Dance for All Bodies
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DfAB Executive Director
Dance for All Bodies is looking for 2-3 new *disabled* volunteer directors to run its programming! As the Executive Director you will be responsible for overseeing all sectors of the organization (Class Coordination/Social Media/Funding/Outreach, etc) and ensuring the whole of the organization functions smoothly. This position requires strong communication and organizational skills as you will be managing multiple projects with overlapping timelines, communicating and supporting a team of volunteers, and liaising with stakeholders and potential partners.
If you are self-driven, motivated, and eager to grow your leadership skills, this is the position for you. You must also believe in the power of the arts as a tool for social change and want to use dance to challenge ableist stereotypes. If you don’t have a lot of experience but are driven to and feel compelled by this mission, we still encourage you to apply.
The two current Executive Directors will be transitioning out of their positions and will train the incoming Directors for ~3 months before having them fully take over the Executive Director position.
Location: We accept applications from all around the U.S. as this position is remote!
1- Project Management
- Oversee the different strategic initiatives and manage multiple projects at the same time, working in collaboration with the other Executive Directors and volunteer team. You must feel comfortable delegating tasks and establishing timelines.
2- Long Term Leadership and Partnership Building
- Collectively lead efforts to create yearly and monthly goals to establish organizational vision and narrative. Goal setting also supports team accountability to projects and responsibilities.
- Initiating, building, and sustaining partnerships with other international or national nonprofits, corporations or small scale organizations.
- Sending emails, responding to phone calls and being the point of contact for DfAB.
3- Volunteer Staff Support
- Responding to or emailing team members regarding performance & expectations.
- Empathizing and collaborating with all DfAB sub teams (Digital Marketing, Graphic Design, Outreach, Social Media, Funding) to understand their needs and support them to the best of your ability.
- Acting as a resource for team members when they have questions or concerns.
- Organizing and facilitating biweekly Zoom meetings.
- Interviewing/hiring new volunteers and ASL Interpreters
- Lead and support fundraising efforts, grants, and potential funding opportunities working in collaboration with Fundraising Coordinator.
- Oversee budgeting for year, 5 year timelines. Developing budgets for partnership events and collaborations.
- File tax paperwork for organization and to donors and independent contractors
- Ensure that compensation is sent to instructors and paid independent contractors
5- Dance Classes
- Making sure all classes have a host and ASL interpreter and that we continue to improve our accessibility standards.
- Finding new dance instructors to welcome to the organization. Interviewing and vetting all potential instructors.
- Oversee the scheduling of monthly donation based dance classes.
- Integrating participant feedback into class structure, especially when it comes to improving accessibility.
6- General Operations
- Managing online accounts (passwords/usernames and account security) and subscriptions to services. The most important of these is G Suite and Trello.
- Problem solve technical challenges
- This position is only for people who identify as disabled.
- Personal or professional experience working with people with disabilities is required. Knowledge of accessible technologies and accessibility tools/services is a big plus.
- Must demonstrate commitment to DfAB’s mission: changing the ableist narrative of dance through accessible dance classes.
- Verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills (phone, email, text, etc.)
- Ability to find or initiate creative projects, partnerships, and search for potential corporate sponsors.
- Superior time management skills, ability to multi-task projects and multiple calendars.
- Futurist; ability to create projects and come up with creative plans for the future. Keen to chart a course forward for the organization.
- Curiosity to learn and improve; someone who wants to keep learning more and is not afraid of failure. Someone who is willing to take risks.
- Disciplined in working independently and remotely; not afraid to ask questions or admit when you don’t know something coupled with an ability to research potential answers or solutions to problems.
- Comfortable with receiving feedback form participants and being a very visual face of the organization
- Self-motivated and shows stamina and resilience in the face of obstacles.
- Collaborative mindset; eager to be part of a team and contribute.
- Experience with G Suite services, Trello, and Zoom is preferred.
All work will be done remotely. You will be facilitating and leading meetings once every two weeks.
This position is currently an uncompensated volunteer position. However, there might be opportunities for you to get small stipends based on funding & corporate partnership opportunities. We are starting to build the groundwork for doing partnership with corporate and non-corporate spaces to bring inclusive dance class programming or presentations on access, allyship and disability justice to their communities. If you already have experience as a speaker or presenter, please feel free to share that experience with us too!
Expected Hours of Work
This position requires a great amount of commitment and organization. You are encouraged to apply as a team as we are looking for 2 or 3 people who can each give 6-8 hours/week.
Preferred Education and Experience
At DfAB we believe that experience comes in many different forms. We want to prioritize those who demonstrate a strong commitment to our mission and are therefore willing to commit a great amount of time, thought, and effort into this cause. If you have previous experience in this field, we would love to learn more about your experiences through any previous work, a portfolio, or other examples. If not, don’t worry, we would still love to see how you can help us!
As mentioned already, we are only accepting applications from disabled individuals. If there is a part of this application process that is not accessible to you, please communicate with us at email@example.com so that we can find a solution. If you are selected to interview, we will inquire about any access needs you may have.
Send your resume and one short paragraph to firstname.lastname@example.org "DfAB Executive Director Application" in the subject heading.
Please answer the following questions in the short paragraph:
- Why does making dance accessible to people with physical disabilities matter to you?
- What do you think you can bring to the DfAB Community?
- Share one project idea that you would like to initiate between DfAB and another potential organization, that can allow DfAB to either fundraise or raise brand awareness.
About Dance for All Bodies
119 Hopfield Drive, Folsom, CA 10019, US
The mission of Dance for All Bodies (DfAB) is to dismantle the notion that dance is only for a certain kind of body and to spread the joy of dance to all bodies. To achieve this mission, DfAB organizes low cost dance classes, where dance moves are instructed to be modified by the dancer to fit their body. Our dance classes are designed for people with disabilities.
The inspiration behind DfAB came from a one time adaptive dance class Yagmur, one of the co-founders, organized for an amputee support group as a volunteer at San Francisco General Hospital. Yagmur left this class in August 2018 feeling a beautiful spark in her heart. Participants left the event asking when the next dance class would be and thus, Yagmur hatched a plan to satisfy this demand. She quickly realized that she needed an accomplice who shared her desire to make dance a more inclusive art form. This brought Tess, a close friend who is also a dancer, into the project.
After some research, they learned that there were no organizations that focus on organizing adaptive dance classes in the Bay Area. As two able-bodied dancers who have the privilege of extensive dance training, they decided to make what was available to them available to people with differently abled bodies too. Thus, to make high quality, adaptive dance classes a reality they started working with experienced dance teachers with physical disabilities or who have worked in such spaces, making the dance class a positive and encouraging environment. Since August 2018, they have organized more than 15 dance classes and impacted more than 50 individuals thanks to funding from ZSFGH and Big Ideas. Currently they organize most of their dance classes in Berkeley and San Francisco. You can help DfAB expand its services to new locations and impact more lives by donating today!