Director of Music
St. Mark’s School, Southborough, MA
Position Title: Director of Music
First commitment: Monday, August 28th, 2023
Contract type: Yearly; 10-month
School Type: Boarding
Position Summary: St. Mark’s School (Southborough, MA) seeks a Director of Music for the 2023-24 academic year to lead all aspects of our music program. Successful candidates will demonstrate the skills needed to manage daily music program operations and work collaboratively in a team of Arts department colleagues to execute a shared long-term strategic vision. The position includes teaching music courses, leading the studio music program, and contributing to St. Mark’s vibrant boarding school community through advising, residential life responsibilities, and community responsibilities. The Director of Music is a member of the Arts department and reports to the Dean of Faculty.
Areas of possible specialization: Vocal/Choir, Jazz, Orchestra, Keyboards, Organ, Music Production, Songwriting, and/or Music Theory.
We invite interested candidates to apply by completing an application on the St. Mark’s School Employment page.
What You’ll Do as the Director of Music:
- Develop strategic music programming to further student engagement in the arts and enrich community life
- Teach four academic courses (previously taught courses include: Advanced Music Theory, Music Studio, Choir, and Orchestra)
- Oversee and lead music program performances and festivals
- Assist in managing and recruiting a team of professionals to meet the needs and strategic aims of the department
- Partner with the Advancement Office, the Admission Office, and the Communications Office for events and projects
- Maintain musical facilities and school-owned instruments
- Oversee, strengthen, and develop professional relationships with outside organizations (MMEA, CDMMEA, RSCM); continue St. Mark’s participation in District and All-State music festivals
- Supervision responsibilities:
- Music Administrative Assistant whose duties include but are not limited to: scheduling and payroll for private lessons, budget management, creating concert programs, logistics behind participation in state music festivals, etc.
- Oversee part-time assistant directors, coaches, accompanists, and private music lessons teachers contracted to meet the needs of our students and the department
What You’ll Do as a St. Mark’s Faculty Member:
- Advisory: Provide support and guidance to a group of three to seven students as they navigate the academic, extracurricular, social, and residential dimensions of life at St. Mark’s; serve as the school’s primary liaison to parents
- Supervise a dorm during evening hours once weekly and five Saturdays per year
- Coach two sports or the equivalent co-curricular commitment (A cappella, Chapel, etc.)
- Participate in community life through Social Duty (four weekends per year)
- Attend all school and faculty required academic day events including, but not limited to: faculty meetings, chapel, seated meal, department Meetings, PD meetings, and Gray Colloquium
- Give up to six admission tours per year
- Participate in St. Mark’s Experiential Learning Programming
- Teach a season of Saturday classes
- Teach a Lion Term course
What We’re Looking For:
- Master’s degree or higher with a specialization in a relevant field of study
- Experience as a professional musician, educator, and administrator
- Experience in an educational setting, preferably with adolescents in a residential community
- Demonstrated history of creative problem-solving and actualizing strategic plans
- Demonstrated success in working with culturally diverse populations as well as a demonstrated commitment to inclusive pedagogy
- Commitment to a collaborative approach to teaching and learning
- Experience directing or managing concert series, festivals, school events, etc.
- Commitment to continuous self-reflection and professional growth
Things You’ll Love:
- On-campus housing; health, dental, and vision coverage; tuition remission (100%); retirement contribution – after one year of service, the school contributes 10% of your annual salary to a 403 (b) retirement plan (100% immediate vesting); three meals a day are available at the dining hall during the school year for you and your family; use of facilities for you and your immediate family: weight rooms, outdoor pool, ice rink, basketball courts, nature trails, etc.; annual financial planning services available; parental leave: 8 weeks at full pay, and 4 weeks at a quarter pay; Health Assistance Program; Employee Assistance Program; Child Day Care financial assistance program; William A. Coolidge Fund – annual financial assistance for each employee’s child attending tuition-charging schools; and more!
- Pay is commensurate with experience. For reference, please find the median salary for faculty members whose primary responsibilities are in the classroom below:
- Median salary with 10 years of experience: $50,700
- Median salary with 15 years of experience: $57,600
- Median salary with 20 years of experience: $63,200
About St. Mark’s School:
St. Mark’s School is a coed, private boarding high school of approximately 375 students with a strong, college preparatory curriculum located 22 miles west of Boston and 12 miles east of Worcester. St. Mark’s School educates young people for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1865 as an intentionally small residential community, the School challenges its students to develop their particular analytic and creative capabilities by both inspiring their academic and spiritual curiosity and kindling their passion for discovery. We value cooperation over self-interest, and we encourage all members of our community to explore their place in the larger world beyond our campus.
St. Mark’s School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability or genetics, and any other characteristic or status protected by law.