Employment Information

NDI New Mexico offers many great career opportunities. 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.

Learn more about opportunities for Dance Artists and Instructors, and our two-week Teaching Excellence® Workshop, which is the first step to becoming an NDI New Mexico Instructor in our Outreach Program in public schools.

Current Job Openings

Title:

Residency/North Music Director

Reports to:

Supervises:

Residency Artistic Director

N/A

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 Residency/North Music Director:

The Residency-North Music Director is responsible to the Residency Artistic Director and the Santa Fe/North Outreach Artistic Director for ensuring the quality of music accompaniment and performance for all Residency and North programs and performances, and for carrying out the mission of the organization with excellence. The Residency/North Music Director is a member of the organization’s Artistic Staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

Accompanying and Music Directing:

  • Oversees quality and consistency of musical accompaniment and performance for Residency and North Outreach classes, assemblies, and performances.
  • Music Director for Residency and North programs and performances duties include:
    • Travel approximately 15-18 weeks, accompanying and music directing Residency programs.
    • Works with choreographers on music needs for pieces to edit and arrange music for classes and performances for Residency and North programs.
    • Creates arrangements and original compositions for programs and performances.
    • Rehearses and Conducts bands for Residency and North performances as needed.
  • Performs in event bands as needed (Outreach and Afterschool performances).
  • Accompanies and performs for Summer Institute.
  • Collaborates with Artistic Directors on script development and creates original compositions as needed.
  • Accompanies rehearsals and performances, and provides music and audio technical support for special events as needed.
  • Substitute and or team-accompanies in other programs as needed when not traveling.

Program Oversight and Administration:

  • Oversees quality and consistency of musical accompaniment and performance for Residency and North Program; visits other musicians to provide feedback and coaching, collaborates with artistic directors on areas for development and enrichment for musicians.
  • Creates, edits, and distributes recordings, sheet music and other materials as needed.
  • Schedules and contracts Event bands and prepares relevant materials including schedules, contact information, load-in/-out information, etc.
  • Works with Dance Barns/Hiland Technical Directors, and Technical Directors of outside venues, to ensure that the technical needs of the band are met and that the performances have high sound quality.
  • Trains apprentice musicians in accompaniment.
  • Oversees Santa Fe pianos on loan in North schools, assists with coordination of transfers of pianos between sites.

General Duties:

  • Supports Residency Artistic Director and NDI New Mexico Music Director to ensure that the organization’s mission and artistic needs are met.
  • Works collaboratively with all other Full-time staff to ensure quality, consistency, and coordination of all work and programming.
  • Attends and contributes to all enrichment workshops and meetings, including Residency and North staff meetings.
  • Compiles and maintains program reference materials, including event scores.
  • Upholds all Management and HR policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as needed.

Cultivates Relationships with Community Stakeholders

  • Fosters positive relations, and acts as an advocate for the organization, inspiring commitment and support for our programs with all stakeholders including school staff and faculty, parents, vendors and outside venues.

Working Conditions, Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • Functions performed in a variety of environments including: NDI New Mexico offices, schools, residency sites, and other locations.
  • Requires reliable transportation and reimbursable in-state travel to NDI New Mexico locations, participating schools, residency sites, and community events .
  • Requires weekend and evening hours.
  • May require lifting up to 25 lbs.
  • May be required to navigate stairs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Job Specific Requirements: 

  • Minimum 2-5 years of experience in job-related duties - experience organizing, directing, and playing for professional performances.
  • Experience with music editing and notation software.
  • Sight reading and improvisational skills required.
  • 1-3 years of experience playing in and directing NDI New Mexico (or related) programs preferred.
  • College level education preferred.
  • Flexibility in work schedule.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Core NDI New Mexico 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.

Title:

Santa Fe Advanced Training Associate

Reports to:

Supervises:

Artistic Director

N/A

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 Advanced Training Associate Role:

The Advanced Training Associate provides artistic leadership for the advanced teams artistic quality and programming. The individual is responsible for teaching and choreographing for advanced teams and companies to ensure program impact and performance excellence. The Advanced Training Associate is responsible to the Artistic Director for carrying out the mission and the policies of NDI New Mexico and being a steward of the organization’s mission and culture, representing the organization in the community. The Advanced Training Associate is part of NDI New Mexico’s artistic staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

