Associate Director, Student Life

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Associate Director, Student Life

Houston Ballet


Houston, TX, USA


Full Time


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Come work with us at Houston Ballet! Picture yourself at an amazing organization committed to inspiring a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography, and superb educational programs.


At Houston Ballet, you’ll be surrounded by creative teams who challenge you, support you, inspire you, and celebrate artistic achievement. Visit: for more information.

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Come work with us at Houston Ballet!  Picture yourself at an amazing organization committed to inspiring a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography, and superb educational programs. At Houston Ballet, you’ll be surrounded by creative teams who challenge you, support you, inspire you, and celebrate artistic achievement.  Visit: for more information. * * * For full consideration, please be sure to combine your resume and cover letter into one document to upload when you apply.  *Please note: This position requires work outside normal business hours Summary:             The Associate Director of Student Life at Houston Ballet oversees all aspects of student life for the Houston Ballet Academy,  including residential life, career planning, health & wellness and student activities. The Associate Director of Student Life communicates regularly with students, their families and the Academy faculty and staff.  The successful candidate is detail-oriented, but flexible, can multi-task in a high-volume, fast-paced environment and has experience of working with teenagers. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Residential Life Hire, train and oversee all residential life staff in both the year-round program and the 5-week summer intensive program. Oversee communication and coordination with the Facilities Department for dorm and apartment maintenance. Manage student application and assignment to Houston Ballet housing. Support Academy recruiting efforts by coordinating short term stays for prospective students. Career Planning Oversee the curriculum and logistics of the year-round Professional Program students’ job search, applications and auditions. Work directly with students to support their individual professional pursuits. Health & Wellness Liaise with Houston Methodist for student injury and illness. Work with Academy Director and Health & Wellness team to develop and implement protocols that best support student success. Maintain confidentiality while working with students with health and wellness concerns. Oversee health and wellness curriculum and coordinate with the health and wellness staff and faculty. Student Activities Oversee student academic support, including study hall and ESL. Maintain a high level of targeted communication with students and their families. Coordinate interdepartmental requests for student participation for public relations and development events. Coordinate and manage student events, including logistics, budgeting, and stakeholder collaboration. Acquire necessary information for student VISA applications and complete full application process through SEVIS for both full year and summer programs.  Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree  3-5 years work experience supporting students Strong writing, communication and presentation skills Microsoft Office skills, especially Word, Excel and Office. Background knowledge of dance/ ballet vocabulary preferred Experience working with an arts organization is preferred CPR & First Aid Training (can be provided by Houston Ballet) Mental Health First Aid (can be provided by Houston Ballet) Work Environment: Well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation. Regular –  Monday- Friday 9AM-5PM with the  availability to frequently work outside of normal business hours and on  weekends. *Only applicants that meet the required qualifications and that submit a cover letter and resume will be considered for this position. Benefits: Houston Ballet presents an enticing benefits package for eligible full-time employees, including: Healthcare Benefits:  We've got your back (and your teeth and your eyes)!  Embrace our comprehensive coverage for medical, dental, and vision care.  Choose from plans with low-cost or zero monthly premiums, complemented by provisions for paid life and AD&D insurance, and versatile spending accounts. Retirement Plan: Secure your future through our 403(b) plan, bolstered by a substantial 5% annual contribution from Houston Ballet, empowering you to save and thrive. Paid Time Off:  Embrace a healthy work-life balance with 3 weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid sick days, and 10 paid holidays.  Paid parental leave is also available to support your personal milestones. Professional Development: Fuel your career ambition with access to online training and professional growth resources specific to arts management, empowering you to advance your career on your terms. Discounts and Perks: Immerse yourself in the vibrant Houston performing arts scene with discounted and complimentary tickets to captivating ballet performances and other Houston theater district venues. Enjoy exclusive partnerships with local businesses and eateries for unforgettable experiences. Wellness Programs: Prioritize your well-being with access to our on-site gym and counseling services through our employee assistance plan, providing comprehensive support for your physical and mental wellness. Flexible Scheduling:  Acknowledging the evolving nature of work preferences, certain positions offer flexible work hours and remote work options. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Statement: Houston Ballet is dedicated to creating meaningful change by cultivating a space that honors what is unique in all of us. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) are instrumental in the fulfillment of our mission and values. We recognize our responsibility to be an inclusive and open organization for students, artists, staff, trustees, and volunteers of all backgrounds. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants 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. Join us, together we are Houston Ballet. Core Values: Houston Ballet's shared values are essential to our success as a world-class ballet company and academy. These values guide our decisions and behaviors and shape our culture. EXCELLENCE: We are passionate about results. Our programs are recognized and awarded for excellence. We are committed to delivering quality programs at the highest standard. Work in all departments matches the caliber of the programming on stage. ENGAGED: We are proud to be a part of a company that produces art and trains artists. We attend performances and are tremendous advocates for the education and community engagement programs we offer. We are all in and well-versed in the mission of Houston Ballet. DRIVEN: We are driven to take goals and run with them. We are excited to deliver results beyond expectations. We are accountable for our actions and work. We reinvent Standard Operations Procedures, leaving our jobs better than we found them. Much of our work product becomes the standard for individuals who will fill our roles in the years to come. COLLABORATIVE: We unite around Houston Ballets mission and support each other in reaching goals. We share information widely and generously and treat our team members, customers, and patrons with respect and sensitivity. We embrace inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. We recognize our responsibility to be an open, welcoming, and anti-racist organization where students, artists, staff, trustees, and volunteers of all backgrounds collaboratively learn, work and serve. We nurture the growth and understanding of how each of us fits into the larger picture and we celebrate organizational achievements. PATRON-CENTERED: Our patrons (subscribers/supporters/donors/stakeholders) are at the center of all we do and are at the top of our minds in our decisions and actions. Our patrons are delighted by the excellent customer service they receive at every interaction at Houston Ballet.