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Archivist

Director of Residence Life

Library Intern

Piano Technician

Senior Accountant

Summer Programs Assistant


Title: Archivist
Reports to: Director of Music Library Information Resources
Status: Exempt

About Curtis:

The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, PA) educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.

One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective, with an enrollment of about 165. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach, which has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in Philadelphia in 1924.

Grounded in this rich heritage, Curtis is looking to the future in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission.

The John de Lancie Library is located in the Milton L. Rock Resource Center at Curtis. The library holds more than eighty thousand music scores, books, and recordings for study and performance. In addition, the library collects and archives manuscripts, gifts of music, and memorabilia of Curtis and people associated with it.  The Archives, a unit of the library, houses more than 150,000 documents and media related to the history of Curtis, its students and faculty, and related materials.

Essential Functions:

The position of Archivist is full time, reporting to the Director of Music Library Information Resources. The Archives is a rapidly developing area within the Library as we develop a digital repository for the preservation of print and audio-visual archival materials. The Archivist will be key in accessioning and organizing existing and new archival collections and in promoting our resources to internal and external researchers. 
 

Responsibilities include:

  • Processing and preserving print-based materials such as recital and concert programs, Overtones, student records, and other Curtis ephemera
  • Generating electronic finding aids and indexes to Archives collections
  • Locating and assessing inactive Curtis records for historical value and acquiring new, relevant collections for the Archives
  • Promoting the archives to other universities, libraries, archivists, and scholars
  • Collaborating on internal library outreach projects, especially those related to Archives collections
  • Answering Archives and library-related reference questions
  • Developing archives web projects, including advising on the digital repository and digitizing existing finding aids
  • Collaborating with Overtones editorial staff on content related to the Archives
  • Creating physical and digital exhibits related to Curtis history
  • Training and supervising student assistant(s)
  • Performing additional library-related tasks such as circulation and reference and special projects as assigned

Education/Experience:

  • Master’s degree in archives or library science, ACA archival certification, or equivalent in experience and education
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a music-related field and/or experience in the performing arts
  • At least two years’ experience with archival procedures and practices
  • Experience with Microsoft software, including Word and Excel

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Outstanding analytical, organizational, and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated experience in the arrangement and description of archival and manuscript collections
  • Interest and ability in developing and managing relationships with students, staff, faculty, and alumni in documenting the history of the school
  • Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems as they relate to archives (such as ArchivesSpace) and the willingness and ability to learn new software
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and schemas such as MODS and/or Dublin Core, some knowledge of cataloging (MARC, RDA and/or AARC2) and ability to describe archival records using the appropriate schema in the creation of finding aids (DACS and EAD)
  • Knowledge of copyright issues surrounding the acquisition of and access to archives and special collections
  • Evidence of active membership and involvement in professional or scholarly associations
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive as a member of a two-person archives team
  • Curiosity for and willingness to learn new and emerging technology and adapt to rapidly changing environments
  • Ability to read music and demonstrated knowledge of classical music

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment. The employee will be required to perform the essential functions of the job and is included in a night and weekend coverage rotation.

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and salary requirements to: humanresources@curtis.edu by June 15, 2016. Curtis offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of PA Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. No phone calls, please. EOE.


Title: Director of Residence Life
Reports to: Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs
Department: Academic Affairs
Status: Exempt

The Director of Residence Life (DRL) is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of a residence life program in a manner that is commensurate with Curtis’s artistic reputation. The residence life program mirrors Curtis’s mission of educating and training gifted young musicians, its unique learn by doing approach, and its deep and abiding commitment to the well-being of students. The Director of Residence Life will be an energetic leader who thrives in a diverse community where living and learning are seamlessly interwoven.

Curtis acknowledges the unique set of responsibilities for this position. The DRL is expected to be available for weekly office hours while subsequently maintaining a presence in Lenfest Hall. The DRL will consider Lenfest Hall to be his/her primary residence and will take most of his/her meals in the dining hall.

