- Position Title: Director of Music
- Employment Status: Exempt
- Work Schedule: To Be Determinend
- Compensation: Based On Qualifications (BOQ)
- Benefits: Based on employment status
The Rector for St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno is recruiting for the position of Director of Music. The incumbent will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and administering all aspects of the Cathedral’s liturgical music program. The Director of Music receives pastoral direction from the Rector regarding key aspects of the liturgical music program and related music ministry activities. In addition, the Director of Music works closely with the Rector regarding weekly liturgical music requirements and services. The Director of Music is also responsible for recruiting music ministry volunteers and musicians and ensuring that all logistical and technical aspects of the music program are coordinated and maintained. Finally, the incumbent receives direction from the Clergy/Pastor Administrative Assistant with regard to administrative and fiscal policies and procedures
Key Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Plans, coordinates, and administers the liturgical music program for the St. John’s Cathedral.
- Confers and consults with the Rector on a weekly basis regarding all aspects of performed music integral to Roman Catholic liturgy.
- Ensures all music performed, vocally or instrumentally, is consistently ministerial in nature; is solemn, reverent, orthodox, and sacred; and is consistent with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ guidelines.
- Prepares the Universal Prayer for pastoral review for Saturday Vigils, Sundays, and Holy Days.
- Coordinates and administers all music activities for all Sunday masses (Saturday Vigils and Sundays) and Holy Days.
- Recruits and trains all music liturgy cantors, choir members, and musicians, both paid and volunteers.
- Offers music liturgy classes, seminars, and individual training to cantors, choir member, and musicians.
- Directs rehearsals for various choral groups on a weekly basis or as required.
- Plans and coordinates annual ministry concerts at the Cathedral or at other venues as directed by the Rector.
- Prepares, justifies, and implements the annual music department budget at the direction of the Rector or Parish Finance Council.
- Ensures all Music Department staff and volunteers are in compliance with the Safe Environment requirements of the Diocese of Fresno and proper legal requirements and regulations.
- Supervises staff and volunteers assigned to music ministry and conducts employee and volunteer performance appraisals as required.
- Serve in an advisory capacity to the Rector regarding other church ministries, committees, and groups; provides input regarding policy and procedure, logistics, building design, and worship space related to the Music Department.
- Prepares a variety of work-related correspondence including letters, memoranda, reports, flyers, etc.; said correspondence must be clear, concise, and grammatically correct.
Key Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Individuals with demonstrated work experience and qualifications as set forth below under Minimum Qualifications are invited to submit a letter of interest and resume to Bradley Whisenhunt, Human Resources Coordinator, at email@example.com. For a copy of the official job description and other information, please contact Mr. Whisenhunt by e-mail or by telephone at (559) 488-7488.
- Knowledge of Novus Ordo liturgy and the various liturgical documents of the Roman Catholic Church, in particular concerning sacred music.
- Knowledge of music theory, the history of sacred liturgy, solfege, and vocal production.
- Knowledge of Gregorian chant, polyphonic music from renaissance period to the present time, and modern sacred music.
- Knowledge, skill, and ability to play the piano and organ at performance level.
- Knowledge, skill, and ability to plan, organize, and execute music liturgy performances.
- Knowledge, skill, and ability to conduct choral groups and instrumental ensembles while simultaneously providing accompaniment from the piano or organ.
- Knowledge, skill, and ability to sing at performance level within the context of the sacred liturgy.
- Ability to recruit, train, direct, motivate, mentor, and correct music staff and volunteers assigned to the music liturgy program.
- Knowledge and ability to speak and/or direct and sing music in both English and Spanish.
- Knowledge and ability to incorporate Proper’s of the Mass (in various languages and translations) into the liturgy.
- Skill and ability to function effectively under pressure with frequent interruptions, to maintain composure and patience in stressful environments or situations, and to handle frequent changes/delays under changing circumstances.
- Ability to demonstrate initiative and work independently under pastoral direction; possess a high degree of maturity, integrity, and good judgment.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with the clergy, co-workers, other ministry coordinators, and parishioners.
- Ability to establish and maintain strong pastoral and employment allegiance, active loyalty and close working relationships with the Bishop, Rector, and the Clergy/Pastor Administrative Assistant.
- Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master of music (MM) degree in religious music or a master of sacred music (MSM) degree that is acceptable within the United States’ accredited college or university system.
- Experience: Three (3) years full-time paid work experience planning, coordinating, and administering a liturgical music ministry program for a Roman Catholic Church. Work experience should include choral conducting and piano/organ playing proficiency.
- Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in music (emphasis in organ playing preferred) or a closely related discipline, with an emphasis in sacred or religious music, that is acceptable with in the United States’ accredited college or university system.
- Experience: Five (5) years of full-time paid work experience planning, coordinating, and administering a liturgical music ministry program for a Roman Catholic Church. Work experience should include choral conducting and piano/organ playing proficiency.
- License: Possession of a valid California Driver License, Class “C”.
- Other: Applicants must be a practicing Catholic in good standing who are living within the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Depending on the number of applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and filing requirements, qualifying applicants will be scheduled to participate in a performance related examination and/or an Oral Interview.
Note: Should you require special accommodation for any of the examinations, due to a qualifying disability, please contact Bradley Whisenhunt, Human Resources Analyst, at (559) 488-7488, at least five (5) working days prior to the schedule examination.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIAL:
- Letter of Interest
- Current resume
- Diocese of Fresno Employment Application (Please contact Mr. Whisenhunt for a copy of the Diocese employment application.
HOW TO APPLY:
Submit required materials by e-mail or in person by 12:00 Noon, Friday, January 31, 2017, to:
Bradley J. Whisenhunt, Human Resources Analyst
Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, Office of Human Resources
1550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93703-3788
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.