Assistant Director of Bands / Director of Athletic Bands

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Job Title:

Assistant Director of Bands / Director of Athletic Bands

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Department Name:

8X200:Fine Arts - Music

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

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Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Required Education:

Master’s degree required, doctorate preferred (including ABD candidates with projected completion by Summer 2021)

Required Related Experience:

Candidates must demonstrate success in program leadership, including sustained records in recruiting, program growth and development, commitment to diversity, and directing highly recognized marching and concert bands. Previous teaching experience at the university and / or secondary school levels required.

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Job Summary:

The University of Kentucky is seeking an Assistant Director of Bands / Director of Athletic Bands who will help expand the prominence of a nationally recognized university band program. The Assistant Director of Bands will lead a large, vibrant, and highly visible major university athletic band program as Director of the University of Kentucky “Wildcat Marching Band” and UK Pep Bands.

Candidates should demonstrate a successful record of recruitment, teaching, administration, professional integrity, and leadership. Teaching duties will include but may not be limited to conducting the University Concert Band, instruction in marching band techniques, supervising student teachers in the instrumental music education area, and providing other collaborative support in instrumental conducting and / or music education. The Assistant Director of Bands will assist the Director of Bands with program administration, fiscal planning and management, coordination of special events, and general UK Bands and instrumental education recruitment efforts.
The Assistant Director of Bands will also collaborate with members of the UK Bands staff and University constituents, including the Associate Director of Bands, Graduate Teaching Assistants, UK Athletics, Alumni, and other administrators / faculty / staff in the UK School of Music.

The successful candidate will be expected to build a creative and research profile consistent with School of Music standards in performance areas, participate in shared governance within the School of Music, and establish and maintain positive relationships with secondary school band directors throughout the region that lead to excellent recruitment and retention of students within the UK School of Music and UK Bands.

The School of Music has 53 full-time faculty, with an enrollment of over 400 students. The School of Music offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in music performance, music education, musicology/ethnomusicology, and theory/composition, as well as a master’s degree in music therapy. The School is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information can be found at

When prompted in the employment system, applicants will submit the following materials: cover letter and curriculum vitae. Within application materials, candidates should provide evidence of a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in ensembles and the classroom, and articulate a vision for ensuring the social well-being of students within the UK Bands program and School of Music. Please also include the names and contact information for three additional references when prompted in the application. This information may be used to solicit reference letters within the employment system. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Open Until Filled:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Posted: 1/30/2021
Application Due: 7/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time