Job Information

The University of Colorado Boulder welcomes applications for the Dean of the College of Music. The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Music, providing strategic leadership, vision, and management while overseeing strategy and planning. This position oversees academic programs, curriculum, budget and personnel, and serves two equally important roles: first as the  principal advocate for the College of Music both within and outside the University; and second as a  member of the provost’s academic leadership team, working cooperatively and collaboratively with other administrators and academic leaders to advance CU Boulder’s goals and mission. We are looking for a leader committed to promoting excellence in undergraduate and graduate education; fostering collaborative leadership within and outside the college; valuing and encouraging the contributions of individual departments and programs; recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty members and staff; supporting scholarly, research and creative activities; and engaging in donor development and related advancement activities to support the college and its programs. All of the dean’s activities are to be firmly grounded on CU Boulder’s shared values of integrity, respect, inclusiveness and openness.

Who We Are

Founded in 1920, the College of Music offers a wide range of programs for undergraduate and graduate study, uniquely combining advanced musical training with professionally oriented experiences and the rich resources of a world-class research university. The college has approximately 250 graduate and 300 undergraduate students, 70 full-time faculty, 30 part-time faculty, and 30 professional, technical and administrative support staff. Active as award-winning professional performers, composers and scholars, College of Music faculty members are committed to helping students develop their talents and succeed in their chosen musical endeavors. The college provides a distinct advantage to its students through a top-tier, comprehensive education in music, trendsetting initiatives and outstanding performance opportunities. The college offers seven degrees in 23 fields of study along with an array of interdisciplinary opportunities, including certificates in entrepreneurship, music technology, and arts administration. The college presents more than 400 musical events to the public each year, ranging from fully staged operas to early and new music performances.

As it looks forward to its 2020 centennial, the college’s  vision is being realized through its innovative strategic plan, The College of Music Advantage, which calls for a unique integration of core educational programs and professional experiences. To support these initiatives, the college has launched the music+ campaign. With a goal of raising $50 million, this bold fundraising effort will provide substantial support for students, faculty and programs, forging a new century of excellence.

Working at CU

CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), CU-Boulder has a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies. CU Boulder employs more than 9,615 people, with more than 1,000 tenured and tenure track faculty. Our fall 2019 headcount was 35,528 students.

Home to University of Colorado’s flagship campus, the city of Boulder is a recreational magnet and one of America’s healthiest, happiest cities. Boulder boasts more than 30 galleries, 130 studios, four local museums and 32 theaters. Residents come together for numerous festivals throughout the year, including CU Boulder’s own Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, the Chautauqua Summer Festival, the Boulder Creek Festival, the Pearl Street Farmer’s Market, Boulder Arts Week and much more. Each Memorial Day, more than 50,000 runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair racers take to the streets for the annual Bolder Boulder 10K, the third largest road race in the U.S. and the seventh largest in the world. A tradition since 1979, the event culminates at CU Boulder’s Folsom Field. Thanks to vast networks of bike paths, cycling thrives in Boulder. Under the shadow of the Flatirons Mountain Range, more than 145 miles of world-class hiking trails are open year-round to explore Colorado’s natural beauty.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass.

Search Information

When applying, please submit the following materials:

  1. CV
  2. A cover letter that addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to provide the names of references at this time. The search committee will request letters of recommendation for those identified as finalists for the position.

Apply Now

The position will be open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by February 1, 2020. We aim to conduct interviews during the spring 2020 semester.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.