Director, School of Music

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Arts and Architecture
School of Music


The College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the School of Music. The College seeks a collaborative and strategic leader who will exemplify transparency, energy and intellectual rigor. The Director of the School of Music will work with faculty, staff, students and the community to build on the School’s many strengths while seeking new strategic opportunities. PENN STATE SCHOOL OF MUSIC: The School of Music, a unit of the College of Arts and Architecture, takes pride in its student-centered philosophy and the quality of the individualized instruction provided by its fifty full-time faculty, guest artists and scholars. Enrolling approximately 325 students, the school grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of programs that help students develop as performers, teachers, and scholars. Among undergraduates, the majority are music education majors. The School also serves an additional 1,000 students annually who enroll in high-quality academic courses designed to fulfill general education requirements. In addition to an extremely active events calendar, the School of Music each June presents Music at Penn’s Woods, a professional orchestra and chamber music festival that is supported by a Community Advisory Board, local donors and patrons. School of Music facilities encompass two connected buildings in the University Park Campus arts district and a purpose-built facility for the renowned Blue Band. The 2,500 seat Eisenhower Auditorium is used for large ensemble, opera and special event performances. Groundbreaking for a new 400-seat recital hall is expected in Summer 2017. The recital hall is designed by William Rawn Associates, the firm that built Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and the Music Center at Strathmore outside Washington, DC. The project includes renovations to create a new large ensemble rehearsal hall and improved patron, faculty, staff and student facilities. The commitment to a new recital hall, the annual President’s Concert in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and support for recent major collaborative productions such as Bernstein’s Mass and Puccini’s La Bohème, all reflect Penn State’s pride in the high quality of the School of Music’s faculty and students. This support also is emblematic of the University’s commitment to advance the arts and humanities. SCHOOL OF MUSIC DIRECTOR: The Director of the School of Music reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture and is a member of the leadership team of the College. S/he guides strategic direction for the School and oversees its operations. The College seeks a passionate, visionary and inspirational leader to advance the School of Music, preserving its traditional strengths while also supporting and seeking out new leadership directions in innovative curricula, outreach, and musicianship. The new Director will build on the School’s rich accomplishments to identify, with all stakeholders, new and sustaining possibilities for music’s role in 21st-century arts, education, scholarship, and social engagement. The successful candidate will: demonstrate success in leading a multi-faceted music institution; be a strong manager with a proven record of administrative accomplishments, including fiscal acumen, experience managing complex budgets and personnel; be an astute budgetary executive who can find creative solutions to fiscal challenges, and have a proven record of balancing resources with clear priorities; be able to direct and balance faculty and staff roles, demonstrating effective delegation with appropriate oversight; be a successful fundraiser with a strong record in all aspects of development, including prospect engagement, donor cultivation, and stewardship; be a strategic thinker with proven success in developing, advancing and tracking short- and long-term plans; be a leader who understands how diversity benefits all members of the university community, and can effectively articulate those benefits; have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to build consensus among School of Music faculty, staff, students and stakeholders regarding future directions and opportunities; serve as a staunch advocate, representing the School’s interests to university leaders, patrons, potential donors, and prospective students; have a track record of working effectively in concert with others in such areas as recruitment, public relations, advocacy, and outreach. PENN STATE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE: The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State is a comprehensive arts community including academic programs in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, art history, architecture and landscape architecture along with the Palmer Museum of Art and Center for the Performing Arts. The College is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines, along with community engagement in its programs. Barbara O. Korner has served as Dean since 2007. PENN STATE: Founded in 1855, The Pennsylvania State University is the Commonwealth`s only land-grant public institution, a research-intensive university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Penn State educates students from around the world, and supports individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research, and service. Penn State’s instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional, continuing, and extension education, offered through both resident instruction and distance learning. Educational programs are enriched by the talent, knowledge, diversity, creativity, teaching and research acumen of faculty, students, and staff. Situated within the beauty of the central Pennsylvania foothills, the University Park campus offers outstanding programs in a wide range of disciplines. There are approximately 46,000 students on the University Park campus. “Advancing the Arts and Humanities” is one of five thematic priorities in the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. The full plan can be viewed at: Required is an appropriate advanced degree and professional experience/accomplishments commensurate with the rank of full professor with tenure in one of the disciplines in music. The salary for this full-time tenured academic position is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The start date is negotiable with the preferred start date of July 1, 2017. Full University benefits apply. For general information, see the Penn State HR website: To apply, submit an online application, including a letter of intent, complete curriculum vitae, and a minimum of three references with contact information. Please send nominations to George Trudeau, Search Chair at Application review will commence on December 1, 2016 and the position will remain open until filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088