Director, School of Music, FACULTY OF ARTS , The University of British Columbia

The Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia (UBC) – Vancouver campus invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Music, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2019 or July 1, 2019. The appointment as Director is typically for an initial five-year term, with the possibility of reappointment for a second term. We expect that the successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Full Professor (although we would consider an exceptional appointment at the rank of Associate Professor). The UBC School of Music offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including BMus, MMus, MA, DMA, PhD, and the Diploma in Music Performance or Collaborative Piano. For information about the School, visit

We seek applicants who have a distinguished record of research publications or creative and performing activity commensurate with appointment at the Full (or Associate) Professor rank, and whose specializations complement those of the School. The successful candidate will have a record of high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, and graduate supervision. Demonstrated administrative skills and experience are a requirement, and prior involvement in leadership will be considered an asset. Applicants would normally possess a PhD or DMA, but we will also consider exceptional candidates with equivalent credentials and experience. She or he will be expected to demonstrate vision and creativity and to foster a collaborative, respectful, and inclusive environment for students, staff, faculty, and community partners.

The Director’s responsibilities will include overseeing recruitment of students; recruiting and evaluating faculty; developing scholarly initiatives; maintaining and enhancing community, alumni, and donor partnerships; overseeing educational and community programs; overseeing the financial health of the unit; and continuing to build the profile of the School regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Applicants should provide the following items in a single PDF file to Margaret Tom-Wing in the Dean of Arts Office via email ( with “MUSIC Director” in the subject line: a letter of application; a curriculum vitae; and statements (no longer than 1 page each) summarizing their (a) research/creative activity program, (b) teaching philosophy/practice and ability to work with a diverse student body, (c) experience in and approach to administrative and leadership roles, and vision for a School of Music in a research-intensive University.

Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. At a later stage of the search process, long-listed candidates will be asked to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness and to arrange to have four confidential letters of reference sent directly to the Dean of Arts Office. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Aboriginal initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at:

 Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.  


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