Volunteers help NDI maintain its programs by lending a variety of skills and services. Volunteers are needed year-round to provide:

  • Performance assistance
  • Administrative support
  • Special events assistance
  • Pro bono services - printing, catering, etc.

For more information, call (212) 226-0083 or e-mail kwesterman@nationaldance.org


Major Gifts Officer
June 2017

The Major Gifts Officer will build the major gifts program of individuals and foundations giving at the $10,000-$50,000+ level, including developing outreach, cultivation, stewardship, research, and reporting strategies. The position reports to the Senior Director of Development and will be part of a team of professionals who are devoted to securing significant resources to advance the mission of National Dance Institute. S/he will work directly with board members, the development team, the artistic team, and senior management, and is responsible for meeting an annual revenue target by working with a growing portfolio of donors and prospects.

Other Duties:

  • Ensure success through consistent, strategic cultivation and solicitation of major gifts prospects.
  • Maintain a portfolio of current and prospective major donors with a focus on $10,000- $50,000+ level gifts.
  • Develop strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new major, renewed, upgraded, and planned gifts.
  • Manage record keeping and reporting requirements, ensuring that deadlines and deliverables are handled efficiently and with highest standards.
  • Maintain an active schedule of donor meetings with the goal of maximizing donor engagement.
  • Work closely with senior management and the artistic team to pinpoint fundraising opportunities, identify prospects, and conduct prospect research. o Ensure that recognition and acknowledgement letters to donors are personal, thoughtful, and timely.
  • Serve as a key member of the fundraising team, participating in developing strategies to achieve department-wide goals.
  • Create, update, and maintain Raiser's Edge records, as needed.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned by the Senior Director of Development.


Bachelor's degree required. At least five years of fundraising experience, preferably in arts and culture, or education; proven track record of securing gifts at the major gift level. A demonstrated ability to design and implement effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for individual and foundation giving. Experience working with board; the ability to manage complex relationships; a proven collaborator with teamwork skills. Superior communication and written skills; exceptional interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with high level prospects. A very strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow through; proven ability to manage multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines.

To apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter, with salary expectations, to Michele O’Mara, Senior Director of Development, at jobsearch@nationaldance.org. No phone calls. No Recruiters. No Agencies.

National Dance Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion, and engages employees without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Senior Director of Finance & Administration
June 2017

National Dance Institute is seeking a results-driven, hands-on, strategic thinker to serve as its Senior Director of Finance & Administration (DFA). The DFA will be a key member of the senior leadership team, overseeing fiscal management, human resources, IT and facilities. The individual will be responsible for developing agency-wide strategies to maximize program income, control expenses and insure compliance with government and private grants. Along with finance, the DFA will manage the staff handling NDI’s facilities and human resources. The individual will report to the Executive Director and will work closely with the program and development staff as well as the Board of Directors and in particular the Finance, Investment and Audit Committees of the Board. The position offers a great opportunity for a dynamic, engaging and accomplished, team player who is enthusiastic about being part of an established and growing organization.


Financial Management

  • Partner with the Executive Director and Artistic Director on operational and strategic issues as they arise; provide strategic recommendations to both based on financial analysis and projections.
  • Review and approve preparation and finalization of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports and metrics for the Finance Committee of the Board and the full Board of directors.
  • Assess, oversee, and, as needed, enhance budgeting, forecasting, and cash flow processes for the organization.
  • Develop grant- and contract-specific reporting structures to maximize revenue.
  • Coordinate audit activities with outside auditing firm, internal finance team, and the Audit Committee of the Board.

Investment Management

  • Liaise with the Investment Committee of the Board and keep abreast of investment policies.
  • Review investment account reconciliations. Report investment rebalancing needs.
  • Calculate and report investment returns.
  • Monitor banking activities of the organization.

Administration and Operations

  • Oversee administrative services including HR, payroll and benefits.
  • Manage the agency’s janitorial and facilities staff to ensure a safe and sound physical environment.
  • Ensure that NDI rental space is managed effectively.
  • Lead technical consultants to successfully meet the agency’s IT needs and to plan for the future.


  • 10+ years of experience in a senior level financial management and leadership role, overseeing the financial and administrative functions of a complex organizations.
  • Thorough understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and procedures (GAAP), business and administrative practices, and nonprofit environments.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of fee for service strategies.
  • Proven ability to build a team environment through supporting and mentoring staff to best support the organizational needs and their professional development.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate technical budget and financial information to board members and staff.
  • Experience working with information technology staff to manage finance and accounting software packages; advanced knowledge of QuickBooks Online non-profit accounting software.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member in a results-oriented, energetic fashion.
  • Sound judgment and a genuine commitment to the mission of NDI.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree in a related field, CPA, or MBA preferred.

Please send resume, cover letter with salary expectations and three current professional references to: ndijobsearch@gmail.com


Social Media & Communications Internship

Ongoing Opportunity

National Dance Institute is looking for Social Media & Communications intern. This learning opportunity is ideal for college student or recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a career in communications, marketing, social media, web, or non-profit organizations. The Social Media & Communications Intern will have the opportunity to connect with National Dance Institute’s staff, artistic director, teaching artists, and supporters. The intern will be invited to NDI’s ongoing performances and events.  

This position is unpaid. The Social Media & Communications intern will have the opportunity to gain personal experience in the following areas in addition to supporting other needs of the organization: social media marketing, public relations, photo and media archiving, and design and layout.

Internship Requirements:

  • Background in Communications, Marketing, Design, or other related discipline
  • You must be based in New York City
  • Experience and interest in social media and ability to strategize
  • Demonstrated writing ability
  • A positive attitude, ability to work well in a team
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative suite, WordPress, social media tools, and basic coding
  • Duration: a minimum of four (4) weeks
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Interns are not eligible for company benefits
  • Deadline to apply: ongoing
  • Email your resume and cover letter to: lfartushenko@nationaldance.org
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed