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Thank you for your interest in Pennsylvania Ballet. Below are open positions.


School of Pennsylvania Ballet Pianist

Under minimal supervision, the School Pianist provides piano accompaniment and musical guidance for ballet classes. The individual reports to the School Principal.


  • Provides musical accompaniment for classes.
  • Prepares music for classes. Studies and learns (using available audio or video materials) piano transcription of classical ballet scores, orchestral, concerto, operatic, choral scores as well as piano solo scores.
  • Under supervision of the school principal, consults with instructors regarding such musical aspects as tempo, phrasing, counting, cutting music, extending music via repeats or additional pieces.
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned by supervisor.


Education and Experience:
Substantial experience playing piano for dancers.

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with the school principal and instructors and others by building rapport, listening and responding to their needs and being easy to approach.
  • Demonstrate diplomacy and tact in all interactions.
  • Continue to practice piano and demonstrate continued technical proficiency.
  • Consistently offer creative and innovative musical repertoire for class.
  • Be consistently available, ready and prepared for class.
  • Organize and communicate information clearly.
  • Demonstrate ability to work successfully in a team environment.


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of a person in this position.

Candidates should forward their resume to: Joanne Smith, School Manager, Pennsylvania Ballet, 100 South Broad Street, Suite 2226, Philadelphia, PA 19110 or No phone calls, please.

Pennsylvania Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director, Special Funding and Principal Gifts


In February 2018, Shelly Power joined Pennsylvania Ballet as Executive Director and became Angel’s partner in driving the Ballet to its next phase. In just a few months, Shelly has heightened momentum on all fronts, with a goal to increase structural and operational sophistication to allow Angel to continue the artistic trajectory of the company.


With these dynamic leaders in place, Pennsylvania Ballet is growing its development department to take fundraising to the next level. With this impetus, the Ballet seeks an accomplished, energetic development professional for Director of Special Funding and Principal Gifts to reimagine the Ballet’s current Major Gifts ($10K+) program and build a highly sophisticated Principal Gifts ($100K+) Program from the ground-up. This new role must nimbly meet the ongoing challenges of shifting the culture of philanthropy at Pennsylvania Ballet from the top-down. The Director will serve as a true partner in fundraising to both the Artistic and Executive Director and must inspire a growing team as the Company considers an unprecedented campaign effort. For the right candidate, opportunities for performance-based salary enhancement will be available.

This position is a dual report to the Executive Director and Director of Development and will work in close collaboration other fundraising staff.


  • Collaborate with the Director of Development to align principal and major gifts strategies with organizational and Individual priorities.
  • With the Executive Director and Director of Development, set clearly defined and measurable goals for principal and major gifts both annually and during any campaign efforts, as applicable. Celebrate current achievements and set expectations for future success.
  • Carry a portfolio of highly rated donors and prospects and oversee the Executive Director’s and Board members’ prospect portfolios
  • Partner with Board members to execute and coordinate high-level activities and individual meetings.
  • Drive moves management strategy and ensure implementation through collaboration with Development staff.
  • Contribute to prospecting, qualification, solicitation and cultivation plans, in partnership with the newly created role of Coordinator, Individual Giving and Research.
  • Surface executive leadership and research engagement opportunities. Ensure opportunities are optimized through timely, quality preparation, and follow up.
  • Strategize, plan, and evaluate the major and principal gifts program; develop and report on qualitative and quantitative performance metrics.
  • Lead weekly portfolio review and strategy meetings.


  • 7+ years fundraising experience, with specific experience in pipeline creation and moves management.
  • Experience cultivating, building relationships with and stewarding sophisticated philanthropists.
  • A track record of securing six and seven-figure gifts and increasing contributions.
  • A creative, entrepreneurial thinker.
  • Experience in developing and implementing sophisticated principal gifts strategies.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Superior writing and verbal communications skills.
  • Superb organizational skills.
  • Tessitura or other CRM experience preferred.
  • A heartfelt appreciation for the performing arts.

Candidates should forward their cover letter and resume via email to: Jane Kamp, Director of Development, (No phone calls please).


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Pennsylvania Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Public Relations Manager



This position is a management position within the Marketing Department and reports directly to the Marketing Manager. The position’s primary responsibility is to increase the visibility of Pennsylvania Ballet and achieve a high level of local, national, and international news coverage for the Ballet’s productions, special events, community engagement and education efforts, institutional achievements, and artistic staff and dancers. This individual interacts regularly with all members of the Marketing Department, Artistic Director, Executive Director, Director of Development, Corporate Sponsorships and Special Events Manager, Director of Community Engagement, and Director of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet.


Media Relations

  • Plan and execute a public relations year-long strategy related to Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance season in Philadelphia and the Company including touring, Community Engagement, special events, and The School of Pennsylvania Ballet.
  • Establish, maintain, and nurture positive and supportive relationships with local, national, and international reporters, dance critics, and editors
  • Manage all relations with the media, including pitching story ideas, coordinating interviews and photo shoots, and meeting with reporters and editors as needed
  • Maintain Pennsylvania Ballet account on media relations software for press release distribution, and media monitoring
  • Manage distribution of approved press photos to all media outlets
  • Submit event listings (and in some cases manually input performance and dates) to extensive list of print publications and social organizations that have online calendars, delegating to the Marketing Intern where possible
  • Prepare and coordinate all press kits

Writing & Research

  • Write and proofread all copy for the Marketing Department (and assist other departments with writing and proofreading as needed), including but not limited to direct mail, radio/web/print ads, invitations, brochures, and e-mails
  • Work with Artistic Department to research information on each season’s ballets, choreographers, composers, etc. and compile production fact sheets to provide high level of knowledge for staff and press


  • Plan, organize, and execute promotional appearances and opportunities to raise awareness of Pennsylvania Ballet, its productions, activities, and dancers
  • Foster positive relationships with and knowledge of dancers and artistic staff in order to most appropriately assign them to promotional opportunities
  • Work with Marketing Manager to create and execute appropriate promotions for individual ballets
  • Contribute to Marketing Department brainstorms and assist in evaluating projects


  • Manage content, deadlines, and production for program book for each performance (includes both generating and collecting content from all departments, assigning feature stories to freelance writers, etc.)
  • Prepare and execute emergency announcement plans (e.g. inclement weather announcements, performance cancellations, cast changes)
  • Understand and abide by all AGMA, AFM and IATSE regulations for photography and dancer appearances
  • Supervise Public Relations intern (when applicable)
  • Maintain press clippings library
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Public Relations, Communications or English
  • 5 years’ experience working in a related field
  • Non-profit or arts-related experience and knowledge of dance preferred
  • Exceptional writing and proofreading skills
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure with careful attention to detail
  • Energetic and enthusiastic personality
  • Strong organizational, project management, time management, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of an integrated team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and media relations software
  • Flexibility to work periodic nights and weekends as needed (at performances and events as well as responding to reporters on deadline in a timely fashion)

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to: Jonathan Stiles, Marketing Manager, Please submit resume and cover letter as individual Word documents (no phone calls please).


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Pennsylvania Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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