Gospel Choir Director
Required: A bachelor’s degree, preferably in music or music education; experience in conducting an ensemble; familiarity with gospel-style music; excellent interpersonal, organizational and written/oral communication skills. Some travel and weekend/evening hours are expected.
Preferred: A master’s degree or higher; experience leading a gospel choir; experience recruiting students
Starting Date: July 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue as required.
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Position includes a generous paid leave and holiday schedule, a comprehensive benefits package and tuition programs.
Application Process: Click on this link to go to the online application site: Career Center
Once in the Career Center, click on the job title to view the posting and click “Apply” to set up a profile and upload the following materials:
- Letter of application;
- Current resume with contact information for three references;
- A one-page statement of your interest in and experience with working with diverse populations in a multi-ethnic environment;
- Transcript from the highest degree-granting institution related to the position (official or unofficial).
Offer of hire is contingent upon receipt of official transcripts, completion of a background check, and verification of information submitted.
About the College: Olivet College was founded in 1844 as a college open to all regardless of race, gender, or ability to pay. The college’s faculty and staff continue its tradition of creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for students. The college is one of the most diverse private liberal arts institutions in the state of Michigan and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. Students from underrepresented minorities constituted 26% of the fall 2021 student body, with over 17% of the student body identifying as African American. The student body is a mix of urban and rural students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, many of whom are first-generation college attendees. The college’s faculty and staff are committed to providing personalized, individualized attention for students who commit themselves to seeking academic and personal success.
This is a full-time staff position with a primary responsibility to contribute to the vitality of the campus community, academic program, and student experience by building a strong gospel choir program of 80 or more students in one or more ensembles. Primary accountabilities include: heavy external recruiting and serving as director of the gospel choir. Other duties will include working collaboratively with the admissions department on events and recruitment activities and managing a budget and scholarship program. This position reports primarily to the chair of the arts and humanities department for academic aspects of the position and secondarily to the director of admissions for recruiting aspects of the position.
The success of the gospel choir director will be illustrated by:
1. A fully-enrolled, active and visible gospel choir ensemble(s) that meet(s) the recruiting goals of the institution and contributes to a vibrant campus community.
2. Enthusiastic student participants as measured by high levels of participation and retention/persistence of gospel choir members.
3. Effective collaboration with internal and external constituencies to achieve performance outcomes 1 and 2 above.
4. Behaviors and actions that contribute to a positive, inclusive and respectful environment in the gospel choir for a diverse population of students.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
1. In consultation with the director of admissions and the provost, create and execute a plan for external recruiting of new incoming students who will participate in one or more gospel choir ensembles, including sourcing prospective students and assisting them through the admissions process;
2. In collaboration with the provost, establish plan for growing participation in the gospel choir(s), including annual recruiting and retention goals;
3. Meet or exceed annual enrollment and recruiting targets;
4. Maintain accurate and current records and a travel schedule appropriate for recruitment goals and within approved budgets;
5. Work collaboratively with the music faculty to assist potential music majors/minors with the required audition process;
6. Provide leadership for the gospel choir, including serving as director.
7. Work to create a positive and inclusive environment in which students can learn and achieve to the highest level of their ability;
8. Establish positive relationships with external constituencies, including alumni, donors, and local and regional communities;
9. Work collaboratively with internal and external constituencies to bring added vibrancy to the campus and local community through music;
10. In consultation with appropriate parties (eg. Student Life, admissions, instrumental music faculty, alumni office), establish annual rehearsal and performance goals for the ensemble(s).
11. Effectively manage budgets and a scholarship program;
12. Demonstrate commitment to the college's mission, academic and strategic visions and to the Olivet College Compact;
13. Meet all expectations of employees in general and staff members in particular as detailed in the Olivet Employee Plan (OEP);
14. Support institutional policies and follow college practices;
15. Be dependable and demonstrate excellent organizational skills;
16. Work constructively and cooperatively with faculty, staff, and administrators;
17. Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
18. Actively pursue personal growth and professional development activities;
19. Respond promptly to requests for assistance by the provost or the college president;
20. Perform duties effectively in a diverse, challenging and occasionally stressful environment
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, disorders, and impairments to perform the essential functions.
1. The employee must be able to perform duties dependably and effectively in a diverse, challenging and occasionally stressful environment.
2. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to:
- stay in a stationary position for long periods and operate a keyboard or type;
- use common business office machines such as a copier and telephone;
- handle materials weighing less than 20 lbs;
- traverse campus;
- communicate effectively with diverse constituencies; and,
- operate a computer.
3. The noise level in the work environment is usually mild to moderate.
4. Some weekend and night work may be required.
This position description is subject to change at any time with notice to the employee.
The department chair will complete the annual assessment for the director of choir, with input from the director of admissions regarding recruitment activities.