Director of Bands
Position Reports to: Department Chair, Music; Vice President for Academic Affairs
Responsibilities: The Director of Bands, a full-time, 12-month staff position, is responsible for oversight of the University of Mount Union’s non-string instrumental music program, including large and small ensembles. The Director must work collegially with full-time and part-time colleagues alike. The Director’s responsibilities are split between directing the marching band (Fall Band) in the fall semester, directing the Concert Band and/or Wind Ensemble in the spring semester, and may include teaching assignments for Instrumental Music Methods (which includes a marching band techniques component) and Instrumental Conducting. The Director of Bands will be expected to organize, rehearse, and conduct the pit orchestra for musicals. The Director’s primary duties also include recruiting for the Department of Music and for the University of Mount Union at large. Recruiting is considered to be a major component of this position.
- Direct Fall Band (marching band)
- Oversee summer majorette tryouts
- Write drill charts
- Maintain expertise in standard marching band charting software (e.g. Pyware 3D)
- Arrange/purchase music for the season
- Provide copy for announcements during band performances
- Organize and conduct a one week pre-fall-semester band camp
- Conduct all regularly scheduled rehearsals
- Provide half-time shows for regular season home football games
- Provide possible pep band performances at home playoff football games
- Maintain oversight of majorettes, flag line, and drum line
- Serve as liaison with the Dance Team
- Supervise Assistant Director of Bands
- Recruiting for Fall Band and other instrumental ensembles
- Achieve annual recruiting goals
- Develop and foster positive relationships with public school colleagues for recruiting purposes (i.e., adjudicated events, festivals, guest conducting and clinics, as invited)
- Implement various summer instrumental events on the campus of the University of Mount Union (i.e., clinics for high school directors on the use of charting software)
- Direct Concert Band and/or Wind Ensemble in spring semesters
- Expectation of public performances by both ensembles
- Expectation of recording for recruiting purposes
- Coordinate the use of and oversee maintenance of the University’s woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments
- Oversee the directors/coaches of other instrumental ensembles, including but not limited to Jazz Band, woodwind, brass, percussion and steel drum ensembles
- Serve as Budget Officer for all bands and all small woodwind, brass, and percussion ensembles
- Possibly teach Instrumental Music Methods, which includes marching band techniques, and Instrumental Conducting
- Organize, rehearse, and conduct pit orchestras for musicals
Qualifications: Master of Music degree (minimum) required
Compensation: Competitive, based on qualifications. Fringe benefits include a 10% contribution by the College to TIAA/CREF after one year of service; contribution by the college toward hospitalization, major medical, disability, and group life insurance; tuition discount for spouse or children attending Mount Union.
Equal Opportunity: Mount Union has a strong commitment to nurturing a culturally diverse faculty and student body. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Mount Union is an equal opportunity employer.
Academic Rank: Full-time staff position, 12-month contract.
Descriptive Information: The University of Mount Union, a private institution founded in 1846, offers a rigorous and relevant academic program that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union’s 2,200 students can select from 61 broad-based and career-specific undergraduate majors as well as a graduate program in physician assistant studies. Known for its personal approach, the institution boasts a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and a curriculum delivered almost entirely by full-time faculty members who hold terminal degrees in their fields.
Throughout the course of the past decade, more than $100 million has been invested in the construction and renovation of modern facilities including a natural sciences building, recreation center, welcome center and apartment-style housing options. Primarily residential in nature, Mount Union’s picturesque 123-acre campus is located in Alliance, OH (population 23,000), within 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. An additional 142-acre nature center is located six miles away. The University’s endowment is in excess of $138 million.
The University, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is committed to providing a student-centered approach and an exceptional educational experience, offering an array of activities for cultural, civic and social development. Students experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation, both in the workforce and graduate study.
Send a letter of interest, resume, and three letters of recommendation to Director of Bands Search Committee, Office of Human Resources, University of Mount Union, 1972 Clark Avenue, Alliance, OH 44601; email (preferred method) firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The University of Mount Union is an equal opportunity employer.