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Dean, Professional Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA

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Job Description


Berklee College of Music invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Professional Performance Division. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee is one of the world’s largest independent music, theater and dance colleges and is the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. The diverse Berklee community consists of 6500 students from over 100 countries, 850 faculty, 700 staff, and a global extended family of alumni, whose numerous Grammy awards testify to their contributions to the music of our time.


The Dean of Professional Performance functions as part of the Academic Affairs senior leadership. The Dean will help support the mission of the college in creating a rich and multidimensional student experience that gives artists and music professionals the skills and competencies they need in music and in life.


A passion for music, particularly contemporary music, and commitment to the experience of music students are essential. In addition, the Dean actively strives to foster and maintain a workplace and learning climate that is supportive of all employees and students regardless of their identity, that is respectful of difference and is genuinely open to various and differing perspectives.

 Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is responsible for the administration of the Professional Performance Division.

In addition, the Dean oversees the following Institutes: American Roots Music, Berklee Global Jazz, and Effortless Mastery.

As part of his/her duties, the Dean oversees the division’s curriculum, faculty appointments and evaluations, administration of the faculty union contract, equipment acquisition, and budget planning. The Dean supervises department chairs in the Professional Performance Division:


Bass, Percussion

Brass, Piano

Ear Training, Strings

Ensembles, Voice

Guitar, Woodwinds

 Initiates programs for faculty development, and is responsible for the development of short and long-range goals for the division.

The Dean will be a forward-thinking, accomplished professional who will lead the division in areas of curriculum design and development, uses of technology, scholarship, and pedagogy and instruction. S/he will be an individual who embraces diversity in individuals, perspectives, musical styles, and curriculum.

The Dean must have the leadership, managerial and organizational skills to navigate in a complex academic setting, and to build relationships with partners inside the college, as well as locally, nationally, and internationally.

Required Skills


  • BM/BA/BS
  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal, and consensus-building skills, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially with a wide variety of constituents.
  • Strong financial acumen with a thorough understanding of complex budget planning.

Required Experience


  • 10 – 15 years of documented high-caliber experience in leadership, management, advocacy, evaluation, and planning in higher education
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion principles throughout their body of work


Berklee College of Music is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.






The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.


Electronic applications only.  Please submit the following materials through this website http://berkleegigs.silkroad.com 

  • Current resume or CV
  • Name and contact information for at least three references



Job Location

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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