Job Description for the Music Director's Position

Job Description for the Music Director's Position

Old First Reformed United Church of Christ — Director of Music Job Description

At Old First we believe that each individual reflects aspects of God and that we can only begin to resemble the full glory of God when we embrace diversity in our worship and engage in service to our community. Our music strives to reflect this core value. Old First prides itself in offering high quality music from a wide range of genres and styles. We are proud of our organ and enjoy the traditional sacred music written for it as well as gospel, jazz, blues, praise music, and other contemporary musical genres.

The Director of Music must possess the skills, knowledge and passion that will support the musical and artistic expression of Old First’s vision and values.

Position Description
The Director of Music facilitates an atmosphere in which God is worshipped and glorified, and provides direction, oversight, and coordination of the musical elements of our worship services.

The Director of Music directs a volunteer choir, leads the congregation in music, and encourages and coordinates the participation of church members in instrumental and vocal solos and ensembles.

The Director of Music works in collaboration with choir members and other volunteer musicians and is staff liaison to the Worship Standing Leadership Group (SLG). The Director of Music reports to the Pastor. Work is reviewed through observation, supervisory evaluation, and feedback from the Worship SLG and congregation.

This is a part-time, support staff position with duties primarily on Sundays and one to two evenings a week (approximately 15-25 hours per week).

Primary Duties
~ Leads music during Sunday morning services, holiday services, and special worship events.
~ Selects music for Sunday morning worship, including collaborating with the pastor to select hymns from the United Church of Christ hymnal.
~ Selects music for choir, and coordinates or leads other vocal/instrumental ensembles, exploring a wide range of sacred music.
~ Coordinates and provides practice sessions for choir members; arranges these sessions at a time that is satisfactory with the majority of the choir members.
~ Plans music for all worship services— including offertory music, postlude, and other special music—to enhance and enrich the worship service as well as enhance Old First’s community outreach and vision of revitalization.
~ Engages the congregation in order to expand their participation in Old First’s music program.
~ Develops music opportunities for children—from primary-school age through high school—and recruits their participation and involvement.
~ Coordinates and plans music for holidays and special worship events (e.g. Christmas, Easter children’s cantatas, special performances) as well as seek the involvement of other musical organizations and groups of the wide community.
~ Communicates and provides music to all volunteer musicians providing them ample time to prepare and learn the pieces for choir practice sessions.

Additional Responsibilities
~ Remains cognizant of the range of musical preparation of the voluntary members of the choir and is supportive of both the musically trained and untrained.
~ Plans, organizes, and budgets for the music ministry’s needs in coordination with the Administration Standing Leadership Group.
~ Prepares and presents a report at each annual meeting concerning the music ministry.
~ Coordinates the maintenance, tuning, and repair of all musical instruments owned by the church.
~ Selects and handles the purchase of all music for the music program, observing budgetary guidelines.
~ Provides Office Administrator with Sunday music selections in a timely manner for inclusion in the weekly Sunday bulletin.
~ Adheres to applicable copyright laws with regard to the use, duplication, distribution, and broadcast of music and/or lyrics.
~ Keeps work areas neatly maintained and ensures that the choir room, storage areas, and church facilities related to the music program are organized.
~ Maintains an open attitude to developing and altering the music program as the needs and interests of the congregation evolve.
~ Shows a commitment to the congregation’s core values of diversity, service, and community engagement, following the UCC’s principle of Extravagant Welcome: “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
~ Must adhere to Old First’s Open and Affirming policy that states that the congregation welcomes people of every race, language, age, gender, ethnicity, economic status, mental or physical ability, and sexual orientation into the full life and ministry of the church.

Qualifications and Requirements
1.) Bachelor’s degree; preferably in music education or a related field.

2.) Demonstrated experience in choral or instrumental conducting in a church or school setting is required.

3.) At least two years experience as a Director of Music in a church or similar setting is preferred.

4.) Must exhibit a high level of professionalism and proficiency in many kinds of music and performance.

5.) Demonstrated proficiency in piano accompaniment. Organ mastery preferred but not required.

6.) Familiarity with Protestant Service, worship music and hymnody.

7.) Willingness to explore different forms of music for use in worship service.

8.) Strong organizational skills.

9.) Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication ability with strong emphasis on listening and problem solving.

10.) Ability to work cooperatively to meet goals with the church staff and members of other teams and committees.

11.) Must be able to work well with others and be able to thrive under the constructive criticism of church leadership by whom he/she will be evaluated annually.

12.) Requires passing criminal and sexual misconduct background checks.

13.) Requires public speaking skills.

14.) Performance at weddings and funerals is not an expected duty of the Director of Music.

Salary commensurate with duties and experience.

Application deadline: August 23, 2013

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