Director of Music - Community UMC
Reports to: Senior pastor and Staff-Parish Relations Committee
Directly Supervises: Musicians serving as volunteers and others on music staff (when appropriate).
Summary of Position:
Leading and empowering the joyful participation of people in worship that draws people to discipleship in Jesus Christ through an engaging and theologically sound music program.
Understanding and agreement with the theology and polity of The UMC; demonstrated ability and experience to guide and direct a music program in a medium-to-large church; a Bachelor in Music degree (or equivalent life experience) emphasizing choral direction of diverse groups of various sizes; and familiarity with traditional hymns and contemporary music in Christian worship. Diverse keyboard skills, including organ, is preferred.
The director of music will direct and accompany the chancel choir and oversee the entire music program of the church, including:
- All choirs and vocal ensembles, hand bell choir, and instrumental groups;
- Weekly choir practice;
- Selection and arrangement of music at all worship services;
- Coordination of all musical groups to meet the worship needs of the congregation; and
- Recruitment of choir members/musicians.
The director of music will also:
- Work with other staff and congregation promptly and professionally;
- Meet with the senior pastor to plan worship and special seasonal religious services (e.g. Easter Sunrise, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter, Advent, Christmas Eve and Pentecost; etc.);
- Attend Worship Committee meetings;
- Serve as a musical resource to other church leaders and programs;
- Support growth of children and youth participation in music;
- Submit annual budget request to Finance Committee with major performance plans, in collaboration with the senior pastor (will be responsible for staying within approved budget);
- Obtain prior approval from the senior pastor or the Staff Parish Committee chair to hire musicians for specific services, substitutions and/or special events, i.e. (funerals, weddings, special events, etc.), when necessary;
- Perform other duties that may be assigned by the senior pastor as necessary to the performance of this position or to support the ministry of CUMC.
This position requires 10-15 hours per week for planning, preparation, and performance.
The choir season extends from September to mid-June, with specially arranged music mid-July and August. Vacation or time off is to be arranged with the senior pastor and the Staff Parish Committee chair.
1875 Fairfield Avenue Fairfield CA 94533