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Executive Director

NH Dance Institute

New Hampshire Dance Institute (NHDI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education outreach organization based in Keene and serving southwestern New Hampshire. Founded in 1986, the mission of NHDI is to enrich the educational, intellectual, physical, and social well-being of school children — inclusive of all abilities and backgrounds — by instilling confidence and discipline through the joy of dance and music.  Approximately 3,000 children participate in NHDI programs annually.  NHDI is an Associate of National Dance Institute in New York.



New Hampshire Dance Institute (NHDI) 

Executive Director Position Description

The New Hampshire Dance Institute brings dance into schools to empower, enrich, and energize all children while teaching confidence and inspiring excellence.

Job Title: Executive Director 

Classification: Full time. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Purpose of the Position

The Executive Director serves as the operational and strategic leader of the organization, implementing the mission and directing all administrative aspects of quality programming. The Executive Director provides steady leadership, supporting NHDI’s mission, vision, and core values, as well as its existence as a sustainable and fiscally stable organization.

Minimum Qualifications

The Executive Director should possess enthusiasm for dance, fitness, the performing arts, and the health and education of the community’s children, combined with strong and energetic communication, management, and leadership skills. In addition, the Executive Director should have the following:

  • Minimum of two years of experience in a management role that includes staff supervision.
  • Experience working in a nonprofit environment preferred, and experience within small, community-based nonprofit(s) a plus.
  • Experience working with young people.  
  • Demonstrated ability to create and execute successful fundraising strategies, which include grant writing, special events, and/or annual giving/individual donor solicitation.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.  
  • Financial proficiency in reading and preparing budgets.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated capacity to motivate and inspire others to achieve results.
  • Functional software skills and the ability to use the internet, including experience with social media, are required. 
  • A bachelor’s degree is required with a master's degree preferred.

The successful Executive Director will:

  • Promote a culture that reflects the organization’s mission, vision, and values.  ∙ Manage all general programmatic administrative tasks allocated to the Programs Coordinator and other projects as assigned by the Board of Directors.
  • Manage fiscal matters, including all fundraising initiatives, for the continued maintenance of current operations and future solvency of the organization.
  • Guide the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and support the Board of Directors by managing information and communication for distribution and for Board review. This will include, but is not limited to, written reports, public relations information, marketing materials, financial statements, and email correspondence.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently to the 10+ part-time staff members as needed to ensure successful student experiences.
  • Work independently with flexible hours to support and facilitate objectives for all NHDI programs.
  • Evaluate all subordinate staff on a yearly basis.

Supervision Received

Communication with the Board is an essential part of the position. After an initial 90-day formal review, this position will be reviewed annually by the NHDI Board of Directors in a formal June review using Board approved evaluation tools. 


The Executive Director is assigned the following tasks:

● Fiscal management

○ Set and closely monitor the annual budget for the organization in coordination with the Board and senior staff.

○ Ensure completion of quarterly and annual taxes.

○ Report to the Treasurer (monthly).

○ Maintain contact and oversight of the work of the accountant and payroll company.

○ Manage liability issues and workman’s compensation insurance.

○ Oversee/manage collections of program fees.

● Fundraising/Development

○ Manage and expand donor databases.

○ Identify and solicit new donor opportunities – presenting to and strategizing with Board members as to how to proceed with formal appeals.

○ Maintain relations with current donors.

○ Identify grant opportunities and coordinate/write grant proposals.

○ Solicit and approve in-kind services in lieu of payment.

○ Acknowledge all gifts in a timely fashion.

● Public Relations / Marketing

○ Assure community support through event advertising and solicitations. ○ Coordinate/generate promotional opportunities.

○ Represent NHDI to external communities and at external events.

○ Explore avenues and opportunities for program expansion.

○ Maintain positive social media presence.

○ Represent NHDI to the media, and maintain positive media relations.

○ Oversee/create/distribute promotional materials as needed.

● Event of the Year/Summer Programs

○ Secure venues.

○ Coordinate and maintain communications with venue personnel (regarding room assignments etc.) and with all other volunteers (first-aid, lobby, ushers)

○ Negotiate and implement program design and development with the Programs Coordinator and printer.

○ Negotiate and execute videographer and photographer contracts.

○ Extend invitations to donors/business to Event of the Year/Gala.

○ Coordinate official acknowledgements and appreciations for school coordinators, volunteers and other supporters at the Gala Party.

○ Oversee all Gala Party planning activities.

● Residency Program

○ Oversee Residency Program, maintaining direct communication with the Residency Director on a regular basis.

○ Attend Residency performances.

● General

○ Maintain relationships with schools, including Year-Long Program management with trouble shooting at schools.

○ Coordinate t-shirt selection, design and production for the NHDI annual Event of the Year t-shirt.

○ Provide reports and information for Board meetings including but not limited to:

○ Performance evaluations of all NHDI staff.

○ Support staff contract drafts (developed with the Artistic and Residency Directors).

○ School contracts.

○ Coordinate all staff and volunteers, compliance of background checks and their suitability.

○ Other duties as assigned by the Board.

Core NHDI Employee Requirements

  • Believes in the mission of the organization.
  • Strives for excellence with a “Can Do” attitude.
  • Works collaboratively with people of all backgrounds and ages.
  • Demonstrates organization along with a detail-oriented and results driven attitude ∙ Responds to inquiries from coworkers and customers in a timely fashion ∙ Prioritizes workload and multi-tasks to meet priorities.
  • Supports teamwork and collaboration by demonstrating strong interpersonal skills.
  • Communicates effectively through clear speaking and writing as well as 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.
  • Presents a professional appearance and telephone manner.

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 d

How to Apply:

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to:

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Date Added: January 7, 2022

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