Employment Opportunities

Program and Communications Manager (Part-Time)


The Performance Garage is a non-profit performance venue and incubator space whose mission is to support the professional dance and art communities by providing access to its rehearsal space, theater, and arts programming. Through its mission, the Performance Garage enriches the Philadelphia community by housing a variety of contemporary dance presentations, classes, and workshops for professional artists, and through its community outreach program, which provides free weekly dance classes to schools in the Spring Garden and Fairmount neighborhoods.


The Performance Garage seeks a ¾-time Program & Communications Manager to join a small, collaborative team dedicated to supporting the organization’s mission. Reporting directly to the Executive Director/Resident Artist, Jeanne Ruddy, this position will collaborate frequently with the Development Manager, Box Office Manager, and Rental & Operations Manager. The position will oversee the Free-Lance Graphic Designer and contracted Photographer/Videographer for related projects. This is a salaried, 28-hour per week (Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am-5pm) position with additional hours as needed.



  • Manage the Youth Outreach Program

    • Coordinate with the Spring Garden CDC to enlist elementary school students, collaborate on registration materials, plan class & performance calendar, process Instructor timesheets

    • Coordinate with Franklin Learning Center to enlist high school students, collaborate on registration materials, plan class & performance calendar, process Instructor timesheets, and ensure that the Outreach curriculum supplements FLC’s dance program curriculum

    • Coordinate with Roberto Clemente Park and Congregation Rodeph Shalom to arrange summer Outreach classes

    • Write Outreach Program grants (and research additional)

  • Write current city/state Operating Grants (Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts)

  • Create and distribute monthly newsletter using Mailchimp

  • Coordinate with Rentals Manager to update website content and manage general website upkeep

  • Create social media posts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) for productions, classes, and workshops

  • Oversee marketing campaigns and ensure that Performance Garage consistently holds ads in relevant publications

  • Help Executive Director coordinate DanceVisions residency program

    • Coordinate with PR Consultant to write and distribute press release

    • Coordinate with graphic designer and resident artist to create & distribute promotional materials

  • Assist Development Manager with the Gala and fundraising events

  • Assist Development Manager with Annual Appeal (manage list, create letters, and process donations/acknowledgements)

  • Coordinate with Rental & Operations manager to plan & execute Hub Chat program

  • Keep minutes at weekly staff meetings and monthly Board meetings


Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

  • 1-2 years experience working full-time in a non-profit setting

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Preferred Skills:

  • Tech-savvy, with knowledge of Wix platform, Mailchimp, and Hootesuite/social media platforms strongly preferred

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Illustrator, a plus

  • Experience working in youth outreach programming or knowledge of the Philadelphia school district a plus  

  • Enthusiasm for dance/performing arts strongly preferred

  • Organized and flexible, with a willingness to work on a variety of different projects


To Apply:

Send resume, cover letter, references, and two writing samples to Christopher Barrett Politan, Development Manager, at cpolitan@performancegarage.org


Preferred Start Date: Early August