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 over 6,500 talented and diverse students, 850 internationally respected faculty, over 700 dedicated staff, and an extended family of alumni.
The next Chair of Film Scoring will build on the almost 40-year legacy of the department, which offered the world's first undergraduate degree in Film Scoring, as well as a unique Minor course of study in Video Game Scoring. Developments in the field of music for video games and VR/AR/XR, as well as new horizons in the global marketplace, and the development of new Berklee Master's programs in scoring and game audio, make this an especially exciting time for the department. With inspiration and vision, the Chair will carry on the legacy of innovation that makes this department renowned; protect and 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. They will embrace diversity in individuals, perspectives, and musical styles, and 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 place storytelling and collaboration in the center of their scoring mindset. They will be dedicated to the aesthetic traditions and innovative technical advances in contemporary scoring in various media genres, demonstrate an appreciation of all styles of contemporary music and current musical trends, and show their ability to effectively integrate all of these things into the curriculum. They will have outstanding communication, interpersonal, and consensus-building skills, 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 and the Department Coordinator, and 9 full-time and 6 part-time faculty.
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
Staff hiring, supervision, evaluation, and development
Teaching (typically 1-2 courses per semester)
Management of department budget
Management of department clinics and visiting artists
Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional experience
Substantial experience as an active composer, music editor, and/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 managing in a faculty union environment is preferable
Electronic applications only . Please submit the following application materials in either Word or PDF format. Address your cover letter to: Film Scoring Department Chair Search, Attn: Matthew Nicholl, Interim Dean, Professional Writing and Music Technology Division.
Letter of Application that addresses the applicant's capabilities, experiences, and interests
A current resume or CV (including industry credits)
Names and contact information for at least three (3) references
Links to websites or online resources with representative samples of your work
The start date for the position is September 1, 2019 . This is a twelve-month position. Initial appointment is for three years. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of applications will be ongoing. This search will remain open for applications until the position is filled.
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.
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: R0000130
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.