The Silkroad Institute at Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BCB) is a collaboration between the artists of Silkroad (SR) and the students and faculty of BCB. For almost twenty years, Silkroad has striven to create new art across traditions and disciplines, fueling curiosity and empathy to build a more hopeful world. This Institute provides an opportunity for students from all disciplines at BCB to explore what it means to create art with people different from themselves, identify what questions arise during the process and how to negotiate meaning because of difference, not in spite of it. How does a collective of artists from different cultures, playing distinct instruments find their way to the heart of a story from a different tradition? How does this process inform the role of the storytellers, be it as musicians, dancers or actors? What risks become necessary in artistic lives, strengthening sensibilities as individual storytellers and as contributors to a collective story? The SR Institute at BCB addresses these questions through artistic programming, curricular work, the commissioning of new compositions, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
We are seeking an Artistic Director (AD) for the SR Institute to steward and champion the next 3-5 years of a significant body of artistic and learning housed within the SR Institute. The AD will be responsible for leading the overall artistic direction of the Institute, identifying key artistic and learning activities housed by the SR Institute and collaborating with BCB and SR to design and implement these key activities. The AD will also lead fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Dean of Music, BCB Institutional Advancement, and SR Development, to identify new donor prospects and convey the meaning and success of the Institute and its potential.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Administer the ever-growing initiatives within the Institute, including curricular work, artistic programming, and interdisciplinary collaboration. This includes, but is not limited to, managing expectations of faculty and students, ensuring curricular work is properly vetted through committees, and collaborating with appropriate administration at both BCB and SR.
Collaborate with Dean of Music (BCB) and Executive Director (SR) to fundraise for the future of the Institute.
Shape the artistic vision of the Institute and collaborate to ensure that this vision is achieved.
Collaboratively program repertoire for concerts that feature SR artists and BCB students and faculty.
Collaborate with the SR Learning Director and Learning Advisory to design and pilot a new SR teaching artistry training program.
Identify commissioning and recording opportunities for new work.
Recommend new courses and educational experiences for BCB students and help design syllabi for these courses.
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's degree in the performing arts
Three years of experience in arts administration or equivalent
Three years of experience teaching in higher education or equivalent
Deep understanding of the many musical traditions, including both the Western and non-Western canons
Understanding of and experience with teaching and learning in a dynamic artistic and academic environment
SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Ability to inspire and lead a diverse group of performing artists and teaching artists
Comfort in collaborating on projects with a wide array of musicians, faculty, and administrators
Willingness and ability to pursue major fundraising opportunities
Electronic applications only. Please submit the following application materials in either Word or PDF format. Address your cover letter to: Michael Shinn, Dean of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee:
Letter of Application that addresses the applicant's capabilities, experiences, and interests
A current resume or CV
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 Fall 2019 . This is a twelve-month position. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. This search will remain open for applications until the position is 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: R0001673
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.