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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.

Graphic Design Intern



The Junior Designer Intern reports directly to the Graphic Designer and Marketing Manager and interfaces regularly with the members of the marketing team. The Junior Design Intern is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of marketing, and in-house design initiatives, as well as maintaining the highest quality brand standards according to the ballet’s visual identity.


  • Creating and updating marketing collateral (posters, flyers, brochures, invitations, etc.) for in-house direct mail projects and other uses within various parts of the organization
  • Maintaining and creating visual assets for Pennsylvania Ballet’s website and social media
  • Assisting with email campaigns
  • Offering input in creative meetings and sharing ideas
  • Communicating with team members to receive feedback
  • Supporting the marketing team throughout the execution of campaigns and projects
  • Managing all logos for Pennsylvania Ballet and for outside sponsors, organizations, and partners
  • Produce and re-stock Pennsylvania Ballet branded stationary (letterhead, envelopes, business cards, nametags, etc.)


  • Associate degree in Graphic Design, relevant professional experience, and/or pursuing a degree in Art & Design or other creative field
  • Basic layout and typesetting skills
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign)
  • Basic photography and photo editing skills
  • Ability to prepare design files for professional printing
  • Experience using social media in a professional environment
  • Experience with popular team messaging and collaborative apps or management systems (Basecamp, Slack, Air Table, etc.)
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to multitask and stay organized
  • Personal MAC laptop with Adobe CC
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to:

Kyle Confehr, Graphic Designer | Creative Services


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.


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the aforementioned  tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.  This list of tasks is illustrative ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all the duties listed, not does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.

Manager, Foundation and Government Relations



Pennsylvania Ballet seeks an accomplished development professional to serve as Manager, Foundation and Government Relations and be an integral part of our development efforts.  This position will report to the Director of Development and be responsible for researching, gathering data, writing and submitting all proposals and reports to institutional funders as well as managing their relationships.  Experience with managing government capital funding proposals and reporting, such as RACP and New Markets Tax Credits, is desired.


  • Prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to corporate foundations, foundations and government sources.
  • Perform prospect research on corporate foundations, foundations, and government funding streams to evaluate prospects for funding.
  • Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to institutional funders on current grant programs.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by institutional funders – including RACP.
  • Provide stewardship to current institutional donors including regular written updates and invitations to programs.
  • Maintain knowledge of both institutional history and current programs.
  • Serve as primary writer/reviewer for the department, working closely with artistic staff, marketing, community engagement and the School to provide consistency in messaging.
  • Provide staff support at Ballet fundraising events and during performance runs, as needed (evening and weekend hours) and other duties as assigned.


  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize their workload.
  • Investigate, analyze, and synthesize large quantities of data into a user-friendly and concise format.
  • Work in a deadline driven environment with attention to detail.
  • Proficiently work with Microsoft office and databases.
  • Maintain discretion with institutional information which is often confidential.


  • Minimum of two to four years fundraising experience, primarily in grant writing.
  • Experience with relationship management and growing foundation and government grant programs strongly preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet income goals.
  • A heartfelt appreciation for the arts.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Candidates should email their resume, cover letter, and a sample grant proposal:

 Jane M. Kamp
Director of Development
Pennsylvania Ballet
(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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