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Director of the School of Music and Theatre Professions - LOYOLA

05 Mar 2023 1:50 PM | Armen Shaomian (Administrator)

Loyola University New Orleans seeks an innovative and visionary leader as the Director of the School of Music and Theatre Professions. This leader will build upon the considerable experience and talent of the faculty and students in the program to promote and foster excellence in teaching, research and professional practice and will support the talents and aspirations of the school community.


Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit, Catholic University that educates diverse leaders dedicated to academic excellence, social justice, compassion and service. Consistent with the University’s mission, Loyola University New Orleans welcomes candidates who demonstrate strong commitments to fostering inclusion and equity in a culturally diverse environment. As the University emerges from the challenges of the pandemic, Loyola New Orleans is enjoying a revitalized sense of forward momentum through academic partnerships and community impact. The School of Music and Theatre Professions is deeply embedded in the cultural life of the city.


Reporting to the Dean of the College of Music and Media, Kern Maass, the Director of the School of Music and Theatre Professions will inspire a sense of optimism and opportunity in expanding the positive reputation and size of the school. Further, the Director will cultivate a strong sense of community that is closely tied to and extends the commitment to Ignatian values. At its core, the school encourages strong relationships between faculty and students that provide students with the resources, professional exposure and mentorship necessary to emerge as leaders in their fields.


The Director will be in consultation with faculty and students to develop a compelling and innovative vision for the future of the school. The Director provides strategic vision and operational leadership for the academic and co-curricular programs that create an environment that supports the School's faculty, students, staff and community partners while promoting excellence in teaching and learning. In addition to a reduced teaching load, the Director has responsibility for the fiscal integrity of the School, overseeing budgets and setting an ambitious agenda for fundraising. The appointee must meet the requirements for a concurrent appointment to the Hilton Chair in Music Industry Studies, please see full https://apptrkr.com/3886928 for more information.


This is an exciting opportunity to grow entrepreneurial networks, enhance interactions across programs and departments, and take calculated risks that enhance the already strong national reputation of the School of Music and Theatre Professions. The School offers exceptional programs including the Bachelor of Music in: Composition, Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance, Elective Studies, Music Industry Studies, (including the field's first and only BS in Hip Hop and R&B) and Instrumental Performance, (including Guitar, Piano + Organ, Strings, Winds + Percussion;) the Master of Music in Performance; Bachelor of Music Education; Bachelor of Music Therapy; Master of Music Therapy; Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts; Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Musical Theatre; Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Business Minor.


The University seeks candidates whose experience and knowledge of the fields will lead to broad and inclusive conversations about the range of possibilities, collaborations and entrepreneurial opportunities that will differentiate the School as a regional and national leader. The faculty of the School wish to be more collaborative and engaged with each other and design curriculum and programs that clarify and simplify the student experience. The Director will develop networks and opportunities to further engage the School in the growing creative economy of the city. The Director will value clear and frequent communication and will lead with the energy and vision to promote the School and its faculty and students and define its post-pandemic reach and aspirations. Enthusiasm and experience in fund-raising and community engagement are desirable in the appointee. The University welcomes candidates both from traditional academic settings and from other related and adjacent areas of music, theatre and music industry studies.


All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this https://apptrkr.com/3886928. WittKieffer is assisting Loyola University New Orleans in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 3, 2023. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s https://candidateportal.wittkieffer.com/login?returnUrl=%2Fdescription%3FjobID%3D24212.


Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: 

Sheila Murphy and Sarah Seavey


Loyola University New Orleans does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin in its educational programs or activities, including employment and admissions. At the same time, Loyola cherishes its right to seek and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its religious character, goals, and mission in order to enhance the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

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