Chair,Contemporary Writing & Production
Chair of Contemporary Writing & Production
Berklee College of Music - Boston
Job Description:
Berklee College of Music invites applications for the position of Chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department. This is a 12-month administrative position with a renewable contract. Reporting to the Dean of the Professional Writing and Music Technology Division, the chair manages all aspects of the academic, budgetary, and administrative leadership of the department.
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee College of Music is the world's largest independent music college and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. The Berklee community consists of 4,500 talented and diverse students, 630 internationally respected faculty, over 500 dedicated staff, and an extended family of alumni, whose 200+ Grammy awards testify to their contributions to the music of our time.
The Contemporary Writing and Production Department comprises an assistant chair and a faculty of 29 teachers. The department provides core music instruction in music writing and arranging for all Berklee students. In addition, the department provides instruction in the Contemporary Writing and Production concentrate to approximately 490 students who have declared the CWP major. The student majoring in CWP studies writing, arranging, scoring, and production, and learns to apply these skills and concepts by writing for and overseeing the production of a wide variety of acoustic, electronic, and hybrid ensembles, ranging from small groups to orchestra in both recorded and live performance situations. The student also learns about the role of the professional writer in today’s music industry, developing the skills and knowledge to function effectively as writer, arranger, and producer under a wide variety of conditions and music industry environments.
Administrative duties include: student advising in both the CWP major and in core arranging classes; curriculum review, development, and oversight; and faculty management, including classroom observations, faculty development, mentoring, consultation, and evaluation. The chair also supervises the assistant chair and performs other administrative tasks as assigned by the dean.
Leadership in curriculum development and management of both core music classes and courses in the CWP major as they grow and evolve to reflect the dynamic state of the music industry.
The chair develops and reports on departmental goals and objectives.
In collaboration with the assistant chair and departmental faculty, the chair produces department concerts and directs other department activities.
The chair and assistant chair collaborate with other chairs in the division and college in a variety of initiatives, including the placement of entering students in core music classes.
The chair serves on departmental, divisional, and college committees as needed.
It is expected that the chair will maintain professional music participation outside of the college.
The chair works with other leaders at the college to realize Berklee’s vision and mission, and to collaborate – at the college, division, and department levels – in achieving the institution’s goals and objectives.
Essential Qualifications
Significant past and current experience as an active composer, arranger, conductor, and/or producer in a variety of contemporary music styles
Experience in writing and arranging for small, medium, and large ensembles
High-level skills and experience using music technology in music production
Substantial teaching experience
Administrative experience in either education or the music industry
An advanced degree in music or equivalent professional experience
Experience in music curriculum development
A strong interest in working in a diverse workplace with a multicultural student population
A commitment to continued personal growth as both an artist and an academic leader
Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain relationships with other academic areas within the college, music industry constituencies, and external academic institutions
Electronic applications only. Please submit the following application materials in PDF or Word format at Please upload all attachments to the Resume/Cover letter application section.
A letter of application
A current resume or CV
Contact information for three references
Links to a professional website and online resources with representative audio-only and/or audio/video samples of at least three of your recent works, including scores as appropriate (please include at least one score).
You may be asked to submit additional materials after your application has been reviewed by the search committee.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2020. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
The start date for the position is January 1, 2021 or later depending on availability.
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.
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.
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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.
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Collette Jackson
Berklee College
855 Boylston Street
Boston, 02216