What Juilliard really needs now

What Juilliard really needs now


norman lebrecht

July 01, 2021

From the School’s current job advertisements:

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Program Manager

The EDIB Program Manager provides support to the assessment, development, and implementation of Juilliard’s equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging efforts. Working closely with Director for EDIB Initiatives, this position will assist in the facilitation of community building workshops, developing support structures for students, tracking and measuring our progress and efforts, and coordinating both internal and external collaborations.

Responsibilities include:
• Collaborate with the Director for EDIB Initiatives to shape and define Juilliard’s EDIB efforts and values across all areas of the school, including, but not limited to student and faculty recruitment, investments, accessibility, and community engagement.
• Assist with the development of systems, processes, procedures and programming for cross-collaboration internally with all divisions and departments to continue fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all current and future community members.
• Partner with the Director for EDIB Initiatives to develop, assess, adapt, and deliver community workshop content for faculty, staff, and students based on data, feedback, and metrics.
• Track attendance, capture meeting minutes, prepare documents, and gather data as it relates to our EDIB programming, including but not limited to, EDIB Taskforce meetings, EDIB curriculum meetings, community workshops, seminars, listening sessions with students, faculty, and/or staff.
• Develop recruitment strategies to deepen and broaden the pool of student applicants in partnership with the colleagues across the school. Partner with the Preparatory Division to assist with these efforts as a feeder to the College Division.
• Partner with the Human Resources staff to assist with the further development of faculty and staff recruitment efforts.
• Compile and analyze demographic and programmatic data in collaboration with the Director for EDIB Initiatives to identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for future initiatives.
• Coordinate current external collaborations, including but not limited to our work with the Sphinx Organization, as well as providing outreach to local organizations.
• Participate on the EDIB Taskforce, working groups, and/or committees that assess EDIB challenges and reports of concern. Problem solve to assist in the process for reconciling these issues.
• Collaborate with artistic and administrative leaders to support increased efforts in furthering our students’ senses of belonging, including the implementation of affinity and ally groups.
• Actively participate in local DEI (EDIB) consortiums to represent Juilliard, staying atop of best practices and industry trends.
• Special projects and other duties as assigned.

• Passion for, understanding of, and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and the mission of The Juilliard School.
• Bachelor’s degree required; minimum of 4 years related experience required
• 2+ years of experience in EDIB program development preferred
• Must be able to interact effectively with faculty, staff, and students
• Requires strong interpersonal, communication—both written and verbal—presentation, and management skills, as well as the sensitivity to meet the many needs of a fast-paced educational and performing arts community
• Able to work well in fast-paced situations with high attention to detail
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and as a part of a team
• Ability to develop programs with a holistic perspective
• Knowledge of, or background in, performing and/or visual arts or higher education
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook; willingness and aptitude for learning new programs
• Attitude of flexibility, teamwork, and collaboration
• Demonstrated ability to work with confidential information and diverse populations
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and to plan and oversee complete projects independently

No salary is mentjoned, but I wouldn’t do it for a million dollars. Maybe Pinky should apply.






  • marcus says:

    more woke bingo salad. yawn.

    • D says:

      This is really not a big deal. In the U.S. non-profit world, such a “manager” title basically signifies a junior, but not entry-level role. It’s a step up from a “coordinator” position, and is sort of the last rung before entering middle-management. Not worth the hullabaloo among this site’s commentariat, I assure you.

  • Le Křenek du jour says:

    “• Ability to develop programs with a holistic perspective”

    With the egregious exception of Dirk Gently and his Agency, any bullet point laden with the buzzword ‘holistic’ triggers an instant Bullshit Alert.

    “• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook; willingness and aptitude for learning new programs”

    In my experience, which is already long and has not been entirely uneventful, proficiency in the one usually precludes any aptitude for the other.
    It also precludes any aptitude for independent, creative thinking; but that’s not an impediment according to Juilliard’s job description.

  • Herbie G says:

    All ordure-laden effluent of course – and dished out in industrial quantity. Why not put at the top ‘Whites should not apply – they are all slavers’. This would save them the effort of wading through all this b/s and spending hours in a vain search for a scintilla of meaning.

  • Bill says:

    No worries about the job being offered to you, at any salary, as you appear to be missing most of the stated qualifications.

  • PaulD says:

    Does “belonging” mean making sure that student know that they belong in class – that they have to actually show up?

  • Y says:

    The Left’s Gleichsaltung continues apace.

  • The View from America says:

    Oh, joy.

  • BigSir says:

    they have money to burn

  • violafan says:

    “but I wouldn’t do it for a million dollars”

    No one asked you, Norman. Old white dinosaurs need not apply!


  • Freewheeler says:

    They want someone who must have ALL of those skills? That’s not very inclusive.

  • Alexander Graham Cracker says:

    I’ll bet that the faculty and staff are just chomping at the bit for those “workshops” to begin! LOL.

