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The Sarasota Ballet is a nationally and internationally renowned ballet company, focused on bringing the highest quality of dance to Sarasota and the nation. Having received rave reviews in many of the nation's most acclaimed dance publications and with invitations to perform at some of the country's most prestigious dance venues, The Sarasota Ballet's reputation for excellence and integrity to the art form is recognized across the globe.

Our dedicated staff work tirelessly to continue to grow the Company, season after season, and to match the professionalism and hard work that our audience members see on stage every performance.

Current Career Opportunities

Company Manager
Institutional Giving Officer
Program Assistant - DNG

Technical Director

Company Manager

The Sarasota Ballet’s Company Manager oversees and supports the daily operations and administration related to Company dancers, guest artists, and artistic personnel for the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Primary point of contact for all dancers and guest artists (includes repetiteurs, choreographers, designers, teachers, etc.).
  • Responsible for all administrative duties involving the dancers and guest artists.
  • Manage and support the process of securing visa’s for dancers and guest artists, as needed.
  • Coordination and execution of fee agreements with guest artists. 
  • Maintain and distribute class and rehearsal schedules, as well as monitor dancer attendance.
  • Organize and make all travel arrangements for Company dancers and guest artists. Including but not limited to:
    • Create dancer and guest artist welcome packets each season.
    • Coordinate and book transportation, including airfare and ground transportation.
    • Coordinate and book accommodations.
    • Coordinate per diems and check requests.
  • Create tour packets when needed.
  • Work with the Director and Assistant Director to organize Company auditions.
  • Manage physical therapy and massage for dancers. 
  • Assist with dancer’s worker’s compensation reporting and recordkeeping.
  • Assist the Director, Executive Director, and Assistant Director with daily administrative needs.
  • Schedule to coincide with dancer’s schedule, which includes performances, dress, and technical rehearsals.
  • Additional duties as assigned and required.


Education & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; may substitute with equivalent experience, education, and training.
  • Experience working in a dance / performing arts organization is highly preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently, strong self-motivation and effective time management skills.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and be available to assist the Company.
  • Ability to pass background and driving record checks.

Job Conditions

  • This position is a full-time, 40 hours a week, overtime exempt, permanent position. Regular hours are Monday to Saturday with evening and weekend work during seasonal high-volume periods.

Please submit a cover letter and resume, including salary expectations, to [email protected] with the position you are applying for in the subject line.


Institutional Giving Officer

As a key member of the Development Team, the Institutional Giving Officer is responsible for managing the Institutional Giving program at The Sarasota Ballet. This includes all Corporate, Foundation and Government funding for both annual and capital support.


  • Manage all programs for Corporate, Foundation and Government funding for The Sarasota Ballet
  • Develop appropriate solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship strategies for Institutional donors
  • Create compelling, fundable proposals, mid-term, and final reports for institutional funders
  • Manage the institutional funding calendar ensuring that all letters of intent, grants, and reports are submitted on schedule
  • Oversee benefit fulfillment for all institutional funders
  • Maintain a portfolio of institutional funders to ensure that they are engaged, informed, and stewarded throughout the season
  • Work with Chief Advancement Officer to engage Development Committee members, Trustees, and Advisors in cultivating relationships with institutional donors
  • Oversee a new Corporate Giving program including advertising and corporate benefits
  • Develop materials for regular communications with prospects and institutional funders including brochures, appeals, and interim reports
  • Engage in arts advocacy at the local and state levels including advocacy activities for state funding 
  • Oversee relationships associated with Chambers of Commerce, community foundations, and district fairs
  • Manage giving platforms such as, Charity Navigator, Giving Partner, and Guidestar


Department Resources

  • Attend performances and participate in stewardship and donor recognition at performances and events
  • Work collaboratively with the development team to implement fundraising appeals and initiatives
  • Offer prospect strategy counsel to development staff
  • Contribute to an overall database strategy to develop data-driven reports and maintain data standards
  • Be a resource for the marketing and development team



  • 5-8 years of experience in development or advancement, ideally in the arts
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree and/or advanced fundraising certifications preferred
  • Solid track record of raising funds from corporate, foundation, and government institutions
  • Commitment to advocating for diversity and equity in the workplace
  • Strong financial management and budgeting skills, with fluency on non-profit accounting principles
  • Leadership, strategic focus, creativity, and accountability 
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work with donors, staff, board, and volunteers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Creative team player with the ability to build productive working relationships internally and externally
  • Working knowledge of foundation research resources
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience with donor databases, particularly Tessitura, is a plus.
  • Knowledge of ballet, music, and/or performing arts preferred.


