Job Opening:
MAKING IT: Community and Education Associate

Job Description

The Yard, Inc. in Chilmark, MA on Martha’s Vineyard

  • Expected Start Date: October 15th, 2019

  • Full Time, October 15, 2019 - June 30, 2021 position, with a yearly salary and benefits

  • Other benefits include: professional development through Dance Education Laboratory and National Dance Educators; choreographic and performance opportunities; free tickets to Yard performances; access to all summer season dance and yoga classes free; bikes, kayaks, and beach passes.

The Yard is seeking a Community and Education Associate, who will collaborate with the MAKING IT team to expand and promote the MAKING IT education initiatives and continued implementation of year-round programming. This includes teaching, curriculum review and development, administrative support of MAKING IT and The Yard, participation in weekly staff meetings, strategic planning sessions, and other administrative responsibilities. The Community and Education Associate will contribute to the mission of The Yard and MAKING IT dance programs, and will be an advocate for the organization in the island community of Martha’s Vineyard and beyond. The Associate reports to the Director of Island Programs and Education. This position is contracted from start date to October 15, 2019 to June 30, 2021, with a yearly salary of $39,000 and health benefits available.

The Yard is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.


  • Interacting daily with the year-round Vineyard community

  • Teaching dance and dance-making in Vineyard schools

  • Connecting dance to a number of island partners: libraries, senior centers, houses of worship, conservation organizations, agricultural camps and centers - the list continues to grow!

  • Working side by side a driven staff of creators and change-makers

  • Watching over 20 performances a year by some of the concert dance world's top talent

  • Growing as a leader, educator, artist, and individual


  • Bachelor's degree or at least four years of equivalent experience

  • Interest and/or experience in education, dance, the performing arts and/or non-profit organizations; and the desire to support The Yard's mission

  • Past experience in education

  • Strong verbal and writing communication skills

  • Organized, detail-oriented, deadline-driven; able to multitask, prioritize, and learn quickly

  • Collaborative and creative

  • Comfortable working independently and taking initiative


  • Application reviews begin September 7th.

  • Application reviews close when the position is filled.

  • This position runs from October 15th, 2019 until June 30th, 2021.

To Apply:

Please send the following items to Jesse Keller Jason, Director of Island Programs and Education, Co-Producer at jessekeller@dancetheyard.org. No phone calls please.

  • Letter of Interest

  • Resume

  • A link to a Vimeo or YouTube video of your teaching or your dance work (If available)

  • Email and phone contact information for three professional references

The Yard’s Mission: The Yard supports diverse, contemporary dance-makers and related artists in their creative processes through paid, creative residency, public performance, long term education, and artist driven civic engagement.  We serve all ages and cultural populations on Martha’s Vineyard, and work collaboratively with artists, producers, and other cultural organizers within regional, national, and international contexts.

About The Yard: founded in 1973 by the late choreographer/philanthropist Patricia N. Nanon, The Yard is singular in its legacy, mission, and island community commitment. Ms. Nanon’s vision of providing creative “new work” residencies and public performance opportunities for choreographers and dance companies - carried forward and amplified since 2011, under the leadership of David R. White, Alison Manning, and Jesse Keller - has had a lasting impact on the national dance field. The institution achieves its mission through an integrated ensemble of extended national/international artist research residencies, public presentations, local education programs, and year-round community building activities. The Yard’s main YARD ARTS season runs late May through mid-September. The new WINTER YARD series now populates the period November to May.  And MAKING IT, our intergenerational applied movement and dance-making initiative, is now active year-round in virtually all Island schools, as well as other community institutions.