Marketing & Development Director Position
About Cohesion Dance Project:
Cohesion Dance Project (CDP) is a non-profit dance production company with a mission to create engaging performances and integrated educational experiences that enrich, inspire, and unite the community through dance. CDP envisions a community with an expanded understanding of inclusion and acceptance of dance as an art form that fully embraces people of all ages, abilities, experiences, and backgrounds. Since its founding in 2012, CDP has grown, diversified and flourished, providing contemporary-based class and workshop opportunities for community dancers, professional artists and people with disabilities, staging multiple professional performances each year, and providing school and community outreach through arts education and adaptive dance classes for students with disabilities. CDP also administers the Cohesion Center, a facility that has become a community resource for artists and movement enthusiasts from many genres to work, teach, and perform.
The Marketing and Development Director (MDD) will lead the development, implementation and/or oversight of operations; marketing and communication; accounting and finance; human resources; and outreach coordination. Equally as important, the MDD will provide leadership in developing and implementing resource development strategies that strengthen the financial capacity of CDP. Key to success in this position is the incumbent’s ability to develop and cultivate partnerships and communication strategies to advance the mission, vision, and goals of CDP. The MDD must be self-sufficient and prepared to work in a fast-paced environment, to adapt to changing needs and identify and take on any duties and responsibilities needed to strengthen CDP. The MDD will report to the Artistic Director (AD). Now in its eighth year, CDP aims to create an organization that is strong, not only in terms of programs, services and performances, but also administratively and operationally. Reflecting this intent, the CDP Board has set as a key goal in the CDP Strategic Plan for 2020-2022, “to align CDP’s organizational and financial capacity to better meet its mission.” The MDD position will be central to meeting this goal.
The following essential functions represent the needs of CDP and are opportunities for this position. However, we are willing to slightly modify these functions to match the skills, abilities, and interest of the person who fills this role. We encourage you to apply if you have a majority of these skills and are willing to work with a team to satisfy all of them.
Marketing and communication
• Develop and implement a marketing plan for CDP programs and services, as well as Cohesion Center. This will include extensive use of the CDP website, social media, on-line calendars and more traditional means (press releases, newsletters, flyers/posting) to market in-person and on-line classes, workshops, outreach events, and performances, as well as Cohesion Center studio space and Backstage Theatre. Synchronize the marketing plan with the CDP resource development efforts.
• Serve as a community interface for CDP maintaining relationships with donors, funders, volunteers, students and families, instructors, and the general public.
• Oversee coordination of volunteers and interns.
• With the AD and Board of Directors, create and implement a resource development plan to actively
pursue funding for programs, services, performances, as well as infrastructure and operations.
• The plan will include a variety of strategies including, but not limited to, in-person and online
fundraising, as well as possible grant writing. Synchronize the resource development
plan with marketing efforts.
• Work with AD to establish and cultivate relationships with donors and sponsors.
• Effectively utilize the CDP donor management software.
• The MDD is responsible for implementation of the resource development plan.
Accounting and finance
• Evolve and maintain CDP accounting and financial management policies, processes, procedures and
internal controls necessary to assure adherence to an annual budget, successful independent audits,
and compliance with all relevant accounting standards, laws, regulations and best practices.
• This includes oversight and supervision of a bookkeeper and may include working with a
contractor(s) with appropriate accounting, audit and financial management expertise.
• In consultation with the AD and Treasurer, develop, manage and monitor the CDP annual
budget. Produce regular budget and financial reports for the Board.
• Develop, coordinate and manage purchasing and procurement, contracts, grants and other
agreements. This includes teacher and employee contracts, rental agreements and other.
• Work with AD to assure compliance with funders’ reporting and other requirements.
In coordination with the AD, Board of Directors and appropriate contracted expertise, support CDP by
leading the development and implementation of all aspects of its human resource system.
• Oversee human resources policies and procedures to ensure CDP is an excellent employer and in
compliance with applicable federal and state employment laws.
• Establish and maintain a hiring process, employee performance management system, employee
manual and secure personnel files.
Perform any duties that may arise as CDP operations, infrastructure, programs and services evolve, and
as assigned by the AD and Board of Directors.
• Work collegially and as an “ambassador of the organization” with all Directors, staff, families,
students, renters, contractors, donors, volunteers and members of the public with a consistent,
positive, and friendly attitude.
• Exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality as appropriate.
• Training, professional development and mentorship will be provided, as needed, as related to
specific CDP software and programs.
The ideal candidate preferably has at least three to five years of relevant work experience in non-profit administration, management and operations, which preferably includes experience in facility and systems management; marketing and communication; resource development; accounting and finance; and human resources.
• Must embrace the mission, vision, and values of CDP
• Proven strategic vision and leadership skills.
• Excellent written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills.
• An overall commitment to excellence in quality of work and outcomes.
• Track record of adaptability, personal accountability and initiative.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and ability to adapt to new software systems.
Other Job Information
• Position is part-time – 15-20 hours/week and could increase over the next two years.
• Salary range is $17/hr to $24/hr depending on experience.
• Position is located in Helena, Montana.
• CDP provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
• Send cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three references from past employers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Position will remain open until filled, but first review of applicants will begin Wednesday, June 2, 2021.