I. INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE: BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
A) BACKGROUND AND MISSION:
Berklee is the preeminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its campuses in Boston, Massachusetts and Valencia, Spain, and through its award-winning distance learning program, Berklee Online. Dedicated to nurturing the creative and career potential of the world's most inspired artists, Berklee's commitment to arts education is reflected in the work of its students, faculty, and alumni--hundreds of whom have been recognized with Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Emmy awards.
Berklee was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For 70 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more.
At Berklee, students explore interdisciplinary approaches to music, dance, theater, film, business, healthcare, education, technology, and more. With students and alumni from more than 100 nations and educational partners across the world, we are forging new connections among art forms, musical traditions, and technologies to build a dynamic, diverse, and collaborative global arts community.
B) SCOPE OF OPERATIONS:
With a focus on global learning, Berklee's student body represents more than 95 countries. Berklee has campuses in Boston, Massachusetts and in Valencia, Spain and a new facility in New York City, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with extension classes and degree-granting programs. Berklee Online is the dominant player in online music education and continues to grow at a rapid pace - more than 1.5 million people worldwide have registered for Berklee massive open online courses.
Berklee has experienced rapid growth, especially over the past 10 years. More than 6,280 undergraduate students and 480 graduate students are taught by almost 900 faculty members and are supported by a staff of almost 800. Berklee's endowment is valued at over $360 million.
C) DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI:
Berklee's alumni form an ever-widening network of industry professionals who use their openness, virtuosity, and versatility to take music in surprising new directions. Notable alumni include Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Juan Luis Guerra, Branford Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, Aimee Mann, Danilo Perez, St. Vincent, Gillian Welch, Miguel Zenon, Susan Tedeschi, John Scofield, Imagine Dragons, Arif Mardin, BT, Alan Silvestri, John Mayer, Christian Scott, Howard Shore, and Gary Burton.
D) DIVERSIFICATION: THE BOSTON CONSERVATORY MERGER:
In 2016, The Boston Conservatory merged with Berklee to become the most complete and comprehensive performing arts institution in the world. The Conservatory continues to grow as a vibrant community of artists, educators, and industry leaders, and is paving the way for the future of the arts.
The Boston conservatory at Berklee offers fully accredited programs in dance, music, and theater that train exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its multidisciplinary environment and deep community engagement, the school is internationally recognized as an innovative leader among conservatory programs, focused on elevating and celebrating every aspect of the performing arts. With its groundbreaking programming and its 700-plus annual performances, the institution has established itself as an important voice in the movement to make all forms of performing arts a more visible and valued dimension of communities, both locally and abroad.
II. BACKGROUND: THE BERKLEE MUSIC AND HEALTH INSTITUTE A) ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:
The Berklee Music and Health Institute engages the innovative ecosystem of academic, artistic, scientific, entrepreneurial, and technological talent, bringing together the most creative minds to help accelerate ideation and develop solutions that can improve health and wellbeing for individuals and communities. Launched through a grant from the Barr Foundation, the institute explores the intersections of music, medicine, and health, and partners with experts in academia, science, business, technology, and the music industry to:
advance professional opportunities, collaborations, innovation, and education in the music and health space.
address and promote essential issues related to the health and well-being of musicians.
promote the use of music to address the cognitive, social, and emotional goals of individuals and groups in healthcare settings, including musicians and nonmusicians alike.
facilitate conversations and convene experts in the field to explore new ways of informing and supporting musicians, educators, students, technology developers, the medical community, and the general public.
spark creativity and generate the creation of new ideas and resources
B) THE REQUIREMENT FOR LEADERSHIP:
Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Global Strategy and Innovation (GSI), the Executive Director, Music and Health will be a key leader at Berklee. This individual will provide focused leadership for the Music and Health Institute to inspire, represent the Berklee brand broadly, engage with the community, and elevate fundraising for the Music and Health Institute. The individual will possess a deep understanding of the effect music has on our minds and bodies and accelerate understanding of the significant potential of the impact of this area.
The Executive Director will set clear direction and focus for the organization given the range of opportunities for investment and growth, accelerating innovation in this space. The individual will also work with staff and stakeholders to advance and implement a broad range of activities that support the mission, values, and goals of the institute. The Executive Director will define and implement a strategy for the institute, will bring innovation and creativity to the work, and will value collaborative relationships with diverse disciplines and skills sets.
This position is funded by donor generosity. Ongoing external financial support funding will be necessary to the long-term viability of the Institute.
III. POSITION SPECIFICS A) PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop, articulate, and implement a strategy for the Institute
Grow and diversify collaborative partnerships and communities of practice in all areas of Institute activities
Lead Institute efforts to increase visibility and growing public awareness of music and health through partnerships, social media, and other opportunities
Provide sound fiscal management, including the raising of funds from private donors, organizations, and grant funding agencies
Understand and expand student interest in this space and increase career opportunities for students
Lead and grow a lean, tight, cohesive team
B) MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Demonstrated success as a service-driven, visionary leader in an entrepreneurial, innovative, or creative space; experience providing oversight, management and development of diverse and creative professional teams.
Strong passion for the mission of Berklee and the Institute, and an appreciation for the unique opportunities at the intersection of music, healthcare, biotech, and tech.
Proven ability to attract donors and an understanding of fundraising and donor management
Strong interpersonal skills--demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with senior executives, trustees, faculty, students, donors and other professional staff. Ability to professionally represent the college in interactions with donors, etc.
Bachelor's degree required. A graduate degree in business, education, and/or a scientific field preferred
C) PREFERRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
Entrepreneurial, curious, flexible, passionate, and driven by the vast opportunity for exploration, innovation, and opportunity
Hands-on experience managing a P&L
Digital go to market experience; leveraging digital to build a content-oriented business
Proven success building an organization and evolving a novel strategy
Ability to take a hands-on approach to driving organizational excellence
Awareness of the healthcare regulatory environment and the ability to leverage it for the cause of institutional growth
Actively strives to foster and maintain a workplace climate that is supportive of all employees regardless of their identity, respectful of difference and genuinely open to multiple perspectives.
Sense of urgency/decisive driver of change/determination
A record of professional engagement, via conference presentations, publications, or related experiences within the music and health space
Exceptional relationship building skills across diverse audiences including government relations, media/public relations, nonprofit and private partnerships
Ability to work with ambiguity
Experience analyzing data to extract insights to inform business decisions
Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials: * Cover letter that addresses the applicant's capabilities and experiences. * A resume or CV.
Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.
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.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
Berklee 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.
Employee Type: Staff
Internal Number: R0003196
About Berklee College of Music
The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Developing the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work?the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity?are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience. Founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora, our comprehensive curriculum is distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, and embraces the principal musical movements of our time. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing, our curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today's music professional.