Chair, Department of Music

Wenham, Essex County
Jan 31, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Chair, Department of Music Gordon College seeks nominations and applications for a visionary leader to guide the Department of Music. The successful candidate will integrate the mission of the Department with that of the college and provide inspiration for artistic and academic excellence. Reporting to the Dean of the Fine Arts and Humanities, the Department chair is responsible for administering the performance and academic programs, developing the Departmental budget, and overseeing faculty and staff appointments, and will have a half time teaching load during the academic year. The incoming Chair will discover colleagues who will work together to shape a shared vision and a prospectus for achieving the next tier of excellence. The chair provides strategic, collaborative leadership that promotes the value of a liberal arts education in a distinctive Christian institution. About the Department of Music The Department of Music at Gordon College offers three undergraduate degree programs (BM in Music Education, BM in Music Performance, BA in Music) and a Master of Music Education degree. The department has been accredited by NASM since 1975. The department, drawing on the broad talent of the Boston region, includes six full time faculty and 33 adjuncts and applied music staff. The work of the department is supported by three full time administrative staff persons. Each of the department’s undergraduate degree programs combines performance and pedagogy with practical experience, graduating young adults who possess skill, knowledge, and creativity, as well as the passion and dedication required to have a significant impact in their communities and the world. The city of Boston, only 25 miles away, is a fertile campus extension, with its world-renowned musical organizations, concert venues, and museums. Opportunities for collaboration and enrichment abound for both students and faculty. The Department of Music is integral in connecting the campus to the Greater Boston community. Featuring distinguished musicians and open to the public, the Thompson Chamber Music Series and Adams Piano Foundation Series bring visiting artists to perform in the beautiful Phillips Recital Hall. The annual Gordon College Christmas Gala is a North Shore highlight for which nearly 3,000 people visit the campus each December. Programs for children, such as the Gordon College Children’s Choir and Music Mania, connect young people and families to the college, while the Symphonic Band and Gordon Symphony Orchestra provide students, alumni and community musicians alike the opportunity to perform as integral members of collaborative ensembles. The ideal candidate will have • Exemplary communication and organizational skills • A passion to design programs and curricula that prepare musicians and educators for service in the 21st century. • A desire to create opportunities for students and faculty through creative collaborations with other institutions, organizations, and performers. • Proven success in teaching and performance • Experience in budgetary management and strategic planning • A passion for fund raising and the cultivation of donors, including alumni. • Christian faith and fully embrace the College mission • A terminal degree in music (Ph.D., D.M.A., or Ed.D.) • Prior administrative experience is desirable. Interested applicants need to submit a Curriculum Vitae that includes the names and contact information of 3 references, a cover letter giving a brief statement of interest, performance recording or original work, and an academic writing sample. Although the Search Committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled, fullest consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, 2014. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY: Please go to The review of applicants will begin on March 1 and continue until the position is filled. Gordon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes that diversity is necessary to our ability to achieve our goals and educational mission. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.