Employment Information

NDI New Mexico offers many great career opportunities. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are identifying new positions that will fit the needs of our expanding organization, strengthen our infrastructure, and set the stage for another successful 25 years. Sixty-eight percent of our salaried staff have been with us for more than five years, and the average tenure is almost eight years. These statistics speak highly about the quality and heart of our work environment, and we welcome you to join us!

Whether you are interested in teaching excellence to children through one of our outreach programs, teaching dance at one of our state of the art facilities in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, offering your expertise in our growing development offices or production departments – we can assure you that you will make a rewarding difference in the lives of thousands of New Mexico’s children annually.

If an outlined position here does not interest you, we also accept applications and ideas for future employment. If you would like to send us your information, please fill out the form below.

Current Job Openings 




Dance Barns Artistic Director

Reports to:


NDI New Mexico Artistic Director

Dance Barns Program teaching staff, Dance Barns Program Producer, Assistant Director, Costumer, Technical Director


Status: Full-time Exempt

Job Description & Qualifications

Organization Mission:

National Dance Institute of New Mexico is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.


Purpose of Program Director:

The Dance Barns Program Artistic Director is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the Dance Barns Program and ensuring artistic, financial, and administrative success of all Dance Barns Program activities, including: programming, scheduling, curriculum, and productions; staff oversight and management; and carrying out the mission of the organization with excellence.  The Dance Barns Program Artistic Director is a member of the organization’s Artistic Staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

Artistic Program Oversight and Development

  • Oversees all artistic aspects of the Program including; programming, scheduling, curriculum, choreography, and performances.
  • Oversees all Program faculty. Runs regularly scheduled staff meetings; establishes and oversees curriculum, classes, programming, and productions; watches classes and rehearsals and provides feedback, and conducts annual performance evaluation with full time staff.
  • Develops and implements extension programming designed to further engage students from NDI New Mexico’s Advanced Training (SWAT and Celebration Teams) and Outreach Programs.
  • Participates in annual planning including reviewing evaluation of program, and incorporating recommendations.
  • Creates an annual operational plan that incorporates goals, objectives, priorities, and responsibilities aligned with the organization’s mission.
  • Develops and implements summer and college study assistance program.

Directing, Teaching and Choreography

  • Teaches a regular schedule of classes per week and is available to sub other classes when needed.
  • Directs and choreographs for Program productions and performances.
  • Directs, choreographs, and provides programming for Company Xcel, NDI New Mexico’s pre-professional company, including scheduling and running weekly company rehearsals; directing/choreographing special events and performances; and curriculum and repertoire.

Administration and Fiscal Oversight

  • Oversees administrative aspects for Program including scheduling, registration, record-keeping, and event production.
  • Provides written reports to the Artistic Director for quarterly Board meetings and as needed
  • Participates in the creation of annual Program budgets in conjunction with the Artistic Director and Business Manager.
  • Responsible for the fiscal management, reporting, and reconciling of Program budgets with Bookkeeper and Business Manager.
  • Responsible for creating a strategy to ensure Program enrollment meets strategic and operational goals and generates annual income to meet budget projections.

General Duties:

  • Coordinates and assistance with other artistic programs and related programs.
  • Schedules regular office hour time.
  • Attends and participates in all enrichment workshops and meetings, including artistic and joint staff meetings.
  • Compiles program reference materials.
  • Upholds all Management and HR policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as needed.

Working Conditions, Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • Performs functions in a variety of environments including: NDI New Mexico offices, schools, residency sites, and other locations.
  • Requires reimbursable in-state travel to NDI New Mexico locations, participating schools, residency sites, and community events.
  • Requires weekend and evening hours.
  • Requires extensive physical movement, dance, high energy, and stamina.
  • May require lifting up to 25 lbs. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Job Specific Requirements: 

  • Professional performance experience with emphasis in ballet
  • College-level education preferred\Minimum 3 years of experience in job-related duties – experience organizing, directing, and choreographing for performances
  • Ability to teach, direct, and choreograph in various styles of dance
  • Experience in staff development and management
  • Flexibility in work schedule
  • Public speaking experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

Core NDI-NM Employee Requirements:

  • Believes in the mission of the organization
  • Strives for excellence in this job with a “Can Do” attitude
  • Ability to work with people of all backgrounds and ages
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and result-driven
  • Ability to prioritize work and multi-task to meet priorities
  • Supports teamwork and collaboration by demonstrating strong interpersonal skills
  • Communicates effectively through clear speaking, writing and effective listening
  • Behaves respectfully, ethically and with personal integrity
  • Operates in a fiscally responsible manner
  • Demonstrates adaptability through a willingness to be flexible and versatile in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency
  • Professional appearance and telephone manner


Dance Artists and Instructors

Reports to: NDI New Mexico Artistic Director
Status: Part and Full-Time

Job Description & Qualifications

Looking for a meaningful and rewarding job doing something you love? Want to make a difference in the lives of young people? Ready to be a part of something magical?

Welcome to NDI New Mexico – a statewide, non-profit, arts education organization focusing on youth development through dance! We’re seeking trained dancers, and dance teachers who would be interested in learning to how to teach the NDI New Mexico curriculum that develops excellence in a young life.

NDI New Mexico is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.

Applicants should have a strong dance background (ballet, tap, jazz, modern and/or musical theater), love of children, energetic personality, strong work ethic, and performance experience. If you have the desire to use your artistic talent to make a visible difference in the lives of underserved children in New Mexico, whether through our work in New Mexico’s public schools and/or our studio programs at our facilities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, we want to hear from you! Full- and part-time opportunities are available.

To inquire about our teaching opportunities and training programs, please contact Elizabeth Childress at (505)557-6036, or echildress@ndi-nm.org.

Employment Application

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, sexual orientation, age, national origin or ancestry, or physical or mental handicap or disability.