WE WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY
That somebody is you. We encourage anybody who is interested in making a difference in the local community to apply to be on the KUDM Steering Board. The Steering Board is the heart & soul to our organization. Not only will you develop skills in an area of interest, but you will also be able to see your hard work change the lives of so many others. Warning: Once you join KU Dance Marathon, your life might be changed forever due to the indescribable experience. Take a look at each position listed below and find the application at the bottom of this page.
ABOUT EACH Position
Director of Finance
You know a thing or two about numbers, accounting, etc. You will be responsible for managing KUDM’s budget and expenses and budgeting money to different committees. You'll also monitor all day-of-marathon fundraising (the cool part is that you get to know the grand total before anyone else). You will work closely with Student Senate to receive funding for our organization. And... you understand how the heck to write a check.
Director of Fundraising
This year our organization raised over $94,000 for the kids. Want to help us top that? The Director of Fundraising coordinates fundraising campaigns throughout year in order to help us reach our fundraising goal. You know the best restaurants to pick for percentage nights. You are able to plan canning trips in the Lawrence and Kansas City area. You make sure we're on track to our goal each month. You understand a thing or two about non-profit fundraising. This position offers many opportunities for creativity when it comes to fundraising campaigns, and you will see your hard work manifest when we reveal the final fundraising totals.
Director of Sponsorship
You recognize a win-win situation when you see one. You've got a great handshake. You know someone who knows someone who knows someone. The Director of Sponsorship establishes and maintains relationships with businesses in the Lawrence and Kansas City areas and will get real business experience. Your responsibilities include growing our current sponsor list while maintaining good relationships with our current, updating and distributing the KUDM Sponsorship Packet, solidifying an elevator pitch to use when meeting with potential sponsors, coordinating catering for the marathon, etc.
Director of Design
You're a young Picasso prodigy. Just kidding, but you know your way around Adobe software. You are responsible for conceptualizing and carrying out KUDM’s brand design and promotional campaigns. You and the Director of Media Relations will work closely to think of campaigns to execute throughout the year. You will create our sponsorship packet, family packets, brochures, business cards, t-shirts, posters, etc. KUDM creates all original designs within all aspects of the organization.
Director of Family Relations
The Director of Family Relations works closely with our miracle families, KU Pediatrics and Children's Miracle Network to ensure that they are involved with our organization. You must know how to play tag with 30+ kids without getting tired. This individual oversees all communication with KUDM Miracle Families. Your responsibilities include contacting Miracle Families for KUDM events, keeping the organization updated with information about our Miracle Children, building personal relationships with our Miracle Families, and keeping all KUDM students in tune with the mission of the organization: For the Kids.
Director of Media Relations
Have you ever seen Mad Men? This position is a little like that. But now. You're a Social Media King/Queen. You will be responsible for conceptualizing and carrying out KUDM’s promotional campaigns via social media and PR campaigns on campus. You will work closely with the Director of Design to create and distribute all print and online campaigns, as well as promotional videos. You know how Facebook, Twitter and Instagram work and how to strategically use each outlet. You'll also get experience in website design. All in all, you will act as the voice for our organization.
Director of Recruitment
You're familiar with the art of persuasion, you're not afraid to speak in front of a crowd, and you know how to write a good email. The Director of Recruitment is responsible for coordinating recruitment efforts throughout the entire year. Some of these efforts include tabling, discount days, organization visits, etc. You and your committee will reach out to Greek chapters, residence halls, scholarship halls, student organizations, etc. and educate them about KUDM's mission. You will also create email campaigns to reach out to potential dancers. The Director of Recruitment will work closely with the Director of Morale to keep our organization's registrations and momentum going all year.
Director of Community Outreach
You will launch our efforts to expand the KU Dance Marathon movement to local high schools & help them organize "Mini Marathons." Pretty cool, right? Additionally, you will be responsible for communicating our cause to the local Lawrence and Kansas City communities. Our Lawrence community has a pretty big heart, let's get everyone more involved with our cause.
Director of Morale
You're like the guy from Footloose that makes everyone want to get up and dance. And you've got a winning personality. The Director of Morale will be responsible for coordinating the morale dance, which we teach all of the dancers at the marathon. Other responsibilities include maintaining relationships will our registered dancers to ensure that they are staying updated about organization news heading into the marathon. For example, you will create email campaigns to keep registered dancers informed and updated. You'll be their favorite name in their inbox. The Director of Morale will work closely with the Director of Recruitment to keep our organization's registrations and our momentum going all year.
Director of Entertainment
You're a planner. You have a planner. You plan to use your planner. Event planning is your calling. The Director of Entertainment is responsible for planning the actual Dance Marathon and making the event appealing to a vast audience. Your responsibilities include establishing the theme for Dance Marathon, communicating with and contracting all DJs, bands, and performers for Dance Marathon, planning dancer activities, and creating the master schedule for Dance Marathon. Did we also say you can decorate the entire Union Ballroom? You will also be responsible for coordinating events leading up to the marathon, such as the VolleyTHON volleyball tournament.