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Director of School of Music

Ball State University

Last Updated: 1/20/22

Job Description

Ball State University’s College of Fine Arts welcomes applications for Director of the School of Music, available July 1, 2022.

The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and serves as the school’s chief executive who plans, directs, and coordinates the academic, operational, personnel, budgetary matters and promotional activities pertaining to the school, provides leadership and direction in the development and implementation of academic programs, and advocates quality in teaching.

The Director serves as the school’s primary spokesperson and representative to the college, university, and external community, engages in proactive, collaborative short and long-range planning for the School of Music, facilitates opportunities for faculty scholarship and creative endeavors, manages the recruitment and retention of excellent faculty, and works to support a culture of diversity, inclusiveness, clear communication, and collegiality between faculty, staff, and students.

The director is expected to function as a collaborative, innovative, inclusive and adaptive member of the College of Fine Arts leadership team in service to the Ball State arts community, both within and beyond one’s home unit.

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Position Function:

  • Provide leadership and vision for the School of Music in all its facets, which includes developing and implementing undergraduate and graduate academic programs.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and communicate the academic, operational, budgetary, and promotional activities for the School of Music.
  • Advocate for resources—including equipment, technology, faculty travel, and scholarly/creative activities—for the all members of the School of Music, including tenured/tenure track, non-tenure line, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Appropriate terminal degree in music.
  • At least seven years of experience as a full-time, higher education faculty member in music.
  • At least three years of demonstrated administrative experience in exercising leadership and consultative decision-making at the departmental level in higher education, to include curricular development, budget activities, facilities, and equipment.
  • A strong record of scholarly and/or creative activities, teaching, and service.
  • A dynamic ability to function effectively as a college leadership team member within a complex, fast-paced, change-oriented institution.
  • Ability to execute duties with resilience and flexibility.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and fulfill obligations to completion in a timely manner.
  • Ability to take initiative and demonstrate personal accountability.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities.

Employer will consider sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional and administrative experience in the Arts in higher education, including, but not limited to, graduate programs administration.
  • Demonstrated success with national accreditation processes.
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising and/or grant writing at multiple levels.
  • Demonstrated success with community engagement.
  • Demonstrated success facilitating the use of new technologies within a music or music-related curriculum.
  • Demonstrated success with incentivized-based budgeting models.
  • Demonstrated awareness of contemporary best practices in schools of music.

Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/28791. Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to Murray Steib, curriculum vitae, teaching statement/portfolio, and leadership statement. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through January 18, 2022.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

https://cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/HumanResources/Jobs/Benefits-and-Community/professional-staff

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.



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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...