TAD Seeks Executive Director

The Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Dance (TAD) is responsible for the development, oversight and implementation of all Association programs including the administration of general operations and fiscal management of the organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. This is a part­ time position with the possibility of growth to a full­-time position based on the success of the Executive Director.


Development: The Executive Director works with the board development committee on prospect research and major gift solicitations, oversees smaller fundraising efforts of the committee and assists the committee as necessary. Additionally, the Executive Director submits all appropriate grant applications and reports, in a timely and accurate manner, to all granting organizations. The Executive Director should have an established record of successful fundraising.

Programming: The Executive Director designs and implements all TAD programs and events. Currently, TAD offers an annual Tennessee Dance Festival, a bi­ennial Professional Dance Summit, regional workshops, fundraising events and oversees multiple dance performances embedded within these events. The Executive Director also has oversight of the scholarship program and statewide awards program.

Strategic Plan: The Executive Director oversees the organization’s strategic plan through the development of annual goals and objectives, assists in the implementation of the goals, and as appropriate, leads the development of new long-­range plans.

Advocacy: The Executive Director serves the TAD central point of contact with the appropriate agencies and organizations including but not limited to the Tennessee Arts Commission, Tennessee Performing Arts Centers, South Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, local arts councils, dance organizations, and educational institutions—public, private, secondary, and post­secondary. The Executive Director represents the organization at appropriate functions.

Minimum Qualifications: The Executive Director should hold at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in arts management, event planning or a related field and have prior experience with non­profit management, grant writing and reporting, budget management, and digital marketing. The Executive Director should have excellent organizational and communication skills, be comfortable working independently and possess basic computer literacy. Must have residency in the state of Tennessee.

Preferred Qualifications: Web maintenance, fundraising campaign development, knowledge of Tennessee dance organizations.

TAD is a statewide network of organizations and individuals dedicated to artistic excellence and committed to ensuring that dance is a vital and respected part of life for all Tennesseans. TAD provides services that support communication, collaboration, advocacy, leadership, and education for a broad-­based dance constituency. The Tennessee Association of Dance was chartered in 1971 to encourage and support the development of dance in Tennessee. TAD serves as a central source of information for Tennessee's dance constituencies. The organization reports dance activities, employment opportunities, auditions, master classes and workshops, as well as issues of local and national importance to the field.

Some travel required. TAD pays FICA and Social Security as required by law.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and a recent letter of recommendation to christine@tennesseedance.org.

Deadline for submission is June 7th.

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Chattanooga-Toast To Dance
Cocktail Party

Help us bring in some green this St. Patrick's Day weekend and join us for social cocktail party to benefit the Tennessee Association of Dance. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, St. Patrick's day festivities, and friends in the dance community. 21 and up. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non members. Members use code Cheers for your discounted rate. 

Saturday, March 16th from 6PM- 7:30PM
At The Chattanooga Dance Theatre
5151 Austin Rd., Chattanooga, TN, 37343

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The Tennessee Dance Festival 2019, Fabulous 50: Shine On, will take place in Nashville on September 28-29. Get ready to celebrate our 50th anniversary in the Music City.

A message from ArtsEd Tennessee

ArtsEd Tennessee has just concluded a survey of candidates for the Tennessee General Assembly to better understand their commitment to arts education as an integral component in the curriculum for a well-rounded education.  The initial candidate email was sent in early September, with two follow up email reminders during the month.
You can see the results of the survey by voting district HERE.
If you do not know your voting district, you can find it HERE.
If you do not find the candidate you are looking for, then our email did not reach them, or the candidate did not respond to the survey.

As arts education professionals it is important that we take an active role in the selection of the members of the Tennessee legislature, and that we remain informed concerning issues that will impact our programs.
We welcome your feedback or comments at ArtsEdTN@gmail.com.
Who is ArtsEd Tennessee?
ArtsEd Tennessee is the state’s largest arts education coalition supporting all the arts in the curriculum, and our core member associations include the Tennessee Music Education Association, the Tennessee Art Education Association, the Tennessee Association of Dance and the Tennessee Educational Theatre Association.  In addition, we have support from KHS America, the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation, the National Association of Music Merchants, and Americans for the Arts. 


Tennessee Association of Dance is a 501(c)(3) organization and a statewide network of organizations and individuals dedicated to artistic excellence and committed to ensuring that dance is a vital and respected part of life for all Tennesseans. Tennessee Association of Dance provides services that support communication, fellowship, advocacy, leadership and education for a broad-based dance constituency.