External Affairs Manager

NW Dance Project has a future opening for our new External Affairs Manager position.

Our External Affairs Manager will lead development plans and execute marketing and informational campaigns.

This will be a full-time position with full health, vision, and dental insurance benefits.



NW Dance Project has open Company Positions (male and female) for our 2018/19 season. Contract start date – August 21, 2018
Competitive Contract | 36 weeks+ | Paid Employee Position | International & National Touring | 100% Full Health + Dental + Vision Benefits

Dancers must be eligible to work in the USA to hold a company position.

NW Dance Project is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative, new contemporary dance works from established and emerging dance makers created in an open and artistically stimulating environment. We are looking for experienced soloist dancers interested in a diverse collaborative environment that focuses on the innovation and creation of contemporary dance. Artists should have a strong classical and contemporary background, professional performance experience and a passion for the creative process.

Two upcoming auditions will be held in Portland and New York in April 2018. Details TBA.

We really need to SEE dancers work and create over time in a company setting. NW Dance Project auditions dancers through our LAUNCH project. Dancers attending the Portland and New York auditions must also be available to attend LAUNCH, July 3 to 14 / 2018, to be considered for company positions.


Work Study - Ongoing

Work Study Studio Assistants work a minimum of 8 – 10 hours per week in the studio and offices for unlimited classes at NW Dance Project.

Our Work Study program provides an opportunity for students to take classes at the studio in exchange for working at the front desk and in our offices. Duties include customer services such as checking-in clients, handling payments and maintaining student records, as well as general office work and light studio cleaning, such as answering phones and vacuuming the studios.

These positions require excellent organizational and customer services skills as well as the ability to work in a fast paced environment with detailed accuracy and perform multiple tasks simultaneously with agility. Proficiency with standard computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel is necessary.

Open to dancers 18 yrs+. Program participants must be available for two shifts per week and honor a 3-month minimum commitment. Possible shifts (pending program availability) include:

Monday – Thursday
Mornings: 7:30am to 11:30am | Afternoons: 11:30am to 3:45pm

Mornings: 8:00am to 12:00pm |Afternoons: 12:00pm to 5:00pm | Evenings: 5:00pm to 9:30pm

If interested in applying, please email cover letter and current résumé, with at least three references, to Caitlin Warren, Education & Outreach Coordinator,  at caitlin@nwdanceproject.org.

Dance Instructors - Ongoing and Substitutes

We are always looking to expand our substitute pool for experienced, professional dance instructors for various styles including ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and core balance (yoga and pilates experience required) for both youth and adult students.

If interested in applying, please email cover letter and current résumé to Caitlin Warren, Education & Outreach Coordinator, caitlin@nwdanceproject.org.


We are looking to deepen our pool of available, experienced, professional piano accompanists to play for our daily, open company ballet class. If interested in applying, please email cover letter and current résumé to Caitlin Warren, Education & Outreach Coordinator, info@nwdanceproject.org.

Summer Dance Intensive Chaperone

NW Dance Project is currently accepting applications for a chaperone position during our annual Summer Dance Intensive. We are seeking applicants who have experience working with teenagers, possess excellent communication skills, and are incredibly self-motivated and reliable.

Commitment Dates: JUL 15 – AUG 11 / 2018

Hours: Monday-Friday, Overnight 5:00pm to 9:00am + All day Saturday and Sunday

Location: Broadway Building | Portland State University, 625 SW Jackson Ave., Portland OR 97201

Responsibilities: Chaperones are responsible for providing safety and security to students residing in the dorms while also providing a comforting and nurturing environment. Chaperones monitor the comings and goings of students (ages 14 to 18), plan engaging weekend events, and accompany students to any medical or physical therapy appointments made during the intensive.

Compensation: Breakfast and dinner is provided at Ondine Hall, the Portland State University dining hall located across the street from the Broadway Building. Chaperones have a private room, bathroom, and kitchenette for the entire stay. Chaperones also receive a stipend for their four week commitment and two complimentary tickets to the Summer Dance Intensive showing on Friday, AUG 10 at PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall. More details available during interviews.

To apply, please send cover letter and résumé to Caitlin Warren, Education and Outreach Coordinator, at caitlin@nwdanceproject.org.