Adjunct Jazz Ensemble Director – Music Department- Alexandria

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Working Title:

Adjunct Jazz Ensemble Director – Music Department- Alexandria


Northern VA Community College


NV280-Provost Alexandria

Work Location:

Alexandria - 510

Hiring Range:

commensurate per rank per VCCS criteria

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Full Time or Part Time:

Part Time

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Work Schedule:

Varies according to classes

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Job Description:

The security of our students, faculty, and staff is very important at NOVA. Please take a moment to review NOVA’s Annual Security Reports

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is seeking applicants for the adjunct position of Jazz Band Director on the Alexandria Campus. Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the job is essential. The teaching load is one credit and pay is based on experience but is reflective of one teaching credit.

Adjunct faculty members are responsible for effectively planning and teaching courses in a classroom environment to students with a variety of academic backgrounds and experiences.
Duties include but are not limited to…
•directing the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble in weekly rehearsals and 2 concerts per semester (starting Aug. 23, 2021)
•programming music
•recruiting individuals to balance out sections as needed
•hiring guest artists if needed/wanted
•holding one office hour per week on campus
•being available to students and colleagues through a college email address
•completing an annual online training course that takes about 2 hours to complete
•working with the Concert Band Director to schedule concert dates, purchase music, and hire guest artists

Special Assignments:

May be required to perform other duties as assigned. May be required to assist the agency or state government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the Governor.

KSA's/Required Qualifications:

•Master’s degree and at least 18 credits in music
•Music background with a strong jazz specialization
•Successful previous experience leading a big band jazz ensemble
•Excellent communication and social skills
•Ability to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the job

Preferred Qualifications:

•K-12 and/or college jazz big band directing experience

Master’s in Music

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Number of Vacancies:

varies based on classes

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

While this position will remain open until filled, please apply by July 11 to ensure full consideration.

For questions about the hiring process, you may contact K. V. White ([email protected]). For questions regarding the duties and expectations of this position, you may contact Lisa Eckstein ([email protected]).

The adjunct faculty appointment contains no guarantee of continued employment.

Additional Information:

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble is comprised of about 20-30 members, both college students and community members. The band functions through a NOVA course that members register for every semester. Rehearsals are on Monday nights from 7:00-9:55pm in a beautiful new (3-year old) rehearsal and recital hall. The music instrument storage room is adjacent. There is a jazz sheet music library and a complement of instruments on campus including Steinway pianos, a jazz drum set, an upright bass, and amps.

The ensemble performs one concert per semester in the beautiful Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall on campus. This is a world-class performance hall where many of the D.C. military bands often perform and record. The ensemble usually performs at least one other concert in the community per semester. Examples of previous venues include the Art of the Avenue outdoor festival and the Torpedo Factory Art Center, both in Alexandria.

Background Check Statement Disclaimer:

The selected candidate’s offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of education, credit checks (relevant to employment). Additionally, selected candidates may be required to complete the Commonwealth’s Statement of Economic Interest. For more information, please follow this link:

EEO Statement:

The Virginia Community College System, an EEO employer, welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and recognizes the benefits of a diverse workforce. Therefore, the VCCS is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. We prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, political affiliation, veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors.

ADA Statement:

The VCCS is an EOE and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA and ADAAA), VCCS will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodation to applicants in need of access to the application, interviewing and selection processes.

E-Verify Statement:

VCCS uses E-Verify to check employee eligibility to work in the United States. You will be required to complete an I-9 form and provide documentation of your identity for employment purposes.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 9/8/2021
Work Type: Part Time