    • Kyle says:

      If you want to be correct but cause many people to think you’ve made a typo, the expression is “chAmping at the bit.”

      • Ashu says:

        [If you want to be correct but cause many people to think you’ve made a typo, the expression is “chAmping at the bit.”]

        Oh, chomping makes just as much sense, and sounds almost the same. What’s the big deal?

  • Prof. Inkling says:

    If that’s what they need, they should just shut down.

  • Miguel Campos says:

    Why wouldn’t you do it? It is work that benefits the students and teachers who have had to work hard to get there. By that I do not mean just with practice but also fighting through housing insecurity, food insecurity, racial profiling, and having to work a part time or full time job while they study.

    But maybe the reason you wouldn’t want this job is because you lack the life experience to know about these things? If that’s the case, then I am happy you are not applying.

  • john humphreys says:

    If the job description included; 1)ability to pee and fart and 2) have a raucous time with colleagues over a drink I might consider applying. Otherwise no

  • alfred says:

    Regardless of their merits or otherwise, such posts are increasingly common across the sector. See the BBC’s appointment of a Director of Creative Diversity, for example. National university regulation, in the UK at least, requires such things to be reported on annually. It’s a tough gig – with succeed or you’re out metrics/KPIs attached. Some football managers have greater job security.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      These are gravy trains of Gilbert and Sullivan proportions. And that’s all. I keep thinking of those quotas in American universities for Asian background students!!

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    . . . “including the implementation of affinity and ally groups.” . . . Could somebody please tell me what means!?!

    • alfred says:

      Barry, it’s simple: this means “do SOMETHING with others”, not specific as to what, so open to interpretation and definition by the post-holder/their manager, providing of course that it leads to impact narratives and metrics that can be reported on.

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        It means somebody has ticked boxes on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which has zero to do with talent and everything to do with woke-speak.

        You are heading in this direction at warp speed: “The mass trials are proceeding well; soon there will be fewer, but better Russians” (Ninotchka, 1939).

    • V.Lind says:

      Doesn’t it mean pointing the BLM action group to the safe space reserved for the trans action group as they have natural affinities and should form alliances? And et cetera?

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    Must be able to give hugs, make hot chocolate, and tuck students into bed after a bed time story. Only Them/They/Theirs may apply.

  • Sharon says:

    Unless Julliard GREATLY slashes tuition and provides stipends which will allow students to live affordably in New York City ot will not/cannot have real diversity. Regardless of race or national origin those who can afford Julliard are from the same upper middle class culture which is now international.

    A student from a working class or poverty background will not be welcome at Julliard or any other institution of learning if he/she cannot afford the expenses (which involve much more than a tuition scholarship) regardless of how woke the rhetoric of the institution may be.

    Actually even if the student from the impoverished, working class, or even middle class background won the Irish sweepstakes he/she still would not feel comfortable at Julliard and probably would not even be admitted. The level of “proficiency” or talent needed for admission requires years of expensive private lessons, generally starting from pre kindergarten regardless of any innate aptitude a student might possess.

    • Larry W says:

      Please, at least spell Juilliard correctly.

      • Ashu says:

        [Please, at least spell Juilliard correctly.]

        Why? The correct pronunciation is incorrect, so why shouldn’t the spelling be?

        • Larry W says:

          Sorry, Ashu, but you are wrong. Just because you pronounce it incorrectly does not make it the right way. We spell names (such as Juilliard and Zukerman) correctly so we at least appear to know what we are talking about. Both you and the original poster do not.

  • V.Lind says:

    You seem to have to learn a new acronym for all this every day. In Canada the latest usage is BIPOC, which as far as I can translate means Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.

    I learned this in reading an article on teh CBC website about the retiring artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, Karen Kain. It’s worth a look because she seems to have this whole issue n perspective: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/karen-kain-retires-artistic-director-national-ballet-of-canada-1.6087418

    • PaulD says:

      I have seen “BIPOC” too, in a statement that activists are demanding that artistic institutions in Boise, Idaho sign. So far, the symphony and opera companies have jumped on board.

    • Greg says:

      The only acronym one needs to know when wading through such woke tripe is “BS”

  • Althea T-H says:

    You would be the second-last person they’d want to appoint, NL.

    The last would be PZ, of course.

    Don’t bother applying! I am sure that the Juilliard administrators knows far too much about your opinions, by now…

  • NYMike says:

    Tangentially, the young bassoonist pictured along with black trumpet, trombone and tuba players were all excellent the last time I was able to hear the Juilliard Orchestra live pre-COVID. Other than that, this job-posting is excrement.

  • Henry williams says:

    They will probably give the job to a friend or family
    Member. Or someone age 78.

  • Kurt Kaufman says:

    I understand that our society has big problems when it comes to social and economic equity, but this stuff strikes me as being pure window dressing.
    “Look, we’ve checked all the boxes!”