The Career Center's mission is to advance student success by providing a robust Berklee network, coordinated career resources, and enriching practice based and experiential opportunities that help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset as they define, develop and realize their artistic, creative, and career potential with greater intention and success.
Under the direction and supervision of the Manager of Employer Development & Engagement, the Talent Relations Associate will develop a presence on campus by attending student/alumni performances and working in coordination with various departments that include Concert and Events, External Affairs, Theater, Dance and Ensembles to scout talent on campus in anticipation of working with musical directors, casting agents, producers, managers, agents and publishing companies who are seeking Berklee talent. Further, the individual will contribute to the advancement of Berklee's vision to nurture the growth of the world's most inspired artists so they may fully realize their artistic, creative, and career potential.
This exciting role will also advise students as a generalist specifically in the Performance community.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Build and manage a network of influential industry contacts that include: casting agents, talent scouts, talent bookers/agents, A&Rs, recruiters, and musical directors
Spearhead creative talent pipeline opportunities for employers and industry contacts to engage, recruit and hire Berklee talent locally, nationally and globally
Consult with employers and industry contacts on Career Center services and promote/increase industry awareness about the unique attributes and skills of Berklee students and alumni
Create and maintain a pipeline/roster of Berklee talent with high potential and track/document/report on hiring outcomes
Utilize Berklee Connect to source, identify and engage students and alumni for specific performance, songwriting and producing opportunities
Work in partnership with External Affairs, Alumni Affairs, the Ensemble Department, the Berklee Popular Music Institute, and Theater, Music, and Dance Divisions at Boston Conservatory at Berklee among others to collaborate/coordinate with contacts and employers interested in sourcing Berklee talent and best approaches for referring students/alumni to high-priority opportunities
Field and manage incoming inquiries from contacts seeking to hire Berklee performers; Ensure performance opportunities are posted on Berklee Career Manager
Manage requests and coordinate on campus visits and auditions for casting agents and recruiters interested in scouting Berklee talent with an emphasis on creating a positive student and employer experience
Develop connections with, and understanding of, Berklee's diverse student population and alumni through attending cafe shows, showcases, ensemble concerts and other performances held on and off campus
Travel to New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Nashville to represent Berklee talent at conferences, festivals, industry functions/events and introduce services provided by the Career Center to industry contacts
Assist students in researching and exploring potential career paths and ensure students expressing interest in specific performance careers know how to best enhance their candidacy
Conduct one-on-one advising, connect students to additional Career Center staff, resources, and programs and assist students in making informed decisions regarding future career plans
Build and maintain strong faculty and campus relationships through consistent meetings, programs, and support of events across the College and Conservatory in partnership with Career Community
Support existing and initiate new networking events, career education initiatives, and experiential opportunities
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS
3-5 years of experience in the performance side of the entertainment industry as a touring musician, dancer, actor and/or casting director, musical director, talent agent, or talent management
Experience coaching and mentoring a diverse community seeking performance careers in music, dance, and theater and understanding of potential career opportunities for artists
Knowledge of and connections in music, entertainment and the performing arts
Deep musical knowledge to find talented artists
Broad knowledge of career coaching approaches and strategies
Broad knowledge of recruiting practices, industry trends and best practices in career services
Knowledge of trends in internships, employment, economy, and industry networks
Experience creating, coordinating and implementing talent programs and events
Relevant computer systems / technology experience;
Passion and appreciation for music, the performing arts and creative process; enjoy working with and coaching highly talented students from all over the world
High level of cultural competence, values, ethics, and principles that align with the Berklee community, in which every voice is valued and respected and where a diverse, inclusive, work and learning environment is essential
SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
A strong eye and ear for artistic talent
Comfort with social media platforms and creative marketing strategies
Existing relationships within music, entertainment and the overall creative industry/community
Marketing planning, implementation and assessment including use of print, digital and social media and internet channels.
Ability to interact with employees at all levels
Ability to work well under pressure; meet tight deadlines
Comfortable in collaborating on projects with a wide array of musicians, faculty, and administrators
Commitment to strong customer service and demonstrated ability to handle stressful, delicate matters in a professional, discreet, and mature manner
Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and organizations reflecting a broad range of identities, perspectives, and experiences
Occasional engagement of student employees for projects and events.
Occasional weekend and evening work requested for various campus events and activities.
Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials: * Cover letter that addresses the applicant's capabilities and experiences. * A resume or CV.
Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.
The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.
Employee Type: Staff
Internal Number: R0002049
About Berklee College of Music
The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Developing the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work?the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity?are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience. Founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora, our comprehensive curriculum is distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, and embraces the principal musical movements of our time. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing, our curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today's music professional.