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Ballet Co.Laboratory

Board Member

Location: Twin Cities Metro
Type: Board Member
Category: Theater and Performing Arts
Deadline: June 30, 2022

Location: Twin Cities Metro

Preferred areas of board experience

Human Resources

Position description and application instructions


The Board of Directors of Ballet Co.Laboratory (BCL) are the fiduciaries who steer the organization toward a sustainable future by working to adopt sound, ethical, legal governance and financial management policies, in addition to ensuring BCL has the adequate resources needed to advance their mission.

The members of the Board are the most vital philanthropic volunteer positions at Ballet Co.Laboratory. These ambassadors are well-respected within the community, have a strong affinity for the mission and vision of the organization, and are natural connectors who take pride in leading by example.

Members are elected to a two-year (2) term and may serve up to two (2) consecutive terms, for a total of four (4) years. Executive officers may serve a full or partial third term (maximum 6 years) if all parties agree.

The Board of Directors meet six (6) times a year. The principal responsibilities of each Board member include the following:

• Attend Board meetings six times a year. Members are to prepare for these meetings in advance by reviewing provided meeting materials.

o Board meetings are currently held in August, October, December, February, April,and June of each year.

• Provide ongoing oversight and evaluation of Ballet Co.Laboratory’s operations and performance by working alongside fellow Board and staff members. Duties include, but are not limited to:

o Assure that the affairs of Ballet Co.Laboratory are conducted in a fiscally responsible manner that is in the best interest of the organization.

o Oversee and evaluate the progress of the strategic plan, ensuring that it directly connects to the mission, vision, and values of the organization.

o Nurture the future leadership and governance of Ballet Co.Laboratory by submitting nominees annually for consideration to vacancies on the Board of Directors.

o Maintain confidentiality of committee, Board, and organization work, while remaining independent of any personal agenda, self-interest, or influence of external parties.

o As appropriate, be available for questions/comments/concerns from BCL staff and parents/students of The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory and respond in a timely manner to communication.

o Oversee the selection and performance of the Artistic and Managing Directors.

• Participate in a yearly appraisal of own performance set against the expectations of the Board and its committees.

• Champion the mission, vision, values, and goals of the organization by serving as an ambassador of Ballet Co.Laboratory to community leaders, patrons, corporations, partner organizations, parents/students of The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory, and others within personal and professional circles.

• Assist in the development/training of Company dancers’ administrative roles/responsibilities where appropriate.

• Stay informed about Ballet Co.Laboratory’s performance season, The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory, Outreach programs, and other connections to our community by:

o Observing at least one (1) Ballet Co.Laboratory Outreach program and (1) School of Ballet Co.Laboratory class during tenure.

o Attend the five productions in Ballet Co.Laboratory’s annual performance season.

• Represent the Board, and support the cultivation of new audiences/donors, by attending one (1) special event each season (excluding our fall fundraising performance/event, that is in addition). Members are asked to invite guests from their personal network whom are perceived to be interested in learning more about our work. Special events include rehearsal sneak peeks, opening night receptions, meet-n-greets, and more.

• Be an active participant in Ballet Co.Laboratory’s fundraising activities. Members are expected to:

o Assist the organization in identifying potential donors and prospects for the organization. As part of these efforts, members may be asked to host a cultivation event for donors/prospects on behalf of the organization (backstage tour, opening night party, performance…).

o Members are asked to help pitch sponsorship and/or grant support from their place of business if a corporate giving program is in place.

o Contribute a personal gift to the annual fund each year. The Board believes that financial contribution is a core responsibility and that the Board must lead for others to follow. The Board has set a standard of 100% participation in the annual fund as a statement of our leadership, accountability for Ballet Co.Laboratory’s financial stability, and respect for our donor base (granting foundations often expect 100% board participation).

While philanthropic capacity will vary on the Board, members are asked to make Ballet Co.Laboratory a top priority in their philanthropic plans. The Board’s minimum unrestricted personal gift is currently $2,500 per year, with the hopes that members will consider larger gifts when possible. Personal giving is distinct and independent from ticket purchases, silent/live auction items won, employer matching gift contributions, and monies leveraged from corporate funders.

Send your resume and cover letter outlining your board experience and interest in Ballet Co.Laboratory to Rachel Koep, Managing Director, at