Dean, Professional Writing and Music Technology

Comprised of the Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Berklee NYC, Berklee Abu Dhabi, Berklee Valencia, and the Division of Pre-College, Online and Professional Programs, Berklee is a preeminent institution of contemporary music, theater, and dance, offering degree granting programs in Boston, New York City, and Valencia, Spain, and through Berklee Online. Berklee Abu Dhabi offers pre-college and professional educational programs, and serves as a key cultural partner for the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, including through the annual Berklee Abu Dhabi Culture Summit.

Dedicated to nurturing the creative and career potential of the world's most inspired artists, Berklee's commitment to arts education is reflected in the work of its students, faculty, and alumni - who have been recognized with 332 Grammy Awards, 118 Latin Grammy Awards, 31 Emmy Awards, 7 Academy Awards, and 11 Tony Awards. Graduates go on to successful careers in the performing and creative arts, the media and entertainment industries, and as arts entrepreneurs.

The Professional Writing and Music Technology Division is one of four academic divisions at Berklee College of Music. It is comprised of eight departments: Composition, Contemporary Writing & Production, Electronic Production & Design, Harmony, Jazz Composition, Music Production & Engineering, ScreenScoring, and Songwriting.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Dean of Professional Writing and Music Technology Division functions as part of the Academic Affairs Senior Leadership and reports to the Vice President/Executive Director of the college. The Dean will be a forward thinking, accomplished professional who will lead the division in areas of curriculum design and development, faculty and staff hiring, uses of technology, scholarship, and pedagogy and instruction.

The Dean supports the mission of Berklee in creating a rich and multidimensional student experience that gives artists and music professionals the skills and competencies they need in music and in life. A passion for the arts and commitment to the successful experience of all Berklee students are essential. In addition, the Dean actively strives to foster and maintain a workplace and learning climate that is supportive of all employees and students regardless of their identity, that is respectful of difference and is genuinely open to various and differing perspectives.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serves as the chief advocate and administrator for the division providing leadership and strategic direction. Develops and sets short and long-range goals for the division.
  • Leads the strategic integration of technology into core curriculum and majors throughout the Institution.
  • Navigates in a complex academic setting, and builds relationships with partners inside the college, as well as locally, nationally, and internationally in order to achieve results.
  • Leads and fosters institutional and inter-divisional collaborations and also provides oversight of specialized accreditations within the division.
  • Ensures that educational offerings are developed and delivered with a focus on student career preparations and a philosophy of wellness for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Oversees curriculum design and development within the division to ensure courseware aligns with the Berklee’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategies while preparing students to successfully thrive in an ever-evolving performing arts industry.
  • Manages the oversight and preparation of the division budget while providing sound fiscal stewardship
  • Responsible for the hiring, supervision and evaluations of Division personnel including Chairs, Assistant Chairs, Institute Directors, Staff, and Faculty

MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong candidates will be forward-thinking and accomplished professionals with the equivalent work experience of an advanced degree(s), masters (or doctorate preferred), in music technology, music and/or a discipline related to those of the division or equivalent.
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of contemporary technology, engineering, recording, and production tools and techniques for the music industry, as well as experience in composition and lyric development.
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership, evaluation, and planning in higher education, as well as understanding of the culture and uniqueness of the music, entertainment and performing arts industries.
  • Possess excellent and inspirational leadership skills needed to engage multi-disciplinary teams with a capacity to drive transformational learning environments
  • Possess deep experience in financial, organizational and people management in a multi-level higher education environment; experience in a unionized environment is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in individuals, perspectives, teaching/learning styles, and curriculum development.
  • Possess outstanding communication, interpersonal, and consensus-building skills, and capability to work collaboratively and collegially with a wide variety of constituents across all Berklee learning environments.
  • Experienced in curriculum design and development grounded in the present-day career and wellness needs of students and a swiftly changing industry environment.

 

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Equal Employment Opportunity at Berklee

We support an inclusive workplace where everyone excels based on personal merit, qualifications, experience, ability, and job performance.  Berklee affirms that inequality is detrimental to our faculty, staff, students, and the communities we serve. Our goal is to make lasting change through our actions. Berklee is committed to providing fair and equitable consideration of all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, place of birth, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, or status as a member of the armed forces or veteran of the armed forces, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

As part of this commitment, Berklee will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Human Resources Team at hroperations@Berklee.edu or call 617-747-2375.

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

*Currently enrolled Berklee students are not permitted to apply for staff or faculty positions.*