Assistant Professor of Music, Tenure Track – Director of Choral Activities

Job description

Date: October 15, 2019                 


Title: Assistant Professor of Music, Tenure Track – Director of Choral Activities


Position Number: 1023                 


Schedule: 32 Weeks (Fall and Winter Semester)

Compensation: $57,691 (Master’s Degree), $62,991 (Ph.D.)         

Start Date: Fall 2020

Reports to: Associate Dean, School or Arts & Science

Closing date: December 2, 2019


GRCC is seeking faculty who possess an interest in working with diverse student populations from a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability; engage in and develop innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning outcomes; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development and provide service to our students, the college, and our community at large.

Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work, as well as associated with the School of Arts and Sciences and GRCC as a whole.In addition to the major position responsibilities, it is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communication skills, collaborate effectively, use personal initiative to overcome obstacles and work efficiently to meet deadlines.In an environment where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct three choral ensembles and teach classes within the discipline of Music.
  • Teach applied Voice.
  • Teach Choral Conducting.
  • Secondary Teaching Area Required: possible teaching opportunities include Music History, Music Appreciation, World Music, Popular Music, Diction for Singers, Music Theory, and Aural Skills.
  • Develop and teach courses both online and in-person.
  • Support the development and implementation of teaching techniques that employ technology, flexible learning strategies, group interaction, and innovated teaching practices.
  • Extensively recruit students from the area secondary school districts and GRCC campus community to participate in choral and vocal music at GRCC.
  • Assist the Department Head in the evaluation and revision of existing courses and the creation of new courses.
  • Advise students on academic programs and careers related to music.
  • Engage in professional development and continuous improvement related to college teaching, choral conducting, and the field of music.
  • Participate fully as a member of the Music Department in activities such as department meetings, committee membership, textbook selection, and other duties as expected of a tenure-track faculty member and/or as determined by the College.
  • Contribute to the development of students, the department, and the community through the involvement in NATS, NAfME, Music Department Recitals, and other projects as identified by the department and/or department head.
  • Adhere to the standards and requirements expressed in the Faculty Contract.



  • Masters of Music in Choral Conducting required.
  • Doctor of Musical Art (DMA) in Choral Conducting preferred.



Work Experience

  • Successful collegiate teaching experience in Music.
  • Demonstrated collegiate level choral conducting success.
  • Additional experience teaching any of the following: Music History, Music Appreciation, Popular Music, Applied Voice, Choral Conducting, Diction for Singers, Music Theory, and Aural Skills
  • Community College teaching experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of current methods of choral conducting and applied voice as demonstrated by coursework or practice.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Understanding and appreciation of community college mission.
  • Experience working with non-traditional students from diverse backgrounds preferred.
  • Certification or successful history of teaching online preferred.



Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities required

  • Appropriate technology required to perform the duties of the position



Physical Demands

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.



Mental Demands

  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.
  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability.
  • A commitment to serve the Kent County community.
  • Demonstrated initiative and organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.
  • High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.
  • Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a pleasant and professional manner.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office environment.
  • Faculty assignment may include travel to offsite locations.
  • Classroom environment in an academic setting
  • Departmental Office
  • Evening and weekend performances required

Method of application

To apply for this position, please visit our website at  Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position.  Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and three professional reference letters for full consideration.  The opportunity to apply for this position will close on December 2, 2019.  Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Grand Rapids Community College is committed to a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment.  GRCC creates an including learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person.  It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, height, weight, national origin, disability, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by stated and federal law.  Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Mi 49503-3295.




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Job No: 1023
Posted: 10/16/2019
Application Due: 12/2/2019
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