Title: Business Operations Director

Reports To: Executive / Artistic Director

Direct Reports: Marketing and Publishing Manager, Two Arts Administration Graduate Assistants



NCCAkron seeks a Business Operations Director who will serve as the key manager of the back-office and accounts,  as well as direct communications and engagement for a non-profit arts start-up. This person will become the third full-time person on a five to seven person team including the Executive/Artistic Director and NCCAkron Programs Manager, Marketing & Publications Manager, seasonal hires and consultants. This position will take the lead on internal bookkeeping and office operations while overseeing internal and external communications and community relationships. They / she / he will work independently with minimal supervision in a generative and collaborative environment – sometimes asynchronously and virtually. Must be based in or willing to relocate to the Akron area with employer assistance. 


Primary Responsibilities
  • Primary internal bookkeeper and liaison with external accountant to prepare monthly financial statements.

  • Run accounts payable and receivable on a weekly basis, including the issuance of checks or invoices.

  • Research and continue to build out internal systems; establish and grow databases and community relationship management systems

  • Responsible for researching and costing out new business ideas and partnerships including shaping human resources and benefits policy. 

  • Serve as liaison to departments and other centers across The University of Akron campus community in concert with or in lieu of the Executive/Artistic Director.

  • Assist with grant management and reports including, but not limited to project budgets and material input to online grant portals 

  • Manage contracts for visiting artists and independent contractors with Programs Manager and other team members

  • Oversee all aspects of filing, documentation, and material collection.

Education / Experience
  • Seven+ years related experience with proven office, management and communications skills.

  • Have a deep understanding, familiarity and/or curiosity with dance and/or the creative process

  • Proven ability to work across teams and institutions with a variety of projects and constituencies simultaneously while maintaining strong attention to detail.


Knowledge / Skills / Abilities
  • Strong working knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles 

  • A Quickbooks wizard 

  • Proficient in institutional storytelling

  • A team-player and generous collaborator

  • Flexible; open to iterative processes

  • Able to lay down, or at least pick up, a slick metaphor 

  • Must be based in or willing to relocate to Akron OH, with employer assistance



$53,000 - $65,000, full health, dental and vision benefits


Working Conditions

NCCAkron is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. All employment decisions at NCCAkron are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. NCCAkron will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. NCCAkron encourages applicants of all ages.


About NCCAkron

NCCAkron operates on both a national and hyperlocal level. The Center has become an intellectual matchmaker between national choreographers and the robust cultural ecology in and around Akron, OH. Through hosting convenings, publishing books, and cultivating forward thinking partnerships, we aim to build and fortify what will be the future of the field. Operating as a dance “think tank,” and striving to fill this critical need, NCCAkron hosts dance artists from across the U.S. providing resources and connections to individuals and/or organizations so the artists may be inspired and explore new ideas.


The Center provides space for choreographic process in the following capacities:

  • Experimentation: Experimenting is at the core of all that we do. In the programs outlined below, we invite artists to exchange knowledge and to try something new. We get excited every time we can offer artists space, time, and resources to play without the pressure of producing anything.


  • Creation: NCCAkron supports opportunities for dance makers, writers, and artist-administrators to deepen their practice and realize their visions, at any stage of their creative process.


  • Advocacy: At NCCAkron, we elevate the voices of artists through documentation, archiving, writing, and public conversation. We seek to expand the narratives of dance in a way that is geographically equitable, culturally holistic, and accessible - all in an effort to advocate for dance as a more central part of U.S. culture.


Organizational History

In 2013, DANCECleveland launched a feasibility study to explore the possibility for a National Center for Choreography. After receiving the feasibility study’s preliminary findings in 2015, the Knight Foundation committed $5 million to fast-track the establishment of NCCAkron to operate in donated space and facilities at The University of Akron. NCCAkron incorporated as a 501(c)3, and in 2016, NCCAkron hired Christy Bolingbroke as the Founding

Executive/Artistic Director. Rounding out its five-year anniversary, NCCAkron is implementing its first strategic plan.  Even through the COVID pandemic, the organization has grown its team to two full-time employees, three part-time employees, and seasonal contractors across the country.


How to Apply

Submit questions, resume and letter of interest to jennifer@ilikebetter.com. Refer to nccakron.org for additional information about the organization. Please state “NCCAkron Business Operations Director” in the subject of your email. Materials will be considered on a rolling basis with a deadline to apply for this position of November 1st.