Job Opportunities: Executive Director
Zaccho Dance Theatre, an internationally known nonprofit dance company located in San Francisco, CA, is seeking an Executive Director.

Artistic Director Joanna Haigood co-founded Zaccho Dance Theatre in 1980. Zaccho Dance Theatre's home is San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point where Zaccho manages a large studio that is utilized for rehearsal, performances, and educational activities for youth and adults. Zaccho provides performances in San Francisco, nationally and internationally as well as an arts education program for the local community and classes open to the public.

Now in its thirty-seventh season, Zaccho Dance Theatre is hiring a highly qualified person to fill an Executive Director role. This is a 35 hour/week position plus health benefits. Zaccho Dance Theatre is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and employs 7 full and part-time staff members, 10 part-time professional dancers, and 8 part-time teachers.

The Executive Director is a strategic thinker and works to fulfill Zaccho’s mission by working with Artistic Director, Joanna Haigood, and the Board. She/he is responsible for general operating, administrative and financial management of the organization as well as develops and manages organizational policies approved by the Board in areas such as operations, fundraising, finance and budgeting, marketing and communications, community outreach, and touring.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the founding Artistic Director (Haigood) to successfully implement new and existing artistic programs; to ensure appropriate visibility and awareness of Zaccho’s programs and educational activities, and to develop strategic collaborations that achieve ongoing local, national and international recognition.

  • Develop an annual budget for Board approval.

  • Diversify the organization's sources of income, generate unrestricted funding, increase earned revenues, and expand corporate funding relationships.

  • Lead the organization's fundraising programs, including grant writing, special events, and project funding. Lead staff and Board in development activities; maintain and expand strong relationships with the funding community.


  • Develop marketing and public relations programs to achieve earned income goals for ticket sales, class fees, and other revenue sources while enhancing Zaccho’s visibility and reputation, including website and electronic promotion activities.

  • Develop and maintain good relations with venues, strategic partners, other arts/cultural organizations, public agencies, and the media.

  • Works with Artistic Director to develop programs and services consistent with community needs and regularly obtains statistical and qualitative feedback about program and service delivery.

  • Monitors programs and services to ensure consistency with criteria established by funding sources and the mission and goals of the organization.

  • Acts as a spokesperson for the organization via speaking engagements, public and social appearances, and, as requested, at fundraising events and solicitations.


  • Provide general oversight and direction for staff and other professionals employed by Zaccho.

  • Ensures the development of appropriate policies and procedures for staffing compliance as well as oversees the evaluation process for all staff members.

  • Plans for staffing needs throughout the organization as well as approves the hiring of all staff.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Board President.


  • Develop, implement and monitor a long-term strategic plan in coordination with the Artistic Director, Board and staff. Brings financial reports, recommendations and decisions to the Board as appropriate.

  • Develop and maintain effective communications with the Board President, Board of Directors, Artistic Director, staff, volunteers, and artists.

  • Attends all Board meetings.

  • Acts as a resource to Board of Directors so that policy decisions are made on an informed basis (strategic planning, fundraising, etc.)

  • Develop/expand a strong Board of Directors and work with the Board to achieve the organization's strategic direction, vision and long range planning.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.

  • Experienced fundraiser for organizations with annual budgets of at least $500,000 and a proven track record of building and maintaining annual fundraising efforts.

  • Established network within the nonprofit funding community, with proven success in cultivating and maintaining relationships with foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.

  • At least 5 years in management, including working with and developing/expanding a Board of Directors.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proficient with standard computer programs. Familiarity with applications including Office Suite.

  • Experience in initiating, planning, implementing and evaluating programs and services.

  • Some evening and weekend hours required.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must be able to lift and move paperwork or equipment up to 25 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle objects; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, and crouch; talk and hear.

Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of and passion for the performing arts.

  • Substantial career experience at a management level of an arts organization.

  • Master's degree in related field.


  • Competitive, based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate, including some benefits.

Accepting applications until position is filled. Please send a cover letter and your resume to

Aerial Arts Instructor (Part-time)
Aerial Arts Instructor (Part-time) – Ages range from 7yrs – Adult

Zaccho Center for Dance and Aerial Arts focuses on teaching at the dynamic intersection of dance and aerial artistry. We are looking for individuals with strong aerial teaching skills and a curiosity about how dance can inform technique, creativity in healthy mental and physical environment. We are looking to expand our pool of qualified teachers for our youth, aerial yoga, and adult workshop programs.

Applicants should have three years of experience teaching and spotting aerial arts (one or more of the following: aerial yoga, static trapeze, single point trapeze, rope, tissue, lyra, invented apparatus, harness work, etc). For youth classes, a background in youth education and classroom management appreciated.

Accepting applications on an ongoing basis, to apply please send a cover letter, résumé and contact information to Applicants are encouraged to submit workshop proposals if appropriate.

Internship for Fall 2017
ZDT is seeking a motivated intern to assist with content revision and creation in our online archive. The intern's primary work will involve assembling coherent and consistent narrative about past performances from our physical archive and interviews.

Primary tasks include:
  • reviewing past promotional material

  • interviewing Artistic Director Joanna Haigood to gain insight into the background of various works

  • select relevant photographs, organize and identify pictured performers

  • create a consistent format for text

  • draft and revise content for online archives

Work will be facilitated and supervised by Sonya Smith

To apply please sent a letter of interest and resume to

About Zaccho Dance Theatre

Zaccho Dance Theatre (ZDT) creates and presents performance work that investigates dance as it relates to place. Artistic Director Joanna Haigood's creative work focuses on making dances that use natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Haigood's innovative work involves in-depth research into the history and the character of sites, often involving local communities in the creative process, and typically integrates aerial flight and suspension as ways of expanding performers' spatial and dynamic range. In addition, Zaccho provides performances in San Francisco, nationally and internationally as well as an arts education program for the local community.

Artistic Director Joanna Haigood relocated to San Francisco from New York in 1979 and co-founded Zaccho Dance Theatre in 1980. Her work has been commissioned by leading arts presenters both nationally and internationally. Among them are the National Black Arts Festival, Festival d'Avignon and Festival d'Arles in France, the Exploratorium, Capp Street Project, Dancing in the Streets, the Walker Art Center, Jacob's Pillow, the San Francisco Art Commission, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Montalvo Arts Center and the McColl Center for Visual Art. Her choreography has also been commissioned by Alonzo King's Lines Contemporary Ballet, Robert Moses' Kin and Axis Dance Company and is in the repertory of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

Zaccho Dance Theatre's home is San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) where Zaccho manages a large Studio that is utilized for rehearsal, performances, and educational activities for youth and adults. Zaccho is the only nonprofit dance company in the BVHP district of San Francisco. The company's arts education program was created to integrate our nationally renowned, highly innovative performance work with the experiences of our young neighbors. For over 19 years, Zaccho's Arts Education Program has served 100-150 children annually by offering free in-school and after-school classes and performance opportunities to students 7-17 years old.