José Mateo Ballet Theatre
José Mateo Ballet Theatre (JMBT) has forged a new model for a ballet organization through innovative programming, artistic excellence, an inclusive approach, and extensive community outreach. Founded in 1986 by Cuban-born choreographer José Mateo as a professional company and an affiliate school, the organization has grown to be one of the largest dance organizations in the region. JMBT operates through four interconnected pillars: ballet training, performance, outreach, and historic site preservation. Its mission is to:
- Produce new ballets of excellence that are stimulating and culturally relevant to diverse audiences;
- Create an innovative approach to ballet training that welcomes diversity and ensures unanimous participation and achievement by all students;
- Create sustainable, inclusive, and engaging outreach programs through JMBT’s signature Dance for World Community that make ballet accessible to participants of all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds; and
- Reposition the role of dance in culture and expand its purpose in the education of youth and enrichment of communities locally and beyond.
Core programs fall under three interconnected areas: education, outreach, and presenting. The organization presents original ballet works and new interpretations of classical ballets. Its repertory includes more than 50 original works and an annual production of The Nutcracker. The JMBT School challenges the centuries-old tradition of exclusion and elitism to create a more inclusive, just, and humanistic approach to expert ballet training. It teaches a comprehensive curriculum taught by an exceptional faculty. It trains both children and adults and offers classes and workshops. The Young Dancers Program is a year-long training program for students from ages three to 18 and Youthworks is a pre-professional program for dancers who perform original variations choreographed especially for members of the group.
Dance for World Community (DWC) embodies JMBT’s commitment to making ballet an accessible art form. The annual DWC Festival presents more than 60 dance programs and harnesses the power of dance to improve the social and environmental health of communities locally and beyond. DWC also includes showcasing diverse dance groups in an immersive cultural dance celebration, providing a robust needs-based scholarship program for young ballet dancers and free performance tickets to disadvantaged children, seniors, and adults. JMBT believes in the values of equity and inclusion and creating an environment where students develop a sense of belonging start internally and expand outward.
In July 2000, the organization embarked on a partnership with the congregation of Old Cambridge Baptist Church to provide JMBT with space for teaching, rehearsing, and performing and to advance the ongoing restoration and conservation of the facility. JMBT operates an additional studio in Dorchester (a Boston neighborhood) that opened in 2015 as part of a creative placemaking effort of The Boston Foundation. In 2021, the Dorchester studio was selected by the National Science Foundation for a study on the impact of dance training on the academic preparedness and development in Black and Latinx youth.
JMBT has a 16-member board of directors led by Chair Richard P. Shea. The staff includes six administrative and program staff members and more than 30 teaching artists and musicians. Pre-pandemic total revenues and expenses were approximately $2.4 million. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, JMBT reported total revenue of $667,000, with $393,000 from contributions and grants and $269,000 from program services. As of June 30, 2021, net assets were $863,000.
As New England’s largest city, Boston has long been the region’s economic and cultural hub, offering a variety of performing and visual arts organizations. With an estimated population of 667,000, Boston is one of the 25 largest cities in the country. Greater Boston is home to nearly 4.6 million residents. With strong professional sectors in education, technology, and healthcare, Greater Boston is youthful, culturally diverse, and socially active. Robust public and regional transportation systems support its draw as a preeminent international destination. More than 20 million visitors travel to Boston each year for national events such as the Boston Marathon, First Night/First Day, or Head of the Charles Regatta. Known for its historical roots and the American Revolution, Boston is a city that honors history.
The City of Cambridge is located across the Charles River from Boston and easily reachable by public transportation. Home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one-fourth of the city’s residents are college students. Cambridge is known as a city of squares with historic neighborhoods such as Harvard Square, Kendall Square, Inman Square, and Porter Square. The Old Cambridge Baptist Church is a focal point in the Harvard Square Historic District, in the heart of Cambridge. Together, Boston and Cambridge boast leading educational and cultural institutions and offer a vibrant quality of life.
Sources: boston.gov; bostonusa.com; britannica.com
Reporting to and working closely with the board of directors, the Executive Director (ED), in partnership with the Managing Director, will be responsible for the overall success and creative growth of JMBT, including the vibrancy of its artistic programs, partnerships, and operations. This individual will be the organization’s primary relationship builder and a key spokesperson. The ED will guide a strategic planning process to help shape the next stage of growth for the organization as it shifts from being founder-led and establishes new business processes and methodologies. The ED will be an active community member networking across the Boston Metropolitan Area to build visibility and financial support for JMBT, working collaboratively with the board and staff members, other arts organizations, and community members to fulfill the organization’s mission. The ED will supervise the Program Administrator, Studio Programs Manager, Production and Marketing Associate, and Administrator and Dorchester Studio Principal.