Teaching, Choreography, Directing

  • Teaches SWAT and Celebration Teams, all levels of jazz in the afterschool program at The Dance Barns program, and teaches in the Santa Fe In-school program.
  • Dance Barns Advanced Teams and Companies choreographer and rehearsal director as assigned.
  • Creates choreography for all Advanced Teams for Outreach End-of-Year Events, Dance Barns Advanced Company and afterschool program performances.
  • Choreographs, teaches, and directs Santa Fe Special Events, including but not limited to fundraising, cultivation, and community outreach events.
  • Teaches or directs Outreach and Afterschool summer programs as needed
  • Rehearsal director or assistant for guest choreographers working with advanced teams.
  • Provide inspiration, content and embodiment of a high-level teacher and choreographer for jazz curriculum and Jazz throughout the NDI New Mexico programs.
  • As assigned by Artistic Director, partners with other directors and teaching staff as creative advisor, partner, or mentor to develop Advanced Teams choreography to ensure performance excellence for Outreach and Afterschool performances, in line with purpose and vision for events and with program outcomes goals for Advanced Training.

Special Events and Projects  

  • Produces Santa Fe Advanced Teams and Company special events, including planning, creation, and distribution of production schedules and timelines, planning and communication with staff, students, families, and offsite venues and vendors as needed. (approximately 5-6 per year).
  • Produces End-of-Year Event Specialty programs and rehearsals including Tiny Tots, Parents-Teachers, Firefighters, and SWAT/CEL specialty rehearsals, planning and communicating schedules and casting in coordination with Santa Fe Outreach Artistic Director.
  • Secures and coordinates special guests/master teachers/choreographers for teams.
  • Leads Internal Promotion and Recruiting for Afterschool and Advanced Teams: Through direct communication and building relationships with students and families as well as communication with Artistic Directors, lead, plan, and implement program initiatives which build bridges between in-school, SWAT/CEL, and Afterschool/companies in Santa Fe, to building enrollment from one program to the other as well developing and implementing ideas to address specific program goals such as increasing demographic diversity.
  • Supports Outreach and Afterschool performances as part of the backstage staff (deck manager, runner, house manager as needed).

Cultivates Relationships with Community Stakeholders

  • Develops positive relationships with parent volunteers to engage families in the program, inspiring their commitment, and enlisting and coordinating their support for events.
  • Fosters positive relations, and acts as an advocate for the organization with all stakeholders in the program.

General and Other Artistic Duties

  • Works collaboratively with all other Full-time staff to ensure quality, consistency, and coordination of all work and programming.
  • Schedules regular office hour time.
  • Attends joint staff and artistic meetings as needed.
  • Other duties as required.

 Working Conditions, Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • Functions performed in a variety of environments including: NDI New Mexico offices, schools, residency sites, and other locations.
  • Requires reliable transportation and 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Job Specific Requirements: 

  • Requires 2-5 years of experience in job related duties – teaching, choreography, and directing, with primary focus on jazz technique, secondary experience in ballet and/or musical theater.
  • Professional dance performing experience and/or Bachelor’s degree in dance related field.
  • Proven leadership and experience in artistic program development and production.
  • Experience with project management and live theater production.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience managing artistic projects and staff.
  • Solves problems by identifying causes, gathering and processing relevant information, generating possible solutions, making recommendations, and bringing issue to resolution.

Core NDI New Mexico 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.

Title:

Residency Artistic Associate

Reports to:

Supervises:

Residency Artistic Director

N/A

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 Residency Artistic Associate Role:

The Residency Artistic Associate is responsible to the Residency Artistic Director for ensuring the artistic and administrative success and quality of the Residency programs, and for carrying out the mission of the organization with excellence and being a steward of the organization’s mission and culture, representing the organization in the community.  The Residency Artistic Associate is a member of the organization’s artistic staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

Teaching, Choreographing, and Directing

  • Teaches and directs approximately 16-20 weeks of residency programs per year.
  • Creates and collaborates on choreography and scripts for Residency performances, assemblies, and various culminating events as needed.
  • Teaches and choreographs for summer programs.
  • Substitute or team-teaches outreach classes in home city when not traveling.

Administrative

  • Administrates residency programs and associated events and activities as assigned. Duties include but not limited to: communication with school administration and faculty, preparing and running meetings, communication with students and families, planning and execution of logistical and production elements of programs and performances, administration and collection of evaluation data, administration and collection of Thank You Projects, data entry, and writing program reports.
  • Manages Residency Outlook calendar and timeline in coordination with Residency Director.

