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Assistant Professor- Instrumental Music

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Assistant Professor- Instrumental Music


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OPENING DATE: 04/24/18

CLOSING DATE: 05/20/18 05:00 PM


Join our Student-Centered College!
Are you passionate about the beauty and power of music?  Are you inspired by collaboration and community engagement? Can you envision yourself challenging and coaching a diverse group of community and student musicians? Do you have a talent for bringing out the music that is within each of us?

About the Program:
The Pierce College music program is a vibrant and growing program with excellent facilities, talented students, and a reputation in the community for creative programing and excellent performance. As a leading program amongst community colleges in the state of Washington, our faculty collaborate across the state in music curriculum and degree planning. The department prepares and transfers music majors to 4-year music performance and music education programs. Department faculty collaborate across the fine and performing arts with other faculty and students, and work closely with student programming and activities for funding and event planning. The successful candidate will join a dynamic district music department that includes choral and instrumental performance courses, private instruction courses, music theory curriculum, and music lecture courses.  Courses in the program serve music majors, students seeking humanities electives, and community members. Additionally the department has multiple performance groups including: Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, and various ensembles. The Pierce College Concert Band has been a staple of the music community for over 40 years.

About Pierce College:
Pierce College is an innovative community college committed to student engagement and learning. We value student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity in the classroom and expand into our local and global communities. From closing achievement gaps for all students to building directed career pathways, faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to lead initiatives that advance student success. The college serves over 15,000 students in basic skills, transfer, and professional technical programs. Through continuous efforts, we have improved retention rates by 17% and graduation rates by 89%. This year, Pierce was named a top community college in several national polls.
Pierce College employees and students live and work in various communities that offer the diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest. As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as other extended learning sites.


Responsibilities of the successful candidate include:

  • Direct the Pierce College Concert Band, and continue its legacy of excellence
  • Provide district leadership in instrumental music curriculum, staffing, and programming
  • Teach a broad spectrum of courses in the department, including lecture and performance
  • Represent the Pierce College music department in the community and recruit members for the program/groups within the department
  • Prepare forms and advocate for program funding through colleges processes
  • Work effectively and collegially with faculty, staff, and administration within music and across Pierce college
  • Recruit students from local high schools to perform and participate in the band
  • engage in course evaluation that consists of analysis of achievement of course outcomes, success of students in subsequent courses, and impact on retention and graduation rates
  • Embrace and engage in innovation in the classroom (campus, online, hybrid) as part of continuous professional development
  • Demonstrate multicultural competence, including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations, and create an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity and diversity
  • View assessment as formative in teaching and learning, using analytics and evidence to reflect on and improve learning
  • Incorporate active learning and strategic use of technology
  • Teach, advise, and mentor students holistically from access to completion
  • Serve on and/or lead a variety of committees dealing with teaching/learning, as well as student and district related issues
  • Attend and participate in regular department and division meetings
  • Participate in the First-Year Faculty Cohort in the first year of the tenure process
  • Participate in shared governance and contribute to a positive learning environment
  • Perform other academic duties as assigned


Master's, DMA, or PhD Degree in Music or related field. Ability to conduct large instrumental ensembles such as a concert band.


Application Requirements:
To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package:

  1. Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities (Cover Letter).
  2. Responses to the following:  What personal and professional work have you done in order to broaden your understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion?  AND How have you infused equity, diversity and inclusion into your classroom in order for students to be challenged/motivated/inspired to be a part of a multicultural society? AND Pierce College has set a goal of closing  gaps in degree/certificate completion for all student populations by 2020.  How will you contribute to this effort? (Supplemental Question).
  3. Detailed curriculum vitae of all educational and professional experience, which includes a list of courses taught (Curriculum Vitae).
  4. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts that include degree received and confer date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: http://naces.org/members.htm. (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required prior to hire) (Transcripts).
  5. A list of four current professional references with name, relationship to candidate, address, email address, and telephone number. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of a list of professional references (References).
  6. A short video of yourself conducting an instrumental group. Please upload an attachment with a link to the webpage your video is posted on. Note that these materials will be used and retained as property of Pierce College for interview purposes only. (Demo Video)

Terms of Employment:
This position, which is contingent upon funding, is a full-time, tenure-track assignment of 173 contracted days per year with the tenure process starting in September 2018, and with the opportunity to start working an earlier quarter. Assignment may include district discipline/program coordination, as well as evening, hybrid, and/or online teaching. This is a District position with a "home" campus assignment. Initial placement of this position will be at the Puyallup campus. Candidates will be working for a District Dean and will be required to attend district meetings as well as collaborate with colleagues across the district and across departments.
Initial salary placement is based on the current full-time faculty salary schedule and is dependent upon education and experience. Salary placement for newly hired full-time faculty will be at one of five levels based upon qualifications including teaching experience and credentials. The five levels range from $51,462 to $55,751 per 173-day academic year. Opportunities for summer employment and other assignments are in addition to the base salary.
Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342.  Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service
Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and have met the required qualifications will be considered. The most desirable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Conditions of Employment:

  • As a condition of employment, all Full-time Faculty bargaining unit members must either join the Pierce College Federation of Teachers or pay a representation fee.
  • An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
  • Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in this policy.

The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: [email protected].

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following: 

Holly Gorski, Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498
(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer 
(253) 864-3229




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Job No: F1814
Posted: 5/11/2018
Application Due: 5/20/2018
Work Type:
Salary: $51,462-55,751 per 173-day academic year