Jobs at IABD



Job Title: Development Director

Reports To: President and CEO

Job Location: Washington, D.C.

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled; April 2, 2018 review of applications begins


The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) is seeking an organized, responsible, and detail-oriented individual to provide support for all fundraising and development operations on a full time basis. Reporting to and in partnership with the President and CEO, the Development Director will spearhead development efforts as IABD, Inc., continues to grow. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to design and implement IABD’s strategy to support its development function. Click here for the full job description.


An ideal candidate will possess considerable expertise in the development profession and keenly aware of the principles, methods, practices and trends necessary to secure varied funding sources (e.g. corporate, federal, individual, and private foundations) for IABD. They will have proven experience in applying this knowledge to conduct prospect research that will ensure the alignment of potential donors and grantmakers with IABD’s mission and priorities.


The Development Director Participate in strategic fundraising and development planning activities, and identifies unrestricted income and targeted support for IABD. They should be able to:

  • Develop and execute IABD’s annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from corporate, federal, individual, and private foundations
  • Manage the implementation of fundraising software and oversees data entry and gift processing
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Oversee the organization of fundraising and/or special events
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Design and execute membership appeals and campaigns
  • Work with the President and CEO, Board of Directors, and the appropriate Board committees, staff and volunteers to further fundraising objectives


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required
  • At least, five (5) years of development experience, preferably in arts and cultural or education organizations, and able to demonstrate a successful track record of developing, managing, and growing the base of donors and grantwriting
  • Ideal candidate will be self-directed, flexible, a team player, and a strategic thinker
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask; exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals
  • Superior communication and organization skills, deadline and detail oriented
  • Experience working with fundraising and email marketing software a plus (i.e., Razoo, Raiser’s Edge, YourMembership, Constant Contact, MailChimp, etc.)
  • High degree of proficiency in working with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, data entry and data analysis, as well as demonstrated computer aptitude and experience


  • Work with all staff and volunteers; management of development staff and interns
  • Able to maintain the consistent growth and integrity of IABD’s brand identity and messaging
  • Demonstrates strategic thinking, sound judgment, and a diplomatic approach
  • Demonstrates a positive and productive approach to problem solving
  • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, high-energy environment and is flexible
  • Demonstrates effective time and project management skills
  • Provides direction and effectively manages multiple projects to ensure efficiency, accuracy, and a consistently high standard end product
  • Demonstrates the ability to work successfully in a team environment
  • Fully participates in special activities of IABD, and supports colleagues by offering information and contributing to projects and initiatives

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit a list of at least 3 but not more than 5 references, with current contact information (including phone and e-mail) and description of how each reference is known and for how long.

Cover Letter must address the knowledge required and responsibilities as reflected in the position announcement.

Review of candidates will begin April 2, 2018; therefore, for full consideration, candidates are asked to submit materials by that date. However, the position is open until filled. Additional materials may be requested of candidates at a later date. Please submit to

Denise Saunders Thompson
President and CEO
International Association of Blacks in Dance
PO Box 1544, Washington, DC 20013

No phone calls please.


Job Title: Nonprofit Arts Administration Fellowship Program

Reports To: President and CEO

Job Location: Washington, D.C.

Deadline to Apply: Ongoing

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) offers a unique opportunity and experience to assist with the development and growth of this one-of-a-kind service organization. IABD seeks qualified undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in gaining Arts Administration experience.

Fellowships/Internships are currently available in these areas of concentration: Archives, Development, General Management, Marketing/Social Media, Special Events. Participants will get a broad view of the overall workings of the organization through their involvement with various special projects and day-to-day operations assignments. These individuals will work directly with the President/CEO and IABD staff. Fellows/Interns will also interface with the staff of the Dance Institute of Washington.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assist and Complete special projects (e.g. IABD Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative (COHI), Conference and Festival activities, etc.)
  • Create and Update written materials and forms
  • Assist staff with day-to-day operations, including: helping to prepare for meetings, assisting with special events, proofreading emails, web copy and updates, organizing archival material, creating memos and flyers to help advertise programming.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Superb attention to detail and time management skills
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Office and general internet proficiency
  • Ability to act responsibly, reliably, and efficiently within an office environment
  • Interest in working in the dance, music, theater, or performing arts industry
  • Possess the ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment
  • Have completed at least one year of college
  • College credit is available as arranged by your college or university. Fellowships are offered for 8-12 months. Internships are offered for semester, full-year and summer sessions.


  • Fellows/Interns may choose to plan and execute independent projects within the focus of their area, formed from their own administrative and academic interests.
  • Attendance to the Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance

Fellows are a part-time, paid opportunity, receiving a stipend. Intern positions are a part-time, unpaid opportunity. This is a 20-24 hours per week during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 10:00AM - 6:00 PM) fellowship/internship. Some weekends and travel may apply. Applicants interested in the IABD Nonprofit Arts Administration Fellowship Program must submit the following materials:

  • Completed Application Form (click link for the form)
  • Cover Letter expressing interest
  • Resume
  • One Letter of Recommendation

To apply, please send materials with the subject line: Nonprofit Arts Administration Fellowship Program, Your Name” to: Denise Saunders Thompson, President and CEO, IABD, Inc., 3400 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 20010.

The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc. is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply.