JOB POSTING - Queering Dance Festival Steering Committee Members

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center


Shawl-Anderson Dance Center’s Queering Dance Festival (QDF) seeks LGBTQ+ dancers, performers and community members to join QDF’s new Steering Committee in five paid temporary positions. 


The Steering Committee is a new, decentralized, non-hierarchical leadership group for the Queering Dance Festival. The goal of creating the Steering Committee is to ensure the guiding voices of the festival reflect the diversity of the Bay Area queer community. Members will work collaboratively to program festival workshops and events, develop community and organizational partnerships, support curated artists, and make sure the festival is safe, accessible, and joyful for all. This year’s committee members will also be instrumental in developing the committee’s structure for the future, and concretizing the festival’s mission and governance.


Committee Members will collaborate in guiding all aspects of the festival, but each will have a particular responsibility/focus they will lead and work on. Applicants are invited to apply to one or multiple roles in the committee.

  • Disability and Access

  • Race & Gender Equity

  • Community Safety & Experience

  • Marketing & Public Relations

  • Community and Partner Outreach


Committee members will work closely with Event Producer Jessi Barber who will facilitate monthly meetings and provide production support, and will be supported by Artistic Director Jill Randall.


Timing and Commitment

  • One 2-hour committee meeting per month, May-September

  • 3 hours per month in support of festival planning tasks (exact tasks determined by specific committee role)

  • Possible on-site work TBD during the Festival itself, held at various outdoor and online locations, September 10th-20th, 2021 



$25/hour, temporary independent contractor position. Committee Members are independent contractors and will submit a simple scope of work/contract once selection is complete. The QDF budget allows for each steering committee member to work a maximum of 20 hours. Additional time may be added to the scope of work as the steering committee’s process develops and needs are identified, and as the festival budget allows. Independent contractors of Shawl-Anderson Dance Center invoice the organization for payment and will be paid via an electronic deposit/bank transfer. Contractors earning $600 or more in a calendar year will be issued a 1099 tax form by Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in January of the following year.

Desired Qualifications:


  • Excitement for co-creating a festival that celebrates and serves the Bay Area LBGTQ+ dance community

  • Experience working on collaborative teams and a commitment to collaborative, non-hierarchical, iterative decision-making

  • Experience in the dance field (all genres) as a performer, choreographer, teaching artist, designer, technician, etc.

  • Commitment to anti-racism, non-violent communication, and accountability practices


Helpful Qualifications

  • Experience performing in or producing festivals, shows, or multi-faceted events

  • Background in marketing, publicity or community partnerships

  • Experience in educational programming or curation


The Queering Dance Festival serves queer and trans movement artists, the broader LGBTQ+ community, and their allies with a mission of foregrounding the work and artistry of queer artists of color, trans and non-binary artists, indigenous artists, artists with disabilities, and female and femme-identifying artists. People who hold these identities are especially encouraged to apply.  We are looking for equity-minded contractors/consultants who represent the full diversity of the communities we serve and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diversity present in our community. Current and past QDF curated artists, workshop teachers, and panel members, as well as SADC faculty are welcome to apply.


To Apply

1) Email a current resume or short letter/list of your relevant experience to jessi@shawl-anderson.org.


2) Complete the following application questionnaire form describing your interest and indicating the role(s) you are interested in and what you could bring to them:  https://forms.gle/nFQX3gVEWoDBRg2u8


Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 21st.


Questions? Producer Jessi Barber would love to chat with you about the vision of the Steering Committee and how you can shape it and the festival. Email jessi@shawl-anderson.org with questions or to set up a time to talk on the phone.


About the Queering Dance Festival

Founded in 2019, QDF highlights the artistic work and the issues on the minds of the queer, trans and gender-nonconforming dance community in the East Bay. QUEERING DANCE aims to present dance through a queer lens, elevating the work and diverse voices of local LGBTQ+ movement artists from all backgrounds. Find out more at https://www.shawl-anderson.org/queeringdance


Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s website.



SADC offers work exchange designed for dancers interested in becoming a vital part of our community and are in need of funding to sustain their dance training. Work study students are an essential contribution to the overall success of the Center. This program is currently on hold. Please reach out to info@shawl-anderson.org with questions.


We offer weekly shifts that primarily involve cleaning the Center: this includes, but is not limited to, sweeping, vacuuming and mopping floors, dusting, cleaning mirrors, wiping down the barres and mats, cleaning bathrooms, etc. 


If a weekly shift doesn't work for you, we also offer one-off event/administration shifts throughout the year. 



The exchange rate is one dance class (or 1-hour rental) for each hour of work. The value of the work exchange is based on current class and rental pricing. Click on the following for updated program information: online classes, in-house classes and studio rentals.


We'll ask you agree to the following conditions when you commit to a shift:

You'll complete (or get covered) 100% of the shifts you've committed to. If you cannot make your shift due to a schedule conflict, illness or other reason, it is your responsibility to get the shift covered by contacting other work study students and letting desk staff know in a timely manner. This is also beneficial to other students who want to pick up additional hours.  If you experience an unforeseen illness or emergency at the last minute, please call SADC immediately to communicate your absence and they will seek a substitute for the shift.

You will use your accrued classes regularly with the understanding that this program is designed to support students in pursuing training in dance. If you accrue more than 10 classes, your shift may be re-assigned to another student who is able to use their accrued classes regularly. Possible exceptions made.


You understand that due to the constant use of this building, 80 hours a week, 7 days a week, your job as a work-study student is very important to the everyday operations of the Center and you take responsibility for being consistent, on time, and thorough. Your work contributes to the overall success of the Center and the quality of our students’ experience dancing at the Center.



SADC volunteers are dedicated friends of the organization who generously share their time to serve our mission. We are always looking for individuals to assist with performances, special events, mailings, documentation, archiving and more. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering please email info@shawl-anderson.org and let us know your interests. You can also join  our weekly email update list to receive information about the latest opportunities.