Artistic Director/Instructor of Dance and Movement
Attention Current Willamette University Employees:
to apply for posted positions, please close this window and log
into your Workday account and apply through the Career
Instructions for Applicants:
Please read the following carefully before beginning the online
To be considered for employment at Willamette University, please
complete our online employment application. Your application and
all required attachments -- listed at the bottom of the page --
must be submitted for each individual job post that you are
interested in applying for. If there is an application deadline,
please ensure that your application is submitted by the deadline.
Once you submit your application you will not be able to edit your
Willamette University Theatre Department seeks a Part Time Artistic
Director / Instructor of Dance and Movement. The Artistic
Director/Instructor is responsible for curating a performance that
may include student and/or guest artist choreographers to
complement their own choreography within the production. The
Artistic Director/Instructor also teaches 1-2 two-credit courses
per semester that provide both theory and practice of contemporary
movement and aesthetics, including but not limited to contemporary
dance, jazz, ballet, improvisation, and theatre movement and
The Artistic Director/Instructor is an experienced professional
responsible for demonstrating and educating students on proper
technique, history, and culture of dance. The ideal candidate will
have a background in dance, as well as a recognized theatre
movement discipline: tai chi, yoga, period styles, stage combat,
physical comedy, acrobatics, mime, mask, and clowning; or any one
of many body use or movement techniques or approaches: Lecoq,
Decroux, Bartenieff, Laban, Michael Chekhov, Alexander,
Feldenkrais, Meyerhold, Suzuki, Pilates, Williamson, Bioenergetics,
Commedia dell'Arte, Martial Arts, Viewpoints, and RasaBoxes, or any
Contract begins mid August 2021. Dance Concert auditions August
2021, opens November 2021.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The duties and responsibilities of this position include the
- Teaches 1-2 classes per semester that provide both theory and
practice of contemporary movement and aesthetics, including but not
limited to Introduction to Dance Technique, Ballet, Contemporary
Dance, Intro & Appreciations to Dance Studies, Choreography,
theatre movement and composition, jazz, and
- Works with faculty, staff, students, and guest artists to
produce one main stage dance concert a year.
- Set date and times for auditions and callbacks to work within
the Theatre Department's production calendar.
- Attends weekly production meetings for the Dance
- Attends Company functions as they relate to the Dance Concert:
design presentations, company run-throughs, strike, and other
- Checks in with guest, student, and resident choreographers
during their rehearsals to observe process, provide feedback, and
view final product.
- Works with Theatre Department's manager and publicity team to
coordinate co-pro opportunities related to the Dance
- Creates program order within time frame to meet printing and
- Attends all of tech process: cue-to-cue, tech, dress, previews,
and opening. Attends each run-through and performance to facilitate
warm-ups, check in with dancers for injuries, and assist students
and choreographers in maintaining the integrity and morale of the
- Supports Theatre faculty in developing schedules and budgets
for the main stage dance concert.
- Other duties as necessary.
The AD/Instructor position requires a high degree of collaborative
and technical skills as they engage the students in the creation
and performance of dance at Willamette University Theatre. The
position requires an exceptional level of coordination and visual
attention for all job functions, and is exposed to typical hazards
and environmental adversities standard in professional and academic
dance/movement studios and performance venues. Functions are
primarily performed indoors. Supervision is limited to
About Willamette University
- B.A. with two years professional movement and choreography
experience required. Graduate degree in movement or dance
preferred, complemented by any combination of education, training,
or experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities
required to perform the essential functions.
- Proven skills necessary for the producing of an annual dance
- Proficiency necessary to develop and teach a course in theatre
movement, drawing from the aforementioned list of disciplines, or
any combination thereof.
- Proficiency necessary to develop and teach dance classes in
contemporary movement and aesthetics, including but not limited to
modern dance, jazz, ballet, improvisation, and
- Capacity to supervise multiple projects and multiple personnel
involved in the annual dance concert.
- Ability to effectively communicate in English, both orally and
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with
staff, faculty, and students.
- This position is subject to a criminal background
Willamette is a nationally renowned private liberal arts university
in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette is the first
university established in the western U.S. and has become a
national leader in sustainability and civic engagement. Our
beautiful, historic campus, located across the street from the
Oregon State Capitol, features a residential undergraduate College
of Liberal Arts and two professional graduate schools: The College
of Law, and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Through
small classes, close student-faculty relationships, a commitment to
collaborative research, and a variety of programs to meet
individual student objectives, we provide an environment where
teaching and learning flourish.
Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is
All University positions require that candidates submit to a
criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not
automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of
conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the
You will need to upload the following two documents as part of
your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and
presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve
- Current Resume
may be addressed to Jonathan Cole, Theatre Department Chair, at
Apply online at https://willamette.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/willametteuniversityjobs/job/Salem-Campus/Artistic-Director-Instructor-of-Dance-and-Movement_R0003595-1
Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and
to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting
and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek
candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented
groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus
varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.