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Director of the School of Music

Ball State University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Other Arts, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Faculty Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Title

Director of the School of Music

Additional Information

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.

Inclusive Excellence Statement

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.

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

Fiscal Year - FT Continuing Contract

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 Education

Appropriate terminal degree in music.

Minimum Experience
  • 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.
Minimum Other
  • 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.
Authorization to work in the US

Employer will consider sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Preferred Experience
  • 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.
Preferred Other

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

Associate Director, Area Coordinators, School of Music faculty and staff.

Required Certifications

EEO Statement

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.

About Ball State University

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. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.


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Department Information

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Provide leadership in the development and evaluation of graduate and undergraduate academic and non-academic programs and curriculum within the School of Music.



Job Duty

Serve as the school’s primary spokesperson and representative to the college, university, and external community, and as an engaged participant in the College Leadership Team.



Job Duty

Assist the Dean in fundraising efforts.



Job Duty

Collaboratively plan, execute, and modify strategic initiatives for the School of Music.



Job Duty

Actively support an environment among faculty, staff, and students that integrates diversity, inclusive excellence, collegiality, empathy, and transparency as part of its core identity.



Job Duty

Manage the recruitment and retention of excellent faculty; act as advocate for faculty members in matters concerning promotion, tenure, special assigned leave, release time, etc.



Job Duty

Participate in student recruitment and retention, administration of scholarships, placement, and recognition of superior student performance.



Job Duty

Facilitate opportunities for faculty creative and scholarly endeavors. Encourage and assist faculty members in maintaining and renewing their academic/scholarly and professional credentials.



Job Duty

Manage all matters relating to appointment, evaluation, promotion, and tenure of faculty members within the guidelines adopted by the school, college, and university; administer the school evaluation policies concerning teaching, scholarly productivity, creative endeavors and service.



Job Duty

Assign, orient, supervise, and review work of staff; including interviewing, selection, compensation, performance appraisal, remediation, training, and career development.



Job Duty

Manage the assignment and scheduling of school courses and faculty loading.



Job Duty

Supervise facilities and equipment, including technology needs for the entire school; work with facilities planning and management to maintain a safe and efficient working environment.



Job Duty

Oversee professional, discipline-specific accreditation processes as well as needed university accreditation(s).



Job Duty

Teach courses in general and/or expertise-specific areas of the discipline, School, and/or College as negotiated with the Dean.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

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

Special Instructions Summary

The following are required documents in the Applicant Documents section of this application:
  • Cover Letter addressed to Dr. Murray Steib, Search Committee Chair
  • Complete and current vita.
  • Evidence of scholarship and/or creative activity to include student work if relevant is required to be uploaded under the “Teaching Statement/Portfolio” document.
  • A statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion 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 is required to be uploaded under the “Inclusive Excellence Statement” document. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500
  • A statement of administrative philosophy is required to be uploaded under the “Leadership Statement” document.
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Statement/Portfolio
  4. Inclusive Excellence Statement
  5. Leadership Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Master's Transcripts
  3. Doctorate Transcripts

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