Berklee College of Music invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant Chair of the Songwriting Department. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee is one of the world's largest independent music colleges and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. The Berklee community consists of over 6,500 talented and diverse students, 850 internationally respected faculty, over 700 dedicated staff, and an extended family of alumni.
The Songwriting Department includes twenty-one faculty providing a unique tool-based approach to songwriting and all attendant skills. The department manages curriculum for 320 majors as well as majors in other fields who study songwriting as ancillary to their areas of interest. The curriculum for songwriting supports development in all areas of craft and business, including production and technology, arranging, performance skills, genre and style, marketing and branding, licensing and copyright, and the study of songs in their social and historical context.
The department promotes an evolving repertoire of elective classes which cover current practices, events for songwriters who wish to perform original songs, screenings with industry professionals, master classes and clinics with influential songwriters, and trips to industry hubs like Nashville and Los Angeles. The department also oversees the Music Theater Writing Minor, and offers several summer programs. The Songwriting department strives to attain and maintain diverse representation of gender, race, ethnicity, as well as genres and styles that are currently under-represented in academic settings.
The Assistant Chair will serve as an academic and administrative leader of the Department--working under the direction and supervision of the Chair. This is a 12-month administrative position. Initial appointment is for three years.
Represent the Songwriting Department as an administrative leader on- and off-campus
Advance the student experience and the work of the Department, Division, and College
Advise students in the Songwriting Major
Contribute to curriculum development, review, and management
Assist with faculty and staff hires, development, mentoring, and evaluation
Assist with the development of class schedules and teaching assignments for faculty
Partner with the Chair to develop and advance Departmental goals
Serve on Department, Division, and College committees
Facilitate Department-sponsored guest artists and events
Teach as required
Maintain professional engagement to augment the Songwriting department brand
Other duties as assigned
Master's degree in songwriting, technology or music-related field or equivalent professional experience
A record of administrative experience in higher education, non-profit or industry
College or university teaching experience
Professional experience in a music production-related field
Excellent collaboration skills, demonstrated alignment with diversity and inclusion principles, and a commitment to working with students and colleagues from all backgrounds is essential.
A record of professional engagement and ability to establish and maintain relationships with music industry constituencies, organizations, and academic partners
Strong command of technology to support administrative tasks
***Electronic applications only***
Along with your Resume/CV please include the following materials in Word/PDF format. Please note: All application materials can be uploaded to the Resume/Cover letter application section.
Letter of Application
Links to at least two recorded examples of your work (no downloadable files)
References may be requested
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.This search will remain open for applications until the position is filled.
Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials: * Cover letter that addresses the applicant's capabilities and experiences. * A resume or CV.
Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.
The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
Berklee 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.
Internal Number: R0000779
About Berklee College of Music
The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Developing the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work?the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity?are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience. Founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora, our comprehensive curriculum is distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, and embraces the principal musical movements of our time. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing, our curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today's music professional.