The Vancouver Tap Dance Society (VTDS) is a registered charitable, non-profit organization focused on promoting, preserving and developing awareness of the art form of tap since 1995. We achieve this through our innovative Tap Academy; youth performance ensemble, TapCo; extensive Outreach Program; and hosting the Annual Vancouver International Tap Festival. TapCo, our youth ensemble, has entertained in excess of 100,000 students in B.C. We teach 300 students – preschoolers to octogenarians – and we are proud to support fifty of them with scholarships. Our social and community benefits have consistently included bringing world class tap artists to our city to teach and perform, providing scholarships for children to take classes who otherwise could not afford to, and giving everyone access and an opportunity to participate. Our passion for the art form is a hallmark of the VTDS, and this extends to our professional faculty, a commitment to preserving the legacy of the tap masters, promoting leadership, confidence, discipline, and teambuilding to children of all ages through our academy and performances. Our most important role is as ambassador for the development and increased awareness of this unique form of dance to audiences internationally. We offer sought after, high-profile performance and training opportunities which focus on developing not only technical prowess, but talented future professionals in the discipline.
As a non-profit Society working to provide engaging education and experiences to the community, we value strong leadership with a respectful collaborative approach, and individuals who work in the interest of advancing the whole while being able to generate excitement and engagement. We welcome the input and special skills of our team, and appreciate the ability to learn and grow with them.
As an artistic organization respected internationally as a recognized gate keeper of tap dance, the organization serves the tap community and its future sustainability with dedicated leadership through a strong artistic lens. We foresee the continued growth of the Society, with further development of the innovative and high-level programming for which we are renowned, as well as a growing contribution to the development of a strong professional community. Additionally, the development and implementation of the dynamic plan for our strategic direction will provide an opportunity for the ideal candidate to have a substantial impact and influence in the future of the Society, and on the portrayal and development of the art form and culture locally, and beyond. The Society has evolved under the leadership of an Executive Director with a strong background in finance and business, however the board recognizes that the Society is an artistic organization and is open to the idea that the successful applicant may be more focused on the artistic aspects of the organization.
We are transitioning from our original executive director and seeking a passionate and innovative candidate to shepherd the Society through this important transitional period toward further growth and the fulfillment of the Society’s long-term vision. The departure of our executive director will leave substantial opportunity for the ideal candidate to take on a vital and visionary role of leadership and guidance within the VTDS organization, including:
Our ideal candidate has strengths in administration and in artistic development and is interested in playing a central role in service of the mission and vision of the VTDS. The ideal candidate also has a passion for our art, knowledge of the dance form and an interest in the promotion and education of the discipline.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will become a collaborative partner with our engaged and dedicated team comprised of a board of directors, the Artistic Director of TapCo, a faculty of 6 instructors, an Academy Manager, and a Bookkeeper. The candidate will provide ethical, strategic, transparent, and value-centered leadership while helping shape the future of the organization and the development of the art form. We are offering a full-time (35-40 hours), permanent opportunity with a flexible schedule and work environment, as well as Medical and Dental benefits. Base salary is $60,000 annually but may be increased based on the experience of the successful applicant.
Submit the following via email to email@example.com by June 30, 2018.
Start date: October 1 – November 1, 2018 (depending on availability of the successful applicant)
Attention: Karen Gram, President of the Board of Directors of the VTDS
Our 2017 – 2018 competitive team had a very successful competition season! Winning first place, honour awards, dance-offs and more! We wanted to share their successes with you.
Diamond, 1st place
Overall top soloist 13 years and over, $200
High Gold, 2nd Place
Vancouver Tap Dance Society is thrilled to participate in the Canada Summer Jobs program, hiring two students for Summer 2018 in the administrative fields.
If you’re looking for work this summer, are registered as a full-time student, interested in dance (particularly tap) and working with non-profits, we have an opportunity for you!
Please email your resume and a cover letter to:
Subject: Festival Coordinator Application or Outreach and Archivist Coordinator
Deadline to apply is: June 4 at 11:59pm PST
We thank all candidates for their applications; only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.