Director of Recruitment

The California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) –– the only private music conservatory in the country solely devoted to jazz and related styles of music –– is currently seeking a Director of Recruitment to lead our recruiting efforts. The Director of Recruitment will research and seek out opportunities, represent the CJC in recruitment contexts, work to build relationships in the local and wider jazz community, identify prospective students and guide them through the application process to meet targeted recruitment goals.

The CJC awards Bachelor of Music, Associate of Arts and Master of Music degrees in Jazz Studies. Since 1997, the CJC community education program (the Jazzschool) has also offered classes, workshops and concerts to the public. Located in the heart of Berkeley’s Downtown Arts District, the CJC is a keystone of the San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant music scene. 

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, engaging and dedicated, and have a demonstrated track record in recruiting or marketing, particularly in higher education. We’re looking for a new team member who will attract our next generation of students: an organized, reliable self-starter that has familiarity with music performance or production, and fluency with the language and culture of jazz music.

Compensation for this part-time, permanent, non-exempt position is commensurate with qualifications and experience; work hours vary from 10-30 hours per week depending on season/need. CJC employees may attend concerts, classes and workshops free of charge!

A decades-long leader in jazz education and performance, the CJC strongly supports diversity and equal opportunity among our staff, administration and Board. We welcome all applicants irrespective of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. 

To apply, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to We will consider our first round of applications on Monday, September 20th. 


Position Title: Director of Recruitment

Full-Time Equivalency: 0.5 FTE

Reports To: Dean of Instruction



  • Meets target-driven recruiting goals each semester based on the dynamic needs of the program, including but not limited to student instrument, skill level, financial capability, and diversity
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of the institutions programs, offerings, policies and collateral
  • Meets regularly with the Dean of Instruction to report on status and progress, discuss ideas and strategy, seek guidance for new leads, and plan future events
  • Develops and maintains a detailed database of schools, program directors, prospective students and contact events
  • Researches high school and junior college music programs with a focus on jazz; schedules visits, concerts, and workshops at schools whose band directors are open to introducing the CJC to their students
  • Identifies and attends relevant college fairs and jazz festivals
  • Sets up national and international concert/tour dates for the CJC’s faculty band and most advanced student ensembles, and accompanies the groups when appropriate
  • Collaborates with the Marketing and Communications departments to plan events and create effective recruiting materials
  • Uses our student information system, Blackbaud, to track leads and applicant progress; proactively works with and guides applicants at all stages of the admissions process, following up as needed regarding paperwork, scheduling auditions and placement exams, decisions, and other components of admissions
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean of Instruction



  • Familiarity with music performance or production and fluency with the language and culture of jazz music
  • Some experience with recruiting, marketing or promotion, ideally in a higher education setting
  • A proactive, can-do attitude with strong self-direction
  • Excellent communication and long-term relationship-building skills
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail; timely and reliable
  • A passion for the work the CJC is engaged in, and a commitment to supporting and promoting it (see our vision, mission, goals, and objectives)