The heart of Boston Ballet is the human experience. Through our living and breathing art, we forge human connections—between artist and attendee, teacher and trainee, friend and newcomer, one's outer and inner self. We believe that the community of employees that makes dance possible is better together when talented individuals with varied life experiences, identities, races, cultures and ideas are welcomed, encouraged, and heard.
Beginning on August 15, 2022, the Physical Therapist (PT) will work up to a total of 35 hours per week for approximately 40 weeks per season/fiscal year) responsible for assisting in the management of the internal physical therapy and wellness program for the Boston Ballet company and Boston Ballet II dancers (second company), including providing direct clinical patient services and supporting the overall health and wellness program for the dancers. The status of whether this position is considered an employee or independent contractor is currently under review.
During regular rehearsal weeks, the position will entail 7-hour days, from 11 am – 6 pm, five days a week.
During performance weeks, the position will entail 5-6 days a week, with a daily range from two (2) to eleven (11) hours dependent on the theatrical schedule. It will include weekdays and weekend coverage during and prior to performances. Boston Ballet’s company season tends to run from the beginning of August until the end of May.
- Evaluate, treat, and document physical therapy needs of Boston Ballet’s main and second company dancers
- Provide weekly clinical care coverage for company and BBII dancers in studio and at the theatre(s), including ‘on-call’ services on an as needed basis.
- Assist in annual health screenings for dancers.
- Assist in the coordination of interdisciplinary care and communication amongst independent contractors from other allied heath professions affiliated with the broader health and wellness program for company and BBII dancers.
- In collaboration with Company Manager, assist in worker’s compensation filing, policies, and procedures, as well as injury tracking.
- When possible, prepare and deliver education series to educate dancers on topics specific to dancer health and wellness.
- Additional duties as assigned by the Health and Wellness Coordinator, including reporting for injury tracking, documentation for related research or educational seminars, administrative assistance, appointment scheduling, or patient assistance.
- Current license to render professional PT services in the state of Massachusetts
- Individual professional malpractice insurance with liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.00 per claim / $3,000,000.00 aggregate
- Doctorate preferred but a minimum of Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy required
- Minimum of 3-5 years of experience practicing physical therapy
- Strong background in dance, dance medicine, or performing arts
- Ability to lift 80 pounds
- Flexibility to be able to work nights, weekends and occasional holidays.
- May be required to travel and provide PT services on company tours or coordinate on-site PT services or referred practitioners at tour destination
The Ideal candidate will have a:
- Background in dance
- Background in sports orthopedics with a focus on manual therapy
- ATC or experience with acute triage in a backstage setting or background in emergency/traumatic injury management
- A knowledge of or certification in Pilates, Gyrotonic, or other wellness practices
- Comprehensive manual therapy skill set including IASTM and other modalities
- Certified in dry needling or willingness to become certified
- Current CPR Certification
- Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
- Strong ability to navigate a fast-paced, frequently changing environment with confidence
- A strong desire to continue to learn and expand his or her knowledge of ballet-specific rehabilitation
Boston Ballet is an equal employment opportunity employer