Open-Rank Professor and Director of Choral Studies

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 22, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Workplace Culture

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Job Description

The NAU School of Music seeks an exceptional choral music educator/conductor to serve as a tenure-eligible Assistant/Associate/Full Professor with an additional appointment as Director of Choral Studies. A successful candidate will exhibit excellent conducting skills, musicianship, a thorough knowledge of choral literature, organizational and financial management skills, and demonstrated success working in collaborative environments.

The assignment includes 1) teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting; instructing a three-semester graduate choral literature sequence; conducting and artistically leading the NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir; overseeing diverse concert programming, regional and international touring, and recordings in the Choral Studies area; supervising graduate choral conducting lecture recitals; and coordinating annual Holiday Dinner productions; 2) engaging in scholarly and/or creative activities; and 3) providing administrative oversight of the Choral Studies area and other service to the institution, including undergraduate and graduate student recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum qualifications for Assistant Professor:

  • Doctoral degree in choral conducting or choral music education;
  • Three years of successful teaching at the university/college level.

Minimum qualifications for Associate Professor:

  • Doctoral degree in choral conducting or choral music education;
  • Six years of successful teaching at the university/college level.

Minimum qualifications for Full Professor:

  • Doctoral degree in choral conducting or choral music education;
  • Twelve years of successful teaching at the university level.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications for all candidates:

  • Demonstrated success in teaching graduate and undergraduate students at the university/collegiate level.
  • Experience as a guest conductor at all-state festivals and state, regional and national choral conference honor choirs.
  • An established record of success in recruiting at the collegiate level.
  • Proven administrative leadership ability, especially in financial management, organizational skills, and collaboration.
  • Evidence of potential for ongoing excellence in scholarly/creative contributions to the choral profession.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and/or success in working with diverse populations on campus and in the community.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage .

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report . The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience within these ranges: Assistant Professor: $61,111-$68,889 ten-month contract (based on $55,000-$62,000 nine-month faculty appointment); Associate Professor: $68,889-$75,556 ten-month contract (based on $62,000-$68,000 nine-month faculty appointment); Professor: $75,556-$94,444 ten-month contract (based on $68,000-$85,000 nine-month faculty appointment).

Attractive benefits package.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page .

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service . Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page .

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 23, 2020.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to , follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605098, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: 1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae including contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) for five references, 3) statement of teaching philosophy, and 4) official or unofficial transcripts of the last degree earned or in progress.

In addition to the above materials, applicants are required to submit sample videos (or links) of a choral rehearsal (30 minutes) and a recent performance (20 minutes) with camera focused head on to:

Director of Choral Studies Search Committee
Northern Arizona University School of Music
1115 S. Knoles Drive, Box 6040
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.