Director of Dance

Deerfield Academy seeks an experienced Director of Dance Program. Start date to be on/before July 1, 2024.

Reporting to the Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department and the Dean of Faculty for the academic program and to the Director of Co-Curriculars for after school activities, the Director of Dance teaches dance, directs and administers the dance ensembles, and works collaboratively with the other performing arts teachers and instructors to offer a dance program that is characterized by excellence and high levels of student participation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching and choreographing all levels of dance in an engaging and professional manner, successfully imparting knowledge and encouraging independent learning;
  • Coordinating and directing rehearsals and performances of dance ensembles through the academic year;
  • Scheduling and marketing all dance concerts in coordination with the other performing arts program directors;
  • Supporting the efforts of the Admission Office to attract and yield the best possible dance candidates to the school;
  • Coordinating and supervising guest choreographers, teachers and performers to provide enriching experiences for the dance program and the Deerfield community;
  • Supervising the private and semi-private dance coaching program;
  • Collaborating with administrators as necessary to hire, train, and supervise adjunct dance instructors and resolving concerns and/or performance issues;
  • Curating and monitoring web presence related to the dance program;
  • Supervising co-curricular dance during the week, and occasionally special events or rehearsals on weekends;
  • Managing the operating budget for the dance program and anticipating program needs and funding.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree with appropriate advanced dance training; 3-5 years of teaching a variety of dance styles and running a complex dance program; the capacity to seek excellence on behalf of the dance program, within the context of the larger Academy; excellent communication skills; high level of patience and diplomacy; excellent office, computer and data-entry skills and organizational skills; the ability to multi-task effectively; demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse community; detail-oriented; ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Deerfield offers a generous benefit package including health, dental, retirement, and paid time off.  This role may be accompanied with housing, contingent on additional responsibilities, including: residential-life, advisory, and sit-down meal duties.


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Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational boarding school located in western Massachusetts with 650 students and 130 faculty. The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious affiliation.

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