Arts Dean at Boston Arts Academy


Boston Arts Academy, a public high school for the visual and performing arts, is starting its 21st year in September 2019 with 469 students in Grades 9-12. The school was established as a public/private partnership between the Professional Arts Consortium, Inc., (currently Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Architectural Center, and the New England Conservatory) and the Boston Public Schools. Boston Arts Academy is charged with being a laboratory and a beacon for artistic and academic innovation and prepares a diverse community of aspiring artist-scholar-citizens to be successful in their college or professional careers and to be engaged members of a democratic society.

This 11-month position is a crucial role in the vision and administration of Boston Arts Academy (BAA). BAA is at a critical point in its 22 year history: having grown steadily in student population over the last seven years, the school is poised to open a state-of-the-art facility with an increased student population in September 2021. We are seeking a visionary leader to support our achievement of our strategic priorities.

Duties of the position include the following:

Arts Vision

  • Together with the Headmaster, design and communicate the overall vision for Boston Arts Academy as a leading public arts high school that prepares a diverse group of students to be successful as artists, scholars, and global citizens
  • Together with the Headmaster and the Arts Chairs, develop partnerships and strategic alliances to enhance the overall Boston artistic landscape,
  • Lead the artistic faculty to implementation of excellent programming so
  • Boston Arts Academy remains a beacon for artistic and educational innovation
  • Ensure Boston Arts Academy graduates are competitive and successful in their college and career paths

Arts Programming

  • Oversee performance/exhibition vision and calendar
  • Oversee extended day classes, including evening rehearsals, tech week, and performances.
  • Oversee creation and implementation of arts curricula to ensure that curricula reflect artistic and educational innovation
  • Oversee arts benchmarks and benchmark assessment
  • Work with the registrar to set course program and schedule for art classes
  • Together with arts chairs, coordinate intra-department performances and shares
  • Coordinate summer opportunities and student scholarship funding for summer programs
  • Together with the Headmaster, approve and oversee arts departments budgets
  • Attend day and evening arts performances and exhibitions to provide support and to give feedback to arts departments, ensuring outcomes meet vision and quality expectations
  • Oversee the revision of the Handbook and all documentation of arts policies
  • and procedures

Arts Outreach

  • Create, implement, and evaluate external partnerships
  • Oversee outreach programming: summer programming and vacation programming for elementary and middle school students

Artistic Faculty

  • Observe and evaluate artistic faculty
  • Hire, observe, and evaluate adjunct faculty
  • Co-construct professional development for faculty
  • with the Director of Professional Development
  • Mentor arts chairs in their leadership

Arts Administration

  • Oversee financial process for all arts departments
  • Manage hiring in the arts
  • Plan and facilitate weekly Arts Chair meetings
  • Participate in the weekly Deans’ Meeting to identify and address the needs of students who are not making progress in the arts and/or academics.
  • Collaborate with the Health & Wellness Team to develop alternative plans for students experiencing significant medical and/or mental health crises.

Enrollment and Students

  • Oversee and support Admissions, including oversight
  • of the database and process
  • Hold enrollment data together with other administrative staff
  • Make decisions about students applying to switch majors
  • Mitigate concerns from students and families re: artistic classes
  • and plan interventions
  • Oversee probation process, working with arts chairs and other administrators

Additional Duties

  • Teach a reduced load
  • Support Headmaster and BAA Foundation with external relations and fundraising

Required Qualifications

  • M.A. preferably in education, the arts, or arts administration
  • Teaching certification in an arts subject
  • Demonstrated experience with arts-based education
  • Demonstrated experience with culturally competent practice
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams
  • 5+ years of experience in administration, especially arts administration


  • 5+ years of experience as an arts professional
  • 5+ years of experience in the classroom
  • Experience working in an urban setting, especially urban education
  • Competence in more than one language

To Apply

Please send resumes and cover letters to

Anne R. Clark

Headmaster, Boston Arts Academy