fitting and finishes.
The RB production dept. and costume shop consists of a core group of full-time employees, along with over-hire and freelance workers. All shop staff will be expected to participate in production load-ins by department, along with production duties that may include wardrobe run-crew (only if needed) or daytime laundry and maintenance duties. Your schedule and duties will be determined in advance, but flexibility is required. Some nights and weekends will be scheduled during dress and tech rehearsals. The Draper/ pattern maker will attend all dress rehearsals.
The RB costume shop is also responsible for costuming the professional company, second company, students from the School of Richmond Ballet and Minds in Motion for productions both large and small.
Compensation for this position is hourly, and starts at $19 per hour DOE. Paid holidays, sick leave, benefits and somewhat flexible scheduling.
Costume Shop Head Draper Duties and Responsibilities
• Work with the Costume Director to determine work-flow and duties assigned during costume builds
• Interpret sketches and drawings created by the Costume Designer to create the costume.
• Determine yardage for fabric and trims for the costume.
• Fabricate patterns, either by draping or flat patternmaking.
• Fit costumes to dancers.
• Cut all fabric based on pattern.
• Alter costumes as needed.
• Supervise work of first hands and stitchers.
• Research period, styles, and techniques necessary to complete costume to designer specifications.
• Maintain integrity of designer’s vision.
• Maintain clean and safe workspace.
• Participate in full build from start to finish, including notes
• Complete assigned costumes with high quality within production timeline and budget.
• Maintain inventory of costume shop supplies and request items as needed
• Attendance at production meetings, tech rehearsals, and dress rehearsals
• Creation and completion of patterns with notes and appropriate markings for future use
• Assist in maintenance of costume storage as assigned
• Advising on fitting requests
• Assist the Costume Director with creation of budgets for build based upon yardage and supply estimates, build time, and fitting time
• Wardrobe (backstage) and maintenance duties for productions, as required, needed or assigned
• Any additional tasks as requested by the Costume Director or the Production Director
Other duties may include:
• Participation in education/ outreach program builds, rehearsals, and performances (if needed)
• Participation in SRB programs builds, rehearsals, and performances (if needed)
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
posted June 23, 2022
Richmond Ballet is looking for a full-time Box Office & Arts Administration Assistant. This entry-level position plays an integral role in support of the organization’s marketing and development initiatives. Alongside the Box Office Manager, the Box Office & Arts Administration Assistant is responsible for selling tickets to the Richmond Ballet professional company and School of Richmond Ballet performances. Additional duties include fulfilling subscriber and group sales requests, data entry, and other administrative tasks as assigned. Working closely with the marketing and development teams, the Box Office & Arts Administration Assistant will help with performance communications, playbill content, maintaining accurate donor records, and synthesizing information between subscriber and donor databases. Ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated interest in arts administration, excellent customer service, written and oral communication skills, and strong attention to detail. Evenings and weekends are required during performance weeks.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
posted June 14, 2022
The Senior Human Resource Generalist is responsible for the daily functions of the Human Resource (HR) department including hiring and interviewing staff, administering pay, benefits, and leave, and enforcing company policies and practices. This is an HR department of one, providing great opportunities for the applicable candidate to create, administer and oversee all areas of Human Resources.
• Partners with the leadership team to understand and execute the organization’s human resource needs.
• Recruits, interviews, and facilitates the hiring of qualified job applicants for open positions; collaborates with departmental managers to understand skills and competencies required for openings.
• Conducts or acquires background checks and employee eligibility verifications.
• Implements new hire orientation, employee recognition programs and exit interview process.
• Oversees tasks required to administer and execute human resource programs including but not limited to compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management, including performance reviews; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
• Handles employment-related inquiries from applicants, employees, and supervisors, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff.
• Oversees employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations.
• Monitor Worker’s Comp claims, review annual audits for errors, and submit competitive insurance bids yearly to try to keep insurance cost under control.
• Review all unemployment claims and contest when appropriate.
• Review bi-weekly Ballet payroll for correct entry into payroll system. Review all timesheets for reasonableness and appropriate approval.
• Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.
• Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Future Supervisory Responsibilities:
• May oversee the scheduling, assignments, and daily workflow of subordinate staff in the department.
• May assist with constructive and timely performance evaluations.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
• Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
• Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
• Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organization’s HRIS and talent management systems.
Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required.
• At least three years of human resource management experience preferred.
• HR Certification a plus.
• Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
• Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.
• Must be able to access and navigate each department at the organization’s facilities.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to email@example.com.
posted June 8, 2022
Title: Director of Development
Reports to: Managing Director
Richmond Ballet seeks an experienced development professional to energetically lead the Ballet’s Development program with vision and forward-thinking strategies.
The Director of Development is responsible for planning and administering the comprehensive fundraising programs of Richmond Ballet as directed by the Managing Director. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Development office, this position requires a clear grasp of the full spectrum of fundraising/development activities; including annual giving, management of special events, corporate relations, foundations and grant writing, government funding and advocacy, development systems management, and some familiarity with capital campaigns and major gifts fundraising. Responsibilities also include preparation of an annual strategic plan and budget for the department with approval by the Managing Director.
• A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree in Arts Management or Business and knowledge of performing arts is preferred.
