Colorado Conservatory of Dance is seeking an Executive Director

Colorado Conservatory of Dance is seeking an Executive Director
July 21, 2021 Presenting Denver

Executive Director Search | Job Description

The Position
This is a unique opportunity for the right person to make a significant contribution to the growth of an
important and respected arts education organization.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and development of the organization.
This individual, working closely with the Artistic Director and the Board, will identify and guide the
implementation of goals and strategies that ensure CCD’s artistic vitality and financial stability. This will
include identifying and cultivating new Board members and organizing the Board’s activities in support
of effective governance, fundraising, and advocacy.

The Executive Director will actively seek and cultivate strategic partnerships to bolster CCD’s Community
Education programs and initiatives and the overall viability, reach, and diversity of the organization.
The Executive Director will oversee the organizational objectives by each department, including
fundraising, financial management, marketing, and operations.

The Executive Director will maintain a highly visible presence in Broomfield/Denver, CO and surrounding
communities while promoting an atmosphere of open communication and stakeholder engagement.

Who We’re Looking For
Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will work alongside CCD Artistic
Director Julia Wilkinson Manley in leading the professional staff to deliver superior programs and achieve
the long-term goals of the organization.

CCD’s Executive Director will be resourceful, driven by practical results and by the return on investment
of time, talent, energy, and resources. Receptive to new ideas and opportunities for learning and growth,
the Executive Director will be collaborative and have a competitive drive for excellence. Socially engaged
and people-oriented, the Executive Director will maintain an ongoing community presence, exude
confidence, and have boundless energy to deliver superior programs and services. This individual will
maintain the highest ethical standards and serve as a model of integrity throughout the region.

Other key competencies include the following:
● Leadership and Decision Making – A results-oriented and self-directed entrepreneur with the
ability to create and implement fundraising, marketing, and operating plans.
● Project Management and Personal Accountability – A conceptual, strategic, and practical
thinker who possesses a solid understanding of the factors that contribute to organizational
success and community impact for an arts education organization operating in a competitive arts
and culture market.
● Interpersonal Skills and Customer/Donor Focus – An individual with strong interpersonal and
communication skills who can articulate CCD’s vision and priorities and mobilize the board, staff
and volunteers in securing the necessary contributed and earned revenue necessary to fuel
continued growth.
● Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – possesses experience and personal passion for advancing
equity and addressing structural racism within nonprofit organizations.
Roles and Responsibilities
Program and Strategic Planning
● Develop and oversee implementation of organizational and fundraising plans with short- and
long- range goals that meet CCD’s mission, vision, and funding objectives.
● Devise and execute a comprehensive program strategy to build and expand audiences, build our
student pipeline, and increase funding bases.
● Identify and develop strategic partnerships with local, regional, and national organizations to
bolster and broaden the reach and viability of the organization.
● Build a strategy for rental of CCD spaces that maintains an overall vision for quality programs and
positively reflect CCD’s brand, while increasing revenue.
● Effectively and efficiently utilize physical and human resources with the staff.
Revenue Enhancement and Community Engagement
● In collaboration with the Board and Artistic Director, identify ways to:
○ Increase contributed and earned revenue opportunities for CCD;
○ Identify and implement the most effective donor stewardship and cultivation methods;
○ Devise appropriate marketing and public relations strategies to effectively disseminate
information regarding CCD presentations and educational activities; and
○ Identify and craft grant proposals for various foundations and organizations, and ensure
that awarded grants are used according to their terms and conditions. Report to funding
entities about use of funds to ensure ability to apply for future grants.
● Actively seek out and initiate contacts with potential donors, including individuals, foundations,
and corporate partners, and develop, cultivate, and maintain relationships to advance CCD’s
● Serve as a primary spokesperson to the media and community.
● Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the political and social leaders of the
Greater Denver Metro area.
Governance and Financial Management
● Provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board, stimulate involvement,
and recruit new members.
● Work closely with the Board to ensure strong fiscal health of the organization.
● Develop effective methods with the Chair and the Board to identify, cultivate, and recruit
prospective CCD Board members.
● Educate, engage, and celebrate Board members and their successes.
● Assist the Board in developing and implementing their goals and objectives.
● Design a comprehensive capital and operating budget with other members of the leadership
team, for approval by the Board, and provide timely reports on its progress.
● Ensure that all activities in CCD meet contractual agreements and are consistent with CCD’s
● Revise human resources policies with Board committees, including practices and procedures,
and ensure that they comply with state and federal laws and regulations.
● Directly supervise and assess senior staff and other administrative support.

The position requires an established record of successful nonprofit management in the performing arts,
or similar organizations, with demonstrated results in achieving successful fundraising and institutional
advancement efforts. Candidates must have experience planning, designing, and implementing effective
marketing and fundraising efforts to support programming. A demonstrated track record working with a
Board of Directors to generate financial support, cultivate community relationships, and appropriately
govern the institution is necessary. Bachelor’s degree is required and graduate degree or equivalent
experience in business, arts administration, or a related field is highly desirable.

Compensation and Benefits
Competitive salary, paid vacation, and modest health insurance stipend. Additionally, the Executive
Director and their family will receive free dance classes.
Full-time position compensation range: $50,000 – $60,000

Applications and Inquiries
Please submit cover letter, résumé and three references to by August 16, 2021.

About CCD
At Colorado Conservatory of Dance, we unleash individual potential and invigorate community through

Primed for growth, Colorado Conservatory of Dance (CCD) has been a leader in arts education for 29
years. Since 1992 CCD has provided quality dance education and outreach to North Metro Denver
schools. Under the guidance of Julia Wilkinson Manley since 2002, the conservatory has developed a
reputation for its highly professional and nurturing environment for preschool through adult students.
Colorado Conservatory of Dance serves a broad spectrum of youth and adults regardless of age, ability,
aspiration, or socio-economic status, and provides as much as $100,000 in scholarships and financial aid
each year for students who would otherwise not be able to participate in dance education.

CCD provides its students with high-quality performance experiences, including an annual production of
The Nutcracker, which brings students together with professional dancers. CCD’s Studio Company gives
upper level students a pre-professional company experience that includes community education
performances and culminates in an annual production at the end of each school year. Additionally, CCD
provides a summer dance program, which attracts students from across the nation.

The Colorado Conservatory of Dance’s Title 1 Elementary School Partnerships, known as our Move2Learn
Partnerships, bring yearlong arts experiences to more than 3,000 students in six public schools in
high-need neighborhoods. More than 92% of the students in these schools fall below the federal poverty
line, and many are classified as homeless. CCD’s two-year residencies help these students gain
confidence through an in-depth process that merges dance with each school’s specific curricular
priorities. Because many of these students speak English as a second language, through movement, they
are better able to understand many complex concepts essential to their academic success.
CCD students regularly win top honors at area ballet competitions and gain entry into some of the
nation’s most respected college dance programs. CCD alumnae have gone on to dance with Atlanta
Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Met, Ballet Nebraska, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Houston
Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Verb
Ballets, Washington Ballet, and others.

In addition to CCD’s Artistic Director and Executive Director, CCD currently has six part-time staff
members and two part-time administrative assistants, in addition to 19 faculty members. We currently
have approximately 300 active students, which includes nearly 100 adult students.

In 2006, CCD partnered with Creating Caring Communities to jointly build a dance-based initiative to
help reduce bullying in schools. The first installment, known as The Ugly Duckling Anti-Bullying Program,
received consistently positive reviews. Based on this success, CCD has now performed anti-bullying
ballets for over 30,000 elementary students.