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Assistant Dean & Director, Community Arts School

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The Director, Community Arts School provides strategic direction and leadership for the University’s community-based divisional arts school which is housed within the nationally acclaimed Conservatory of Music. The ideal candidate for this position is a proven leader of arts education and is entrepreneurial, business-oriented, and able to lead a team in creating unparalleled arts education programming. Candidates must have demonstrated success in arts education and/or arts administration.  
The Assistant Dean & Director will be responsible for building and maintaining positive and collaborative working relationships with key organizational stakeholders internally and externally. This position will report to the Assistant Provost & Executive Director, Division of Community Learning with a ‘dotted line’ to the Dean, Conservatory of Music. Additional advisement will be provided by the Associate Director of Conservatory Admissions. 

Areas of Responsibility: 

Essential duties, tasks and responsibilities:

Organizational Leadership and Management  

  • Ensures that the organization effectively achieves its mission by providing oversight of day-to-day operations, human resources, fiscal management, and programming. 
  • Establishes and effectively executes an annual operating plan which strengthens organizational success and sustainability 

  • Leads the continuous review and implementation of a CAS-specific strategic plan that supports its artistic, educational, financial, and partnership objectives within the context of the University’s strategic efforts 

  • Provides leadership to a professional team of five (5) full-time staff, two (2) part-time staff and eighty (80) faculty members 

  • Establishes clear performance goals and conducts yearly annual reviews for professional staff  

  • Works in tandem with program directors and managers on appropriate faculty hires and performance reviews 

  • Fosters a workplace that is collaborative, professional, and positive 

  • Creates and manages an Advisory Board of internal and external stakeholders that provides input and strategy on programs and services offered through CAS  

  • Serves on the Division of Community Learning’s Advisory Council and the Conservatory of Music’s Administrative Leadership Team  

  • Represents BW and CAS within appropriate local, regional and national organizations 

Revenue Generation & Budgeting  

  • Develops and manages a diverse revenue portfolio and budget forecasts in alignment with institutional goals and an established pro forma. 
  • Sets all program tuition with respect to market value, expenses and expected net margin 

  • Cultivates opportunities for mission-oriented revenue generating opportunities including hosted programs, partnerships and licensing  

  • Leads all fund development initiatives in coordination with the Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement 

  • Develops and implements a philanthropic strategy that will identify and cultivate potential opportunities for advancement as well as build on existing relationships with individuals and funders 

  • Actively seeks grant funding opportunities that align with the mission and programming of CAS while supporting existing grant awards in tandem with assigned CAS staff  

  • Establishes and oversees the process for financial aid provided to CAS participants   

Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation 

  • Works in tandem with program directors, managers and coordinators to establish the annual portfolio of educational programming (or hosted programs).  
  • Draws upon experience, educational needs and local/national trends to develop and implement high-impact programming and/or experiences 

  • Works in tandem with admissions to drive/influence BW University and Conservatory enrollment to design arts-based programming and experiences that engage and thoughtfully connect prospective students with the University 

  • Authorizes contracts/agreements for faculty or third-party vendors where appropriate 

  • Performs program evaluations to ensure high-performance and relevancy       

Marketing and Registration  

  • Works with the CAS Communications Manager to create messaging and external marketing and communications material including, but not limited to, division statements, press releases, print/digital advertising, signage/displays, newsletters, website content, and social media channels.  
  • Provides input to collateral projects with contracted ad agency as needed  

  • Works with program directors and managers regarding participant registration processes and user engagement, course enrollment thresholds and targets  

Educational Background: 
Master's degree in education, arts management or business required
  • At least ten (10) years of management-level experience 

  • Experience with learning design and/or program development/evaluation  

  • Demonstrated success in grant writing and funding  

  • Demonstrated success coordinating a collaborative team. Experience in hiring, managing, and retaining talented staff 

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite 

  • Must be detail-oriented with exceptional oral, written and interpersonal skills  

  • Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment, and take initiative.  Skills in problem-solving, negotiation, tact and diplomacy 

  • Ability to maintain a sense of collaboration and trust among a team 

  • Will be required to pass a background check and complete required University compliance training 


A competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, sick leave, vacation, holidays, short-term disability, 403 (b) retirement plan, life insurance and tuition remission benefits.

How to Apply: 

Position open until filled. Please submit one (1) PDF file containing a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references.

Link to apply:

Additional Information: 

Baldwin Wallace University is an EEO/AA employer and educator.  At BW, we support and encourage diversity in a variety of forms. We value and appreciate inclusive excellence in the classroom, within extracurricular activities, and as we engage our community partners.  Learn more at Diversity Affairs at 

Organization Info

Baldwin Wallace University, Community Arts School

Berea, OH
Annual Budget : 
1-10 employees
About Us

To enrich lives by providing experiences that promote life-long engagement with the arts.


Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School, originally formed as the Conservatory Preparatory Department, was established in 1976 to offer Dalcroze music classes and music lessons for younger children. Today, offerings include dance classes and a dance company, visual art classes, theatre classes, both vocal and instrumental ensembles, private lessons in music and voice as well as professional development classes for music educators.

With the acquisition of Olmsted Performing Arts in January 2019, and the desire to expand and diversify its arts education programming for the larger community, Baldwin Wallace University welcomed those families seeking to continue their arts education. At that time, the Community Music School became the Community Arts School and embraced new faculty, new families, and expanded into a new off-campus satellite location at Helwig Whistle Stop.

The Community Arts School’s team of leadership and staff is comprised of many faculty and administrators from Baldwin Wallace. Their collective expertise and experience in arts education promise to provide an extraordinary program that serves community members of all ages. Expanded programs include dance, visual arts, and a children’s theatre program. This growth allows for the Community Arts School to serve over 4,000 households in the Northeast Ohio area.

The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music has a long history of bringing school-age and adult learners to campus during the summer for focused music study through workshops, camps, and college prep training programs. This relationship enables conservatory students to work side-by-side with our faculty and staff in classes, ensembles, and in our administrative offices, giving the college students valuable work experience before graduation.

Our music programs are not just for younger students. Adults can enroll in our professional development workshops for certification, or in the renowned LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework, a body-based method of vocal pedagogy. LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework provides information about vocal teaching and research for teachers and speech pathologists, and attracts more than 400 educators and professionals from around the country and the globe.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jan 18 2023
Active Until: 
Feb 18 2023
Hiring Organization: 
Baldwin Wallace University, Community Arts School