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Director of Bands

Northern Kentucky University
Kentucky, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 15, 2022

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Working Title
Director of Bands

School of the Arts

Full Time or Part Time?
Full Time

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Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.

Purpose of Position

The School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University offers a wide array of degree programs in the visual and performing arts. The Music Program within the School of the Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a BME in Music Education (Choral/Vocal and Instrumental), BM in Performance (Instrumental, Jazz Studies, Piano Pedagogy, and Voice) a BM in Composition (Traditional and Commercial Music/Audio Production, BA in Music (Liberal Studies), Music Minor, and Audio Production Minor. The Music Program is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. See the Music website at for additional information

Primary Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities will be to provide leadership for the NKU band program, which includes conducting the Symphonic Winds and Concert Band, while recruiting and maintaining appropriate instrumentation for a balanced band program. Primary teaching duties will include instrumental conducting and other secondary teaching areas (based on the candidate’s strengths) that could include methods courses (brass, woodwinds, and/or marching band techniques), applied music, instrumentation and scoring, music theory, etc. Responsibilities also include the development of a scholarly/creative agenda in research, performance, and/or professional creative activities.


Minimum Qualifications:
1. Doctoral degree in music required (Ph.D., DMA, etc.). ABD candidates will be considered, but the doctoral degree must be conferred by August 2023.
2. Teaching experience at the college level.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Evidence of potential for a successful career in teaching.
2. Successful experience leading a band program and mentoring student conductors.
3. Record of excellence in performance/research and professional creative activity.
4. Experience working with students of diverse backgrounds, abilities, learning styles, and goals.
5. Demonstrated success in recruiting and retaining students.
6. Experience and/or potential for cultivating positive and collaborative relationships with others, especially area K-12 schools including area band directors, music teachers, faculty, students, etc.
7. Ability to teach in a secondary area, which may include methods courses (brass, woodwinds, and/or marching band techniques), applied music, instrumentation and scoring, music theory, etc.
8. Strong organizational and communication skills to support the operation of a growing band and music program.
9. Candidates who have additional positive attributes/expertise/skills beyond the above qualifications are desirable and should reference these additional attributes in application materials.

Application: For primary consideration for this position, a complete application must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until filled. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered if additional qualified candidates are sought. Selected candidates must successfully pass a background check. Applicants who enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply. Finalist candidates should expect to give a creative/scholarly presentation, conducting teaching demonstration, and conduct a band rehearsal during an on-campus interview. Although specific dates and timeline are subject to change, on-campus interviews are expected to occur around the end of November/early December. Follow-up materials and/or video interviews may be requested late October.

Questions regarding the use of this website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Amy Gillingham Culligan at Candidates should submit materials electronically through Northern Kentucky University’s website portal

Required materials include:
1) A 1–2 page cover letter that describes how well the applicant satisfies the qualifications, experience, and teaching effectiveness needed for this position and how the applicant will specifically contribute to the success of the music program.
2) A Curriculum vitae
3) A one-page statement of your personal philosophy on diversity and inclusion and why they are important in higher education. Please include specifics regarding your commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
4) A one-page personal teaching philosophy statement
5) A document with the names and contact information (phone and email) for at least three professional references.
6) A document with unrestricted links (please use online platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc., and test all links to ensure they are working correctly) to the following: – A video recording of a recent conducting performance (conductor view is preferred) – A video recording of a recent band/ensemble rehearsal – A video recording of the candidate teaching in another area of expertise (theory, conducting, applied music, etc.)
7) Unofficial transcripts

Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Minimum Education

Preferred Education
Ph.D or D.M.A

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Do you have a doctorate in music (or ABD with degree conferred by August 2023)?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Do you have college level teaching experience?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Diversity Statement 1
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. References
  6. Scholarly Work
  7. Transcripts
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