General Responsibilities:

  • Live and take meals in Lenfest Hall while actively promoting a safe, supportive, and inclusive living environment
  • Promote cultural awareness and harness the diverse student population into a positive living community
  • Maintain community visibility and be approachable by residents while in Lenfest Hall
  • Tend to the physical and emotional well-being of residents and provide support to students in crisis
  • Counsel students and mediate student issues and conflicts
  • Implement and enforce residence life policies and the Student Code of Conduct; follow up on incident reports created by RA’s
  • Respond to after-hours calls from RA’s and security personnel; respond in-person to crisis situations

Lenfest Hall Operations:

  • Oversee move-in and move-out
  • Oversee student mail and packages
  • Liaise with facilities, dining, maintenance, housekeeping, and security departments for any residential concerns
  • Maintain residence life records, files, and web pages

Manage Resident Assistants:

  • Hire and manage student Resident Assistants
  • Develop and execute RA training week
  • Hold weekly residence life meetings with RA’s for updates and continuing education
  • Create weekly RA duty schedule
  • Oversee and assess RA-generated residence life educational programs, events, and social activities

Summerfest:

  • Oversee the residential program for Curtis Summerfest and be present during Summer Programs
  • Train and manage a team of Summer Program Assistants
  • Coordinate on-site check-in and check-out of program participants
  • Oversee and coordinate recreational activities
  • Clearly communicate, interpret, and enforce Summerfest policies
  • Serve as primary residential contact for participants and parents during Summerfest programs

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Serve as Campus Security Authority in compliance with the Jean Clery Act
  • Participate in updating residence life policies, procedures, training materials, and other departmental documents

Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years in a supervisory role in a residence life program
  • Knowledge of and experience with crisis management and student mediation
  • Commitment to Curtis’s unique mission and core values
  • Experience mentoring diverse student populations
  • A background in or deep understanding of the performing arts, ideally classical music

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment.
 

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and salary requirements to: humanresources@curtis.edu by June 15, 2016. Curtis offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive benefits package, a fully-furnished one-bedroom apartment in Lenfest Hall, and a meal plan when the dining hall is open. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of PA Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. No phone calls, please. EOE.


Title: Library Internship
Reports to: Assistant Librarian
Status: Non-Exempt

About Curtis:

The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, PA) educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.

One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective, with an enrollment of about 165. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach, which has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in Philadelphia in 1924.

Grounded in this rich heritage, Curtis is looking to the future in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission.

The John de Lancie Library is located in the Milton L. Rock Resource Center at Curtis. The library holds more than eighty thousand music scores, books, and recordings for study and performance. In addition, the library collects and archives manuscripts, gifts of music, and memorabilia of Curtis and people associated with it.  The Archives, a unit of the library, houses more than 150,000 documents and media related to the history of Curtis, its students and faculty, and related materials.

Essential Functions:

The position of Library Intern, reporting to the Assistant Librarian, will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the library including cataloging in RDA, digitization, and circulation and reference services. The intern will follow cataloging projects from OCLC searching to RDA copy or original cataloging, then on to technical processing and shelving.
 

Responsibilities include:

  • Searching records in OCLC
  • Copy and original cataloging using RDA
  • Working with the media librarian on digitization and the digital repository
  • Collaborating with librarians on bibliographic instruction
  • Performing additional library-related tasks such as shelving, accessioning, and special projects as assigned
  • Working occasional circulation/reference desk shifts as needed

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’ s degree in a music-related field.
  • Enrolled in a Library Science master’s program or interest learning about the field.
  • Experience with Microsoft software, including Word and Excel

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to read music and demonstrated knowledge of classical music
  • Outstanding analytical and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of cataloging (MARC, RDA and/or AARC2), preferred, and a willingness to learn new skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive as a member of a team
  • Curiosity for and willingness to learn new and emerging technology and adapt to rapidly changing environments

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment. The employee will be required to perform the essential functions of the job.

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume and an hourly rate requirement to: humanresources@curtis.edu by June 15, 2016. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of PA Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. Current library school students are encouraged to apply. No phone calls, please. EOE.


Title: Piano Technician
Reports to: Chief Piano Technician
Department: Piano Maintenance Workshop
Status: Exempt

Job Summary:

The Piano Technician is a full-time position which reports to the Chief Piano Technician. The successful candidate will assist in concert-level tuning, voicing, regulation, repair, and rebuilding to maintain performance, teaching studio, classroom, and practice room pianos both on the Curtis campus and off-site venues. As Curtis is an all-Steinway school, candidates should have experience with installation and use of genuine Steinway parts and be familiar with Steinway geometry changes. Candidates should be adept at multi-tasking projects and have a flexible schedule to coincide with changes in rehearsals, teaching times, and a busy performance schedule throughout the year. Working closely with faculty, students, staff, guest artists, and members of the community, the successful candidate must have good communication skills and be able to help create and maintain a positive and professional demeanor. Applicants should ideally have earned their RPT status and be highly organized, self-motivated, efficient, and committed to accomplishing work with the highest standards. Curtis supports continuing education for this position.

