The University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Kentucky, seeks a dynamic and creative professional interested in establishing, directing, and managing the University’s contemporary vocal music program. The Director is responsible for the overall program of vocal music at the University, providing students with an opportunity to participate in extracurricular vocal activities and ensure compliance with all state and university requirements. The position also includes teaching two didactic courses in the music area and providing support for private voice lessons. The expectations of the Contemporary Vocal Music Director include: commitment to the mission of the University of Pikeville, scheduling, conducting practices, travel planning, recruiting, fundraising, teaching, budgeting, and completion of any duties assigned by the supervisor.
Recruit students for the development of a show choir program and other contemporary vocal music groups.
Provide artistic and musical direction for the show choir and other musical groups.
Meet assigned recruiting goals for each year.
Manage program budget and scholarship budget.
Teach as needed in the music program.
Recruit and teach private voice students in support of music minor.
Design show choir performances.
Select appropriate music and modify musical arrangement as needed.
Monitor the academic progress of students in the contemporary vocal music programs.
Ensure eligibility of students in the contemporary vocal music programs.
Retain and graduate a satisfactory number of students.
Ensure a program that is of high quality.
Plan appropriate tours (fundraising, friend-raising, and recruiting) and competition travel.
Participate in community and campus life opportunities.
Other duties as assigned.
Master's degree required, Doctorate preferred.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Formal vocal training
Expertise and/or familiarity with several different contemporary musical styles
Familiarity with contemporary harmony and music theory
Piano skills for basic accompaniment of students is a plus; preference will be given to candidates with coaching experience
Ability to communicate/demonstrate/coach choreography for a show choir is desirable
Must be a motivated self-starter with high expectations
Aptitude for embracing diversity in individuals, perspectives, musical styles, and curriculum
Strong proactive approach to problem solving
Ability to exercise good judgment in problem resolution situations
Strong teamwork skills
Enthusiasm for music and the creative process
Enthusiasm for and commitment to teaching
Must maintain a valid driver’s license
Minimum level of English: C1 (Common European Language Framework)
Position requires daily contact with faculty, staff, students, and community members in order to exchange information. These relationships are maintained through e-mail, telephone, and person-to-person contact.
The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, and dependent care accounts. UPIKE also offers a generous holiday schedule and paid leave program.
Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please specifically addressthe qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.
The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. Inquiries may be directed to the University of Pikeville Title IX Coordinator by calling 606-218-5344.
For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit http://www.upike.edu. Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting http://jobs.upike.edu. In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, personal statement of teaching philosophy, copies of transcripts, and the contact information for three to five professional references. Performance videos demonstrating ability are encouraged.
Founded in 1889 by Presbyterians, the University of Pikeville is committed to offering a broad liberal arts and sciences education. This foundation provides opportunities for students to develop their full academic and personal potential and prepare for specific careers. The University of Pikeville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees.
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