University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 30, 2023

Hiring Department

University of Missouri-Kansas City


Music Division

The UMKC Conservatory seeks people who will help build the future of education and research in the performing arts. We seek faculty who demonstrate a growth mindset, with an understanding that learning is an ongoing process. We seek faculty who believe that art has the power to help us understand ourselves, each other, and our culture while empowering us to move that culture forward. We seek qualified candidates will engage in work that appeals to, and positively impacts, the global population. They will work strategically in ways that adapt to the opportunities in their regions, and work within frameworks that embrace transdisciplinary possibilities.

For more information about the Conservatory, please visit

Job Description

UMKC's Conservatory of music, theater and dance is seeking qualified applicants for a tenure-track position to serve as music director, administrator and conductor of orchestral ensembles as an Assistant Professor at the Conservatory. The successful candidate will lead the orchestras and teach related courses. Duties, responsibilities and expectations of the position include, but are not limited to:

· the successful candidate will have professional engagements at a national/international level;

· to maintain a national/international profile as a conductor and/or scholar;

· provide vision for the orchestral program and for collaboration, both within and outside of the university;

· teach orchestral conducting and literature and train a successful studio of graduate-level conductors;

· contribute to the performance, academic, and service environments characteristic of a Conservatory within a university;

· enrich the cultural environment of the Kansas City metropolitan community;

· participate actively in the intellectual life of the Conservatory and university by serving on graduate and faculty committees, as well as engaging in other Conservatory activities;

· other duties as assigned, based on the candidate’s strengths and the needs of the institution.

Minimum Qualifications

The candidates will have demonstrated successful experience as an orchestral conductor, preferably in a university setting, in addition to:

· significant professional experience and reputation at the national and/or international level as a conductor and/or scholar;

· demonstrated ability to attract quality undergraduate and graduate students;

· strong commitment to teaching and mentorship;

· doctoral degree in conducting, or equivalent professional experience.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a 9-month, ranked, full-time, tenure track. faculty appointment eligible for benefits. Appointment begins with the Fall 2024 semester.

Our academic schedules and workload provide for a positive work/life balance.


$55,000-$70,000 based on candidate’s background and experience

Application Deadline

Review of application materials will begin October 20, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

For consideration, you must apply online at , click in Academic Positions Job Opening ID 48476 .

Please complete the online application form and provide:

· your cover letter highlighting your career achievements which qualify you for a tenure-track faculty position

· curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments and artistic credentials

· list of 3 professional references with current contact information

As practical, please combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

· If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email .

· For questions about the position, please contact including the Job Identification number 48476 and name of the position.

· Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

We will contact references and request educational transcripts for applicants who progress to the finalist stage.


UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area with award-winning academic programs and faculty. Our university is committed to being a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with diverse communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, more economically secure quality of life. It is part of the larger University of Missouri System (UMS). The UMKC Conservatory is the designated performing arts campus of UMS. We are a vital partner in Kansas City’s rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances.

A City on the Rise: Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds – a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. The university is in one of the most entrepreneurial cities in America and the metropolitan area has a population of more than 2.4 million. Our two UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of cultural arts with internationally acclaimed venues including the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, 18th& Vine jazz district, T-Mobile Center, and other local sites known for a rich history of music and performing arts. Our community boasts championship professional athletic teams, NASCAR racing, art galleries, great ethnic and local cuisine (KC BBQ!!) and a community that is very engaged with and supportive of our university initiatives. Our beautiful state provides rivers, lakes, biking/hiking trails and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts, all within an easy drive.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

Know Your Rights

To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Benefit Eligibility


We offer benefits that start day one, health care insurance options, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and university education benefits at all 4 campuses for employees and qualifying dependents.

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Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important r esource.

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