Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee College of Music is the world's largest independent music college and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music and the performing arts. 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 recent merger with The Boston Conservatory has made Berklee and The Boston Conservatory at Berklee an exciting place of unending new possibilities.
The Film Scoring program's comprehensive and innovative curriculum offers students a unique opportunity to learn the art, craft, and tools of scoring for a variety of media with a professionally active faculty. Looking towards the future, the Department aims to expand its Video Game Scoring offerings as well as introduce new media and technologies to its curriculum such as VR/XR/AR.
Reporting to the Chair of the Film Scoring Department, the Assistant Chair supports the Chair on several aspects of the academic, administrative, and managerial leadership of the department. The next Assistant Chair of Film Scoring will work with the Chair to build on the 40-year legacy of the department, which was the first in the world to offer an undergraduate degree in Film Scoring and a subsequent Minor course of study in Video Game Scoring.
The Assistant Chair will possess 5 or more years as a professional film, television, or video game composer. Alternatively, the Assistant Chair will possess 5 or more years as a professional orchestrator, music editor, or music executive.
The Assistant Chair will be a future-oriented music professional, educator, and team player. The successful candidate will be an individual who embraces diversity in individuals, perspectives, and musical styles. The Assistant Chair must possess excellent managerial and organizational skills as well as the political acumen to navigate in a large, complex academic setting in order to build relationships with partners internally and externally. The Assistant Chair must be able to balance the needs of senior leadership, faculty, and students.
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, 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 and a positive attitude is essential.
Assisting the Chair with a variety of administrative and management duties, including (but not limited to):
Review, development, and oversight of curriculum
Hiring and mentoring of faculty and staff
Faculty performance reviews
Frontline student academic and career advising
Resolving student matters as it applies to the Film Scoring concentrate
Contribute to Departmental newsletter
Prospective student advising and outreach
Management of department budget and resources
Attend and help plan department clinics, weekly seminars, and guest artist visits
Occasional out-of-town travel for the Department
Service on college-wide, divisional, and departmental committees
Execute departmental business processes
Management of student award process
Teaching (typically 1-2 courses per semester)
Master's degree or equivalent professional experience
At least 5 years of experience as an active composer, music editor, orchestrator or music executive in film, television, or video games
Teaching and administrative experience, preferably at college level
Thorough knowledge of current practices and technological advances in the field
Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
Extremely organized, very strong 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
Industry experience in Los Angeles as well as managing in a faculty union environment is preferable
Electronic applications only. Please submit the following materials as one PDF or Word document:
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 professional work
The start date for the position is August 1, 2020 (or sooner, pending availability of the selected candidate). This is a twelve-month position. Initial appointment is for three years. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until 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.
Employee Type: Chair
Internal Number: R0001959
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.
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