Job Conditions

The position is a full-time, 40-hours a week, overtime exempt, permanent position. Regular business hours are Monday to Friday, from 9am-5pm with evening and weekend work during seasonal high-volume periods.

Please submit a cover letter and resume, including salary expectations, to [email protected] with the position you are applying for in the subject line.


Program Assistant - DNG

This position follows the Sarasota County School Board calendar and works up to 20 hours a week, from 3:30 - 8:00pm during the school year.

Job Duties

This part-time, seasonal position works in our Dance – The Next Generation program, assisting to fulfill our goals by developing organized curriculum for the students in between dance instruction. The focus of this position is to develop and implement elementary aged appropriate and engaging activities during program time.

  • Support and assist in the implementation of Dance – The Next Generation Rules and Regulations.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and delivery of daily activity plans.
  • Promote the general progress and well-being of individual children.
  • Communicating and cooperating with other staff and parents.
  • Always maintain good order and discipline among students and safeguarding their health and safety.
  • Share in any possible and reasonable way in the effective management, organization, and discipline of the program.
  • Bring any student concerns to the Program Director and/or Assistant Program Director.



  • Strong, positive experience working with elementary-school aged children.
  • Ability to motivate students during a learning experience.
  • Flexibility.
  • Believing in our students.
  • Able to inspire change.
  • Able to promote and reinforce positive social behaviors and interactions with peers and adults.
  • High-school diploma or GED required.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug testing.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].


Technical Director

Department: Production
Job Type: Full Time, Exempt
Reports To: Director, Executive Director

Under the leadership of the Director, the Technical Director is responsible for all technical production operations of The Sarasota Ballet.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Technical – Oversight of all technical operations, including:

  • Creation and maintenance of appropriate production and technical paperwork for all new and existing productions, such as, ground plan and section, lineset schedule, union and nonunion labor calls, trucking schedules, packing manifests, and any additional relevant supporting documentation.
  • Determines and implements the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, audio and video recording and playback systems, staging and special needs necessary for performances and events.
  • Assist guest designers, production team, and artistic personnel to ensure that all production elements are provided as necessary for rehearsals and performances.
  • Supervises and assists with set and stage construction and management.
  • Develop production schedules and crew calls in accordance with any applicable collective agreements by consulting with each venue’s technical personnel and provide schedules and calls.
  • Oversee the maintenance of The Sarasota Ballet’s scenic and prop inventories, both owned and rented, with all required documentation.
  • Monitors the condition of equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement; performs preventative maintenance on equipment.
  • Responsible for all logistical aspects of The Sarasota Ballet asset rentals. Attend and supervise installations as required.
  • Ensure that safe and clean conditions exist both on stage and backstage as well as in the rehearsal halls.
  • Oversee warehousing and storage of all production assets.
  • Additional duties as required.



  • Direct and supervise all crews in the warehouse(s), as well as all other ballet locations.
  • Direct and supervise all stage crew in the theatre and on tour. 
  • Manage and oversee the Head of Wardrobe.



  • Prepare production budgets in consultation with senior management.
  • Manage and report on approved production budgets.
  • Responsible for costing of projects and maintaining expense budget within boundaries of project budgets.
  • Bid projects to outside crafts people/artisans or shops as needed.
  • Track and report timesheets for union and nonunion labor. 


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of technical theatre experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in productions and general stage operations, including load-in, rehearsals, and show run.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in stage electrics including automated lighting and ETC light console programming.
  • Experience directing crews of varying skill levels and experience.
  • Computer proficient (Windows and Mac), including drafting (Vectorworks/Auto-CAD).
  • Exceptionally organized, ability to multi-task, have strong initiative and able to work independently.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
  • Certified for adult and pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED (or be willing to get certified).

For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].


Current Volunteer Opportunities

The Sarasota Ballet is currently looking for volunteers to work with our at-risk students at Dance - The Next Generation, where you will work with DNG Program Director Lisa Townsend and Assistant Program Director Teresa Masterson to create for our students a fun, stable and constructive environment as they explore the world of dance with The Sarasota Ballet.

For information on volunteering at Dance - The Next Generation, please contact Teresa Masterson at [email protected].


The Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc. requires all employees, contract workers, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Sarasota Ballet values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran’s status or any other protected category. The Sarasota Ballet is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from populations underrepresented in the arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

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5555 North Tamiami Trail  Sarasota , FL  34243