Chair of the Film Scoring Department - Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts

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Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

United States

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Berklee College of Music invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Film Scoring Department. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee is the world's largest independent music college and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. The Berklee community consists of 4,500 talented and diverse students, 630 internationally respected faculty, over 500 dedicated staff, and an extended family of alumni, whose 200+ Grammy awards testify to their contributions to the music of our time. 

The next Chair of Film Scoring will build on the 35-year legacy of the department, which offers the world’s only undergraduate degree in Film Scoring as well as a unique Minor course of study in Video Game Scoring. New directions in production technology, new business models, and the development of video game scoring make this an exciting time for the department as the college launches its first graduate programs and on-campus online courses, among other initiatives. With inspiration and vision, the Chair will enhance the strengths of one of Berklee’s flagship programs, and ensure that its graduates have the skills to maneuver and thrive in a field which is undergoing continual transformation.

The Chair will be an accomplished, future-oriented visionary and professional who will lead the department in curriculum design and development, uses of technology, faculty development, and pedagogy and instruction. S/he will be an individual who embraces diversity in individuals, perspectives, and musical styles. The Chair must have the managerial and organizational skills and political acumen to navigate in a complex academic setting and to build relationships with partners inside Berklee, as well as locally, nationally, and internationally.

The ideal candidate will be dedicated to the aesthetic traditions and innovative technical advances in contemporary scoring in various media genres, will have a demonstrated appreciation of all styles of contemporary music and current musical trends and the ability to effectively integrate such music into the curriculum. S/he will have outstanding communication, interpersonal, and consensus-building skill, and will enjoy working collaboratively and collegially with a wide variety of constituents. A commitment to the experience of students is essential.

Reporting to the Dean of the Professional Writing and Music Technology Division, the Chair supervises the Assistant Chair, 6 full-time and 8 part-time faculty, and a support staff of six.


  • Supervision of the department’s musical and educational direction, including development and implementation of department goals and objectives curriculum development, management, and assessment;
  • Departmental course scheduling
  • Faculty hiring, supervision, evaluation, and development
  • Student advising
  • Staff hiring, supervision, evaluation, and development
  • Teaching (typically 1-2 courses per semester)
  • Management of department budget and facilities
  • Management of department clinics and visiting artists


  • Master's degree or equivalent professional experience 
  • Substantial experience as an active composer, music editor, or music executive in the field(s) of film, television, and/or video game music
  • Teaching and/or administrative experience, preferably in a college setting
  • Thorough knowledge of current practices and technological advances in the field
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Effective administrative skills, including the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and set and meet deadlines
  • Interest in working in a diverse workplace with a multicultural student body
  • Experience in managing in a faculty union environment is preferable

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

  • Chair of the Film Scoring Department
  • Learning lab for the music of today
  • Cultivating the musicianship of all students
  • Holistic and constantly evolving diversity
  • Film and Video
  • Digital Media
  • Multimedia, Animation, Video Game
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Type of Faculty:Non-Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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