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DIRECTOR: SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DANCE


JOINT OPERA DIRECTOR

 


DIRECTOR: SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DANCE


POSITION OVERVIEW:
San Diego State University is seeking a Director of the School of Music and Dance to provide visionary leadership and strong advocacy for an academic program dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration in creative and research activities, traditional and progressive approaches to arts education, and active engagement with the diverse community of Southern California.


POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Director represents the School of Music and Dance to the college, the university, and the community at regional, national, and international levels. The Director is responsible for strategic planning; faculty recruitment, mentoring, and evaluation; managing budgets for instruction, equipment, and revenue; leading curriculum development and assessment; managing the administrative staff; and overseeing music and dance facilities. The Director also has a leadership role in fundraising and is expected to develop and maintain professional relationships within and outside the university.


QUALIFICATIONS:
The successful candidate will bring a record of effective administrative leadership in an academic setting, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, experience in budgetary planning and curricular assessment, and the ability to advocate for the areas of music and dance both within the university as well as in the San Diego community. He/she will have a professional profile that warrants appointment at the rank of Full Professor in accordance with the stated mission of the School of Music and Dance. A terminal degree in a relevant field is required, although candidates with an appropriate advanced degree and exceptional professional experience may also be considered.


RANK AND SALARY:
The appointment will be at the rank of Full Professor with tenure, and the salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.


APPLICATION:
Review of applications will begin January 10, 2018.  Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Eric Smigel, Search Committee Chair, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Applicants should apply via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/47019.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DANCE:
The School of Music and Dance at SDSU offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and Master of Music degrees, as well as an undergraduate Performer’s Certificate, a graduate Artist Diploma, and academic minors in Classical Music, Electronic Music, Elementary Music, Jazz, and Somatic Studies. Currently the School is composed of 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 36 full-time and part-time lecturers, 14 studio artist instructors (including a resident string quartet and leading members of the San Diego Symphony), and an administrative staff of 11. The School of Music and Dance is an important contributor to the efforts and continued success of Arts Alive SDSU, a campus-wide strategic initiative housed within the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts that is designed to elevate the role of arts events and arts practices as an integral part of the university experience.


Music and Dance website: musicdance.sdsu.edu.


ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND FINE ARTS:
The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University is comprised of seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership, and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU and PSFA’s strategic goals, and who will sustain excellence in their research or creative endeavors, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity.


SDSU website: psfa.sdsu.edu.


ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY:
San Diego State University is an established and acknowledged leader in the 23-campus California State University system. With more than 7,700 faculty and staff and 35,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral granting institution with high research activity, and annually receives over $115 million in external research grants and awards. With a student body among the most diverse in the United States, SDSU is known for cultivating a welcoming environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, whether such diversity is defined by cultural, racial, sexual identity, or veteran status. SDSU has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED), and has been recognized by Professional Women’s Magazine as being one of the nation’s best universities for women, Military Times for being among the Best Colleges for Veterans, and is listed as a top LGBT Friendly campus by CampusPride.org.


SDSU website: sdsu.edu.


The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.



 

JOINT OPERA DIRECTOR


POSITION DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The School of Music and Dance and the San Diego Opera is seeking a joint, full-time opera director to split duties between SDSU and the San Diego Opera for a two-year appointment. The position requires the candidate to assume full opera production duties at SDSU and serve as an assistant opera director for SD Opera. Duties for SDSU include producing, directing, teaching, and supervising one opera production annually (in the Fall semester) and Opera Workshop (in the Spring semester), which may include scenes programs, acting classes for singers, stage movement, etc. Duties for the San Diego Opera will include serving as an Assistant Director for one or more productions during their season. The candidate will be encouraged to contribute to collaborative relationships across the School of Music and Dance, cultivate and maintain active connections with the San Diego Opera, and participate in the recruitment and retention of outstanding students. Participation in faculty governance is expected.

The following workload is anticipated with this joint appointment.


Fall Assignment
SDSU Music 184/384/584 (Full Production) - 80%
SD Opera Directing - 20%


Spring Assignment
Music 183/383/583 (Scenes, Acting) - 26%
SD Opera Directing - 74%



QUALIFICATIONS:
Advanced degree in Music is required. Terminal degree in Music is preferred. A demonstrated capacity as an opera director at the university or professional level is required. The successful candidate will possess opera directing skills at the highest level, and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the complexities of producing a university and professional opera performance. The candidate should possess superior administrative and organizational skills and be able to work with students, faculty, professionals, and staff to develop a cohesive production team.


RANK AND SALARY:
Appointment will be at a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


APPLICATION:
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should email PDF materials to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please submit the following required applications materials:

  • Cover letter addressed to both: David Bennett, General Director, San Diego Opera and Dr. Charles Friedrichs, Director, School of Music and Dance
  • Curriculum vita
  • Three current letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s qualifications for this position.
  • Reference list of five individuals familiar with the candidate’s professional experience (please include updated contact information)
  • URLs to three to six online video clips (YouTube or Vimeo) of 5–30 minutes each that demonstrate the candidate’s directing and teaching skills

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DANCE:
The School of Music and Dance offers music degrees for undergraduates and graduates in music (BA, BM, MA, MM, Advanced Artist Diploma) and dance (BA, BFA.) The School enrolls over 325 majors and serves thousands of general students each academic year through its general education courses, performing ensemble opportunities and public performances. 16 full-time, 15 part-time, and approximately 30 studio instructors deliver comprehensive professional curricula. The School of Music and Dance is part of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.
Music and Dance website: musicdance.sdsu.edu.


ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO OPERA:
The SD Opera is an internationally recognized leader in opera. The mission of San Diego Opera is to deliver exceptional vocal performances and exciting, accessible programs to diverse audiences, focusing on community engagement and the transformative power of live performance. The San Diego Opera is recognized internationally as a leading example of adaptability, innovation and sustainability in the operatic arts, promoting diversified programming and unique performance venues with world-class and emerging talent. The SD Opera’s educational and partnership with SDSU coupled with relevant programming continues to build the audience of the future.
San Diego Opera website: https://www.sdopera.org/.


ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND FINE ARTS:
The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College is home to the campus initiative Arts Alive SDSU that integrates arts events and arts practices into the curriculum and values art as a campus-wide priority on par with other major university strategic goals. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU and PSFA’s strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research or creative endeavors, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity.
Professional Studies and Fine Arts website: psfa.sdsu.edu.


ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY:
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.
SDSU website: sdsu.edu.


The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.