New England Conservatory of Music Director of Preparatory School in Boston, Massachusetts
New England Conservatory, an independent not-for-profit institution, is recognized internationally as a leader among music schools, educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world. With music students representing more than 40 countries, NEC cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for students, providing them with performance opportunities and high-caliber training by 225 internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC pushes the boundaries of making and teaching music through college-level musical training in classical, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. It offers unique interdisciplinary programs such as Entrepreneurial Musicianship and Community Performances & Partnerships that empower students to create their own musical opportunities. As part of NEC's mission to make lifelong music education available to everyone, the Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education delivers training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, and adults. NEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. New England Conservatory (NEC) has determined that the highest possible rate of COVID-19 vaccination offers the best assurance of safeguarding the health of all members of our community. Therefore, NEC is requiring all employees to receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 3, 2021. All newly hired employees at NEC must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. Additionally, all members of the NEC community are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by February 1, 2022, or within fourteen days of eligibility. For more information, please contact NEC Human Resources. JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Preparatory School leads NEC’s renowned Preparatory Division, engaging 250 accomplished and dedicated faculty to deliver a high-quality musical curriculum to more than 1,500 students of a range of musical interests. With a commitment to centering inclusivity, diversity, equity, and belonging in executing key responsibilities, the Director is a creative, dynamic, and experienced musician, educator, and administrator who oversees Preparatory faculty, curriculum, recruitment, and budget management, and fosters meaningful and inclusive lifelong musical engagement amongst a diverse community of students and their families. The Director will provide administrative leadership to development, personnel management, student success, and tangible efforts to promote diversity, broadly defined. Reporting to the Executive Director of Expanded Education and working collaboratively across the institution, the Director shapes and leads artistic, academic, and planning and operations, purposefully aligning programs, enrollment, and partnerships to advance the institution’s mission, vision, and revenue. The incumbent will be a creative leader with demonstrated communication, organization, management, and strategic planning abilities. They will be actively engaged in artistic practice and deeply committed to quality instruction and broader student success initiatives. The successful candidate will demonstrate the skills needed to manage daily operations while focusing on long-range plans to sustain the growth and excellence associated with NEC’s mission, ensuring an optimal student experience, and an understanding of instrumental and vocal ensemble management. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS • Lead and manage all academic responsibilities of Prep–including artistic, educational, programmatic policies, and operations—within the context of NEC’s strategic priorities and goals. • Recruit and oversee faculty; chair Prep Faculty Council. • Partner with faculty to create, develop, and implement a diverse range of programs and curriculum that engage a wide range of learners. • Support students and their families to ensure the highest quality musical experience. • Provide artistic leadership, including oversight of auditions, admissions, registrarial functions, and programming for more than twenty large ensembles, curation of guest-artist masterclass series, direction of faculty recital series, oversight of NEC Prep International Touring program, etc. • Host and support BostonBEAM (Bridge to Equity and Achievement in Music), to strengthen the pipeline to professional music careers for young musicians underrepresented in classical music; chair BostonBEAM Steering Committee; supervise and mentor BostonBEAM Program Director, as well as student manager. • Oversee and develop current NEC Prep partnerships; liaise with local and international arts organizations to create new partnerships; focus on strengthening relationships within and around Boston. • Drive student recruitment strategy to meet enrollment and revenue goals. • Manage and mentor an administrative team. • Collaborate with NEC’s college division around intersectional programming and opportunities, including the Community Engagement and Professional Studies (CEPS) department. • Collaborate with Office of Cultural Equity and Belonging to create a diverse and inclusive program and community. • Partner with Office of Marketing and Communications to drive enrollment, elevate brand, and expand awareness. • Partner with Office of Advancement and Engagement around fundraising, as well as parent and alumni engagement. • Liaise with the Preparatory School Committee of NEC’s Board of Trustees QUALIFICATIONS: • Experienced professional musician, educator, and administrator, with relevant education commensurate with the expectations of the position. • Dynamic interpersonal skills, including nuanced interpersonal and management skills, capacity to steward institutional relationships, and ability to solve problems creatively. • Demonstrated ability to lead a complex music education program with vision, excellence, and creativity. • Strong track record in teaching in a pre-collegiate environment. • Strength in working collaboratively and communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing. • Exceptional judgment, discretion, and integrity when working with students, faculty, and staff in an educational environment. • Demonstrated cultural competencies and commitment to advancing NEC's values of cultural equity and belonging. • Knowledge of Title IX and other compliance issues related to teaching minors. • Demonstrated success in organizing and balancing multiple and concurrent projects. • Relevant budgetary skills commensurate with the expectations of the position BENEFITS: • 35 Hour Work Week • Medical Plans • Dental • Vision • Retirement Savings Account Annual Clery Report In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. This report will provide the reader with a record of statistics regarding crimes that were reported in the NEC community during the previous three years as well as College policies and procedures, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.This report may be accessed here View the report. A paper copy can be requested by contacting NEC's Director of Public Safety at 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115.