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Georgia State University’s School of Music  plays a vital role in the musical life of Atlanta, Georgia, and the nation.  Not only are we a major urban educational institution, we are among downtown Atlanta’s top employers employing about 3,500 full-time faculty and staff and 4,500 temporary and student employees. We are always looking for the best and brightest people.  Open faculty and staff positions will posted as they become available.


Georgia State University seeks a dynamic leader for the position of Director of the School of Music to begin on 1 July 2017. The University seeks energetic candidates to build on an existing comprehensive music program housed in the newly formed College of the Arts (COTA) located in downtown Atlanta, one of the most vibrant arts cities in the country. COTA's location in the heart of the city presents extraordinary opportunities for artistic collaboration and partnerships. The Director of the GSU School of Music will be an innovative, inspiring, and creative leader who can work within a diverse and dynamic cohort of more than 70 tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty, scholars, and practitioners in creating and actualizing a vision for a cutting-edge 21st Century music school in a leading urban university.

Minimum Required Qualifications:
The successful candidate must have a terminal degree in music or equivalent professional experience, must demonstrate scholarly and/or artistic distinction within his/her area of specialty, and must have an established record in teaching and service to warrant appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure at Georgia State University. In addition, significant successful administrative experience in higher education, promotion and tenure assessment, personnel, curriculum development, accreditation, and budget management is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate is a visionary leader who understands the role and possibilities of a 21st-century music program located in a major metropolitan city. Ideally, s/he demonstrates a commitment to musical excellence, scholarly rigor, shared governance, collegiality, a willingness to engage faculty in strategic planning and decision-making and will have extensive experience in recruitment, retention, enrollment management, and graduate success of a diverse student body. S/He will have a proven track record in recruiting and mentoring a diverse, inclusive, and supportive faculty cohort that excels both in student instruction and within their individual professional endeavors. Additionally, success in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration among disparate university departments, demonstrated success in community outreach with local and civic arts organizations, and a history of successful fundraising and donor development are extremely desirable.

Application review will begin on November 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with rank and experience. To apply please submit the following materials:

• A cover letter/letter of application addressing qualifications specific to this announcement
• A one-page statement articulating your vision for a School of Music in a large metropolitan area in the 21st Century.
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three letters of recommendation
• List and contact information of five additional references that may be contacted directly

Applicant should send their materials to julinda@gsu.edu or to the following address:

Attn: Julinda Norton
School of Music
Georgia State University
75 Poplar Street, 5th Floor
P.O. Box 4097
Atlanta, GA 30302-4097

The GSU School of Music:
Located in the historic Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown Atlanta, the Georgia State University School of Music enrolls approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate-level students in numerous concentrations including: performance, music education, music management, music recording and technology, composition, instrumental and vocal conducting, and jazz studies. Its faculty cohort is comprised of more than 70 dedicated performers, pedagogues, and scholars and enjoys a strong reputation for high-level research and creative activities. Faculty members perform at some of the world's most prestigious venues, present at national and international conferences, and are successful in obtaining outside funding to support their creative and scholarly activities. The School of Music partners with arts organizations and foundations on outreach initiatives and includes two professional ensembles-in-residence: the acclaimed new music group Bent Frequency, and the Atlanta Chamber Winds.
The School of Music faculty and student ensembles perform in two wonderful venues: the Rialto Center for the Arts, a 833-seat professional theater that anchors the Fairlie-Poplar arts district, and the recently renovated Kopleff Recital Hall, a beautiful 400-seat hall perfect for solo and chamber music concerts. Graduates of the School of Music include members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, other major orchestras and opera companies, successful individuals in the recording and music business, composers, conductors, and teachers in public schools and universities. The School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The GSU College of the Arts:
Georgia State University's newly formed College of the Arts is made up of the School of Music, the Welch School of Art & Design, the Center for Collaborative and International Arts and the Center for Music Education Partnerships. The College of the Arts began its evolution in July 2016 as the newest of 11 colleges and schools at Georgia State University and in support of the university’s strategic plan, asserting that the Arts have a vital role to play in the new American public research university and suggesting bold moves to elevate the arts at Georgia State. In Fall 2017 the College of the Arts will welcome the Department of Film, Media, and Theatre and at that point be a fully formed college enrolling approximately 2,000 students in baccalaureate, masters, doctoral, and certificate programs in art and design, music, film, media, and theatre. The College of the Arts at Georgia State University is a destination for students who seek a serious arts education at a major research university in a vibrant downtown setting. With its 300+ musical and theatrical performances, art exhibits, and film screenings each year the College of the Arts provides a unique and highly visible source of cultural enrichment for university students and members of the community and contributes greatly to the cultural vitality of downtown Atlanta.

Please be advised that should you be recommended for the position, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment.

Georgia State University, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an equal opportunity educational institution and an equal opportunity /affirmative action employer.