Director of Jazz Ensembles 2022
The St. Olaf College Department of Music invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position as Director of Jazz Ensembles at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2022. The department seeks candidates with a demonstrated commitment to supporting a thriving and diverse undergraduate music program.
- Doctorate in jazz studies, jazz performance, or a closely related field [ABDs or Masters with equivalent professional experience will be considered],
- Proven experience in directing, or potential to successfully direct, an undergraduate jazz program,
- Evidence of, or demonstrated potential to engage in, successful teaching, mentoring, and training of undergraduate music students in a liberal arts context,
- Record of excellence as a jazz ensemble director/band leader,
- Strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, and to the missions of the department and college.
- Active professional career as a jazz performer and/or composer/arranger preferred.
The department is particularly interested in applicants who can and will advance the College's goals for diversity, equity and inclusion. We request that in the letter of application, candidates address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color and members of other underrepresented groups in accordance with our equity goals.
The primary responsibilities involve leading the department's three jazz ensembles and teaching courses to music majors in both professional and liberal arts degree programs, and to non-music majors. These courses may include such existing music department courses as History of Jazz, and Jazz Improvisation, as well as new courses aligned with the successful applicant's expertise. Other possibilities for classroom teaching include courses in the musicianship sequence, jazz performance studies and the coaching of jazz combos. Opportunities to teach interdisciplinary courses outside of the music department may arise, and the successful candidate would welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues in other Fine Arts departments in developing innovative cross-disciplinary initiatives. Duties also involve ongoing professional activity and development, service on department and college committees, and actively participating in student recruitment.
Applicants must submit materials online at https://stolaf.hiretouch.com/faculty-postings. A complete application includes:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Graduate transcripts (official or unofficial)
- Evidence of teaching excellence
- Short (one page) statement of your approach to undergraduate teaching
- The URL for 20-30 minutes of video recordings of representative jazz band performances and rehearsal sessions; these should include video from the band members' visual perspective (camera facing the band leader)
- The contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship (St. Olaf solicits letters directly as soon as you submit your application.)
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Finalist interviews are expected in late November and early December. Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to David Carter, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants who need assistance with the online application process should call 507-786-3356.
Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The College offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community.
St. Olaf College is proud to be:
- Included in multiple editions of Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College
- An institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
- Ranked #1 among baccalaureate colleges in the number of students who study abroad
- One of the top producers of Fulbright U.S. students among liberal arts colleges
- Ranked #20 for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report, 2018
- One of only three small liberal arts colleges that offer fully-accredited majors in art, dance, music and theater
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