Deputy Director / Head of Classical Music | Amsterdam Conservatory


Amsterdam Conservatory | Deputy Director / Head of Classical Music (1fte)
Netherlands, North Holland, Amsterdam
€5,670—€7,250 per month

The Conservatorium van Amsterdam is immediately looking for a Deputy Director / Head of Classical Music (1fte) (f/m/x). Someone with great enthusiasm for music and education who wants to help our organization become more professional based on vision, knowledge and decision.

About our organization
The Conservatory of Amsterdam (CvA) trains musicians for the national and international field. Our institution is part of the Amsterdam School of Arts. We offer associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in all genres, teacher training and national training for young talent. As a result, the CvA reflects the entire current musical landscape. We play an active role in shaping national and international musical life. With twelve hundred students, excellent teachers and a modern building in the heart of Amsterdam, we are able to train the upper segment of the national and international professional field. With CvA-Online, we have been offering a digital learning platform since 2014 and recently part of our study program can be followed from home via AEMA Hybrid and a state-of-the-art learning management system.

Two departments in particular are important for this vacancy. The Classical department offers high-level training and perfectly prepares musicians for all facets of international professional practice. And the Music Teacher Education department, which offers high-level training as a teacher in education and as a professional performer of extracurricular music education.

Students are not only challenged to bring out the best in themselves, but also to look beyond the boundaries of their field. From early music to contemporary music, from the soloist to orchestral and chamber music, the training covers all periods of style and all genres. In our view, an excellent education requires a culture of passion and involvement, diversity and openness, based on cooperation and trust. And strengthening this culture is an important task for the new deputy director.

About this position
The Deputy Principal/Head of Classical Music, together with the Principal and Deputy Principal/Head of Jazz and Pop, forms the CvA Board of Directors and manages the Classical Music Departments and the Department of Music in Education .

In this role, you will be involved in the development, content and delivery of training for these departments, integrating relevant developments in the professional field into your approach. You also know how to anchor important social themes in a contemporary positioning of the CvA in the city of Amsterdam and beyond. You adhere to the vision of our organization and you translate it into the various departments. In addition, you are responsible for the operational management of these services and the general policy of the CvA. You report to the director, who bears the ultimate responsibility. You have a great affinity and ideally a clear vision of developments in music education in general, and classical music in particular. You are also able to translate this vision into concrete plans for our organization and actively involve important stakeholders such as study managers, teachers and other employees.

Who are we looking for?
You have a successful track record in managing complex organizations and teams of experienced professionals. You are decisive, sensitive and strong in communication. In various situations, you know how to strike the right note and adopt a thoughtful position with conviction. You bring stability, stimulate development and know how to inspire and enthuse teams. You also know how to create a climate in which students, teachers and staff can develop optimally. You give space to others and are excellent at delegating.

Further away:

  • You quickly understand where the opportunities for professionalization and innovation lie – and you know how to use these opportunities carefully and with respect for the existing organization and working method.
  • You remain firm, know how to establish clear frameworks and naturally involve people in your decision-making.
  • You have a natural connection to higher music education. It is a great advantage if you have a strong network in national and international musical practice, as well as demonstrable experience and knowledge of classical music and education.
  • You have a good feeling with digitization and developments in the field of new media, and you know how to make good use of it to make our organizational processes more flexible.

What do we have to offer you?
Not only are we asking for something from you, but we really have something to offer.

  • A job with great responsibility and an important role in the development of international musical talent;
  • Collaboration with the best professionals at the highest level in our national and international field;

The position is classified within step 14. The salary is a maximum of €7,228 gross for a full-time position. Appointment and remuneration are made in accordance with the collective labor agreement for higher vocational education. This includes a good set of secondary employment conditions.

We want to be a good employer and that’s why you can also count on:

  • Lots of freedom to organize your working time;
  • A safe environment and an informal work atmosphere;
  • Good retirement provision and end-of-year bonus (8.3%);
  • Various training options.

We have set ourselves the goal of being a reflection of society as an organisation, and in particular of the city of Amsterdam. With equal competence, preference is given to a candidate who reinforces the diversity within our team.

Would you like more information about our organization? So look

Does this position inspire you and do you recognize who we are looking for? Then we cordially invite you to apply. DDJ& headhunters and recruiters oversee this process and are also responsible for the initial screening. Together with them, we ensure the fairest possible assessment and equal opportunities for all. This is also the reason why we do not ask candidates to write a cover letter, but rather to submit a few practice questions. During the procedure, the employer can request a certificate of good conduct (VOG). An assessment may also be part of the procedure.

Go to and click on the app button. Upload your CV and your answers to the questions before Monday, November 28, 2022.

We are curious about your ideas and your approach. If you are invited to meet with the Nominating Committee, please note these dates for the first two rounds of interview: Tuesday December 13 and Tuesday December 20, 2022. We hope to welcome our new colleague shortly thereafter.



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