Artistic Director

National Dance Institute New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM

Full-timeEstimated: $59,000 - $80,000 a year

Organization Mission:

National Dance Institute of New Mexico is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.

Purpose of Program Director:

The Hiland Program Artistic Director is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the Hiland Program and ensuring artistic, financial, and administrative success of all Hiland Program activities, including: programming, scheduling, curriculum, and productions; management of staff; and carrying out the mission of the organization with excellence. The Hiland Program Artistic Director is a member of the organization’s Artistic Staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

Artistic Program Oversight and Development

  • Directs all artistic aspects of the Program including; programming, scheduling, curriculum, choreography, and performances.
  • Manages all Program faculty. Runs regularly scheduled staff meetings; establishes and oversees curriculum, classes, programming, and productions; watches classes and rehearsals and provides feedback, and conducts annual performance evaluation with full time and part-time staff.
  • Develops and implements extension programming designed to further engage students from NDI New Mexico’s Advanced Training (SWAT and Celebration Teams) and Outreach Programs.
  • Works with NDI New Mexico Artistic Director in annual planning including reviewing evaluation of program and incorporating recommendations.
  • Creates an annual operational plan that incorporates objectives, priorities, timelines and responsibilities aligned with the organization’s mission.
  • Develops and implements summer and college study assistance program.

Directing, Teaching and Choreography

  • Teaches a regular schedule of classes per week and is available to sub other classes when needed.
  • Directs and choreographs for Program productions and performances.
  • Directs, choreographs, and implements artistic programming for Hiland Advanced Companies (Company XCel, Apprentice Company, and Junior Company) including scheduling and running weekly company rehearsals; directing/choreographing special events and performances; and selecting appropriate repertoire.
  • Excellent skills in the following competencies: classroom management, connection with students, modeling, pedagogy and curriculum, choreography, professional conduct and communication, achieving the mission.

Administration and Fiscal Oversight

  • Responsible for creating a strategy to ensure Program enrollment meets strategic and operational goals and generates annual income to meet budget projections.


  • Manages administrative aspects for Program including scheduling, registration, record-keeping, tuition processing, volunteers, and event production.
  • Provides written reports to the Artistic Director for quarterly Board meetings and as needed.
  • Participates in the creation of annual Program budgets in conjunction with the Artistic Director and Director of Finance and Administration.
  • Responsible for the fiscal management, reporting, and reconciling of Program budgets with Bookkeeper and Director of Finance and Administration

Co-Leader of Organizational Culture

  • Works with management team to drive both operations and strategic initiatives forward within operational resources.
  • Drives a culture of performance excellence, results, and positive employee relations through participation and contributions to the management team.
  • Collaborates as a cross-departmental leader and member of the management team to ensure alignment in the execution of the organization’s strategy.
  • Actively models an empowered culture through intentional team meetings and team building.
  • Communicates regularly with NDI New Mexico Artistic Director through regular meetings.
  • Communicates effectively across the entire organization.
  • Influences staff and helps to drive forward necessary agendas or initiatives.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Management: 3 years (Required)
  • Professional Dance: 5 years (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)