Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University–New Brunswick seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and visionary leader to serve as Director of the Department of Music. The Director oversees the academic and administrative functions of a comprehensive Department of Music, working collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and school leadership to articulate a compelling, inclusive vision for the department's future. The ideal candidate will be able to guide the department's evolution through open and transparent leadership of strategic planning, forward-looking curricular development, inclusive and engaging public programming, innovative research and creative practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Reporting to the Dean of Mason Gross School of the Arts, the Director will work to foster a collegial and respectful departmental culture while raising the national and international visibility and profile of the department through a sustained commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to engagement with the broader New Brunswick community and the state of New Jersey.
The successful candidate will have relevant leadership experience as well as a demonstrated commitment to shared university governance and to working collaboratively with faculty and students in a university setting. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a successful record of supporting faculty and student development that has led to enhanced equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. Preference will also be given to candidates with experience managing the fiscal and administrative resources of a complex organization. Responsibilities include: planning and oversight of the department's budget; supervising department personnel, including hiring of faculty and staff; implementing strategies to recruit and retain a diverse faculty, staff, and student body; working with the Dean and the school's development office to fundraise and otherwise engage alumni and donors in support of the department; and engaging external audiences, organizations, and stakeholders toward realizing the department's overall vision and mission, along with that of Mason Gross as a whole. Mason Gross School of the Arts is deeply committed to the pursuit of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access and especially encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and other individuals who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented or marginalized within higher education and the arts.
Candidates must have leadership experience and a record of achievement in collegiate teaching as well as music scholarship and/or performance appropriate for appointment at the rank of tenured associate or full professor. Candidates must also have a relevant terminal degree (DMA, PhD) or equivalent professional experience. This position is a 12-month appointment at the rank of associate or full professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. For best consideration, apply by January 15, 2022. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For questions, email Lisa Passalacqua at email@example.com. Candidates should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of four references (who will not be contacted unless candidates advance in the process), and a one- to two-page statement that speaks to the candidate's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to the potential to mentor and empower historically underrepresented or marginalized faculty, staff, and students.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Previous leadership experience and a record of achievement in collegiate teaching as well as music practice and/or scholarship that qualifies the applicant for tenure at a minimum rank of associate professor. Relevant terminal degree or equivalent professional experience.
Posting Number: 21FA1114
Location: Douglass (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 143686
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