Careers 2018-05-23T13:54:23+00:00

Manager of Institutional Giving

For over four decades, National Dance Institute has been delivering its award-winning arts and learning programs to public school children throughout New York City and around the world in the belief that the arts, and dance and music, in particular, have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence.

NDI is in an exciting growth period and, as such, is looking for a talented and motivated Manager of Institutional Giving to join our Development team in our state-of-the-art facility in Harlem.

The Manager of Institutional Giving will report to the Senior Director of Development and will be responsible for guiding NDI’s foundation, corporate, and government fundraising efforts.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Developing and executing institutional fundraising strategies
  • Writing proposals, letters, and reports, and conveying in compelling and resonant language the power and essence of NDI’s mission and programs
  • Leading the stewardship of institutional donors
  • Coordinating and hosting site visits for program officers
  • Creating and managing the foundation, government, and corporate grants calendar
  • Meeting with government officials and staff members, and handling government contracts and grants
  • Identifying new prospects and directing the research and cultivation of new funders
  • Liaising with senior NDI program and artistic staff to update statistics and create new narratives reflecting NDI’s programs, and creating program budgets
  • Building annual revenue projections, and creating year-to-date reports
  • Maintaining organizational registration status and documents in city, state, and federal grant portals
  • Working with Finance on creating budgets and financial narratives for grant requests and reports
  • Preparing and maintaining all contracts and grant agreements with institutional funders
  • Other tasks as assigned


The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree, 3-5 years of relevant experience, and the desire to be part of a dynamic fundraising team that supports NDI’s work of providing the highest-quality arts education programs to 6,500 New York City public school children each year. Candidate must be an exceptional writer, a quick learner, a creative thinker, a team player, personable, detail-oriented, and deadline-sensitive. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database a plus.

To Apply:

Please email resume, cover letter with salary expectations and a writing sample, to Michele O’Mara, Senior Director of Development, at jobsearch@nationaldance.org. No phone calls. No Recruiters. No Agencies.

Salary commensurate with experience. Full benefits package offered.

Finance Assistant

National Dance Institute, a leading arts education organization, seeks a detail-oriented entry level Finance Assistant. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to excel in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative environment, and have a positive “can do” attitude and approach to work. This position reports to the Finance and Human Resources Manager.


Provide accounting and administrative support related to the daily operations of the Finance department for an established, thriving, arts-oriented non-profit.


  • Enter and process bills and payment requests
  • Assist with vendor inquiries and discrepancies
  • Enter and reconcile cash, credit card receipts and deposits
  • Assist with collections
  • Reconcile assigned accounts
  • Create and distribute reports
  • Organize and maintain accounting files
  • Assist with other finance and administrative tasks as assigned
  • Liaise with various departments and external audit and finance professionals


  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills
  • Possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of debits and credits a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow through on tasks to completion with minimum supervision
  • Excellent computer skills with competence in using Microsoft Office software and working with database and/or accounting programs


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least one to two years of nonprofit or small business administrative and office support experience

Application Instructions:

Send cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and three (3) professional job references to ndijobsearch@gmail.com. Only qualified candidates will be considered and contacted. Please no phone calls, no recruiters! Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package.

Social Media & Communications Internship

National Dance Institute seeks a Social Media & Communications intern. This learning opportunity is ideal for a college student or recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a career in communications, marketing, social media, website design, or non-profit organizations. The Social Media & Communications Intern will have the opportunity to connect with National Dance Institute’s staff, artistic director, teaching artists, and supporters. The intern will be invited to NDI’s ongoing performances and events.

This position is unpaid. The Social Media & Communications intern will have the opportunity to gain personal experience in the following areas in addition to supporting other needs of the organization:

  • Social media marketing
  • Public relations
  • Photo and media archiving
  • Design and layout

Internship Requirements:

  • Background in communications, marketing, design, or other-related discipline
  • Based in New York City
  • Experience and interest in social media and ability to strategize
  • Demonstrated writing ability
  • A positive attitude and ability to work well in a team
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and social media tools
  • Duration: a minimum of four (4) weeks
  • At least 18 years of age

Deadline to apply is ongoing. Please email your resume and a short statement of interest to Lyubava Fartushenko. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Interns are not eligible for company benefits.

Development Internship

National Dance Institute (NDI) is seeking a Development intern. This position is for an individual with a passion for the arts and education, an interest in nonprofit and donor management. The candidate must be an enthusiastic, organized, proactive, and reliable team player.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Researching donors
  • Updating and assembling press kits
  • Assisting with the production of special events
  • Assisting with mailings

We are dedicated to providing a valuable and hands-on learning experience. This position will provide a great mentorship opportunity for those who are seeking to enter the nonprofit field. We are happy to discuss the possibility of applying this internship toward course credit.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Armelle Kessler.

NDI is an equal employment opportunity employer. Our policy is to select, place, train and promote the best-qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude, and experience. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local law.