Special Events and Projects

  • Stage Manager for residency performances.
  • Produces and teaches Train the Trainer workshops as needed.
  • Additional program and performance support, included but not limited to working community outreach events, supporting departmental administrative projects, and working backstage or front of house for performances in home city.

General Duties:

  • Works collaboratively with all other Full-time staff to ensure quality, consistency, and coordination of all work and programming.
  • Schedules regular office hour time.
  • Attends 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.

Cultivates Relationships with Community Stakeholders

  • Develops positive relationships with parent volunteers to engage families in the program, inspiring their commitment, and enlisting and coordinating their support for events.
  • Fosters positive relations, and acts as an advocate for the organization with all stakeholders in the program. 

Working Conditions, Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • Functions performed in a variety of environments including: NDI New Mexico offices, schools, residency sites, home, and other locations.
  • Requires reimbursable in-state travel to NDI New Mexico locations, participating schools, residency sites, and community events as scheduled.
  • 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 dance performance experience.
  • College level education preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in job-related duties.
  • Flexibility in work schedule.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Highly motivated and energetic.
  • Passionate about working with children through the NDI New Mexico Outreach Methodology.

Core NDI New Mexico 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.

Title:

Santa Fe Outreach Artistic Associate

Reports to:

Supervises:

Santa Fe/North Outreach Artistic Director

N/A

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 Santa Fe Outreach Artistic Associate Role:

The Artistic Associate is responsible to the Santa Fe Outreach Artistic Director for ensuring the artistic and administrative success of the Santa Fe and In-school and Advanced Training (Outreach) programs, and for carrying out the mission of the organization with excellence. The Artistic Associate is a member of the organization’s artistic staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

Teaching, Choreography, and Directing

  • Teaches in the Santa Fe and North In-school and Advanced Teams programs. (primary).
  • Teaches in Dance Barns After-School Programs as needed. (secondary).
  • Creates choreography for In-school, Advanced Teams, and Afterschool students.
  • Teaches or Directs Santa Fe Summer Institute.
  • Teaches Residencies, Train the Trainer workshops, specialty rehearsals and other related programs as needed.
  • Substitute teaches in the outreach and after-school programs as needed.

Administrative

  • Administrates the Santa Fe SWAT and Celebration Teams, including but not limited to auditions, weekly schedules, bulletin boards, planning and implementing communication with students and families, and creating packets of informational materials for start-up and mid-year parent meetings, and co-leading parent meetings.
  • Conducts parent meetings in collaboration with SF Outreach Artistic Director and Program Producer.
  • Supports administration and production of associated programs, projects and events as needed, including, but not limited to, Thank You Project, Dance-A-Thon, Event specialties.

Special Events/Projects

  • Lead stage manager for Santa Fe End-of-Year Events. Responsibilities include planning and communicating backstage plans which incorporate pathways, facilities use, scenic and prop elements, coordination costume quick changes with costumer.
  • Provides backstage support for Santa Fe and North End-of-Year Events, and Dance Barns Program performances as needed, including acting as stage manager, runner, or other roles as needed.
  • Produces one community event per year (eg; Dance-A-Thon) which brings together advanced teams and Afterschool families to participate in a fundraising and/or community building event.

Cultivates Relationships with Community Stakeholders

  • Develops positive relationships with parent volunteers to engage families in the program, inspiring their commitment, and enlisting and coordinating their support for events.
  • Fosters positive relations, and acts as an advocate for the organization with all community stakeholders.

General Duties:

  • Works collaboratively with all other Full-time staff to ensure quality, consistency, and coordination of all work and programming.
  • Schedules regular office hour time.
  • Attends 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:

  • Functions performed 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 dance performance experience.
  • College level education preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in job-related duties.
  • Experience teaching in NDI New Mexico programs preferred.
  • Flexibility in work schedule.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Highly motivated and energetic.
  • Passionate about working with children through the NDI New Mexico Outreach Methodology.

Core NDI New Mexico 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.

Title:

Santa Fe Outreach Program Producer

Reports to:

Supervises:

Santa Fe Outreach Artistic Director

N/A

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Job Description & Qualifications

Purpose of Santa Fe Outreach Program Producer Role:

The Santa Fe outreach Program Producer is responsible to the Artistic Programs Producer and the Santa Fe Outreach Artistic Director for carrying out the mission and policies of NDI New Mexico with excellence. The Santa Fe Outreach Program Producer is responsible for administering all aspects of the Santa Fe In-School program, ensuring the success of the Santa Fe Advanced Teams, and for producing the Santa Fe End-of-Year Event. The Santa Fe Program Producer is a member of the organization’s Artistic Administrative Staff.