Roles and Responsibilities
Strategic Leadership and Artistic Programming
- Guide a collaborative process to develop the strategic framework for the organization that builds on the four pillars and guides short-term operational and long-term strategic planning.
- Serve as a key spokesperson to support JMBT’s image, clearly articulatingthe organization’s needs and long-termimpactswithin thecommunities it serves.
- Affirm JMBT’s role as avital and inclusive organization with multiple constituents and develop relationshipsthat support the organization’s strategic goals and priorities.
- Guide the ongoing development of JMBT’s artistic vision and work production, leading the school and articulating that vision to partners, students, dancers, staff, faculty board members, and funders.
- Lead the hiring and support of a diverse faculty and ensure regular meetings and transparent communication.
- Strengthen the presenting arm of the organization through the successful execution of existing programs and the development of new programs that reposition the role of dance.
- Supervise the program and artistic team in developing a diverse range of programming across both campuses.
- Embrace other strategic leadership and artistic programming activities, as required.
Fundraising, Governance, and Community Engagement
- Spearhead the formulation of fundraisingstrategies and implement them with support from the staff and board toincrease financial support through individual donors, grants, special events, and plannedgiving fundraising
- Build positive and authentic relationships with established community partners and existing funders while also cultivating new sources of program or contributed revenue.
- Collaborate with the board to ensure strong organizational governance, including the scheduling of board and committee meetings and the preparation and delivery of all relevant materials.
- Activate the board as ambassadors and provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of board members, stimulate board involvement, and recruit new members.
- Advise the board and its committees on matters within the ED’s scope of responsibility to promote the efficient operation of JMBT.
- Initiate ongoing effective communication with the Board Chair, board of directors, staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders.
- Embrace other fundraising, governance and community engagement activities as required.
- Build and mentor a cohesive team operating seamlessly across program sites with continuity of values across the organization.
- Model collaborative and inclusive communication that is people centered.
- Co-develop sound financial management and administrative policies with the Managing Director.
- Supervise administrative staff and volunteersto ensure, students, families, and community members have a welcoming and inclusive experience.
- Hire, train,mentor,evaluate, and create accountability measures for staffand volunteerswhile actively addressing their concerns in creating a safe, collaborative, and productive work environment.
- Monitorprogramming, operations, and facilitiespersonnelto ensurethatorganizational policies areefficient and effective in resource utilization.
- Ensure that all activities adhere to contractual agreements, meet legal and ethical obligations, and are consistent with the organization’s mission and values.
- Embrace other operational excellence duties as required.
Traits and Characteristics
An engaging and diplomatic leader, the ED will articulate a vision and, in partnership with the Managing Director and board, set the tone for JMBT as a welcoming and inclusive space that makes ballet accessible for everyone. They will develop authentic relationships and will adapt to situations with ease. Receptive to new ideas and deeply committed to equity and inclusion, the successful candidate will have the ability to guide the artistic and strategic goals of the organization. Resourceful and versatile, the ED will value partnerships, relationships, and self-expression.
Other key competencies include:
- Leadership and Influencing Others – The capacity to organize and motivate other people with a sense of purpose and direction and the commitment to personally affect others’ actions, decisions, and opinions.
- Creativity and Innovation – The ability to create new approaches, designs, or systems and to challenge established theories and methods.
- Diplomacy – Demonstrating sensitivity in effectively and tactfully handling difficult or sensitive issues.
- Resiliency and Personal Accountability – The adeptness to evaluate many aspects of a situation to create a positive outcome and quickly recover from adversity while being answerable for personal actions.
Qualified applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to the key pillars of the mission. A minimum of seven years of increasing responsibility in a management role with supervisory experience at a similar dance, arts, cultural, or nonprofit organization is required. Direct experience within a ballet teaching program is essential. Candidates should possess a strong command of the business and financial side of a nonprofit organization, including board cultivation, staff development, donor communications, and stakeholder relations. Candidates must know how to work effectively with a Managing Director, board members, staff, volunteers, and community partners.
Compensation and Benefits
JMBT offers a competitive salary range of $110,000 to $130,000 and a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; life and disability insurance; and generous paid time off and holidays.
Applications and Inquiries
To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please click here or visit artsconsulting.com/employment. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact:
Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Senior Vice President
262 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225
JMBT is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs, services, and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, economic background, cultural background, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, criminal history, or veteran status.
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