Post: Academic Director
Duration of the employment: August 2018 – October 2019 (15 months)
Place of work: Dhow Countries Music Academy, Zanzibar
Type of employment: full – time
Responsible to: Managing Director of Dhow Countries Music Academy
Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA) is the only music school in Zanzibar. The academy preserves, develops and promotes the unique musical heritage of Zanzibar and the Swahili coast. It was established in 2002 and throughout the years it had more than 1500 students. The school provides a unique opportunity for the inhabitants of Zanzibar and the dhow regions to study music both related to their cultural background and more global genres of music. In addition special
workshops, seminars, concerts, exchange visits and networking activities take place throughout the year and the DCMA has developed into a vibrant national and international musical and cultural meeting point.
Responsibilities Academics:
  • Oversee and take responsibility for academic quality, rigor and teaching delivery of the DCMA
  • Develop educational process and policies to meet curriculum goals
  • Develop of new academic programs
  • Develop educational process and policies to meet curriculum goals
  • Plan teaching staff meetings, orientations, trainings and workshops
  • Conduct internal curriculum reviews to ensure content is current and relevant, and meets quality standards
  • Mentor Assistant Academic Director
  • Finish preparing publishable Academic Prospectus of DCMA
Local and international collaborations:
  • Supervise the various stages of the DCMA activities in Indian Ocean Historical Sound Archives (a digital archival platform project music)
  • Initiate and continue academic collaborations with national and international organizations
  • Initiate and organize conferences/symposiums/workshops
Administrative:
  • Responsibility for the annual academic plan
  • Work with administration to record grades and provide transcripts
  • Preparing grant proposals for academic programs/workshops/courses
  • Submit every month report of activities
Others:
  • Being of general assistance to the development and growth of DCMA
  • Support and participate in college and community related activities
  • Represent the Academy, where appropriate
Qualifications
  • A minimum level of Masters degree training with specializations in Music and Education;
  • At least 5 years of academic work in teaching and/or education administration;
  • Strong background in developing music education programmes
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent command of English; knowledge of Swahili will be an advantage
  • Experience in preparing grant applications

It would be beneficial if the Academic Director had

  • Past experience in project management in developing countries
  • Experience in the music traditions of Tanzania, including Zanzibar
Applications (CV and covering letter) should be sent to admin@zanzibarmusic.org