Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC)
2016-2018 Research Associate
MANCC is seeking a part-time Research Associate, funded through 2018 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Research Associate will report to the Managing Director and work directly with the MANCC team, including the Director, Residency Coordinator and Media Specialist. Applicants must be available 25 hours a week during standard office hours 8:30am to 5:00pm M-F and for occasional evening and weekend residency events. This is a one-year, renewable, paid OPS position, hourly wage commensurate with experience and/or skill level, with the possibility of annual raises based on performance.
Job Description: The Research Associate (RA), in collaboration with MANCC staff, supports artist residencies through researching MANCC artists’ areas of inquiry, arranging community engagement opportunities (Entrypoints), coordinating residency evaluations and contributing to residency documentation and public relations efforts. Community engagement opportunities (Entrypoints) in the academic and/or Tallahassee communities are arranged by the RA in close communication with each artist in order to support the artist’s research while in residence. Engagement activities can be wideranging, from meetings with experts and/or academic scholars in related fields of study, student engagements, discussions, lecture/demonstrations, open rehearsals and work in progress showings for the FSU and Tallahassee communities, among other activities.
Once arranged, the RA attends and/or facilitates all Entrypoint activities. The RA then follows up with the artists post-residency to implement an evaluation process. The RA also is the primary liaison across MANCC, the School of Dance (SOD) and the College of Fine Arts regarding communication and marketing of MANCC’s season and activities, and works closely with MANCC staff on two new initiatives. These include looking towards the long-term utility of MANCC’s extensive archives and bringing writers to MANCC residencies to observe artists’ creative processes. Occasional tasks related to MANCC’s season of residencies are also part of the position, including some general office duties.
Requirements and/or Desired Skills:
● Knowledge of contemporary/experimental dance and performance helpful.
○ If outside the field of dance, strong interest in and curiosity about the artform.
● Ability to work 25 hours a week between 8:30am and 5:00pm with occasional night and weekend hours based on artist residency needs.
● Solid writing and verbal communication skills.
○ Ability to effectively communicate with and across various entities including MANCC staff, faculty, scholars, SOD administration, community members and artists.
● Computer skills including Google Apps Suite, data entry and research proficiency via internet.
● Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
● Experience overseeing others helpful.
● Strong people skills, mature, responsible, and has a sense of humour and desire to support the research needs of a diverse range of contemporary artists.
If interested, please send a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to: Ansje Burdick
Managing Director Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography firstname.lastname@example.org
Position will remain open until filled. Applications will be considered beginning August 15th, 2016.
MANCC, located at the Florida State University (FSU) School of Dance (SOD), is a choreographic research and development center that provides visiting artists with unique resources to help further the art of contemporary dance. MANCC’s mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance by: 1) providing a model of support for professional choreographic creativity within a comprehensive research university. 2) providing choreographers access to a stimulating environment where experimentation, exploration and lifelong learning are both valued and encouraged, and 3) providing opportunities for the students, staff, and faculty, the community of Tallahassee and the national dance field at large to engage with the creative process in dance.
MANCC shares facilities with the SOD at FSU, considered one of the premier facilities for dance in the United States. Resident artists have 24/7 access to a dance studio, black box theater and, when available, a fully equipped 380 seat proscenium theater, as well as an audio lab, computer media lab, conditioning studio and private office in which to work.
Choreographers and companies are brought into the center for two to four week
research based choreographic residencies to experiment, reflect, edit and hone their research and choreographic process and ultimately develop new work. Artists are selected through a competitive nomination and panel review process, in partnership with other organizations and/or by invitation of the Director. Artists are encouraged to take full
advantage of MANCC’s laboratory environment in whatever way most useful to their own artistic development. This might involve the testing of new ideas on professional dancers, working with lighting designers, dramaturges, composers, other collaborators, the inclusion of audiences in the creative process, or the development of dialogue about their work. To date, MANCC will have hosted over 70 regionally or nationally significant artists and their 350 + national and international collaborators in over 90 residencies through its residency programs. The work developed at MANCC has toured to over 140 communities reaching over 225,000 audience members worldwide.
During 2016-2018, MANCC will host approximately 15 nationally and internationally known contemporary choreographers and their collaborators per year as part of MANCC’s creative development residency programs.
Please visit mancc.org for further information.
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