Dir of Ath Bands Assoc/Asst Prof #000510

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Posting NumberFAC426PQuick Link for Internal Postingshttp://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/14276Classification TitleDirectorWorking TitleDir of Ath Bands Assoc/Asst Prof #000510DepartmentSchool of MusicPosition Summary

Reporting to the Director of the School of Music, the Director of Athletic Bands is a three year fixed term 12 month position that administers the entire Athletic Band program and directs the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band (POTM) as well as oversees the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Pep Bands.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding musician, conductor, and educator with an established record of national achievement in leadership of concert and marching bands. We seek an innovative thinker with strong organizational and leadership skills, who thrives in a collaborative environment, and who actively seeks to advance diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism at WCU. Finalists will demonstrate an ability to uphold Western Carolina University’s tradition of excellence and innovation in marching band programs, including student leadership development, audition and training days, Summer Symposium camp for high school students and band directors, and the annual Tournament of Champions high school marching band contest.

Responsibilities include show development & design, health and safety of students, coordination & oversight of all associated band staff, coordination with WCU Athletics, and advancing the national/international reputation of the POTM. The new Director of Athletic Bands will teach Marching Band Techniques, assist with recruitment and outreach activities for the POTM and WCU, and collaborate with the Director of Bands in the administration and advancement of a comprehensive university band program for the benefit of our students and community. Additional duties to include conducting Symphonic Band and/or assignments in music education appropriate to the candidate’s strengths and the school’s needs, as determined by the Director of the School of Music.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this PositionMinimum Qualifications

A master’s degree is required with significant leadership experience with marching bands in a secondary and/or collegiate environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Earned DMA or Ph.D. in Music. 3-years secondary school teaching experience. 5-years leadership experience with marching bands in a collegiate environment. National reputation in directing and teaching marching bands as evidenced by recognition and honors.

Position TypePermanent Full-TimeNumber of Hours Per WeekNumber of Months Per Year12Open Date10/06/2020Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Review of applicant materials will begin immediately. Applicants must submit an on-line application, including cover letter, resume, list of three references and unofficial transcripts. Those seriously considered may be asked to submit further materials such as links to video recordings of marching band and concert band performances. For more information please contact Dr. Margaret Underwood, Search Chair at [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

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Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
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  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. List of references
  4. Unofficial Transcripts
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    Posted: 10/7/2020
    Application Due: 1/5/2021
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