Volunteers help NDI maintain its programs by lending a variety of skills and services. Volunteers are needed year-round to provide:

  • Performance assistance
  • Administrative support
  • Special events assistance
  • Pro bono services - printing, catering, etc.

For more information, call (212) 226-0083 or e-mail kwesterman@nationaldance.org


Major Gifts Officer
June 2017

The Major Gifts Officer will build the major gifts program of individuals and foundations giving at the $10,000-$50,000+ level, including developing outreach, cultivation, stewardship, research, and reporting strategies. The position reports to the Senior Director of Development and will be part of a team of professionals who are devoted to securing significant resources to advance the mission of National Dance Institute. S/he will work directly with board members, the development team, the artistic team, and senior management, and is responsible for meeting an annual revenue target by working with a growing portfolio of donors and prospects.

Other Duties:

  • Ensure success through consistent, strategic cultivation and solicitation of major gifts prospects.
  • Maintain a portfolio of current and prospective major donors with a focus on $10,000- $50,000+ level gifts.
  • Develop strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new major, renewed, upgraded, and planned gifts.
  • Manage record keeping and reporting requirements, ensuring that deadlines and deliverables are handled efficiently and with highest standards.
  • Maintain an active schedule of donor meetings with the goal of maximizing donor engagement.
  • Work closely with senior management and the artistic team to pinpoint fundraising opportunities, identify prospects, and conduct prospect research. o Ensure that recognition and acknowledgement letters to donors are personal, thoughtful, and timely.
  • Serve as a key member of the fundraising team, participating in developing strategies to achieve department-wide goals.
  • Create, update, and maintain Raiser's Edge records, as needed.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned by the Senior Director of Development.


Bachelor's degree required. At least five years of fundraising experience, preferably in arts and culture, or education; proven track record of securing gifts at the major gift level. A demonstrated ability to design and implement effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for individual and foundation giving. Experience working with board; the ability to manage complex relationships; a proven collaborator with teamwork skills. Superior communication and written skills; exceptional interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with high level prospects. A very strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow through; proven ability to manage multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines.

To apply:

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

National Dance Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion, and engages employees without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation.


Social Media & Communications Internship

Ongoing Opportunity

National Dance Institute is looking for Social Media & Communications intern. This learning opportunity is ideal for college student or recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a career in communications, marketing, social media, web, 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, and design and layout.

Internship Requirements:

  • Background in Communications, Marketing, Design, or other related discipline
  • You must be based in New York City
  • Experience and interest in social media and ability to strategize
  • Demonstrated writing ability
  • A positive attitude, ability to work well in a team
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative suite, WordPress, social media tools, and basic coding
  • Duration: a minimum of four (4) weeks
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Interns are not eligible for company benefits
  • Deadline to apply: ongoing
  • Email your resume and cover letter to: lfartushenko@nationaldance.org
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed