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Dean, College of Music

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder welcomes applications for the dean of the College of Music. The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Music, providing strategic leadership, vision, and management while overseeing strategy and planning. This position oversees academic programs, curriculum, budget and personnel, and serves two equally important roles: first as the principal advocate for the College of Music both within and outside the University; and second as a member of the provost’s academic leadership team, working cooperatively and collaboratively with other administrators and academic leaders to advance CU Boulder’s goals and mission. We are looking for a leader committed to promoting excellence in undergraduate and graduate education; fostering collaborative leadership within and outside the college; valuing and encouraging the contributions of individual departments and programs; recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty members and staff; supporting scholarly, research and creative activities; and engaging in donor development and related advancement activities to support the college and its programs. All of the dean’s activities are to be firmly grounded on CU Boulder’s shared values of integrity, respect, inclusiveness and openness.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Founded in 1920, the College of Music offers a wide range of programs for undergraduate and graduate study, combining advanced musical training with professionally oriented experiences and the rich resources of a world-class research university. The college has approximately 250 graduate and 300 undergraduate students, 70 full-time faculty, 30 part-time faculty, and 30 professional, technical and administrative support staff. Active as award-winning professional performers, composers and scholars, College of Music faculty members are committed to helping students develop their talents and succeed in their chosen musical endeavors. The college provides a distinct advantage to its students through a top-tier, comprehensive education in music, trendsetting initiatives and outstanding performance opportunities. The college offers seven degrees in 23 fields of study along with an array of interdisciplinary opportunities, including certificates in entrepreneurship, music technology, and arts administration. The college presents more than 400 musical events to the public each year, ranging from fully staged operas to early and new music performances.

As it looks forward to its 2020 centennial, the college’s vision is being realized through its innovative strategic plan, The College of Music Advantage, which calls for a unique integration of core educational programs and professional experiences. To support these initiatives, the College has launched the music+ campaign. With a goal of raising $50 million, this bold fundraising effort will provide substantial support for students, faculty and programs, forging a new century of excellence.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Academic Administration

As chief academic officer of the College of Music, and in collaboration with the faculty, administration and staff of the college, the dean ensures academic excellence and meets the needs of the students by overseeing and managing the planning, implementation, administration, coordination and evaluation of the college’s academic curricula and programs, including support services and administration for those curricula and programs. The dean promotes excellence in teaching among all instructional faculty and promotes and fosters scholarship, research and creative activity within the college, and across other schools and colleges consistent with the mission of CU Boulder. As a member of the provost’s leadership team, the dean serves in collaboration with other academic deans and campus officers to define and support CU Boulder’s academic mission.

Human Resource and Budget Management

As chief administrative officer of the College of Music, the dean exercises full supervisory authority over faculty and staff; collaborates and consults with department chairs and faculty to evaluate faculty and make recommendations to the provost on faculty appointment, reappointment, promotion, tenure and termination; oversees the annual performance review process for faculty and staff; and plans for staffing needs and structures. The dean manages and oversees the budgets of the college, the Office of the Dean, and academic departments and allocates funds to initiate, support and promote academic initiatives consistent with the strategic direction of the college and the University.

Development, Advancement, and Outreach

In partnership with the CU Boulder Advancement team, including advancement staff members embedded in the college, the dean develops long-term relationships with donors, foundations and corporations with the aim of augmenting the financial resources of the College of Music through private fundraising and other revenue-generating initiatives. The dean represents the college to University administration and on campus bodies, committees and councils and serves as the college’s spokesperson at academic, social and public functions. The dean engages in, fosters and encourages outreach activities to develop and maintain collegial relationships with alumni and external constituencies of the college and to extend and enhance the college’s community-engaged research, teaching and creative work. Consistent and in coordination with the strategic directives of the chancellor and the chancellor’s cabinet, the dean serves the CU system and the state of Colorado. The dean maintains professional service activities in support of the college’s position within the field and engages in individual professional and scholarly and/or creative development, including participation in state and national professional organizations.

What We Can Offer

Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Doctorate from an accredited institution or the equivalent in professional activities, in one of the disciplines represented in the College of Music
  • Five years of administrative experience in a college, conservatory or comprehensive university
  • Proven record of administrative leadership and managerial experience
  • Record of teaching, research and/or creative work, and service commensurate with the rank of tenured full professor at an AAU university

What You Will Need

  • Ability to develop and support a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, students and staff
  • Demonstrated record of commitment to and actions in support of diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent skills in verbal, written and interpersonal communication
  • Ability to gain the confidence and trust of others
  • Ability to build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • Skills conducive to creating and enhancing relationships with donors and potential donors to the College of Music
  • Ability to inspire teams to pursue innovative approaches to advancing the mission of CU Boulder and the College of Music

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultative leadership
  • Budget and resource management experience
  • Demonstrated record of success in donor development
  • Demonstrated record of public/private partnership development that advanced the academic mission or goals of a unit/college

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current CV
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position
You will not be asked to provide the names of references at this time. The search committee will request letters of recommendation for those identified as finalists for the position.

The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by February 1, 2020.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@Colorado.Edu