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Lecturer, Instrumental Ensembles

Purdue University Northwest
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 2, 2022

Job Summary

Purdue University Northwest Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan serving university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Park, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity. With more than 25% of our student body identifying as Hispanic, we are quickly emerging as a Hispanic serving institution.

PNW serves approximately 8,800 students, with more than 70 areas of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and applied doctoral levels. The university is consistently ranked among the best regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges report. Our nursing, engineering, computer science, and cybersecurity programs have earned national recognition. PNW also is recognized for social mobility among Midwest regional universities. As a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC), the PNW Pride compete in NCAA Division II athletics , with more than 300 student-athletes excelling both in the classroom and in competition. Purdue Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC); 10-year accreditation was recently approved. The university employs approximately 1,100 faculty and staff.


Individuals with a Master of Music or Master of Music Education or related field with expertise in music program development, planning, logistics; directing a variety of instrumental ensembles; and recruitment and retention of quality band students are invited to apply.
  • The position requires a Master’s and/or five or more years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Ability to perform complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Flexibility to work outside of normal business hours, ability to maintain a flexible work schedule that may include working nights and weekends.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Doctoral degree in is preferred.
  • Teaching certification and a terminal degree in music are a plus.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, as well as knowledge and understanding of university’s organizational structures, workflows, and operating procedures.
  • Bilingual skills preferred.
Position Responsibilities
  • Develop an instrumental ensemble program
  • Direct all aspects of a variety of instrumental ensembles, including recruitment and retention of students, selection and preparation of repertoire, and directing/conducting performances for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Plan and manage the scheduling and logistics of extracurricular instrumental music groups for performances, special events, camps, clinics, travel, etc.
  • Communicate with and manage staff, students, and personnel
  • Teach courses that are aligned with or related to one’s specialty area (e.g., music history, music theory, music education, etc.)
  • Establish and maintain a high profile in communities and high schools served by PNW
  • Foster an environment and culture that inspires students to grow and supports the educational focus and institutional objectives of the college and university
  • Model a standard excellence and decorum during all events, rehearsals, performances, etc.
  • Attend faculty and campus-wide meetings and maintain open, collaborative communication with faculty and staff members
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to build an instrumental ensemble program through recruitment and retention of high quality band/instrumental students
  • Ability to select, prepare, and conduct/direct repertoire that is appropriate for the developmental abilities of the ensemble members, that meets the needs and expectations of the designated audiences(s), and that serves the designated purpose(s)
  • Knowledge of band/instrumental repertoire; ability to arrange or adapt parts as needed
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability.
  • Effective analytic and decision-making skills. Excellent communication, organizational, and time management skills. Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituents.
  • Manage, prioritize, and accomplish multiple tasks/projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, applicants should submit the following: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing position responsibilities and qualifications; 2) a curriculum vitae or resume; 3) a list of a minimum of three professional references; and 4) a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For inquiries, please contact the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences Office at 219-989-2401. Purdue University Northwest; 2200 169th Street, Hammond IN 46323.

A background check is required for employment in this position.

Purdue University Northwest is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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