Assistant Director of Jazz Studies

University of the Pacific
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 30, 2021
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Primary Purpose and Essential
The Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific announces a full-time renewable non-tenure-track appointment for Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice in Jazz Studies. We are seeking a dynamic and innovative teacher/performer whose background includes organizational and administrative experience with jazz program activities such as festivals, touring, and student ensemble coordination. Primary responsibilities involve teaching coursework in the Jazz Studies program and as needed in the Conservatory of Music. Additional duties involve planning, scheduling, and producing on/off campus performances, arranging touring for Pacific Jazz Ambassadors (PJAM) and Pacific Jazz Collective (elite student groups), and assisting with the organization of our annual Pacific Jazz Festival.

Audio and/or video recordings may be requested at a later date.

1. Teach subjects within the Jazz Studies program including but not limited to: Jazz Theory, Jazz Harmony, Jazz Composition and Arranging, Jazz Applied Lessons, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz Improvisation and Jazz History.

2. Assist Director with the planning and execution of program events such as the annual Pacific Jazz Festival.

3. Coordinate small combos.

4. Participate in student recruitment activities and juries.

5. Collaborate on program development and administration.

6. Perform with Jazz Faculty ensemble.

7. Maintain ongoing professional development in creative and/or scholarly activities.

8. Build professional relationships with local, regional, and national jazz institutions.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Jazz Studies (or professional experience equivalent to a master’s degree is required) and evidence of exemplary college teaching experience. Demonstrated experience working in a professional jazz setting as performer, conductor, and/or arranger/composer. Preference may be given to brass or rhythm section applicants.

Preferred Qualifications
Artist-level performer/teacher.
• Experience working with a range of student performance levels.
• Ability to develop programming such as planning concert themes, artist visits and performance tours.
• Evidence of leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills as demonstrated through successful recruitment and outreach efforts.
• Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and equity as a foundational strength in music and education.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Frequent sitting and computer use. Occasional walking, standing, bending, kneeling and use of phone. Occasional lifting up to 25 lbs.

Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment with use of computer and phone. Work performed during standard business hours between 8AM and 5PM. Occasional overtime required to meet critical business deadlines. May require some nights and weekends

Special Instructions

Cover letter, curriculum vita, links to videos of candidate, ideally in teaching and performance settings, statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of reference which include statements supporting the candidate’s fit for the position; and contact information for two additional references whom may be contacted by the search committee. Review of applications starts immediately and will continue until position is filled.

For first consideration, please apply on or before April 14, 2021.

Contact Information
About Pacific’s Conservatory of Music
Founded in 1878, Pacific’s Conservatory of Music has been delivering an outstanding music education for more than 140 years. 278 majors enrolled in the Conservatory’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Fall of 2020. Degree programs are offered in vocal and instrumental performance, composition, jazz, education, management, therapy and history. Passionate and dedicated faculty artists/scholars provide a rigorous and supportive learning environment. Students have access to a recording studio in addition to technology and composition labs, and draw on the rich artistic and cultural diversity of Northern California. Seminars and master classes with accomplished alumni and visiting artists along with numerous performance opportunities help prepare graduates for a life in music. To learn more, visit

About University of the Pacific
Established in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 majors in seven schools. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and in Sacramento, home to the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. For more information, visit

Pacific is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to broadening the diversity of its workforce.

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Background Check Statement
All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are required to execute a release and authorization for a background screening.

AA/EEO Policy Statement
University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.

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