Dean of the Music Division, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee - Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts

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Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Boston Conservatory seeks applications and nominations for the academic and artistic leadership of its Music Division.  The Dean will be a dynamic and visionary leader who is prepared to develop an active and expanding music curriculum while honoring the principles and values of a high-quality conservatory learning experience.

The recently announced merger of the Boston Conservatory and Berklee is intended to create the world’s most comprehensive institution for the study of performing arts and related professions, and represents a unique opportunity for the new Dean.  The 2016-17 academic year is envisioned as a transition year, in which post-merger integration of administrative and academic functions will be designed and executed.  While the Boston Conservatory will exist as a discrete collegiate unit within the larger Berklee universe (becoming The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and continuing to operate its historic conservatory-level programs in theater, dance, and music), there is great and growing excitement about exploring both new program development and curricular and collaborative opportunities that will allow the institution to pioneer new models of professional music training.  The Dean of the Music Division is expected to take a leadership role in guiding these crucial conversations and the evolution that will follow.

The Dean will lead a music faculty composed of distinguished professionals, frequently augmented by nationally known guest artist/teachers.  S/he will work closely with the Chief Academic Officer of the Conservatory to promote the goals of the Conservatory and the Music Division, and will collaborate closely with the Deans of the other Conservatory programs in Dance and Theater around institutional initiatives. S/he will also work closely with the Provost and other Deans at Berklee to develop the curricular and co-curricular experiences that will enable qualified students to take best advantage of the unique multi-disciplinary environment created by the merger.  Additional Information about the merger can be found at

The successful candidate will be:

  • An exceptional musical artist and/or scholar with a track record of international achievement at the highest level.
  • A professional with a proven track record of innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to career-building in today’s environment.
  • An inspirational, collegial, team-oriented leader eager to work within the Conservatory/Berklee environment.
  • A person with strong, current relationships to the professional world and considerable teaching and curriculum design experience in Higher Education.
  • A compassionate and caring teacher.
  • A persuasive advocate for Conservatory music training and the music program, both within the broad Berklee community and in the public realm.

The Boston Conservatory offers Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in performance and composition, the MMEd in Music Education. a new Master of Music degree in Contemporary Performance, Graduate Performance Diplomas, Professional Studies Certificates in performance and Composition, and the Artist Diploma. The Conservatory presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators

Berklee College of Music is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Known primarily as the world's foremost institute for the study of jazz and modern American music, it also offers in a wide range of styles, including rock, flamenco, hip hop, reggae, salsa, and bluegrass. As of 2015, Berklee alumni have been awarded a total of 253 Grammy Awards. Since 2012, Berklee College of Music also operates a campus in Valencia, Spain.  Berklee Online is the world’s largest provider of on-line music education, both MOOCs and coursework leading to fully accredited on-line degrees. 


The Boston Conservatory has engaged New Leadership Group to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations may be sent to Gale Batchelder, or 617.519.7782.  Applications should include letter of interest and a resume or curriculum vitae.

At The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, a diverse, inclusive work and learning environment is essential to maintaining our role as a leader in contemporary music education. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, transgendered status, national origin, age, disability, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Required Skills

  • Strong interest in shaping current and future trends in music and music education, including understanding/experience with digital learning and its implications for Conservatory training.
  • Commitment to mission, vision, and values of The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music;
  • Ability to create and manage departmental budgets and resources.
  • Ability to hire, mentor, and evaluate faculty and staff.
  • Ability to teach in one or more areas of the music curriculum.

Required Experience

  • A minimum of a Masters degree (or equivalent experience) in a music-related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and a minimum of five years of administrative experience in music-related professional and educational environments.
  • Experience of designing mono-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary music curricula.
  • Track record of successful partnerships with educational and arts organizations as well as a commitment to coalition building with other arts institutions nationally and internationally.
  • Successful track record of leading accreditation and Quality Assurance processes.
  • Experience of designing and implementing national and international student recruitment strategies.

Berklee College of Music is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

Keyword Phrases

  • Learning lab for the music of today
  • Cultivating the musicianship of all students
  • Holistic and constantly evolving diversity
  • Fine Arts / Applied Arts Deans
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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