Primary Responsibilities:
Administrates In-School Programs  

  • Issues Letters of Intent and Contracts for Santa Fe and North In-School. programs and coordinates with Bookkeeper for billing.
  • Maintains a schedule of all meetings, classes, assemblies and events in the Outlook calendar and maintains master timeline for Santa Fe Outreach Program activities.
  • Works in conjunction with the Santa Fe Outreach Artistic Director in creating, managing, updating and reconciling Santa Fe Event, and Santa Fe and North Outreach Program budgets.
  • Schedules, administrates, and conducts Santa Fe Outreach meetings in participating schools.
  • Assures that program evaluation surveys are conducted in all Santa Fe Outreach programs.
  • Updates NDI New Mexico wait list, and responds to new school inquiries when applicable.
  • Coordinates and implements Thank You Project and t-shirt orders, under the direction of the Artistic Programs Producer.
  • Data entry and maintenance of the dancer database in Salesforce for the Santa Fe Outreach programs (In-school and Advanced Teams).
  • Coordinates and reviews procedures with other Program Producers and at the direction of the Artistic Programs Producer.
  • Monitors and submits payroll for Santa Fe and North Outreach hourly staff.
  • Coordinates and implements other key projects and activities as assigned.

Produces Santa Fe End-of-Year Event and Santa Fe Summer Institute

  • Carries out Producer duties as outlined in Event Production Manual.
  • Prepares and administrates Santa Fe Outreach staff meetings (Team Meetings) in collaboration with Santa Fe Outreach Artistic Director.
  • Produces Event packets for Santa Fe In-School programs.
  • Produces Santa Fe Summer Institute.
  • Supports administration of Teaching Excellence and Artistic Enrichment as needed.

Advanced Teams Rehearsal Producer and Volunteer Coordinator

  • Attends all Santa Fe Outreach Advanced Teams rehearsals as primary point of contact for families and students for logistics and schedule information. Tracks attendance, calls families, monitors hallways, monitors sign in/out and breaks.
  • Conducts SWAT/CEL parent meetings in conjunction with Santa Fe Outreach Artistic Director and Artistic Associate.
  • Creates and executes plans for engaging parent volunteers in support of Advanced Teams and End-of-Year Event activities.

Cultivates Relationships with Community Stakeholders

  • Develops positive relationships with parent volunteers to engage families in the program, inspiring their commitment, and enlisting and coordinating their support for events.
  • Fosters positive relations, and acts as an advocate for the organization with community stakeholders including public school staff and faculty, vendors, donors, and others.

General Duties

  • Creates and maintains production procedures, forms, and templates for all outreach productions and programs, in coordination with other program producers to ensure consistency.
  • Schedules regular office hours.
  • Attends all enrichment workshops and meetings as needed including producer meetings and joint staff meetings.
  • Upholds all Management and HR policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as needed.

Working Conditions, Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • Functions performed in a variety of environments including: NDI New Mexico offices, schools, residency sites, and other locations.
  • Requires reliable transportation and reimbursable in-state travel to NDI New Mexico locations, participating schools, residency sites, and community events.
  • Requires weekend and evening hours.
  • May be required to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • May be required to navigate stairs

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Job Specific Requirements: 

  • College education preferred.
  • Bi-lingual preferred.
  • Excellent computer skills, MS Office Suite.
  • Requires 1-3 years in job related duties.

Core NDI New Mexico 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.

Title:

Part-time Dance Instructors

Reports to:

Supervises:

Program Artistic Directors

N/A

Status: Hourly

Job Description & Qualifications

Job Description & Qualifications

NDI New Mexico is seeking trained dancers and dance educators who would be interested in learning to how to teach the NDI New Mexico curriculum that develops excellence in a young life.

We are looking for teachers for our afterschool programs in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, where we serve children and teens ages 3-18 in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, musical theater, and more.

We are also growing our team of Outreach instructors who work in the public school, who begin as paid apprentices to receive training in our unique methodology and curriculum, with which we serve over 8,000 children in public schools statewide.

All Applicants should have a strong dance background, passion for working with 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 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!

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


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