Reporting to the Assistant Chair, the Voice Accompanist Supervisor will undertake a variety of administrative and program management tasks. Ideally, the Supervisor is an accomplished musician with a successful track record of project management and managing a diverse workforce of part-time employees.
The Supervisor manages the accompanist program, hiring, training, and evaluating professional and work-study instrumentalists (piano, bass, drums, guitar, others as needed) in support of the Voice Department's ensemble, lab/classroom, clinic/workshop, and concert needs. The Supervisor also fulfills accompanist needs for the Professional Performance Division Office. The Accompanist Supervisor has an extensive knowledge of contemporary music genres and sub-genres across a wealth of styles, and may possess a working knowledge of musical theatre (both traditional and contemporary) and classical vocal repertoire.
Faculty Absence Process
Under the supervision of the Chairs, the Supervisor administers the day to day logistics of the Voice Department's process for managing teacher substitutes. The Supervisor oversees activities of Department work study staff in support of this process.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities -- Accompanist Program
Assesses /tracks need for accompanists including Department visiting artist requirements
Supervises 80+ part-time student and staff accompanists, including:
Determines appropriate placement and scheduling of accompanists to meet curricular and stylistic needs
Sources/recruits, auditions, hires, and trains new student and staff accompanists
Performs all aspects of accompanists' performance management, including direct observation and evaluation of performance, with a focus on continual improvement to enhance the classroom learning experience
Consults with Human Resources on staff concerns, and the Office of Student Employment to ensure compliance with specific rules and limits of student employment on campus
Administers Accompanist Program budget, to ensure cost containment including review/approval of time and attendance reporting
Substitutes for absent accompanists, if needed
Maintains applicable databases and scheduling tools
Continually refines program management practices, recommending policy development to Department leadership to ensure delivery of high-quality service
Documents operating procedures and maintain Accompanist Program Handbook
Additional duties as assigned by the Department Chairs
Essential Duties & Responsibilities--Faculty Absence Process
Under the supervision of the Chairs, the Accompanist Supervisor ensures that Voice Department's faculty substitute assignments are carried out in accordance with College and Department policy
Identifies and tracks faculty absences requiring substitute assignments
Assists absent faculty in identifying and scheduling proposed faculty substitutes
Reviews faculty substitutes proposals with Department Chairs for approval
Communicates substitute assignments to faculty and affected students
Ensures substituting faculty have required teaching materials and systems access
Prepares reports of substitute assignments for payroll approval
Continually refines program administrative practices, recommending policy development to Department leadership to ensure delivery of high-quality service
Documents operating procedures and trains work study students to assist as needed
Bachelor's degree, with a major in music or music business preferred; or equivalent professional knowledge and experience required
A minimum of 3 years office, project, and staff management experience preferred
Experienced musician (pianist preferred)
Extensive knowledge of a wide variety of contemporary musical styles required, with additional familiarity of musical theater and classical vocal repertoire preferred
Demonstrated excellence in applying judgment to balancing department resources, program objectives, and constituents' expectations
Exceptional time management skills, with the ability to prioritize and handle competing demands
Demonstrated success in:
Managing a flexibly scheduled per diem workforce
Balancing detailed program management with larger strategic considerations and priorities
Operating independently, setting priorities, and delivering results while managing multiple tasks, assignments, and projects
Effective communicator (written and oral) with the ability to interpret and translate policy and procedural information to a diverse group of constituents
Strong interpersonal and team-building skills, including tact and diplomacy to create and maintain positive, productive working relationships with senior administration, faculty, staff, students, and visitors
Demonstrated commitment to work and lead effectively in a highly diverse, multicultural population, and excel within a team-based environment
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word and Excel) and Google collaboration and productivity applications. Familiarity of FileMaker Pro database software, a plus
Ability to operate live sound, microphones, and PA systems preferred
Experience with social media marketing and web content management as a recruitment tool.
Regularly expected to work extra/nontraditional hours (including early morning and late evening) to respond to accompanist absences to ensure that accompanist assignments are fulfilled daily.
Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials: * Cover letter that addresses the applicant's capabilities and experiences. * A resume or CV.
Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.
The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.
Employee Type: Staff
Internal Number: R0002615
About Berklee College of Music
The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Developing the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work?the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity?are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience. Founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora, our comprehensive curriculum is distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, and embraces the principal musical movements of our time. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing, our curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today's music professional.