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Assistant Professor of Music, Director of the Simpson College Jazz Ensemble

Simpson College
Job Location:
Indianola, 50125

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of the Simpson College Jazz Ensemble

Simpson College: Academic Affairs: Division of Visual and Performing Arts: Music


Indianola, IA

Open Date
Nov 13, 2023


The Department of Music invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Music position to begin in August 2024. The successful candidate will direct the Simpson College Jazz Ensemble, provide instruction in their applied area, and teach general music courses.

 DUTIES: direct the Simpson College Jazz Ensemble; offer individual instruction to majors and non-majors in the candidate’s applied area; a jazz methods course for music education majors; coach instrumental chamber music (including jazz combo), and teach other courses as assigned such as jazz history, popular music, or general education courses in music. This position also entails administering annually a well-established two-day high school jazz band competition in January as well as a regionally acclaimed week-long jazz combo camp in June.

SIMPSON COLLEGE is a private, nationally recognized regional college grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Simpson’s main campus is in Indianola, Iowa, part of the vibrant Des Moines metropolitan area. Des Moines area’s population exceeds 600,000, and the area’s economic growth has outpaced that of the U.S. as a whole, while the cost of living remains well below the national average. Des Moines boasts a vibrant musical scene, including an active jazz community. Throughout the state of Iowa, moreover, high school jazz bands are prevalent and competitive. To learn more about Simpson College please visit


QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate or commensurate experience; demonstrated experience leading jazz ensembles and teaching in an applied area.

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated success in leading college/university or secondary jazz ensembles and combos; knowledge of college-level repertoire in the candidate’s applied area; experience teaching instrumental methods coursework; record of excellence in teaching general education courses in music at the college level; significant ability as a performer in both the jazz and classical realms; ability to network with music educators and performers; ability to recruit instrumentalists. 

Application Instructions

To apply please submit: 1) a letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a teaching statement, 4) contact information for three professional references (phone, email. address, relationship), 5) a diversity statement, 6) teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness and 7) and links to video recordings of conducting (rehearsals and performances) taken from the perspective of the ensemble.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment VISA at this time.

Review of applications will begin on December 1st and continue until the position is filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION: Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of students, employees, sources of referral for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Simpson College are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, veteran or veteran disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic in admission, access to, treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any persons having inquiries concerning Simpson College’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX – Section 504 or Americans with Disabilities Act are directed to contact Mary Ellen Bartley-Nancarrow, Director of Human Resources, Simpson College, 701 North C Street, Indianola, Iowa 50125-1299, (515) 961-1511. Persons may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX – Section 504, or Americans with Disabilities Act.

TITLE IX: Simpson College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender. Simpson College also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and concerns about non-compliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. For a complete copy of the policy, more information, or to report an instance of sex or gender-based discrimination, please contact the Title IX Coordinator ( and/or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

The College is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include but are not limited to criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history. Simpson’s annual security compliance document is available on the Simpson Security website. To comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, you will be required to, upon being made an offer of employment, produce documents that are specified by the federal government to establish your identity and right to work in the United States. These documents must be produced no later than seventy-two (72) hours after beginning paid employment. Questions? Contact the Human Resources department at


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