Employment at MSM

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Director of Student Engagement

Position Description

Title: Director of Student Engagement
Department: Student Affairs
Reports to: Dean of Students
Supervises: Student Engagement Coordinator, Graduate Assistant: Student Engagement, Orientation Assistant, Orientation Leaders
Internal Contacts: Students, Faculty, Staff, Counselors
External Contacts: Parents, Vendors, Administrators at other area schools
Employment Status: Full-Time; Exempt

Manhattan School of Music (MSM) is deeply committed to excellence in education, performance, and creative activity; to the humanity of the School’s environment; and to the cultural enrichment of the larger community. A premier international conservatory with an enrollment of 1000 undergraduate and graduate students, MSM inspires and empowers highly talented individuals to realize their potential. We take full advantage of New York’s abundant learning and performance opportunities, preparing our students to be passionate performers, composers and teachers, and imaginative, effective contributors to the arts and society.


Leadership & Supervision

  • Develop and implement departmental initiatives, working closely with the Dean of Students.
  • Create, disseminate, and help implement annual departmental programming plan.
  • Assist Dean of Students with the annual budget request process.
  • Plan, create, and implement policies, procedures, and programming efforts of the office, working with Student Engagement Coordinator.
  • Hire, train, and supervise Student Engagement Coordinator, Graduate Assistant: Student Engagement, Orientation Assistant, and Orientation Leaders.
  • Plan and facilitate the annual student leadership recruitment and selection process, in conjunction with Director of Residence Life.
  • Coordinate and supervise Title IX education and sexual violence prevention.

Events & Programs

  • Oversee the planning and facilitation of orientation materials, events, meetings, and activities.
  • Coordinate move-in day for Andersen Residence Hall, in collaboration with Director of Residence Life.
  • Manage the planning and facilitation of all campus-wide Student Engagement events, including Friends & Family Weekend, finals week study breaks, Talking Circles retreat, theme weeks, Rite of Spring.
  • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate annual commencement ceremony with Dean of Students.
  • Develop and maintain a system of tracking departmental event/program frequency and attendance.

Administrative Duties

  • Maintain Student Engagement portion of the Accepted Students website.
  • Track budget for orientation, fall events, spring events, supplies, student organization support, and commencement.
  • Oversee management of student services provided by Student Engagement, specifically MSM student IDs and student lockers.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings led by Dean of Students.
  • Serve as member of Concert & Events committee.
  • Serve as member of Jenzabar Module Managers committee.
  • Attend and participate in school-wide staff meetings and activities as requested.
  • Perform duties as assigned by Dean of Students.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s in higher education administration or related field preferred
  • 5+ years of related experience in higher education administration
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Sensitivity to and awareness of the needs of student musicians/artists
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively
  • Ability to approach difficult situations creatively
  • Computer skills using software packages, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Jenzabar
  • Professional and ethical work behavior with ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality

Contact Information

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Equal employment and equal educational opportunity have been and will continue to be fundamental principles at Manhattan School of Music, where employment and enrollment are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination or harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, the status of being transgender, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Manhattan School of Music does not permit retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice or participate in an investigation.