OPS Researcher (School of Dance)

Job description

Job ID: 43966

Regular/Temporary: Temporary


School of Dance - Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography


The Research Associate (RA), in collaboration with MANCC staff, supports artist residencies through researching MANCC artists' areas of inquiry, arranging community engagement opportunities (Entrypoints), coordinating residency evaluations and contributing to residency documentation and public relations efforts.

Community engagement opportunities (Entrypoints) in the academic and/or Tallahassee communities are arranged by the RA in close communication with each artist in order to support the artist's research while in residence. Engagement activities can be wide-ranging, such as meetings with experts and/or academic scholars in related fields of study, student engagements, discussions, lecture/demonstrations, open rehearsals and work in progress showings for the FSU and Tallahassee communities, among other activities. Once arranged, the RA attends and/or facilitates all Entrypoint activities. The RA follows up with the artists post-residency to implement an evaluation process.

The RA is the primary liaison across MANCC, the School of Dance (SOD) and the College of Fine Arts regarding communication and marketing of MANCC's residency season and activities, and works closely with MANCC staff on two new initiatives. These include developing the long-term utility of MANCC's extensive archives and bringing writers to MANCC residencies to observe and write on artists' creative processes. The position also includes general office duties related to the residences.


MA/MFA in arts related field; or BA and two years of arts experience; or a high school education and six years of arts related experience.

If outside the field of dance, strong interest in and curiosity about the art form.

Ability to work 25 hours a week between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM with occasional night and weekend hours based on artist residency needs.

Solid writing and verbal communication skills.

Ability to effectively communicate with and across various entities including MANCC staff, faculty, scholars, SOD administration, community member and artists.

Computer skills including Google Apps Suite, data entry and research proficiency via internet.

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Strong customer service skills, responsible, with a sense of humor, coupled with a desire to support the research needs of a diverse range of contemporary artists.

Other Information

MANCC is seeking a part-time Research Associate, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Research Associate will report to the Managing Director and work directly with the MANCC team, including the Director, Residency Coordinator and Media Specialist. Applicants must be available 25 hours a week during standard office hours 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, M - F and for occasional evening and weekend residency events. This is a one-year, renewable, paid OPS position, hourly wage commensurate with experience and/or skill level, with the possibility of annual raises based on performance.

MANCC, located at the Florida State University (FSU) School of Dance (SOD), is a choreographic research and development center that provides visiting artists with unique resources to help further the art of contemporary dance. MANCC's mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance by: 1) providing a model of support for professional choreographic creativity within a comprehensive research university; 2) providing choreographers access to a stimulating environment where experimentation, exploration and life-long learning are both valued and encouraged; and 3) providing opportunities for the students, staff and faculty, the community of Tallahassee, and the national dance field at large to engage with the creative process in dance.
MANCC shares facilities with the SOD at FSU, considered one of the premier facilities for dance in the United States. Resident artists have 24/7 access to a dance studio, black box theater and, when available, a fully equipped 380 seat proscenium theater, as well as an audio lab, computer media lab, conditioning studio and private office in which to work.

Choreographers and companies are brought into the center for one to three week research-based choreographic residencies to experiment, reflect, edit and hone their research and choreographic process and ultimately develop new work. Artists are selected through a competitive nomination and panel review process, in partnership with other organizations and/or by invitation of the Director. Artists are encouraged to take full advantage of MANCC's laboratory environment in whatever way most useful to their own artistic development. This might involve the testing of new ideas on professional dancers, working with lighting designers, dramaturges, composers, and/or other collaborators, the inclusion of audiences in the creative process, or the development of dialogue about their work. To date, MANCC will have hosted over 91 regionally and nationally significant artists and/or companies and their 600+ national and international collaborators in over 152 residencies through its residency programs. MANCC will have also hosted over 17 writers in residence since the beginning of its Embedded Writers program in 2015. The work developed at MANCC has toured to over 140 communities reaching over 225,000 audience members worldwide.

During 2018-2019, MANCC will host approximately 13 nationally and internationally known contemporary choreographers and their collaborators as part of MANCC's creative development residency programs along with 5 - 7 writers. In addition, the Center will implement the second edition of MANCC Forward Dialogues, a facilitated two-week laboratory program designed to identify and invest in an emergent generation of dance-makers working in diverse geographic and cultural contexts.
Please visit mancc.org for further information.


Experience overseeing others helpful.

Knowledge of javascript and contemporary/experimental dance and performance.

Contact Info

Ansje Burdick, Managing Director
Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography
[email protected]

Anticipated Salary Range

This is a one-year, renewable, paid OPS position, hourly wage commensurate with experience and/or skill level with the possibility of annual raises based on performance.

Pay Plan

This is an OPS/temporary Job.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu. If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.
Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information.

Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Please send a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to Ansje Burdick, Managing Director Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography to [email protected]

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Posted: 8/11/2018
Application Due: 10/10/2018
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