Associate Dean

JOB TITLE: Associate Dean

DEPARTMENT:  School of Music

REPORTS TO:  Dean for School of Music


This position is responsible for providing academic and operational leadership for the faculty, students and staff in the School of Music. The Associate Dean, together with the Dean, establishes a vision for the academic experience that is in alignment with the overall goals of the School, and advances it by ensuring relevant curriculum, objectives, and opportunities that evolve to remain current with the art forms and fields to which it aligns.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a strategic thought partner for the dean. Represent the dean when called upon in a variety of settings both within and outside of the university community. Advance initiatives in alignment with school and university priorities
  • Provide academic leadership and sit on/attend relevant committees within the School and across the University; organize and share in leading meetings of the faculty and staff
  • Faculty and Staff Oversight
    • Work alongside program directors and the dean in hiring full- and part-time faculty and staff
    • Supervise and mentor faculty and staff, maintaining strong and effective relationships and communication; resolving issues. This includes direct supervision of Sr. Administrative Assistant, Director of Technology, and other staff positions
  • Curriculum
    • Maintain and supervise adherence to curriculum standards; oversee the review of all course syllabi alongside program directors. Ensure cohesion across programs.
    • Work with faculty, in conjunction with program directors, on course development, assessment and improvement to maintain academic outcomes and program relevance with industry standards and practices
    • Work with program directors and deans across the University to provide curricular and interdisciplinary paths for students
    • Oversee the creation of course schedules
    • Lead faculty in program and course assessment and improvement, including but not limited to curriculum mapping and annual assessment reports
    • Participate in curricular and accreditation studies and reviews; co-author all materials, responses, self-studies
  • Student Engagement
    • Organize and participate in student advising and mentoring; oversee faculty advisors and coordinate advising activities with the Advising Center
    • Coordinate student events including, but not limited to, performances, festivals, masterclass series, conferences, special events, and other engagement activities. This includes the management of guest artists, licensing contracts, and crew for performances, recordings, productions, workshops and events.
  • Ensure the upkeep of school facilities, in collaboration with OTIS and the school’s Director of Technology as needed/required
  • Budget & Finance
    • Develop annual budgets and prepare all fiscal year budget materials for dean’s review and approval
    • Manage and oversee school-wide expenditures, including non-program specific material and supplies, and restricted accounts for scholarships, programming, awards, and other designated activities
    • Prepare contract worksheets for full and part time faculty
    • Approve staff schedules
    • Approve and manage within budget additional stipends and faculty travel reimbursements
    • Oversee spending on all p-cards
  • Recruitment and Marketing
    • Support and participate in School/Admissions recruitment efforts
    • Meet with prospective students when needed and oversee interviews for potential scholarships
    • Assist University Marketing by providing up-to-date material such as student work, descriptive copy and testimonials concerning the School and/or discipline
    • Plan, coordinate, and participate in on and off campus recruitment events including, but not limited to, conferences, high school visits, masterclasses, and other public events
    • Oversee School website content to ensure that language is up-to-date and in alignment with school and university goals and mission. Ensure curated student, faculty, and alumni work is showcased on the web and social media.
    • Oversee School social media accounts to ensure adequate engagement with followers, and promote music releases and other artistic projects by students, faculty, and alumni.
    • Coordinate music releases for curricular ensembles and projects
  • Oversee and assist in the review and processing of upper-level transfer credit evaluations
  • Support/participate in University development efforts, e.g. award recipient/donor luncheons, UArts Day of Giving
  • Work with the dean and Office of Advancement on corporate or foundation grants
  • Foster mentorship relationships between alumni and recent graduates
  • Support community outreach & engagement efforts and initiatives

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • An advanced degree in music, music education, or the equivalent in research, scholarship, and/or creative or professional practice.


  • A demonstrated capacity for managing resources and personnel, and other management experience related to the above responsibilities.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to contribute to a collective vision, develop new courses and offer ideas for the evolution of existing courses and curricula
  • Commitment to advancing music through the innovative use of evolving technologies, methodologies, and business practices
  • Familiar with professional fields adjacent to music and exhibit an interest in exploring how the fields can effectively interact with each other
  • A leader in the field with a demonstrated record of excellence, a broad range of professional accomplishments in music or music education
  • Strong connections to music and/or music education as evidenced through conference presentations, invited lectures/workshops and professional networks
  • Commitment to professional engagement with their own artistry
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Effective leadership skills with a commitment to building an inclusive culture that fuels creativity and encourages, supports and celebrates diverse voices

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Supervises some staff and assists dean with supervision of full- and part-time faculty

About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.


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