The Berklee College of Music seeks an active and energetic composer to serve as Assistant Chair in the Composition Department. Duties will include assisting the Department Chair with management of department curriculum, faculty, scheduling, academic advising, College committees, concert and guest artist planning, and other departmental and college activities. Teaching load will usually be one to two classes per semester, or the equivalent in private lessons.
The Composition Department includes a faculty of 30 composers and 15 conductors, and offers a major in composition and a minor in conducting. The department teaches five core courses in tonal harmony, counterpoint, and conducting to all 4,500 Berklee students, as well as an evolving repertoire of advanced electives in composition, contemporary techniques, orchestration, analysis, and conducting. The department offers a seminar series for professionals to interact with students, visiting artist master classes, visiting ensemble residencies, and numerous performance opportunities for both composers and conductors. The Composition 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 including fall, spring and summer semesters. Initial appointment is for three years.
Master's degree in composition required (completed PhD or DMA preferred)
Minimum three years of college or university teaching experience
Demonstrated career as a composer with performances by professional ensembles nationally and/or internationally
Additional skills as a conductor or instrumentalist preferred
Administrative experience in higher education or the equivalent in the professional field
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists
Strong team management skills
Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population, with particular attention to academic skills, mentorship and special needs.
Electronic applications only. Please submit the following materials in PDF or Word format at berklee.edu/jobs. All application materials can be uploaded to the Resume/Cover letter application section.
Letter of Application
Current resume or curriculum vitae
Links to two (2) work samples and website (no downloadable files)
Names of three (3) references
APPLICATION REVIEW AND DEADLINE
Incomplete applications will not be considered. This search will remain open for applications until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 15, 2019.
Appointment to begin September 1, 2020. This is a 12-month administrative position. Initial appointment is for three years.
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.
Employee Type: Chair
Internal Number: R0001837
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.