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Indianapolis Ballet Seeks Executive Director

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Indianapolis Ballet Seeks Executive Director






Full-time, salaried position; 40-45 hours/week with occasional evenings and weekends; paid vacation; free downtown parking



 Indianapolis Ballet seeks a seasoned, motivated executive leader with a proven record of successfully securing financial resources to lead the next stage of IB’s growth and advance classical ballet in our community. Reporting to the Board of Directors but working closely with the Artistic Director, this position is responsible for developing and managing all funding functions for the company, school of ballet, and productions, as well as managing and overseeing all financial, administrative, facility, and human resource functions. Duties include planning, budgeting, supervising, tracking and reporting donation results, soliciting corporate sponsors, and managing future capital campaigns. Exceptional time management, communications, and writing skills are requirements of the position. Knowledge of classical ballet is preferred, but not required.



  •  Lead development and monitoring of annual budget.
  • Review monthly financial statements and reconcile discrepancies.

  • Facilitate financial review and preparation of 990 documents with accountant.

  • Lead financial forecast preparation in cooperation with Finance Committee, generate monthly cash flow projections for Board of Directors.


  • Develop and lead fundraising strategies to cultivate relationships and steward donors, individual and corporate sponsors.

  • Supervise grant writing initiatives, compliance, and report preparation.

  • Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors, sponsors and funding sources.

  • Collaborate with Artistic Director, Board members, Manager of Development Operations and Director of Marketing and Communications to develop goals and strategies.

  • Participate in Development committee meetings and recruit members.

  • Attend performances to establish and maintain relationships with patrons.

  • Develop special event initiatives and goals with Ballet Guild volunteers and Board members.

Board Relations and Community Involvement

  • Foster innovative culture within the organization; seek new methods and approaches for achieving IB’s goals.

  • Collaborate with the Board and staff to evolve the organization’s vision and refresh its strategic plan.

  • Define, communicate, and lead the execution of major initiatives; coordinate staff support of those initiatives.

  • Serve as principal liaison between IB staff and the Board; provide transparent and forthright updates to the Board on successes and areas needing support.

  • Provide guidance to the Board and committee leadership on governance and policies.

  • Serve as an ambassador for IB, ensuring engagement with a wide stakeholder group, including funders, media, policy makers, the public, and other philanthropy-serving organizations.

  • Strengthen ties with other organizations consistent with IB’s mission; help IB take a leadership role in the broader collaborations and partnerships in which it participates.

Office and Facility Management

  • Develop, implement, and enforce organizational policies and procedures.

  • Maintain positive relations with dancers, students, faculty, parents, Board members, and patrons through timely, accurate communications.

  • Supervise Director of Marketing and Communications, Development and Operations teams.

  • Oversee facility management and operations.

Human Resources

  • Ensure compliance with state and federal employment procedures and regulations.

  • Oversee employment policies and maintain employee handbook.

  • Maintain personnel files.

  • Supervise unemployment and worker’s compensation claims.

  • Oversee administration of employee benefits.

  • Lead staff review process.

  • Create contracts for resident and guest artists, contractors.



  • Four-year degree and 10+ years of relevant professional work experience, with at least 5 years managing a nonprofit. Experience in or knowledge of the performing arts industry strongly preferred.

  • Significant, demonstrated experience in fundraising, grant writing and relationship building.

  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills are required.

  • Experience with non-profit financial management and performance metrics.

  • Experience implementing organizational strategies.

  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) required.

  •  Knowledge of QuickBooks, Studio Director, and Bloomerang preferred.

  • Demonstrated ease using databases.

  • Strong program and project management skills; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Experience interacting with volunteers and Boards of Directors.

  • Possess the following traits:  flexible, professional, collaborative, shows initiative, demonstrates leadership and vision, follow-through, team and consensus building.

  • A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential is preferred.


CONFIDENTIALITY:  Must maintain strict confidentiality over programming and marketing plans, organizational financial information, staff and student biographical information, donor records.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  This position requires the ability to sit for long periods of time to conduct daily business operations. Position also requires the hearing and visual acuity to converse with internal and external constituents in person, over the phone, and via electronic communication with or without reasonable accommodation. Director will need to maneuver behind and around the stage and move throughout the theatre to conduct business during rehearsals and performances.


SUPERVISION:  Reports to the Board of Directors but must have the ability to work independently and make sound decisions with a high level of autonomy.


SUPERVISES:  Director of Marketing and Communications, Manager of Development Operations and Development team, Operations Manager and Operations team.


RELATIONSHIPS:  Board of Directors, Artistic Directors, IB Guild, community peers, funding organization leadership.


TO APPLY:  Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to

Indianapolis Ballet is an Equal Opportunity employer. Indianapolis Ballet believes in a culturally diverse environment and cultivates systems and practices that ensure equal opportunity in all our endeavors. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. All employment decisions are made on the basis of individual qualifications, merit, and business need.


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