Director, School of Music

Job description

Job Title: Director, School of Music
Location: School of Music
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605201
Workplace Culture


NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.


Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Special Information


Northern Arizona University’s School of Music employs 37 full time faculty teaching over 300 students in music programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The School offers undergraduate degrees in music performance (B.Mus.) with emphases in instrumental music or vocal music; in music education (B.M.Ed.) with emphases in choral studies or instrumental music; and a liberal arts degree in Music (BA). Students can pursue graduate degrees (M.M.) with emphases in Choral Conducting, Composition, Instrumental Conducting, Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance, Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Music Theory, Suzuki Pedagogy (Violin/Viola), and Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music. The School offers performing experiences in Jazz and Lyric Theatre, as well as teaching opportunities through the Curry Summer Music Camp and the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy, and is home to the Horizons Concert Series. Boasting a strong and productive relationship with donors and philanthropists, the School is approaching All Steinway status and is home to the recently completed Kitt Recital Hall, a 250 seat, state-of-the-art performance venue. For more information, please visit the School of Music’s website

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship



NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description



The Director will cultivate an inclusive, innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative environment attracting, engaging and retaining faculty, staff and students of distinction. The primary responsibilities include overseeing and advancing of the School with transparency in a shared-governance environment, managing budgets and allocating resources; working with faculty and staff to establish and implement a vision for the School that builds on existing strengths, expands in productive, interdisciplinary directions, and addresses current and emerging challenges and opportunities in educating the next generation of music professionals; managing and developing faculty and staff; recruitment; fundraising and working with external stakeholders; community engagement and outreach; communicating effectively; and overseeing program accreditation and assessment. The Director is responsible for meeting university procedures and policies at the unit level, working closely with executive team in the College of Arts & Letters, and reporting directly to the Dean.


This is a full-time, regular, Administrative Faculty appointment (12 month fiscal year).

Minimum Qualifications


  • Completion of an earned terminal degree in the field of music (D.M.A., Ph.D., Ed.D. or international equivalent).Rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor.3 years of Academic Administrative experience.

Preferred Qualifications



  • Demonstrated success in leadership and administrative responsibility for academic and/or creative programs, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated success in planning, budgeting, and personnel management skills.
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in music instruction and/or mentorship of teaching faculty.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and grant writing.
  • Demonstrated success with community outreach and engagement in the arts.
  • Demonstrated expertise of working with technology in management, instruction and communication.
  • Familiarity with national standards as required by NASM.
  • Ability to develop and foster a collegial, collaborative work environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and belonging in addition to multicultural programming.
  • Formal education in a discipline distinct from but complementary to Music
  • An established body of peer-reviewed scholarship and/or creative activity at the regional, national and/or international levels.
  • Ability to foster research and creativity in others.

General Information



Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.


Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.


Background Information


Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.


Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.



12-month salary depending on experience and qualifications:


  • Associate Professor: $86,000 -$91,0000
  • Professor: $104,000 - $113,000



This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline



This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on Februrary 22, 2021.

How to Apply



To apply for this position, please click on the “apply” button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to , Faulty and Administrator Openings, and locate vacancy #605201, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.


Application MUST be submitted via this online process and include all the following required attachments:

  • Letter of Application
  • Personal statement focusing on (1) a description of the applicant’s career path and trajectory, highlighting challenges and accomplishments, 2) an account of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, regardless of personal characteristics and background, and (3) a description of the applicant’s vision for the School of Music for the 21st Century.
  • Curriculum vitae including contact information for at least five references
  • Creative or scholarly work samples--complete (samples made available by accessible links in application is acceptable).
  • Other materials may be requested of finalists selected for an interview.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website. If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to anticipate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD-928-523-1006.


FLSA Status


This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity



Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.





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Posted: 1/29/2021
Application Due: 3/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time