Director of the School of Music

University of Puget Sound - Tacoma, Washington

Job Category: Executive Management

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: November 08, 2018

About Our Organization

The School of Music at the University of Puget Sound is unique in offering a comprehensive music program within a nationally recognized liberal arts college.  Its accomplished faculty is committed to guiding students toward outstanding achievements in performance, scholarship, and teaching.  The rigorous curriculum and extensive performance opportunities prepare students for a diverse range of careers and provide all students opportunities to pursue music study.  Through a wide variety of colloquia, workshops, performances, and a vibrant Community Music Department, the School of Music enriches the cultural life of both the Puget Sound campus and the surrounding community.

Job Summary

The University of Puget Sound seeks a visionary and dynamic Director to lead the Puget Sound School of Music. A comprehensive program within a nationally recognized liberal arts college, the Puget Sound School of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business, Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Performance, and Master of Arts in Teaching. The School hosts eight major ensembles plus chamber music groups in strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, all of whom contribute richly to more than 150 performances per year. It is a point of pride that nearly 20% of the student body from across all disciplines participates in music ensembles, performing collegially with over one hundred music majors and minors. The Director will lead a faculty of 11 tenure-line colleagues and a talented artist-in-residence who are poised for partnership in moving the School forward in educating musicians for the 21st century. They are joined by some 25 affiliate faculty and 7 professional staff, as well as a Community Music program. The Puget Sound School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


  • Serving as the senior academic and administrative officer for the School of Music
  • Providing strategic and operational direction for the department
  • Managing departmental activities and programs
  • Recruiting, mentoring, and evaluating faculty members, affiliate artists, and administrative staff
  • Promoting the School of Music to internal and external audiences, potential students, donors, professional and community partners, and the community
  • Teaching courses in an area or areas of expertise (with release time from teaching for administrative responsibilities)
  • Sustaining scholarly and/or creative professional development and service to the Music profession
  • Overseeing curriculum development, program assessment, and accreditation
  • Engagement in campus governance and service


Doctoral degree in Music preferred, or equivalent experience in music or other arts; demonstrated leadership effectiveness, with preference for 5-7 years of administrative experience in a department or school of music, or equivalent arts organization; demonstrated teaching effectiveness, and commitment to undergraduate teaching and liberal arts education; distinct record of artistic and/or scholarly professional development and professional stewardship; evidence of active contribution to professional music associations preferred.

Application Deadline

Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than December 1, 2018 to ensure consideration.

Compensation and Benefits

Rank: Associate Professor or Professor, based on qualifications and experience
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information,

Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State

Diversity Statement

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

How to Apply

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • Teaching statement
  • Diversity statement (see prompt below)
  • 3 letters of reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.
  • Candidates who move forward to final consideration phases will be asked to submit a professional portfolio.

Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application.

Applicant’s Diversity Statement

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant’s diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound’s current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at at-puget-sound/diversity-strategic-plan/ prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicants can express their qualification:

  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university’s DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one’s effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Website

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