Director, Berklee City Music in Boston
Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA

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Founded in 1993, Berklee City Music is an education program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to reach underserved 4th to 12th graders.

The Boston Director provides operational oversight for academic programming, performances, youth development, and student enrollment. The Director is seasoned and responsible for the success of her/his team, which includes the associate director for operations and advocacy, the academic programs and assessment manager, an administrative coordinator, and the City Music artistic Director/lead-teacher. Berklee City Music in Boston is a pre-college program comprised of approximately 1,200 students, over 65 dedicated Berklee College faculty and Berklee alumni teaching artists, and 12 experienced, highly motivated, and specialized administrative staff. The Director is a school administrator versed in nonprofit management, cutting-edge music & arts education, evaluative practices and youth development, and has knowledge of best practices in popular, contemporary and world music pedagogies, more specific to the musical practices and pedagogical and methodological traditions of the African Diaspora. The Director is a proven inspiring leader dedicated to service and is one to both motivate and empower youth, staff, teachers and families into transformative experiences. The Director is caring, passionate, cooperative and collaborative, with a respect for and experience with bureaucratic and hierarchical structures that require active listening, patience, mild tenacity and humility both internally and externally. The Director has the comfort and ability to speak to anyone and respects all music and believes in contemporary music as a social common denominator, to communicate and connect everyone. The Director is receptive to learning and teaching, maintaining a student-centered environment and teacher/staff learning-community.

Work schedule includes weekdays, evenings and weekends, as circumstances require .

A cover letter must be submitted to be considered.

Required Skills
  • Six years experience as a college or secondary school administrator coupled with providing supervision at an appropriate level of responsibility.
  • An advanced degree in educational administration or comparable area of study.
  • A solid music education as evidenced by an earned degree or equivalent professional training.
  • Evidence of a solid background in youth program development in an urban environment.
  • Strong experience with budget management; non-profit budget management experience welcomed.
  • Professional experiences in the non-profit and CBO sectors, management in these areas preferred.
  • Proven experience with practices in altruism and collaboration.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to motivate and build consensus with most anyone, most any group.
  • Strong presenting skills of professional presentations before influential audiences.
  • Strong writing skills, ability to write grant proposals, concept papers, prospectus, and strategic plans
  • Professional experience in the areas of curriculum and assessment development.
  • Experience managing several of employees; has skills to motivate employees, youth, families and constituents into action.
  • Experience bringing a vision to fruition.
  • Experience producing concerts and events.
  • Likes people, likes children. Practices patience with people and systems.
  • Organized work habits with attention to detail.
  • Proficient in Macintosh and Microsoft Office applications familiarity with contemporary office systems technology including: Data base management; word processing and spread sheet applications.
  • Understanding of opportunities and means of creating social value with music resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; a positive attitude and high level of tolerance for interaction within the office and with student, faculty and staff interaction throughout the college.
  • Ability to conduct all communications in an articulate, cordial and professional manner.
  • Familiarity with the greater Boston music community.
  • An understanding of and ability to navigate complex programmatic structures within an urban public school and non-profit community setting.
  • Excellent organizer.
  • Willingness to work some nights/weekends as special circumstances require.
  • Required Experience The Director is responsible for the departmental budget, and the successful implementation and monitoring of grant receipts, and related donor stewardship activities. The Director provides leadership and staff support to build efficient program and operations systems within the college, cultivating relationships with all relevant departments and external programs including, but not limited to the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships and Student Employment and community stakeholders including but not limited to Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston and neighboring municipalities, and foundations. The Director facilitates City Music’s contribution to the annual City Music Scholarship concert produced by the Office of Special Programs and is expected to be on-hand for all major City Music concerts and events, to include but not limited to: Unsung Heroes, annual Completion Ceremonies and Open Houses, and the City Music Faculty Outreach Annual Concert. The Director reports to the City Music Dean and works in-team with City Music leadership. Programming occurs in cycles during the fall, spring and summer semesters; administration of scholarship and audition enrollment occurs throughout the year.

    Possible Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Represent the Office of Education Outreach at on and off-campus events as circumstances require and when requested by the associate vice president/executive director.
  • Plan to attend or assign appropriate staff to attend college-wide or citywide meetings to keep abreast of recommendations as they relate to partnership activities and to contribute to the college’s engagement with the city of Boston.
  • Assign staff and contribute to providing the City Music Communications Manager with essential and timely information; including photographs when possible, of City Music activities for publicity and/or institutional advancement purposes.

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