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Job Title: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF STRING BASS / UMKC CONSERVATORY / Division of Music Performance 38417
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 43451
Hiring Department

University of Missouri-Kansas City / Conservatory / Music Performance Division

Job Description

Teach undergraduate and graduate applied bass for classical and jazz students; teach coursework in areas of interest and specialty as needed, including literature, pedagogy, chamber music, or courses in the jazz curriculum; recruit and retain diverse bass students at both the undergraduate and graduate level; maintain a professional profile that reflects the career of a distinguished teacher/performer; contribute to the enhancement of all facets of the Performance Division, including chamber and large ensembles; collaborate musically and artistically, both within and outside of the university; contribute to the performance, academic, and service environments characteristic of a Conservatory within a university; enrich the cultural environment of the Kansas City metropolitan community; participate actively in the intellectual life of the Conservatory and university by serving on graduate and faculty committees, recruiting, mentoring, and teaching students from underserved backgrounds, as well as engaging in other Conservatory activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Successful candidates will have demonstrated successful and innovative experience teaching string bass in both classical and jazz idioms; significant professional experience at the national level as a performer/scholar; demonstrated ability to attract quality undergraduate and graduate string bass students; doctoral degree in string bass performance, or equivalent professional experience.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a full time, ranked, tenure-track eligible, benefit eligible, nine-month faculty appointment. The appointment starts Fall of 2023.


Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications, experience, and internal equity. UMKC offers an excellent retirement/benefits package.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted through this UMKC recruitment portal. Please complete the application form and upload the following requested materials.

Applicants should combine all application materials: a cover letter that addresses the candidate's qualifications, interest in the position, and curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments, and artistic credentials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as the resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Please do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please email [email protected]

Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


The UMKC Conservatory is internationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation and cultural engagement with our communities. The UMKC Conservatory produces about 500 performances each academic year. For more than a century, UMKC Conservatory has been a partner in establishing and contributing to a vibrant cultural arts community. Kansas City’s 18th & Vine District has rich history as a hub of Jazz and Blues and is internationally known for the musicians that have performed in their celebrated venues. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is renowned world-wide as an acoustical marvel and icon of the Kansas City skyline, hosting international orchestras, operas, entertainers from all genres of music, dance, comedy and more.

On the University of Missouri's designated performing arts campus, the UMKC Conservatory is an educational community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship and learning in the arts. We are a vital partner in Kansas City's rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances. As a community, we collaborate to balance tradition and innovation with diversity and unity, as we seek to serve art and humanity.

Excellence, Access and Innovation are guiding principles at the UMKC Conservatory.

For more information about the Conservatory, please visit

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

Benefit Eligibility Why UMKC?

We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important resource.

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