The Juilliard School seeks an innovative, visionary, and accomplished leader to be the next Provost of the School.
Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.
Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts), dance, and drama (acting and playwriting). Currently more than 800 artists from 44 states and 42 countries and regions are enrolled at Juilliard, where they appear in over 700 annual performances in the school’s five theaters; at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen halls and at Carnegie Hall; as well as other venues around New York City, the country, and the world. Beyond its New York campus, Juilliard is defining new directions in global performing arts education for a range of learners and enthusiasts through The Tianjin Juilliard School and K-12 educational curricula.
As the school’s Chief Academic Officer reporting directly to the President, the Provost oversees the faculty, students, program and curriculum development, and planning for the school’s College, Preparatory and Evening Divisions. Working in tandem with the President, the Provost sets the overall academic and artistic priorities for the institution, and oversees the allocation of resources and the implementation of processes and policies to carry these priorities forward. Throughout all of this work, the Provost fosters an organizational culture that inspires excellence, values innovation, and demonstrates a commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
The ideal candidate will possess the proven ability to problem-solve, build consensus, develop relationships within the institution and beyond, and exercise impeccable judgement. The Provost will be an inspiring, empathetic, and expert proponent of the school’s academic and artistic mission with significant achievements and experiences that garner the respect of the faculty.
The Provost has the broad responsibility for ensuring that the institution’s programs and faculty are of the highest quality and that Juilliard continues to be a singular leader in the field of performing arts conservatory education. The ideal candidate must be deeply conversant in the vocabulary and literature of music, dance, and drama with a strong preference for an individual possessing outstanding music credentials as well as a strong professional network of practicing artists, arts leaders, arts entrepreneurs, and arts academics across genres.
The Provost will have the significant opportunity to build strategically upon the School’s strong foundations, making visible progress in key areas, particularly scholarships and financial aid, faculty development, and curricular matters. The Provost plays an integral role in developing the institution’s programmatic budget and long-term financial plans, and oversees the continual creation and development of strong support services for Juilliard’s academic and artistic activities.
-Identifies, recruits, hires, retains, develops, evaluates, and manages a world-class faculty in order to ensure and uphold the artistic and academic excellence of the institution. Working closely with the faculty, provides vision and direction to the artistic and academic programs consistent with the mission of the school.
-Partners with the President to oversee and align performance repertoire and the curricular and co-curricular outcomes of each performance season.
-Oversees the Dean of Academic Affairs & Assessment, the Deputy Dean for the College, and the heads of the artistic divisions and academic departments, ensuring the continual and coordinated development and assessment of academic programs and services that will best serve the artists of the future. Directs the processes required for the school to maintain accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
-Partnering with the VP for Enrollment Management and Student Development, the Provost is responsible for all aspects of student artistic and academic success. Gives sensitive, strategic, and fiscally responsible consideration to crucial issues of recruitment, admissions, retention, scholarships and financial aid; regularly revisits and upholds scholastic standing processes and other student policies. Serves as final arbiter of student enrollment status, reflecting a deep understanding of and concern for challenges and opportunities facing student artists.
-Oversees the Dean of the Preparatory Division, developing ever-greater connectivity between and among the College and the Pre-College and Music Advancement Programs, as well as emerging partnerships with external organizations that are working to train and include talented students from backgrounds under-represented in arts academies and the arts sector as a whole.
-Optimizes faculty, curricular, and facility resources and advances the priorities set forth in the School’s newly-developed strategic plan, in consultation with the President, the Chief Operating Officer, and the Chief Financial Officer.
-Works closely with the Chief China Officer (President Emeritus) to complete the plans for the opening of a branch campus of Juilliard in Tianjin, China in the 2020-21 school year; ultimately oversees the curriculum and artistic standards of the Tianjin Juilliard School as a branch campus, with joint oversight of the Dean and Artistic Director for the Tianjin Juilliard School.
-Serves as an active and visible presence on campus, regularly attending performances and activities across the divisions. Serves as a spokesperson for the institution while engaging with artists, guests, patrons, and donors.
-Serves as an ambassador for the school in the global arts community.
-The Provost serves as the Executive Officer in the President’s absence.
-Ability to lead with transparency and integrity, act decisively, and foster a culture of humanity, creativity, and learning
-Strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills
-A deep understanding of and empathy for student artists and their creative and intellectual development
-Demonstrated commitment to and expertise in the advancement of equity, diversity, inclusivity and belonging (EDIB)
-High energy, drive, and strong work ethic
-Highly engaged with a wide network of arts professionals
-Informed about changing pedagogies and the needs of the 21st century learner
-Innovative thinker oriented toward exploring new approaches in learning, including the use of technology
-Entrepreneurial orientation with an eye to new opportunities and emerging challenges in the performing arts landscape
-Successful experience directing institution-wide faculty, curricular, academic, and student assessments and connecting them with future plans and resource allocations
-Proven ability to work productively with a President, Board of Trustees, and fellow senior staff members toward a common vision
-Clear understanding and experience in issues related to Title IX, ADA, and other aspects of higher education regulatory environment
-Familiarity with current higher education issues and trends
-Minimum of 7 years in senior management leadership
-Earned Doctorate from an accredited college or university, or a Master’s Degree with commensurate experience; preferred earned doctorate in music
-Deep knowledge of and passion for the performing arts with particular emphasis on music
-Unwavering commitment to academic and artistic excellence
-Demonstrated success in planning, managing, and stewarding resources to achieve artistic and academic performance at the highest level
-Understanding of the higher education landscape broadly and professional arts education specifically
-Ability to earn the respect of faculty and artistic leaders through deep knowledge of and appreciation for their art forms and academic fields