The position of Director of Music Ministries (Music Director) is a part-time (average 20 hours per week) salaried staff position. The role of the Music Director is to oversee and give direction to the music ministry of the church. The music ministry includes
all music staff and volunteers, music programs, choirs, ensembles, and soloists for all worship services, programs, and events as prescribed by the Worship Committee or the Senior Minister. Specific responsibilities include:
- Volunteer Development within the Music Ministries program
- Implementation of the Music Program for Worship Services
- Music Staff Supervision
- Communication related to the Music Ministries program
- Administrative Duties related to the Music Ministries program
- Working with other staff members
Other responsibilities necessary for the effective ministry of the church may be specified by the Senior Pastor in consultation with the Worship Committee and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.
The person serving in this position must be one who sees his or her role and duties primarily as a ministry to the congregation and to all who attend here, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Bachelor of Music degree in music, choral directing, or related field
- Outstanding musical ability in vocal performance
- Proficiency in reading and conducting from musical scores
- Ability to play a musical instrument such as piano or guitar
- Three years of experience in directing choral groups
- Involvement in music ministry in a United Methodist congregation
- Demonstrated ability in giving leadership to groups and working cooperatively with others
The Music Director is directly accountable to the Senior Minister and is ultimately accountable to the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. The Music Director is expected to work cooperatively with the pastors, other staff members, volunteers, Worship Committee,
Church Council, and parents/guardians of any children or youth involved in music ministry and is responsible for knowing and implementing the policies and procedures pertaining to the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church “Ministry Safe”
program as it relates to all children, youth and vulnerable adults of the church.
The Music Director must comply with all policies and procedures as set forth by the Employee Handbook, by the Senior Pastor, and by the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Finally, the Music Director must safeguard the good name and values of the congregation,
pastors, and staff through his or her actions, behavior, speech, and appearance.
Description of Duties
- Recruit and equip volunteers to serve as participants in the church's music ministry program.
- Recruit and equip volunteers to serve as leaders in the church’s music ministry program, encouraging them to recruit and equip others.
- Recruit and equip volunteers to conduct tasks such as maintaining the music library and equipment management.
- Advise the Senior Minister of any pastoral care concerns or other issues which may arise with volunteers.
Implementation of the Music Program for Worship Services
- Work with the Senior Pastor and Worship Committee to implement an inspiring music program for worship services each week.
Select and prepare to lead music for the Chancel Choir in both traditional worship services
- Direct the Chancel Choir at weekly rehearsals, incorporating time for fellowship, prayer, and nurture of choir members.
- Lead music in worship services, including special or seasonal services, except for services where other staff have been assigned leadership duties.
Music Staff Supervision
- Work with the Senior Minister and Staff-Parish Relations Committee to provide appropriate supervision to all music staff.
- Recruit and hire supplemental musicians, within budgeted funds, for special programs such as Easter and Christmas Cantatas or musicals.
- Supervise and, as instructed by the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, evaluate annually all music staff.
- Keep apprised of musician guild/union regulations regarding compensation and labor requirements, especially as they apply for interim musicians used for special services, keeping the church in compliance of legal obligations.
- Advise the Board of Trustees when equipment or facilities need attention or replacement.
- Work with the Communications Coordinator to promote music programs and events beyond the local church as a means of connecting people to this congregation.
- Communicate budgetary needs to the Finance Committee and work within the budget provided by the church.
- Work with the Administrative Secretary to see that attendance records are kept for statistical reports.
- Work with the pastors and Hospitality leadership so that prospective member information is conveyed for proper follow-up.
- Process time sheets for supplemental musicians as needed and required by the Finance Committee, such that the Financial Secretary can issue payroll checks in a timely fashion.
- Anticipate special needs for holiday and seasonal observances, special events, and church-wide events involving music, arranging for event needs and working with other appropriate leaders.
- Work within the budget provided by the Finance Committee.
Working with other staff members
- Attend meetings of the staff, Worship Committee, and Church Council in consultation with the Senior Minister.
- Work with other staff members as needed.