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The New School Assistant Dean, Mannes Prep in New York, New York


Founded in 1916 by the legendary David and Clara Mannes, Mannes Prep is a world-class music school for students ages 4-18. With an exemplary faculty, Mannes Prep teaches young learners at all levels, from beginners through advanced students aspiring toward collegiate study in music. Mannes Prep is housed within The New School, a comprehensive university in New York City, comprised of five degree-granting colleges including the College of Performing Arts with its renowned Mannes School of Music. The New School is committed to diversity and inclusion as an institution.

The Assistant Dean of Mannes Prep will be a seasoned professional with experience leading and developing high level pre-collegiate and/or collegiate arts education programs. The successful candidate will be a strong collaborator who can work in partnership with university leadership to develop and execute a broad and progressive vision for the future of Mannes Prep. They will be nimble and adaptable and will approach their work with excitement while inspiring colleagues to do the same. The Assistant Dean for Mannes Prep is responsible for the overall administration of the program, overseeing recruitment, enrollment, curriculum, faculty, and staffing. They provide leadership, vision, and direction to the community of 400 students and their families and 100 faculty members.

The Assistant Dean reports to the Director of The New School’s Youth, Pre-college and Continuing Education division (Open Campus) and works in close collaboration with the Executive Dean of the College of Performing Arts.


The Assistant Dean for Mannes Prep will work in in conjunction with colleagues in the Provost Office, Open Campus, and the College of Performing Arts, and is the primary leader of all aspects of the Mannes Prep program. These include:

Academic Program: Management of Faculty and Curriculum Development

▪ Oversee the development and delivery of coursework and curriculum, including performance juries, concerto competition, and overall performance production. ▪ Work in collaboration with colleagues in the university’s other Youth, Summer, and Global programs to develop new offerings to further expand Mannes Prep program and brand. ▪ Recruit, hire, and supervise faculty and staff. Evaluate faculty and courses in conjunction with colleagues in the Provost Office and Open Campus. ▪ Work closely with College of Performing Arts leadership to ensure that the program is harmonious with the vision of performing arts across the University.

Enrollment: Oversee Enrollment and Student/Family Support

▪ Lead all aspects of student recruitment and enrollment management, partnering with Operations (Open Campus) and collaborating with other university departments and teams to insure integration and deliver support and quality experience to students and families. ▪ Collaborate with the University marketing team on promotional messaging, including the preparation of brochures, website pages, and social media messaging to attract prospects. ▪ Seek to expand enrollment and revenues through development of new offerings which build on current strengths and potentially build pan-university bridges (e.g. with Parsons Youth programs). ▪ Works with colleagues and staff to advance an environment of diversity and inclusion and a positive collaborative and professional workplace.

Operations and Business: Manage the operational and financial aspects of Mannes Prep

▪ Lead scheduling process, including student registration, course building, course assignment, ensemble placement, lesson scheduling, and room assignments. ▪ Manage program operations, including space and AV for all classrooms/lesson/rehearsal spaces; oversee payroll, including faculty additional duty pay; and insure that all operations comply with University policies and procedures, including ADA and FERPA. ▪ Supervise the Assistant Director and overall staff, including orchestra librarians, accompanists, and student assistants. ▪ Oversee the Mannes Prep budget, within goals for revenue and profitability, and work with the University Development Office to raise funds and grow contributed income.

Minimum Qualifications:

▪ A Master’s degree in performing arts, K-12 arts education, or equivalent experience. ▪ 5 plus years of significant experience in a pre-college music program and/or community music school. ▪ Experience in K-12 music curriculum, including an understanding of age and grade appropriate issues in music academic courses and in performing repertoire and ensembles. ▪ Experience in faculty affairs. ▪ Exemplary professional and personal skill set, including organizational, communications, planning, and implementation. ▪ Ability to work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and evenings when required. ▪ Demonstrated commitment to diversity in all forms.

Preferred Qualifications:

▪ Experience working with a student information system and customer relations management system. ▪ Experience in developing innovative youth music educational programming in response to new, future-facing learning modalities.