Director of the School of Music

Job description

Job Title: Director of the School of Music
Location: School of Music
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 4952
Faculty Posting Details

Appointment: Director, School of Music, tenure-line, to begin July 2020 for 2020-21 academic year.


The University of Puget Sound seeks a visionary and dynamic Director to lead the Puget Sound School of Music. A comprehensive program within a nationally recognized liberal arts college, the Puget Sound School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Composition, Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business, Bachelor of Arts in Music, and Master of Arts in Teaching. The School hosts three choral ensembles, four instrumental ensembles (including a jazz orchestra), an opera theater, and chamber music groups in strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. It is a point of pride that nearly 20% of the student body participates in music ensembles, with students from across all disciplines performing alongside more than one hundred music majors and minors. These ensembles, along with recitals by students and faculty, contribute richly to more than 150 performances per year. The Director will lead a faculty of ten tenure-line colleagues and an artist-in-residence who are poised for partnership in moving the School forward in educating musicians for the 21st century. They are joined by some 25 affiliate faculty and seven professional staff, as well as a robust Community Music program. The Puget Sound School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

In partnership with the faculty, the duties of Director include:

  • Serving as the senior academic and administrative officer for the School of Music
  • Providing strategic and operational direction for the department
  • Managing departmental activities and programs
  • Recruiting, mentoring, and evaluating faculty members, affiliate artists, and administrative staff
  • Promoting the School of Music to internal and external audiences, potential students, donors, professional and community partners, and the community
  • Teaching courses in an area or areas of expertise (with release time from teaching for administrative responsibilities)
  • Sustaining scholarly and/or creative professional development and service to the Music profession
  • Overseeing curriculum development, program assessment, and accreditation
  • Engagement in campus governance and service

Doctoral degree in Music preferred, or equivalent experience in music or other arts; demonstrated leadership effectiveness, with preference for five or more years of administrative experience in higher education, a department or school of music, or equivalent arts organization; demonstrated teaching effectiveness, and commitment to undergraduate teaching and liberal arts education; distinct record of artistic and/or scholarly professional development and professional stewardship; demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion; evidence of active contribution to professional music associations preferred.

Application Deadline: To ensure full consideration, interested candidates are encouraged to submit application materials no later than September 15, 2019. Applications can continue to be submitted past this date.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Associate Professor or Professor, based on qualifications and experience

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State

About Puget Sound: The University of Puget Sound is located in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities.

Required Documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • Teaching statement
  • Diversity statement (see prompt below)
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Candidates who move forward to final consideration phases will be asked to submit a professional portfolio

Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application.

Applicant’s Diversity Statement. As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant’s diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound’s current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicants can express their qualification:

  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university’s DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one’s effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

University Diversity Statement

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

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Posted: 8/5/2019
Application Due: 12/5/2019
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