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Company Manager

Our Mission:  We create, perform, teach and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.


Job Description for Company Manager


Reports To:                  Associate Artistic Director                     

Area of Responsibility: Artistic, Production       

Wage Classification:    Exempt


Position Summary:  The company manager’s acts as the administrative support for the organization in its mission to create, perform, teach, and promote dance as essential and inspiring part of our community. This is achieved through logistical management, scheduling, and human resource support for the company and when appropriate, second company, artists.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

•     Oversee and provide support for Artists engaged by the organization by serving as Artists’ primary contact within the organization – this includes being present for all artist calls in the theatre.

•     Manage “onboarding” of new Artists, re-engagement, and non-engagement of current Artists including coordinating all evaluations, and contract issuing

•     Manage all immigration and work visas for the organization in a timely manner.

•     Arrange all travel for visiting artists, as well as company members and staff for touring. Including airfare, hotel, per diem, and ground transportation.

•     Track and manage sick leave, guesting, and personal leave for Artists.

•     Maintain, distribute and update annual dancer calendar, artist contact information and dancer handbook.

•     Manage all workers compensation issues including incident reports, transport to medical care, and monthly calculation of Artist work hours.

•     Work to encourage communication and a collaborative working environment.

•     In collaboration with the Artistic Director and with approval of the Executive Director, negotiate all agreements for visiting and local artists to include choreography fees, royalties and licenses; guest artist fees and travel arrangements; touring and presenting agreements; and all other similar agreements including any musicians, and other designers.

•     Compile and distribute contracts for designers and guest artists as well as process payments including per diem as outlined in the agreements. This includes providing final review of all artistic related contracts, prior to distribution, to ensure consistency.

•     Manage all aspects of processing, projecting and verifying Artists’ payroll and other compensation, including guest artists.

  • Respond to inquiries, process, and oversee unemployment for company artists in conjunction with human resources and finance departments

•     Process license and service fees as dictated in Agreements.

  • Ensure legal obligations are met regarding intellectual property (i.e. choreography, music rights).
  • Create, execute, track and report on annual Dancer and Artistic budgets.
  • Coordinate and communicate with all musical guests, including the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, to ensure each performance, company class, and rehearsal, has all required accompaniment

•     In coordination with Associate Artistic Director, create fiscal year budget for all artistic programming, and touring expenses

  • Proofing/copy editing programs and other materials as requested by administration
  • Serve as Nashville Ballet’s Covid compliance officer.

•     Assist Administrative staff with standard office duties.

•     Serve as Project Manager for special projects as assigned by Artistic Director.

•     Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are a non-exhaustive list of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle, feel, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms above the shoulder. The employee is frequently required to sit and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative to those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. 

Work Requirements and Qualifications


Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience


2.  Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to provide leadership and to manage employees

Ability to make decisions and solve problems

Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

Word processing / spread sheet skills

Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

3. Experience: 5 years of professional arts administration, or equivalent in a similar field with like experience

4. Equipment: basic use of computers (word/excel)

5. Some travel may be required.

Disclaimer Statement:

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate description of the current job, or to require that other, or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).

Please send a cover letter and resume to careers@nashvilleballet.com with “Company Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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