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Director, Division of Music - Southern Methodist University

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Dallas, TX
Position: Director, Division of Music
Deadline: November 30, 2021
Posted: October 4, 2021

Job Description / Duties

The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University invites nominations and applications for a faculty position that includes service as the Director of the Division of Music. Successful candidates will demonstrate a record of distinction in one of the disciplines offered by the Division of Music in addition to significant leadership and management experience. Vision, integrity, communication and faculty development are essential for success in the role. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds. The candidate selected will be expected to be a significant partner in connecting the Division with an increasingly diverse and globally-connected community at SMU and in the DFW Metroplex. While an appointment at a senior rank with tenure is anticipated, extraordinary candidates may be considered at any rank.

Leadership and management skills may be demonstrated in the form of higher education administration, in management of professional music ensembles, and/or in the music business or musical theatre business. A distinguished record of accomplishment in one or more of the following areas is expected: 1) performance or conducting solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, band, opera, or musical theatre; 2) academic scholarship with broad exposure to current trends in the music industry and world culture; 3) executive leadership in the music business with knowledge of the classical music industry in addition to other genres.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Minimum: master’s degree in (or professional equivalent); ten years professional performance/academic/business experience. Preferred qualifications include a record of excellence and innovation in instructional activities at the university level; successful experience leading a diverse team of faculty and/or professionals, or managing a professional ensemble; strong entrepreneurial, outreach, and communication skills.

Additional Information

The committee will begin its review of applications November 30, 2021. The committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Applicants will be notified of employment decision after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Submit a letter of application, a current CV, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references using Interfolio at the following link:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

Salary: Qualifications will determine rank and compensation

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SMU is an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of teachers and scholars that values diverse research and creative agendas. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. More information about SMU is available at Our beautifully shaded campus of Georgian-Revival-inspired architecture is situated in Dallas, a culturally rich arts and global business center (see

The Division of Music in the Meadows School of the Arts is a professional, comprehensive educational institution devoted to the advancement of music performance and scholarship, to the preparation of the next generation of music professionals, and to service in the artistic life of our community, our nation, and the world. Visit us at