Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 18-Jan-2021 to 05-Mar-2021
  • - Dance Kaleidoscope/Charitable Advisors
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Competitive Salary
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • employee health insurance

Indiana's longest-dancing professional contemporary dance company will be marking its 50th season with a new executive director.  DK is looking for a creative and thoughtful leader – one who inspires others with their passion – to advance artistic vision that furthers the organization's role as a premier hub for cultural engagement in central Indiana and continues the growth of strong education outreach programs. This leader will work in collaboration with Artistic Director David Hochoy and guest choreographers as they explore the limits of the human body as a means of expression creating rigorous and powerful performances. The DK search committee welcomes all interested and qualified candidates and is committed to finding the best suited and most qualified person to lead Dance Kaleidoscope into the future. 

What makes this such an exciting opportunity for a new Executive Director?

  • Partners with the Artistic Director to conceive and implement a lively performing arts season, typically five professional performances, regional touring, plus student matinees and workshops. 
  • Promote and represent DK to local arts patrons – individuals, foundations, businesses and other arts organizations 
  • Be a vocal advocate for supporting arts in education and maximize learning opportunities
  • Collaboration with many local arts partners
  • $5 Million endowment
  • Participation in professional development - Indianapolis Arts Council, IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, etc.
  • Serve as a cultural ambassador of the Indianapolis community and the state of Indiana

This individual will explore opportunities to expand the cultural richness and diversity of the artistic and educational programs presented by DK and strive to present programs that broaden participation and engage new, diverse audiences. 

The Executive Director will be a thoughtful collaborator, adaptable and at ease with changing situations and shifts in the workday. They will demonstrate initiative and the ability to prioritize tasks and balance timelines to reach the desired outcomes. They will be an outgoing and effective communicator who is able to build relationships and networks with key stakeholders to further the mission of the organization. 

DK is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors. DK's annual budget is $1.35 mil with an endowment of $5 million. DK has 4 administrative employees, including the Executive Director, who partner with the Artistic Director, his production team, and 13 full-time dancers.

Why Indianapolis? 

Indianapolis' many enriching arts experiences are sustained through ardent philanthropic support from major foundations, committed individuals and a robust business community. The city is home to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Ballet, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Latin Expressions Dance Company, Phoenix Rising Dance Company, Expressenz Dance Center, The Cabaret, The Jazz Kitchen, IndyFringe, Madam Walker Legacy Center, Carmel's nearby Center for the Performing Arts and numerous other professional arts organizations. 

Indianapolis' arts and culture industry generates more than $440 million in economic impact each year and employs 15,000 full-time positions. The city's arts attendance reaches more than seven million visits each year. Arts and education outreach programs impact more than 1.5 million children and youth. With six designated Cultural Districts located within historically significant neighborhoods unique to the city's heritage, pockets of international and local talent, music, and art thrive throughout the community. Another draw to the Indy city - the cost of living is 25 percent less than the average city of its size. In 2019 U.S. News and World Report ranked Indianapolis number 17 out of 100 of the most affordable places to live in the country.


In partnership with the Board of Directors, the ED provides vision, leadership, strategic direction, and management so that DK can achieve its goals for programmatic excellence, audience development and financial stability. 

The ED is responsible for all aspects of DK's administration and operations, including budgeting and financial management, strategic plan implementation, fundraising and patron development, marketing and audience development, artistic administration, performance support, school, facilities, and community engagement.

Key Responsibilities include: 

  • Partnering with the Artistic Director
  • Partnering with an engaged, capable board of directors
  • Leading Fund Development and Financial Sustainability
  • Raising the visibility of DK, locally and regionally 
  • Effectively Stewarding Relationships and Resources
  • Leading a committed staff team
  • Supporting the continued growth of the DK Dance School


Bachelor's degree desired; substantial experience can be substituted.  The ideal candidate will have demonstrated supervisory and leadership experience, with preference given to experience in performing arts management and creative arts. They will combine a passion for dance with a deep knowledge of administration and operations. 

The successful candidate shall demonstrate experience in being a strategic thinker who can inspire and align DK stakeholders around an exciting vision for DK's growth and development. The applicant will possess the ability to work with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director on developing and executing new ideas for audience development and programming.

The Executive Director will have the ability to: execute a strategic plan, manage a budget, cultivate donors, expand our audience, and sustain program excellence. 

This individual must be willing to devote a substantial amount of time and energy to fundraising across individual, business, and institutional donors. Prefer established relationships with area foundations, arts patrons, and businesses.  They will have a track record of success with major gift fundraising and experience with fundraising campaigns.

ATTENTION: Be Prepared - To assist you and the search committee in discerning your match for the position, we suggest you prepare your responses to these questions prior to hitting "APPLY" to make your application. Applications will not be considered without question responses.

  1. Briefly describe your interest/connection to dance and the performing arts and why this position is of interest to you.
  2. Tell us about your experience and success in fundraising and in strengthening existing and building new relationships with prospective funders and donors.
  3. Share an example of a collaboration where you were able to bring two or more organizations together to create something that might not have been possible alone. 
  4. Briefly share your experience overseeing or running the day-to-day operations of a small nonprofit or business (administration, accounting, HR, etc.).
  5. Share an example of an innovative marketing or audience development strategy you have utilized? 
  6. What do you see as the two or three most significant trend(s) in the performing arts industry right now and how will organizations like DK need to adapt?

Click the APPLY button to submit cover letter and resume.

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