Assistant Professor of Music - Director of Bands, Tenure Track

Michigan, United States
Competitive Salary
Nov 04, 2020
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Date: November 3, 2020               

Title: Assistant Professor of Music – Director of Bands, Tenure Track      

Position Number: 1088                 

Schedule: 32 weeks (Fall & Winter Semesters)

Compensation: $59,941 (Master’s Degree), $65,241 (Ph.D. or DMA)

                                Reflects Fall 2021 negotiated salary.

Start Date: Fall 2021

Reports to: Associate Dean, School of Arts & Science

Closing date: December 7, 2020



The College is interested in faculty who: (1) possess an interest in working with diverse student populations who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability; (2) engage in and develop innovative teaching methods; (3) demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement, individually and for the College.  GRCC has an excellent benefits program and the Faculty Association contract provides opportunities to earn additional compensation.


Essential Functions

  • Conduct the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, brass chamber ensembles, and teach classes within the discipline of Music.
  • Teach applied instrumental music in a specific area of specialization.
  • Teach Instrumental Conducting.
  • Develop and teach courses both online and in-person.
  • Support the development and implementation of teaching techniques that employ technology, flexible learning strategies, group interaction, and innovative teaching practices.
  • Extensively recruit students from the area secondary school districts and GRCC campus community to participate in instrumental music at GRCC while continuing to develop the instrumental music program.
  • Assist the Department Head in the evaluation and revision of existing courses and the creation of new courses.
  • Advise students on academic programs and careers related to music.
  • Engage in professional development and continuous improvement related to college teaching, instrumental conducting, and the field of music.
  • Participate fully as a member of the Music Department in activities such as department meetings, committee membership, textbook selection, and other duties as expected of a tenure-track faculty member and/or as determined by the College.
  • Contribute to the development of students, the department, and the community through the involvement in, NAfME, CBDNA, WASBE, Music Department Recitals, and other projects as identified by the department and/or department head.
  • Adhere to the standards and requirements expressed in the Faculty Contract.





  • Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting required
  • Doctorate of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting Preferred


Work Experience

  • Successful collegiate teaching experience in Music.
  • Demonstrated collegiate level wind band conducting success.
  • Demonstrated high school level wind band conducting success.
  • Additional experience teaching any of the following: Music History, Music Appreciation, Jazz History, Applied music, Instrumental Conducting, Music Theory, and Aural Skills desired.
  • Community College teaching experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of current methods of wind band conducting and applied music as demonstrated by coursework or practice.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Understanding and appreciation of community college mission.
  • Experience working with non-traditional students from diverse backgrounds preferred.
  • Certification or successful history of teaching online preferred.


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities required

  • Appropriate technology required to perform the duties of the position


Physical Demands

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.


Mental Demands

  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.
  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability.
  • A commitment to serve the Kent County community.
  • Demonstrated initiative and organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.
  • High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.
  • Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a pleasant and professional manner.


Working Conditions

  • Classroom environment in an academic setting
  • Departmental Office
  • Travel to offsite locations will be required
  • Appropriate technology required to perform the duties of the position
  • Evening and weekend performances required
  • Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office environment.


Method of application

To apply for this position, please visit our website at  Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position.  Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and three professional reference letters for full consideration.  The opportunity to apply for this position will close on December 7, 2020.  Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.



Grand Rapids Community College is committed to a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment.  GRCC creates an including learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person.  It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, height, weight, national origin, disability, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by stated and federal law.  Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Mi 49503-3295.


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