Executive Assistant

The national labor union, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) seeks an Executive Assistant to provide administrative and organizational support to the Executive Director and to act as a liaison to SDC’s Executive Board. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: scheduling; preparation of meetings (space and materials); coordination of communication systems such as conference calls, video conferencing, and Skype; taking of minutes; filing; and general office support. Other duties include travel arrangements for Executive Director and Board Members as well as the staffing of Board Committees, ad hoc committees, events, and retreats. Research and special project work as assigned.

A minimum of 5 years administrative experience, including experience assisting positions of leadership. The ideal candidate will have excellent written skills, be a highly capable proof reader, and will be adept at communicating with a wide variety of individuals with varying communication styles. Must be detail-oriented and thrive in a dynamic, multi-tasked environment; must also have integrity, credibility, and strong strategic thinking skills. Demonstrated initiative and ability to work effectively within time constraints is paramount. Knowledge of theatre helpful but not required. Experience with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and a high comfort level with technology, including smartphones, required.

SDC offers excellent benefits, comprehensive health/life insurance, competitive salary, retirement programs (defined benefit pension as well as 401k), paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation.

TO APPLY: Address letter of interest and resume to “Executive Assistant Search” and email to jobs@SDCweb.org. Position will remain open until filled.


SDC Intern

SDC and SDC Foundation’s internship program offers invaluable, hands-on training to college students, graduate students and recent graduates interested in careers in arts administration and/or labor relations. Ideal candidates are strategic, detail-oriented, and equally capable of working independently or in a group.

Administrative interns sharpen administrative skills and are introduced to a thriving and inspiring community of directors and choreographers from across the country.

Each intern is assigned to a specific department and staff supervisor. Occasional cross-departmental projects allow interns to gain insight into multiple areas of the organizations.

Internships are part time and generally last for twelve weeks, with a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week spent at SDC during business hours (Monday through Friday, from 10am to 6pm).

Interns at SDC/SDCF:
• Receive intensive one-on-one training from experienced supervisors to become familiar with industry-standard skills and platforms.
• Sit in on a staff meeting and/or a Board meeting during the period of their internship.
• Attend a Brown Bag Lunch with Executive Director Laura Penn.
• Receive a complimentary one-year subscription to SDC Journal.
• Have access to unique opportunities, such as backstage tours, first rehearsal visits, and/or conversations with distinguished directors and choreographers.
• Are invited to attend or participate in supplementary SDC and SDC Foundation events free of charge.
• Receive a monthly metro card and a small stipend to offset meal costs.

To apply, send a cover letter outlining your interest, availability, and writing experience, along with a resume and two writing samples, to Marella Martin Koch, SDC Communications Manager and SDC Journal Managing Editor, at MMartinKoch@SDCweb.org.

Writing samples should each be approximately one page in length; excerpts of longer works will be accepted. Interviews, including Q&As, are an excellent choice; reviews, blog entries, and school papers are also acceptable. Consider your email and cover letter to be additional samples of your writing and professionalism. No phone calls, please.

If you are interested in working at SDC Foundation, please visit http://sdcfoundation.org/about-sdcf/work-with-sdcf/.