Dean, Center for Africana Studies
Berklee College of Music is seeking a dynamic educator and leader to serve as the Dean, Center for Africana Studies.
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will serve as the administrative and creative leader of Africana Studies initiatives, programming, partnerships, fundraising, and instruction. In addition to their work within the Center, they will be a crucial asset to the wider Berklee community assessing trends and reviewing programming to promote the broader aspirations of equitable representation in curricula. This is an annual renewable contract.
The ideal candidate for this role will be an active scholar, artist, innovator, and educator with a strong commitment to higher education and innovation in pedagogy. They will be an action-oriented visionary able to articulate and develop goals and implement strategy. They will expand on and develop new Africana Studies programming and curricula based on student needs/ interests, and collaborative work with the wider community. They will be an excellent communicator with experience with fundraising and multi-media programming. They will be community-minded, with a desire to work with the Boston community, and ties to the communities of Black music scholarship in America and abroad. The Dean must be committed to providing the highest and most- inclusive educational experience to all students. The Dean will work collaboratively with College and Conservatory deans as well as with other senior leaders in the institution providing advice and counsel in matters of pedagogy and strategic program design. The Dean will have appropriate staff support.
Develop and expand the Africana Studies area through curriculum development, the hiring of faculty and programming including the development and maintenance of undergraduate and graduate course offerings and degrees. The dean will have oversight of Africana Studies curricula. In addition, the dean will work with office of Faculty Development in advising on curriculum development and also work with the office of Institutional Research and Assessment on advising on an Africana Studies research agenda.
Collaborate pan-institutionally to offer engaging and informative programming, events, and initiatives.
Engage with Finance and Institutional Advancement to build fundraising opportunities for Africana Studies programming and initiatives.
Manage budget for Africana Studies
Teach a minimum of one Africana studies course during Spring and Fall semesters.
Maintain scholastic and creative presence in the community
Serve as a thought leader as Berklee works to achieve its highest aspirations of inclusivity and pedagogical excellence.
Advanced degree in Africana Studies, Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, History, Music History, Sociology or related field within Black/ Diasporic studies or other appropriate specialization.
An excellent record of creative scholarship, artistic expression, and innovative ideas.
Evidence of administrative success in higher education or related field.
College or university level teaching experience.
Demonstrated professional engagement and ability to establish, maintain, and sustain relationships internally and externally.
Strong organizational skills with a command of technology and programming to support administrative tasks.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and to furthering the education of students.
Start Date:
The start date for the position is Summer 2021.
Candidates should submit:
A formal letter of interest outlining background information ad qualifications for the position
A curriculum vitae including contact information for at least three references
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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Collette Jackson
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Berklee College
855 Boylston Street
Boston, 02216