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Dean of Academic Affairs
Manhattan School of Music (NY)

Date Posted Jan. 9, 2020
Title Dean of Academic Affairs
University Manhattan School of Music (NY)
New York, NY, United States
Department Academic Affairs
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Summer 2020
  • Dean
  • Academic Affairs

The Dean of Academic Affairs will be joining Manhattan School of Music at a pivotal moment as it moves into its second century, seeking to build on its tradition of excellence while securing its long-term future through proactive planning and resource development. The successful candidate will join an institution with a clear vision for the future and a Board of Trustees and senior leadership council whose members are committed to working in a collaborative and supportive spirit. All involved share a strong commitment to enhance the School’s reputation as a leader in professional music education with a history of excellence.

In executing the Dean of Academic Affairs’ portfolio of responsibilities, the successful candidate will:

  • Develop multi-year plans for course offerings planned in collaboration with the Dean of Enrollment Management, and in consultation with the EVP/Provost.
  • Evaluate and assign faculty teaching loads in consultation with the EVP/Provost and based on departmental budgets and programmatic enrollment by major/degree.
  • Evaluate and manage departmental course offerings to optimize curriculum efficiencies when scheduling classes; to effectively manage time, space, and financial resources; and to ensure course sequence/cycle rotation is appropriate for students’ requirements and time to degree.
  • Meet with students to evaluate and assess requests for changing teachers or splitting lessons; communicate decisions to appropriate faculty and staff to ensure accurate recordkeeping and payroll reports.
  • Work with the EVP/Provost, CFO, and, as needed, the VP for Administration and Human Relations to ensure integrity in process and procedures associated with issuing faculty contracts, assignment of teaching loads, and number/type of courses offered.
  • Support faculty’s professional development aligned with academic initiatives led by the EVP/Provost.
  • Review course evaluation reports and share findings with department chairs, academic deans, and the EVP/Provost.
  • Work with the EVP/Provost and Associate Dean of Assessment and Academic Programs to create and maintain assessment methods, analytics, and responses related to internal and external program reviews.
  • Collaborate with Deans of Enrollment Management and Students to develop, implement, and support programming to improve retention and graduation rates.
  • Supervise the Director of the ESL and Summer English Session, ensuring academic and tutoring options meet students’ needs and fiscal realities.
  • Collaborate with administrative and academic deans to design and deploy a student success program that includes comprehensive, academic advising.
  • Supervise the Director of the Center for Music Entrepreneurship, which serves current students and alumni with on-campus events, online resources, coursework, and one-on-one advising.
  • Supervise the Director of the Community Outreach Office, which coordinates off-campus performances designed and tailored to audiences of all ages and abilities, offers coursework in teaching artistry, and manages MSM Summer.
  • Supervise the Director of the Peter Jay Sharp Library and Director of Library Services. The Peter Jay Sharp Library serves as an academic and artistic resource for students, alumni, and faculty.
  • Assist the EVP/Provost with regional, state, and federal accreditation/compliance reports.
  • Serve on President’s Council, Provost’s Council, Council of Chairs, Curriculum Committee, and Assessment Committee.

Preferred Qualifications:
Manhattan School of Music seeks a vibrant, collaborative, and dynamic leader with an ability to link artistic and academic experiences for students’ educational growth and progress.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in academic affairs as it relates to curriculum planning, advising on course offerings, and using data analysis to inform strategies to improve student retention and graduation.
  • Experience and appreciation for working in a music or arts-related academic institution.
  • Successful record and enjoyment of working collaboratively with colleagues across constituency groups (faculty and staff).
  • Ability to effectively communicate and present information to key stakeholders (current students/families, campus colleagues, and external contacts).
  • Experience supervising, leading, and inspiring a team of staff that collaboratively works to support all aspects of enrollment retention and students’ academic support.
  • Experience leveraging databases and analytics to inform course/curriculum planning aligned with fiscal and space optimization goals.
  • Successful management of budgets (departmental personnel and academic/instructional costs).
  • Experience with and appreciation for a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Master’s degree or commensurate experience preferred.

Contact Information: Send cover letter, résumé/curriculum vita, and list of three references to: Dean of Academic Affairs Search Committee/Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost (
For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by February 7, 2020.
Application review will continue until position is filled.

  • Equal employment and equal educational opportunity have been and will continue to be fundamental principles at Manhattan School of Music, where employment and enrollment are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination or harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, the status of being transgender, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Manhattan School of Music does not permit retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice or participate in an investigation.

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Contact Information

  • Dean of Academic Affairs Search Committee
    Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
    Manhattan School of Music (NY)
    New York, NY


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