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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

Box Office Associate

The box office is the front line of public relations for The Sarasota Ballet and its various programs. As the Box Office Associate, you are a key member of The Sarasota Ballet team as you will be the first person to whom a patron speaks.  It is vital that the first impression put forth is friendly, courteous, and above all, positive.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Sales:
    • Answering and processing orders via the Tessitura ticketing platform.
    • Providing sales suggestions that may compliment a customer’s current order/purchase.
  • Customer & patron services:
    • Assisting customers and patrons with questions and concerns and always proving great customer service.
    • Understanding and memorizing performance and event information.
  • Group sales:
    • Rebuilding The Sarasota Ballet’s group sales.
    • Developing customer lists and strengthening existing relationships.
    • Overseeing sales from start to finish.
    • Working closely with clients and the Box Office Manager at group events.
  • Outdoor box office and outreach booths:
    • Set up and management of our outdoor box office at special events and venues.
    • Set up and management of our outreach booth at local events.
  • Performance set up:
    • Setup and takedown of mobile will call and box office.
    • Processing will call tickets prior to performances.
    • Assist with theater front of house set up and maintenance (rotating marketing posters, maintaining rack card holders, distributing program books, etc.).
  • Assist the Box Office Manager in their duties, including:
    • Volunteer scheduling and training
    • Reports
    • Patron follow up calls
    • General office tasks
    • Maintenance of the box office
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience providing excellent customer service.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Positive attitude with the ability to work under pressure.
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel.
  • Experience with Tessitura ticketing system (preferred)

The Sarasota Ballet is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].


Development Associate

The Development Associate is an administrative position within the Development Department of The Sarasota Ballet. This position works collaboratively with the Development team in overseeing the day-to- day office administration for the Development department. This includes managing the database, recording contributions, processing gift acknowledgement letters, and maintaining donor records in Tessitura, including pledge reminders, monthly billing and matching gifts. This position will also assist with donor recognition programs.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, fundraising or leadership
  • Experience in development and fundraising


Preferred Data Management Experience:

  • Experience in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience in Tessitura software strongly preferred


Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintain the general business operations of the Development Department
  • Oversee the Development database by maintaining accurate and thorough records
  • Oversee timely and accurate processing and acknowledgement of all gifts
  • Maintain donor records including invoices, pledge reminders, and monthly billing for annual donors
  • Oversee matching gifts program
  • Assist with monthly income reconciliation with the Finance department
  • Maintain donor recognition listings for print and publication
  • Assist with maintaining donor benefits, stewardship, and donor recognition
  • Perform wealth analysis through Donor Scape including screening major donor prospects
  • Maintain biographical data for donors, corporations, foundations, and community contacts
  • Prepare weekly reports including prospect research, financial reports, and donor updates
  • Attend Development Committee meetings and take minutes for the Board of Trustees
  • Coordinate and participate in weekly Development staff meetings


Communications and Events

  • Assist with email communications for fundraising campaigns and donor events
  • Work with members of the Development team to manage lists for personalized communications and donor events
  • Oversee coordination and proofing of development communications including:
    • Weekly program listings
    • Development materials and articles in the newsletter
  • Contribute new ideas and/or initiatives related to all fundraising campaigns


Physical Requirements:

The person in this position must be able to remain in a stationary position 50 percent of the time. While performing the duties of this position, the person also is regularly required to sit, speak, and stand for short periods of time. The person will also frequently move direct mail materials for various fundraising campaigns. The noise level in the work environment is usually mild to moderate. The person in this position may work in outside conditions.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Status:

This is an exempt full-time position. Generally, the hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for a 40-hour work week. The hours may be adjusted as required to ensure that the job is accomplished. Some weekends and evenings will be required.


The CAO has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. The CAO reserves the right to change it at its sole discretion at any time and without any advance notice.  It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

The Sarasota Ballet is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].


Seasonal Part-time Driver

The Sarasota Ballet is looking for seasonal, part-time, weekday drivers for our Dance - The Next Generation program. Drivers will be responsible for picking up students at their respective school and transporting them to our Dance - The Next Generation facility. Students are picked up in Ford Transit 14 passenger vans with a heightened room. Hours of work are Monday through Friday from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. beginning the first week of September and ending at the beginning of May. Candidates must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record and able to pass a background check. Candidates must be dependable, trustworthy and have the ability to work with children and adults within a diversified arts organization. Compensation is to be discussed.

Please send your resume to [email protected]

Current Volunteer Opportunities

The Sarasota Ballet is currently looking for volunteers to help in two vital areas of the Company. We are looking for volunteers to assist in our Box Office, where you will work with our Box Officer Manager Rod Kelly to provide our patrons the highest quality of customer service to help. We are also 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 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 in our Box Office, please contact Rod Kelly at [email protected]

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

Box Office: 941.359.0099
Phone: 941.359.0099
5555 North Tamiami Trail  Sarasota , FL  34243