Longy seeks a boldly entrepreneurial Director of Music and Social Change Programs, a new full-time position created to take charge of programs that live out the spirit of the school’s mission to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world. The successful candidate will report to the Dean of the Conservatory and work collaboratively with the Council of Academic Chairs and Senior Staff team. This person will oversee faculty, teaching artists, and teaching assistants in the programs under their direction.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with a demonstrated passion for innovation and social justice in the context of education. The Director of Music and Social Change Programs will develop, grow, and teach programs that will change the trajectory of Longy’s curriculum and aid in recruitment. This person will have a leadership role in shaping Longy’s signature programs, as identified in its strategic plan, with the goal of transforming the student experience at Longy into one that prepares students to use their artistry to drive positive change in their communities. Themes among these programs include civic engagement, inclusion, diversity and equity.
The Director of Music and Social Change Programs will oversee the programs described below, inspiring faculty and program directors, creating innovative student experiences with a focus on experimentation, evaluation and growth:
- Master of Arts in Teaching. Longy launched the first graduate degree program in the world that focuses on teaching in El Sistema, embedding its students in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles at Heart of Los Angeles. The program will be accredited as a Master of Music in Education in Cambridge by the fall of 2018.
- Sistema Side by Side. An orchestra comprised of Longy students and young musicians from Massachusetts-based El Sistema-inspired programs, Sistema Side by Side is centered on mentorship and musical excellence. The program includes 3-4 concerts throughout the academic year, including the annual gala, as well as a two-week summer academy in August.
- Music as a Healing Art. Longy has partnered with the Music for Healing and Transition Program to offer an academic year class as well as a summer program leading to certification as Music Practitioner. This training prepares musicians at all levels to use their artistry for healing within a variety of settings (hospitals, assisted living facilities, hospice care, transitional housing, etc.).
- Teaching Artist Program. Longy was among the first music conservatories to require its students to study and practice teaching artistry, placing its students in community organizations and public schools around the city. Through the teaching artist program, Longy students learn how to interact with new audiences and create meaningful musical experiences in a variety of settings.
The Director of Music and Social Change Programs will have direct oversight and responsibility for the following areas for program development, and may lead instruction as appropriate:
- Co-Curricular Professional Opportunities. Longy provides a range of ways for students to explore professional pathways as musicians through teaching assistantships in the Cambridge public schools, department-based assistantships on campus, an internship program, entrepreneurial intensives, and partnerships with professional music-based organizations.
- Professional Development. Curate and lead professional development sessions for teachers and musicians that help them explore and develop their skills in a changing environment. These sessions may be offered via distance learning and/or on-campus.
She or he will oversee the creation and development of other new degrees and credentialing programs when opportunities arise. The Director will also be charged with identifying and cultivating partnerships with national and international institutions, including Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge Public Schools, Heart of Los Angeles, and the El Sistema network. An entrepreneurial, creative thinker, the Director should have a start-up mentality and a knack for compelling, persuasive writing. This person is curious and confident, ready to listen and inquire.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide leadership and project management to key curricular innovations in support of Longy’s strategic plan.
- Lead and supervise the team of Sistema Side by Side staff and faculty in bringing to fruition the annual Sistema Side by Side season.
- Direct and, as needed, teach the Teaching Artist Program.
- Direct and, as needed, teach Portfolio Project.
- Oversee the Teaching Assistants and Graduate Fellows Program.
- Supervise and evaluate faculty and mentors; partner with faculty to develop meaningful project-based learning experiences as a curricular consultant.
- Take responsibility for turning raw ideas into curricular models that will transform student thinking and engage new audiences.
- Oversee the start-up of new programs and take ownership of their continued success.
- Assist in identifying funding sources for new endeavors.
- Should be facile in writing both for accreditation and marketing/fundraising.
- Work closely with the Office of Institutional Advancement in preparing grant proposals and representing the programs at specific Longy fundraising events.
- Create and manage budgets as necessary for the program and related activities.
- Assist in development of presentations to the board and other audiences.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Qualified candidates will possess an outstanding record as a musician and educator.
- Advanced degree required, PhD preferred.
- 5-7 years professional experience, including 2-3 years in higher education.
- Significant experience working and teaching in El Sistema-inspired programs.
- Track record of developing curriculum and designing music projects with measurable outcomes.
- Strong teaching and facilitation skills, including a thorough understanding of music education principles and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Proven ability to build and leverage relationships with diverse audiences and partners.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details.
- Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, prioritize time, and manage implementation of plans in fast-moving, changeable environments.
- Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as needed, as Longy hosts numerous performances.
Longy offers a competitive salary plus open paid time off, four weeks of paid family and medical leave, enrollment in Longy’s retirement plan, group health and dental plans, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending account and qualified transportation programs.
Interested applicants may send a resume, cover letter and writing sample in confidence to Wayman Chin, Dean of the Conservatory, wchin(at)longy.edu, Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Longy School of Music of Bard College is at the forefront of graduate music education. Founded to offer an alternative to traditional conservatories, Longy continues to bring new and different perspectives on how to train and prepare modern musicians. Longy has made a name for itself by focusing on the social imperative: musicians, like all artists, must play a critical role in creating vibrant communities. This is carried out in signature programs to prepare students for the challenges of the musician of the 21st century.
Longy is a degree-granting institution that serves students from over 35 states and 25 countries at its Conservatory campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its Master of Arts in Teaching campus in Los Angeles, California. Founded as Longy School of Music in 1915 by renowned oboist Georges Longy, Longy is a conservatory with a social imperative, providing for all students a distinguished faculty that promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, encourages growth of imagination, and fosters inquiry about the role of music and the musician in society. Longy’s mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world.
Longy School of Music of Bard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or age. The Longy School of Music of Bard College values the diversity of its community.