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Assistant/Associate Dean for Artistic Programming and Operations

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Review of applications will begin on August 14, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

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Job Summary

The Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time Administrative and Professional Staff position as Assistant/Associate Dean for Artistic Programming and Operations beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.

The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, founded in 1865, is the nation’s oldest continuously operating conservatory, and the only major music school in the country linked with a preeminent liberal arts college. Students are enrolled in undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Music in performance, composition, music history, historical performance, electronic and computer music, and jazz studies. Graduate programs leading to the Master of Music in conducting, Master of Music in historical performance, and Master of Contemporary Chamber Music. Performance and artist diplomas are also offered.


Reporting to the Dean of the Conservatory, the Assistant/Associate Dean for Artistic Programming and Operations holds primary operational responsibility for all Conservatory performance activities, enhancing artistic operations, implementing special projects, liaising with various offices on campus, and representing Oberlin in the broader professional community both nationally and internationally.

Essential Job Functions

• Oversee and administer Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series (ARS):
o Program and produce the series on a two-year cycle;
o Communicate with artist management; develop and negotiate contracts, fees, and licensing agreements; execute contracts; coordinate travel and accommodations for guest artists;
o Coordinate with Office of Conservatory Communications to develop a season marketing plan, as well as production of the ARS program booklet, season brochure, and other publicity.
o Coordinate with the Manager of External Relations on Friends of the Artist Recital Series and donor events and recognition;
o Collaborate with the box office staff to ensure appropriate ticketing transactions;
o Coordinate with Audio Services, Piano Technology, Concert Production, and other offices for production support for performances, broadcasts, and recordings;
o Train, supervise, and mentor Artist Liaison Interns.
• Collaborate with faculty in creating performance opportunities and arranging guest artist master classes and residencies to augment the professional training of Oberlin’s students.
• Manage major on-campus performance activities including the Danenberg Honors Recitals, Commencement Recitals, Orientation Recital, and the Annual Senior Concerto Competition.

• Lead all Conservatory performance tours and off-campus performance projects, including:
o Regional/national tours and related outreach activities by Conservatory ensembles;
o Showcase concerts, such as: Kennedy Center performances; Music at Oakton; CME at Cleveland Museum of Art; Bang on a Can Marathon; Ojai Music Festival; Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings; etc.
• Direct special projects, such as: The Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition; commissioning projects involving Oberlin’s faculty, students, and alumni; special recording projects; dedication of new instruments or gifts to the Conservatory.
• Supervise the Conservatory’s Concert Production Office and its staff, including oversight of the Conservatory’s performance calendar.
• Supervise the Ensemble Librarian and Operations and Ensembles Personnel Manager.
• Supervise Manager of Conservatory Summer Programs.
• Serve on campus-wide committees as assigned by the Dean of the Conservatory.
• Other related duties as assigned by the Dean of the Conservatory.

Marginal Job Functions
Required Qualifications

Demonstrated capacity to lead artistic projects effectively and creatively; musical curiosity and artistic sensibility; commitment to educational mission; strength in working collaboratively and communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing; dynamic interpersonal skills, including nuanced management skills, capacity to steward institutional relationships, and ability to solve problems creatively; demonstrated success in organizing and balancing multiple and concurrent projects; relevant budgetary skills; education and experience commensurate with the expectations of the position.

Desired Qualifications
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This position will be filled at the assistant/associate dean rank with an annual salary commensurate with the incumbent’s education and experience and includes a generous benefits package.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on August 14, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of References
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