Background and Mission

In our 40th season, Carolyn Dorfman Dance (CDD) mission has been dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary dance that reveals the individual uniqueness and ultimate commonality of the human experience. CDD opens dialogues between artists, students, and audiences through performance, education, and community programs that affirm the power of this dynamic art form to entertain, enlighten, engage, and connect with the communities we serve.

CDD is considered one of New Jersey’s premiere modern dance companies, whose ten multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap their unique talents to present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator and founder, Carolyn Dorfman.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance stands with others for equity and justice and in denouncing racism, intolerance, and exclusion. We, along with many other charitable nonprofits, have been on a path of exploration towards action of building diversity, equity, and inclusion into all our company’s core values, operations, as well as model those values as we advance our mission.

Currently, in our organization, we need both seasoned board professionals as well as young, diverse candidates. We especially need volunteers with the following background, experiences:

  • Fundraising, development (individual gifts, planned giving)
  • Attorney, legal experience
  • Human Resource professionals (benefits, salary, personnel management)
  • Traditional and Social Media Marketing
  • Project/Program Management, Strategic planning
  • Arts education, Curriculum development

Responsibilities of the Board

As the leadership body of the organization with fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for

  • ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • fundraising and resource development
  • helping craft the mission, vision, and core values of the organization
  • selecting and evaluating the performance of the chief executives
  • developing the strategic and organizational plans

Responsibilities of Individual Board Members

Each individual board member is expected to

  • know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • serve as an active advocate and ambassador for the organization and
  • fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission
  • actively use connections, networks, and resources to help organization to    achieve its mission and help board recruit and retain appropriate members
  • give a meaningful personal financial donation (including a board and gala gift)
  • participate in at least one committee

Other responsibilities of nonprofit board members

  • follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions
  • sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year, if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings
  • maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization
  • attend majority of board meetings annually; participate in committee meetings outside of regular board meeting. We hold at least six meetings annually. During this Covid period, meetings will be conducted virtually.

If you are interested in learning more about our company and board opportunities, please contact Executive Director Anita Thomas at 908.687.8855, athomas@carolyndorfman.dance.

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