Butler School of Music Director Search - recruitment ad

The University Of Texas at Austin


The University of Texas at Austin seeks nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, with an appointment effective in the 2014-2015 academic year.

The University of Texas at Austin seeks a distinguished administrator with proven leadership abilities in the context of music programs and institutions. Ideal candidates will be student-, faculty-, staff-, and alumni-centered in vision and demonstrate a balanced appreciation for conservatory traditions and progressive reform reflecting twenty-first century trends and innovations.

The director is the primary academic, administrative, and external affairs officer of the Butler School of Music and reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. He or she will be responsible for leading the School in all aspects of teaching, research, artistic vision, and service.

Specific responsibilities include:
* Planning strategic advances in the quality, reputation, diversity, and affordability of undergraduate, graduate, and non-majors’ programs with special attention to preserving historically strong and mission-central programs while incorporating emerging ones
* Administering the School’s 8.6 million dollar budget in a cost-conscious manner while maximizing the use of its facilities, studios, labs and equipment
* Managing, recruiting, retaining, and supporting faculty members and staff
* Representing and advocating for the Butler School within the College of Fine Arts and the University at large
* Promoting public relations, development, and alumni relations for the Butler School

Qualifications: Candidates must possess a strong record of administration in music as well as leadership experience in faculty recruitment, program development, business operations, development, and alumni relations. Candidates should demonstrate professional accomplishments as a performer, scholar, or music educator commensurate with the rank of full professor, including a record of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The search is open to candidates with any academic or artistic specialty in music, but we are particularly interested in those whose skills are suited to a comprehensive college of fine arts and research university, with a vision of emerging cultural trends and technical innovations influencing music, and with creative ideas about balancing the cost and quality of education.

The Butler School of Music is comprised of 380 undergraduates and 320 graduate students, a tenure-track/tenured faculty of 90, 33 contingent faculty, and a full- and part-time staff of 35. The school offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs addressing both the practical and theoretical disciplines that make the music industry so rich and diverse. Its rich performance environment brings great music to both Austin and world stages, and access to gifted faculty and students who engage their audiences.

The Butler School is one of five programmatically integrated units of the College of Fine Arts, including the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Texas Performing Arts Center, a large production facility and arts presenting organization, and Landmarks, the campus public art collection. The College has approximately 200 faculty, 2,000 undergraduate and graduate majors, and offers a Fine Arts curriculum to all undergraduates.

The University of Texas at Austin, founded in 1883, is a comprehensive research institution with over 60 top-20 ranked programs. UT was recently ranked fifteenth in the world among universities by the London Times. With a University community of 52,000 students, 3,000 faculty, and 21,000 staff, The University of Texas is located in the verdant Texas Hill Country in the heart of a booming Texas economy, in America’s hippest city, Austin, a magnet to “creatives” everywhere. Central Texas enjoys three mild seasons with abundant recreational opportunities.

Procedure: Send a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae and references to:

Chair, BSOM Director Search Committee
The University of Texas at Austin
College of Fine Arts
2305 Trinity Street Stop D1400
Austin, Texas 78712-1424

Formal review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Texas at Austin maintains a strong commitment to equity and diversity. Given its continued efforts to achieve a diverse and equitable work environment and campus community, The University of Texas at Austin encourages all interested candidates to apply.

Background check will be conducted on applicant selected.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please visit our web site at http://www.music.utexas.edu