Background and Experience Requirements:
• At least six years’ experience in fundraising/development; including two or more years’ experience in at least two development areas during which time candidate had primary responsibility for meeting contributed revenue goals for the area.
Other necessary skills include strategic planning, excellent written and oral communication, familiarity with financial management, and proven ability to manage an effective fundraising team. Desire to be an integral part of building a first rate development effort that will allow the organization to realize its artistic, financial and strategic goals.
• Lead and manage the fundraising activities of the individual annual giving campaign, foundation and public grants, corporate solicitations, planned giving, special events, and capital campaign efforts.
• Design strategies and manage activities for donor relations including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
• Work with, educate and effectively engage all members of the Ballet’s senior management team to support the organization’s fundraising activities.
• Work with, educate and effectively engage the Board of Trustees committees to support organization’s full range of fundraising activities and achieve contributed revenue goals.
• Represent Richmond Ballet at community events and events for development professionals. Maintain a productive and positive relationship with all constituencies of the Ballet, including the Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, Development Committee, sub-committees, business, professional, and civic leaders.
• Stay informed about giving trends and best practices for fundraising, including resources that may be available to enhance fundraising efforts.
• Oversee all day-to-day management of the Development Office and fundraising activities for the Ballet.
• Create annual and long-term fundraising plans for the Development Office to meet the goals set forth in the Ballet’s strategic plan. Insure implementation of aggressive action plans for fundraising.
• Establish with input from the Development staff, Managing Director and Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, reasonable, achievable annual goals for corporate, foundation and individual fundraising line-items for the Ballet’s annual operating budget. Create and implement plans for achieving/exceeding goals.
• Maintain financial data and report performance goals and progress regularly to the Managing Director and Board of Trustees.
• Proven efficiency with Microsoft Office and familiarity with fundraising database applications
• Supervise and set policy for donor and gift record-keeping.
• Coordinate development research activities.
• Work with the Marketing/Communications department of the Ballet to create Ballet publications.
• Coordinate activities of the Development Office with all other Ballet departments as necessary.
• Provide leadership and guidance to the department.
• Maintain a visible presence at performances and other Ballet events.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Managing Director.
Please forward cover letter and resume in PDF or Word with salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org. and use Director of Development in subject line. No phone calls please.
Richmond Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
posted June 3, 2022
Richmond Ballet is looking for a Production Coordinator/Studio Stage Manager to join our Production Team for the 2022-2023 season.
The Production Coordinator/Studio Stage Manager will be responsible for serving as an Assistant Stage Manager for mainstage performances by the professional company, serving as the stage manager for company studio productions, company tour productions, as well as, stage manage performances by the second company, School of Richmond Ballet, and Minds In Motion. The Production Coordinator/Studio Stage Manager will serve as the lead to tape out rehearsal studios, assist with scene changes and prop handoffs in rehearsals and performances, maintain detailed archives of repertory, and be prepared to call a show in place of Mainstage Stage Manager if needed. Additional responsibilities include props construction, preparation of scenic and lighting equipment for upcoming performances, and assisting with load in, hang/focus, and load out of all Richmond Ballet productions.
Required Skills include:
• 1-3 Years of Stage Management, experience in dance or musicals preferred
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Collaborative personality
• Experience in lighting design and programming
• Computer Literate including Microsoft Office Suite
• Excellent Organization, Time Management, and Leadership
• A well rounded knowledge of technical theater and safety
• Able to lift 25lbs and comfortable working at heights up to 30’
This is an hourly, full-time, seasonal position with benefits. Hourly pay starts at $16 per hr.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references by email to email@example.com. Contracts are from August to beginning of June. EOE
posted May 4, 2022
The Grants Specialist oversees all institutional funding for Richmond Ballet, including the writing and submitting of all foundation, corporate, and public funding grants. Consistent organization, punctuality and attention to detail are needed alongside of an ability to capture the inspiring experiences of dance through the written word. The Grants Specialist reports to the Development Director and works with team leaders and program directors throughout the organization to accurately track and report progress of all Richmond Ballet activities.
• Lead the grant writing process from start to finish. Draft, edit, and submit proposals and reports for a range of Richmond Ballet programs to private and public foundations, corporations, and government funders.
• Manage preparation and reporting processes with team leaders and program directors to collect necessary materials specific to each grant submission.
• Maintain a healthy grants calendar for current and subsequent fiscal years, which includes 30+ submissions for the annual budget
• Serve as the point of contact for all current and prospective grantors, developing relationships with foundations and public arts organizations.
• Research and engage new prospects for a variety of programs and special projects.
• Keep careful records of all statistics regarding program-specific measurable metrics and the organization’s annual reach.
• Assist in the creation of surveys and other analytical tools which reflect reportable measures to foundations.
• Assist the development team at performances and events throughout the professional company season.
• Bachelor’s Degree and strong writing experience.
• Enthusiasm and interest in the arts, specifically dance and it’s positive impact.
This is a Full-time position with annual salary in the range of $38,000.00 – $42,000.00. Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, Accident Insurance, and 403B, Paid Vacation available.
Prospective candidates should send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and letters of reference by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please no phone calls. EOE
posted April 26, 2022