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Lecturer, Dana School of Music - Director of Athletic Bands (Term)

Youngstown State University
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jun 23, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Lecturer, Dana School of Music - Director of Athletic Bands (Term)

Summary of Position:
The Dana School of Music seeks a dynamic Director of Athletic Bands for a full-time, non-tenure-track position as Lecturer in Music. The successful candidate will be expected to sustain and grow a thriving athletic band program that serves as an essential ambassador for the University in conjunction with YSU Athletics and at recruitment events and other University functions. Additional responsibilities will include classroom teaching in areas consistent with the candidate’s expertise.

Responsibilities: Administering and directing the Youngstown State University Athletic Band area, including the Marching Pride (marching band) and basketball pep band; leadership in drill design, marching fundamentals, logistics, planning, and implementation of the athletic bands throughout the academic year, including organization of pre-season band camp, managing band leadership and staff, and maintaining a budget (under supervision of the Director of the Dana School of Music); coordination with University Athletics programs; work closely with the Director of Bands on a unified vision and recruitment plan for the band program; teaching additional courses and/or ensembles reflective of the candidate’s strengths and needs of the Dana School of Music. Recruitment efforts will include developing and maintaining rapport with regional high school band directors, outreach to regional schools and musical organizations such as the Ohio and Pennsylvania Music Educators Associations, organizing recruitment events, hosting high-school bands on campus, and offering workshops for bands and educators. Plans, organizes, teaches, and provides feedback to promote and direct student success. Responds to students in a timely manner. Communicates with students, departments and university officials via university provided tools and resources.

The Youngstown State University “Marching Pride” is one of the most visible organizations on campus with membership of close to 200 students. Founded over 150 years ago, the Dana School of Music is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the United States. The Dana School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and offers a comprehensive listing of undergraduate Bachelor of Music degree programs as well as Bachelor of Arts options that provide additional breadth of study. Graduate students may earn a Master of Music degree in performance, music education, jazz, history and literature, and theory and composition.

The Cliffe College of Creative Arts (CCCA) is a dynamic component of the Youngstown State University campus and is a major regional arts resource. Our vibrant and inclusive community of artists, educators, and scholars is engaged in nationally accredited programs of instruction, innovative and immersive experiences, and professional performances and exhibitions. Extraordinary facilities include state-of-the-art technology, theaters, rehearsal spaces, art studios, concert halls, the McDonough Museum of Art, and numerous regional performance and exhibition spaces. We are dedicated to creating deep educational experiences that provide inspiration, empower innovation, and develop leadership, thus preparing students to pursue and further artistic excellence throughout their lives and careers.

As a student-centered university, Youngstown State University’s mission is to provide innovative lifelong learning opportunities that will inspire individuals, enhance futures and enrich lives. YSU inspires individuals by cultivating a curiosity for life-long learning; enhances the futures of our students by empowering them to discover, disseminate and apply their knowledge; and enriches the region by fostering collaboration and the advancement of civic, scientific, and technological development. YSU’s culture of enrichment flourishes in our diverse, accessible, and quality education.

Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs or activities.

The University: Creates diverse educational experiences that develop ethical, intellectually curious students who are invested in their communities; Provides access to a broad range of undergraduate programs; Offers graduate programs in selected areas of excellence, including those that meet the needs of the region; Supports economic development through applied learning and research; Integrates teaching and learning, scholarship, and civic engagement; Fosters understanding of diversity, sustainability, and global perspectives; and Advances the intellectual and cultural life of the city, region, and world.

Minimum Qualifications
At least an earned master’s degree in music. Demonstrated skill as a conductor, proven success in leadership of all facets of a comprehensive Athletic Band program at the secondary or university level. Demonstrated success with recruitment and related activities.

Preferred Qualifications
An earned doctoral degree in music. Demonstrated expertise in a secondary area such as music education, popular and/or commercial music, music technology, applied instrumental studies, jazz studies.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please apply online at

Required Documents:
1. Please upload a pdf document which provides links to three videos of marching band performances. (upload to Other Document 1)
2. Please upload a pdf document which provides links to additional evidence of excellence in teaching and performance. Examples may include pep band, concert band, or jazz band performances or rehearsals; examples of original drill design; examples of marching band instruction/rehearsal; recent solo performance(s). (upload to Other Document 2)

Transcript 1 – please upload all transcripts as one PDF file.

At the time of hire, all candidates must provide official transcripts. Official transcripts must be provided in an unopened, sealed envelope that bears the embossed or raised college seal, date and Registrar’s signature.

Youngstown State University is an EOE.

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