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Dean of Music, Special Music School High School

Dean of Music, Special Music School High School

Kaufman Music Center is New York City’s creative home for music education and performance. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the Center serves as a resource for students, artists and audiences through its five divisions: Lucy Moses School, a community school for the arts which offers instruction in music, dance and theater to children and adults; Merkin Concert Hall, an acoustically-renowned performance space known for its innovative programming schedule; Special Music School (P.S. 859), a unique public school for musically-gifted children; Face the Music, a youth ensemble devoted to the performance of works by living composers, and a Theater Wing, which specializes in guiding young people through the process of creating and performing original musical theater works.

Founded in 1952 as a community school for pre-conservatory music training, today's Kaufman Music Center provides entertainment, education and inspiration for more than 75,000 New Yorkers every year. The Dean of Music, Special Music School High School reports to Music Director and is responsible for executing the vision of Special Music School, in conjunction with the Music Director, on a day-to-day level for grades 9-12. He or she collaborates on a daily basis with other members of the Special Music School administrative team, and the Department of Education administration and faculty.


  • In collaboration with the Music Director, executes the vision of Special Music School
  • Works with Music Director in planning of school’s music curriculum and is a member of the grades 9-12 curriculum development team
  • Supervises and develops the music program faculty, grades 9-12; guides teacher assignments and student placements
  • Works with Assistant Principal (DOE) on class schedules, facility concerns and academic issues 
  • Works with the Administrative and Production Associate in coordinating permits, set-up, and equipment for classes, ensemble rehearsals, and concerts
  • Communicates with the Music Director, faculty, parents, and students
  • Maintains the school music calendar; with the Administrative and Production Associate, schedules classes, ensembles, and concerts
  • Moderates all 9-12 jury panels; produces and attends school concerts, masterclasses, workshops and other performances
  • Manages 9-12 auditions and participates in admissions decisions and recruitment efforts
  • Counsels high school families
  • In coordination with Development team, guides tours of the High School


  • Graduate-level training in music (master’s degree)
  • Strong commitment to ‘progressive’ music education (the inclusion of composition, improvisation and contemporary music)
  • Prior administrative experience preferred
  • Prior experience working with teachers/music teachers
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Leadership, motivational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diplomacy and tact

How to Apply
Please email résumé and letter of interest with salary requirements to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. Subject line should read: Dean of Music. No phone calls, please.
Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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