Union College — Director of Dance

The Union College Department of Theatre and Dance seeks qualified candidates for an artist-in-residence to serve as the Gustave L. Davis ’59 and Susan S. Davis Director of Dance. This visionary leader will expand our College’s Dance minor which serves a large number of students across many disciplines.  This highly skilled candidate will profess more than one dance form and will devise and produce our yearly Winter Dance Concert and several other signature productions as well as coordinate and coach student showcase material.  Extensive professional experience including a highly significant record of crafting, administrating dance companies, and teaching is required.

We welcome applicants from all dance backgrounds and formations and are interested in candidates with skill and experience in traditionally underrepresented forms and who have demonstrable openness to experimentation and innovation across multiple disciplines and forms.  Candidates are expected to offer courses, workshops, technique dance classes, and courses exploring various cultural histories and contexts from beginners through advanced levels. Candidates who can contribute courses that support the colleges’ rich array of interdisciplinary programs, such as Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and World Musics and Cultures, are preferred.

Union College has state of the art facilities, including the Henle Dance Pavilion.  (https://www.union.edu/theater-dance/facilities)

We delight in our ground-breaking partnership with a noted regional performing arts venue (“The Egg” https://www.theegg.org/) to bring internationally recognized dance companies to our campus for its Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency.  As Director, the candidate will develop and coordinate plans, policies, and research in support of the program’s outstanding programming and diverse performance opportunities. To learn more about the program’s curriculum and performance and academic offerings, please visit https://www.union.edu/academic/majors-minors/dance.

Recognizing that Union’s dance program seeks to support diverse communities on and off campus, candidates should be prepared to discuss prior work with diverse students and populations, as well as their work with multiple skill levels in any given studio course.  We ask applicants to comment in their cover letter on the ways in which their candidacy represents a commitment to the ideals of joining a community of diverse faculty, students, and staff, including examples of strategies you have employed in the classroom to be inclusive of different types of diversity.

Founded in 1795, Union College was the first college chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York, and it continues to be one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in the heart of New York’s Capital District, Union College is only a short drive away from New York City, Boston, and Montreal (approximately three hours). To learn more about Union College please visit https://www.union.edu.

Candidates are expected to possess an MFA in dance OR Bachelor’s and exceptional professional experience, 3-5 years of administrative experience, and demonstrated excellence and experience in teaching.  The candidate is expected to begin September 2022.

To ensure applications receive full consideration, they should be submitted by December 15th. Please upload your cover letter which includes comments relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives; CV; evidence of teaching excellence; and online portfolio with video examples of choreography and related materials to http://jobs.union.edu.  When you complete the online application, please provide names and contact information for three references who can speak to administrative, creative, and teaching excellence.  An email will be sent automatically to references requesting a letter of recommendation.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.