Curtis Facilities:

Information about Curtis facilities can be found at: http://www.curtis.edu/about-curtis/facilities/

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and salary requirements to humanresources@curtis.edu by June 15, 2016. Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of PA Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. Position will be open until filled. No phone calls, please. EOE.


Title: Senior Accountant
Reports to: Senior Controller
Department: Finance
Status: Exempt

Job Summary:

The senior accountant, reporting to the senior controller, will assist in the maintenance and oversight of the day-to-day accounting and financial operations of Curtis by working with the senior controller to maintain financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. The position will involve annual audit responsibilities, investment reporting relating to Curtis's endowment fund, planning and reports for Curtis's physical facilities, and working with the senior controller and other employees in various departments on long range planning projects and strategic goals.
 

Responsibilities:

  • Reconciling Curtis’s treasury function, including the proper recording and classification of ACH/wire transactions as well as review of all transactions received and recorded by Finance staff.
  • Work with the Finance team to prepare month end closing and financial reporting, including responsibility for the accuracy of key financial statement accounts (e.g. investments, fixed assets, payroll).
  • With the senior controller, establish and monitor the annual budget - coordinating and acting as support with other departments on an ongoing basis.
  • Act as a key member of the finance team to assist in reaching targeted goals.
  • Research financial drivers and variances via financial queries, analyzing general and subsidiary ledgers, and communicating with financial and non-financial personnel.
  • Participate in all aspects of the annual audit and satisfy auditors’ requests for reports and data.
  • Serve as liaison with Advancement department to ensure compatibility of systems with Finance records.
  • Compile both routine and ad hoc financial reports by pulling data from the accounting system as needed accompanied with the technological expertise to expedite the reconciliation process.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail.
  • B.S. in accounting required.
  • Minimum of five years accounting experience in a public firm or with private industry/not-for-profit.
  • Experience with and working knowledge of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, particularly accounting for investments and fair value measurements.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment, managing ever changing and conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to work well with people at various levels (including non-financial people).
  • Must possess strong analytical skills and trustworthiness.
  • Expert-level proficiency with Excel required. Experience with ERP/accounting software (e.g. Blackbaud, Sage, Microsoft Dynamics, etc.) preferred.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment.

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a resume, two professional references, and salary requirements to: humanresources@curtis.edu by June 10, 2016. Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. Position will be open until filled. No relocation assistance will be offered. No phone calls, please. EOE.


Title: Summer Programs Assistant
Reports to: Summer Programs Administrative Staff and Residential Director for Summer Programs
Status: Temporary, Non-Exempt

About Curtis Summerfest:

The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia) educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.

During the summer, Curtis opens its doors to provide young musicians and music lovers the opportunity to explore classical music and experience the Curtis Institute of Music’s “learn by doing” philosophy. Curtis Summerfest offers programs that are produced by the Curtis Institute of Music and provides facility rentals for outside summer programs.

Job Summary:

The Summer Programs Assistant (SPA) reports to the Summer Programs Administrative Staff and Residential Director for Summer Programs (RDSP). The SPA position will be dedicated to particular tasks and areas of work such as housing, recreation activities, and general office support. Although the majority of the position will function as described above, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs. Attendance is mandatory for the training on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is approximately a three-week assignment (July 17 to August 10, 2016) with a move-in and start date the week of July 13 (TBC). SPAs must be willing to remain flexible about work schedules, and work weekends on a rotating basis as assigned, including evening/night duties. Hours will be communicated each week in writing, in advance.

Essential Functions:

  • Share in the responsibility of making each student, faculty, and program participant feel welcome on Curtis’s campus.
  • Play a vital role in presenting Curtis as a hospitable, service-oriented institution.
  • Work closely with summer programs team to implement seamless and customer-focused operations.
  • Provide excellent customer service, creation of move-in materials, key management, and prompt follow-up on facilities and housekeeping concerns.

Education/Experience:

  • Prior residential life and housing or student affairs experience
  • Strong familiarity with classical music is preferred
  • Ability to work with a diverse student, faculty and staff population
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office products

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Accuracy, initiative, and the ability to work well within a team and with a diverse constituency ranging in age from teen through adult.

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to: humanresources@curtis.edu by May 27, 2016. Position begins July 2016. EOE. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of Act 153 compliance and criminal (ADP) background screenings. Positions are temporary and do not include benefits. Compensation is $11.50/hour and can average up to 18-20 hours a week. On-campus housing is provided as part of the compensation. In addition, meals are provided in the dining hall on-campus when the kitchen is open during the program. SPAs are responsible for their own meals when summer programs are not in session. www.curtis.edu/summerfest

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