Job Description


The Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver is a premier music school within one of the nation's top 100 universities. Lamont combines extraordinary individualized attention with the resources of a larger private research university committed to the role of the arts in its mission. Lamont is dedicated to musical excellence, innovative academic training, and providing the skills and experiences necessary to embrace the changing realities of the contemporary musical landscape. More information can be found about Lamont at and about the University of Denver at


Position Summary

The University of Denver is seeking candidates and nominees for the position of the Director of the Lamont School of Music, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018. The Director serves as the chief administrator and fundraiser for the School, and reports to the Dean of the Divisions of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS). The Director will provide galvanizing and strategic leadership for Lamont's 300 students, 75 faculty, and 15 staff, cultivating Lamont's strengths while molding and realizing the School's vision and mission. The Director will be a charismatic spokesperson for Lamont within the University, the Denver arts community, and beyond at regional, national, and international levels. This position manages a complex budget and significant physical plant, oversees curricular development and implementation, and leads the community-supported Lamont Society. As such, it requires strong organizational, managerial, and fundraising skills along with effective outreach and interpersonal abilities.


Essential Functions

  • General Duties: Responsibilities include providing a vision for Lamont's future; setting standards; leading faculty in governance processes such as hiring, tenure and promotion procedures; providing mentorship to encourage excellence; supervising staff; managing a complex budget and significant physical plant; overseeing curricular development and implementation; leading the community-supported Lamont Society and encouraging its growth; working with the Dean of AHSS on fundraising; partnering with the Director of the Newman Center as appropriate on events and the building; providing an example of accomplishment, integrity, and inclusiveness.
  • Teaching: None required. In consultation with the Dean of AHSS, the Director may have occasional teaching responsibilities that are feasible given the duties of the position.
  • Research, Scholarship, or Creative Work: None required. The Director may produce creative work and scholarship as appropriate given the other position responsibilities.
  • Service: In addition to the duties that are internal to the Lamont School of Music, the Director will participate in administrative groups and meetings such as the AHSS Chairs and Directors meetings and, upon invitation, in other groups at the divisional and university-wide level. The Director will also represent the University of Denver at relevant off-campus events.


Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in music, or equivalent professional experience. 
  • A record of accomplishment in performance, scholarship, and/or composition, as well as substantive achievement in the administration of music programs.
  • A demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds and cultural identities feel welcome and can thrive.
  • The successful candidate will meet the University's standards for appointment to the rank of professor with tenure.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate in music, or equivalent professional experience. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in the field of music, with a distinguished record of accomplishment in performance, scholarship, and/or composition, as well as in collaborative leadership, strategic planning, recruitment, and fundraising. 


Application Deadline 

The committee will begin review of applications on December 1, 2017. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.


Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. For questions regarding this position, please contact Professor Jack Sheinbaum at 


For technical questions, please contact Marcy Cozzens at


Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter – Applicants should include in their cover letter and supporting material information about how they will advance the University's and the School's commitment to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants may acquaint themselves with the University of Denver's priorities and initiatives by visiting these websites: and
  3. References will be requested from candidates selected for further review.


NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.


The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 


All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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