Administrative Director

Los Angeles Ballet

Los Angeles, CA




Administrative Director


Los Angeles Ballet is seeking an experienced and energetic arts administrator.




Founded in 2004 by Founding Co-Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet (LAB) is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. LAB has become recognized as a world-class ballet company.


Los Angeles Ballet debuted in December 2006 with its original production of The Nutcracker. Choreographed by Christensen and Neary, it features costumes from a Royal Danish Ballet production commissioned by Mr. Christensen during his tenure as that company’s artistic director, complemented by a Southern California-themed set designed by Catherine Kanner.


LAB’s repertoire focuses on works and styles intimately known to, and mastered by, the artistic directors: Balanchine masterpieces as staged by Colleen Neary, and the revered Bournonville ballets as imparted by Thordal Christensen. As a répétiteur for The George Balanchine Trust, Ms. Neary is one of the few charged with carrying on the Balanchine legacy and genius. Balanchine’s mentorship of Colleen as a young dancer and as a répétiteur results in LAB’s stellar interpretation of his masterworks. In 2009 LAB presented Bournonville’s La Sylphide, its first full-length classical story ballet after The Nutcracker.


In addition to performing the beloved classical ballet standards such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, and The Sleeping Beauty, Los Angeles Ballet has commissioned 15 new works, one developed out of LAB’s Choreographic Workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to identify and nurture Southern Californian choreographic talent.


The Los Angeles Ballet Center, the home of both Los Angeles Ballet and the Los Angeles Ballet School, is located on Los Angeles’ Westside. The Center’s 12,000 square feet encompass three dance studios, LAB’s administrative offices, ‘home’ box office, physical therapy clinic, wardrobe department and costume storage.


A key component of Los Angeles Ballet’s mission is to ‘tour’ Los Angeles. While rehearsals take place at the Los Angeles Ballet Center, LAB regularly performs across Los Angeles County at six, rotating venues: Royce Hall at UCLA, Alex Theatre in Glendale, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, and Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.


In September 2009, Los Angeles Ballet Guild was established to support the mission of Los Angeles Ballet and provide the assistance to organize a volunteer workforce for performances and special events. The Guild has become an indispensable arm of the LAB support structure. Patron Ladies of the Guild was formed in 2013, restructured as Patrons of the Guild in 2018, its mission to provide vital support and advocacy for Los Angeles Ballet.


LAB’s Power of Performance! (POP!) arts education outreach program has provided 50,000 free tickets to underserved and disadvantaged children, veterans, seniors, and their families, through collaboration with 50 community partners.


A second Los Angeles Ballet outreach program, A Chance to Dance (ACTD), launched in October 2012. ACTD offers a monthly Community Day at the Los Angeles Ballet Center, where all ages are invited to take free ballet, jazz, and other dance classes and workshops, and to learn about fitness and nutrition from LAB’s professional dancers, staff and physical therapists. A Chance to Dance Community Day attracts over 100 participants to each event, and fosters the development of a personal relationship between the artists of Los Angeles Ballet and the greater LA County community.


Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, who have shared a partnership both privately and professionally since 1985, blend their unique artistic and aesthetic views into a co-directorship that is multifaceted and complete. Combined with the executive leadership of Julie Whittaker, the company has thrived. The three founders credit a passionate and able Board of Directors that provides immeasurable support, professional skills, guidance, and advocacy.


The 2019-2020 operating budget is $3.5M, with approximately half received from contributed income. Earned income is comprised of ticket sales, subscriptions, and retail sales.




The Administrative Director (AD) is the senior administrator, providing the leadership, management, coordination and supervision for all of LAB’s administrative duties. She or he will work closely with the Board of Directors regarding governance, and with the Artistic Directors in service to the artistic vision. Along with the Director of Development, the AD is responsible for Board Development and Board Relations, and will contribute to the conception of and supervision of all fundraising strategies.


The AD must be an accomplished, persuasive, and inspiring communicator, a fine writer who will oversee and fact-check the LAB website, grant applications, and all major marketing pieces.


The AD will attend all LAB performances, events and social functions.


Additionally, the Administrative Director will execute the following responsibilities:


  • Ensure that the Development and Marketing (ticket sales) departments are meeting goals, objectives, success metrics, and reporting duties; ensure that the Production department is successfully adhering to its budget;


  • Participate in solicitation and stewardship activities in collaboration with the Director of Development, Artistic Directors, other staff, and members of the Board; participate in ensuring the success of the annual Gala;


  • Assist the Artistic Directors and Board of Directors in the recruitment, management, and retention of a team of nonprofit professionals with the appropriate balance of skills and experiences; establish performance objectives and goals, and regularly review performance; cultivate staff skills and professionalism;


  • Generate all artist contracts; review and execute all agreements, including but not limited to venue and vendor contracts;


  • Manage all artist documentation and materials, visas;


  • Manage all insurance policies – medical, workers compensation, general liability, property;


  • Participate in annual negotiations with the American Federation of Musicians Local 47;


  • Develop short- and long-term plans in collaboration with the Artistic Directors and Board of Directors;


  • With the Director of Development, identify potential Board Member candidates who will help the Board reach its fundraising objectives;


  • With the Director of Development, assist in volunteer management, Patrons of the Guild membership, management, and events;


  • Develop and maintain government relationships;


  • Schedule board meetings; review and submit all Board meeting minutes;


  • Coordinate and facilitate related party transactions with the Los Angeles Ballet School;


  • Facilitate LAB Center building maintenance and repair.


For the first six months, the Administrative Director’s immediate priorities are to:


  • Thoroughly understand Los Angeles Ballet – its history, culture, traditions, programs, personalities, constituencies and governance structure; understand its model of operations, while conceiving of potential alternate models that may serve LAB’s growth; understand its base of financial support and the short and long-term funding requirements of all segments of the organization;


  • Develop strong relationships with, and secure the trust and confidence of, the Artistic Directors, the Board of Directors, President of the Guild, Director of Development, Audience Development Director, and the Senior Administrative team; key funders, influencers, and other individuals and entities essential to LAB’s growth and success;


  • Along with the Director of Development, accept a supporting role in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors and gifts.









  • A minimum of 5 years of nonprofit arts administration experience, preferably with a sizable, exemplary performing arts institution; a reputation for operational excellence


  • An exceptional communicator, both in writing and orally; an extrovert who absorbs energy from connecting with individuals; one with social grace and charm who can build enthusiasm, advocacy and support for LAB;


  • Demonstrated skills in motivating, directing and managing staff; a good listener, strategist and analyst, comfortable receiving input from many sources;


  • Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations;






$80 to $90K annually, contingent upon experience; health insurance




This position is located in Los Angeles, CA.




Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.



To apply for this position, email: [email protected]

No phone calls please.

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LAB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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