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Curtis seeks highly motivated individuals, dedicated to excellence and willing to contribute to Curtis’s mission: to educate and train exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry.

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Director of Information Technology

Reports to: Senior Vice President of Administration
Department: Office of the Senior Vice President of Administration
Status: Exempt

About the Curtis Institute of Music:

The Curtis Institute of Music pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest caliber. The world's premier music conservatory, Curtis is the most highly selective institution of higher education in the United States, with an acceptance rate of under 4%. Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 175 students.

The college is about to make a significant sustained investment to upgrade its digital infrastructure, in order to become a leading technology organization among performing arts organizations and music conservatories. The strategy focuses around four pillars of technology – web, mobile, social, and immersive – to deliver cutting-edge performances and educational content to anyone, anywhere, anytime, on any device.

By leveraging the power of technology and data, Curtis wants to dramatically increase its global brand awareness and convert new leads to ambassadors, advocates and financial supporters of our unique mission.  We seek a dynamic change agent with a successful track record to help us lead the charge. 

About the Role:

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Administration, the Director of Information Technology (Director) will lead the development and implementation of a Technology Master Plan that supports the college's strategic direction, including the restructuring of Curtis’s data architecture and the implementation of a comprehensive CRM solution. This new position will have a significant impact on business operations and strategy across the organization. 

S/he will be responsible for innovation and operation of technical infrastructures and applications across the school, and serve as the primary expert for determining the college's long-term systems architecture, programming platforms, and emerging technology directions. The Director will oversee Curtis’s partnership with IT Shared Services, an outsourced firm that manages Curtis’s network, hardware, and security infrastructure, and will develop plans to systematically bring more IT resources in-house over the next several years.   

Most importantly, the Director will oversee Curtis’s data ecosystem, and will be responsible for end-to-end data strategy, which spans from big data collection to data integration, repository, and utilization throughout the school.  The Director will provide management, thought leadership, and strategic direction in areas of database design, data modeling, and data visualization. 

Essential Functions

1. Oversee the school’s technology infrastructure

Define, manage, and optimize the architecture of IT service offerings and provide technical oversight of these services. 

Ensure operational excellence and the adoption of best practices and service improvements. 

2. Evolve Curtis’s technology ecosystem

Identify opportunities for improvement/expansion of services that meet the needs of the school and its key stakeholders.

Identify and evaluate technical roadmaps, architecture and research & development opportunities related to IT services.

Research the external environment for new technology opportunities and advancements in current technology. 

3. Drive Data Innovation

Assess "current state" data architecture, desired capabilities, and evangelize the "target state" architecture.

Oversee design, build, and maintenance of data platforms utilized to deliver information that address stakeholder use cases and business intelligence projects.

Strategize and solve data challenges as well as think of future state to enable data driven decision making.

The position will offer the opportunity to evolve and/or take on more senior-level responsibilities including:

4. Manage Key Programs and Projects

Provide program management for the largest and most strategic initiatives. 

Convert large strategic business concepts into smaller tangible projects with executable technology delivery goals, and delegate project management accordingly.

Work tirelessly to ensure proper balance is struck between process and agility across the technology organization.

Own the project development lifecycle and be responsible for managing technical and operational risks.

5. Provide Financial Management and Oversight 

Develop and manage an annual IT budget.

Assist in the development of metrics and key performance indicators to evaluate return on technology investments.

Plan for the long-term needs of the IT department, and coordinate with executive leadership as appropriate regarding critical human resources needs and gaps. 

Provide departmental management and oversight of staffing, vendor contracting, technology purchasing, and budgeting.

6. Build Collaboration and Consensus 

Utilize a combination of industry knowledge and technical expertise to provide strategic guidance and direction across the organization.

Share knowledge, mentor, and educate the organization’s stakeholders with regard to the company’s technological vision, opportunities, and challenges.

Work closely to build communication channels with senior staff, deans, advancement personnel, faculty chairs, and other key internal stakeholders. 

Lead and participate in planning and other mission?critical discussions with key vendors and technology partners. 

Support an environment of collaboration within all departments at Curtis and our external partners.

Collaborate with the appropriate departments to assess and recommend technologies that support organizational needs.


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science, Information Systems, Applied Mathematics, or other related field

10 years of professional experience. 

5-7 years demonstrable, progressively responsible experience as a tech lead or in technology project management

Minimum of 3 years of DBA experience on a platform with a minimum of 50 million records

Knowledge of Structured Query Language and .NET Framework required

Strong analytical skills, keen attention to detail and passion for excellence

Demonstrated knowledge of development best practices and methodologies (AGILE, SCRUM), management of data quality and relational databases

Ability and desire to communicate actively, inspire, and motivate all levels of staff

Excellent writing, speaking and presentation skills. Demonstrated ease in summarizing technical issues and communicating concepts to non-technical staff  

Must be comfortable working directly with leadership, board, faculty and students

Must be willing to live and work in Philadelphia, PA.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands: Routine for an office environment.

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applications should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and salary requirements to by June 30, 2017.  Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. The position is open until filled.

No phone calls, please. EOE. URL:


The Curtis Institute of Music provides a comprehensive benefits package to eligible (i.e. permanent, full-time) employees. The package includes health care, life and accidental death insurance, and short- and long-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, supplemental life, and supplemental long-term disability are available for eligible employees with little cost. Benefits coverages for health care, dental, life, and long-term care insurance are also available for eligible dependents/domestic partners; the cost of the coverage is the responsibility of the employee. In addition Curtis offers participation in a staff pension plan, supplemental retirement annuity, and Section 125 plan. Employees also receive complimentary student orchestra and student opera tickets.

Hiring Practices

In its goal to create and maintain a diverse community, Curtis does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To submit materials

Send résumé and salary requirements to or via fax to (215) 717-3159.