Director of Music Ministries (Organist-Choir Director)
Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

Skidaway Island United Methodist Church (SIUMC) seeks a full-time Director of Music Ministries to serve as an integral part of the church’s ministerial staff.  The Director of Music Ministries serves as choir director and organist and directs the work of numerous volunteers in multiple areas of the worship ministry.  

The Director of Music Ministries leads one of our most important forms of outreach, ministering to church members and nonmembers on Skidaway Island and beyond.  We seek to appoint an individual who professes a vital Christian faith, has a relationship with Christ that is compatible with United Methodist theology and polity, and experiences music ministry as a calling rather than a job.  The position is full-time, requiring a personal and professional commitment of 40+ hours per week.

The Director must be an active part of the life and ministry of the church, working in cooperation with the Senior Pastor and other members of the ministerial staff and also with laity.  The Director, as with all staff, reports directly to the Senior Pastor.  The Discipline of the United Methodist Church also assigns the Staff Parish Relations Committee the responsibility for setting annual evaluations, salary adjustments, benefits, and other considerations for all staff personnel.  In our church, a member of the Committee is assigned to each staff member to serve as a liaison and representative to the Committee.

Overview of Duties:
•    Use one’s Christian faith and relationship with Christ to inspire others to seek and strengthen a commitment to God
•    Work with Senior Pastor in selecting service music to support scripture and sermons throughout the church year
•    Plan special seasonal liturgical and ecumenical services that may require employment, rehearsal, and direction of instrumentalists and vocalists to accompany the choir(s) in special musical offerings
•    Meet on a weekly basis with the Senior Pastor, staff, and lay leadership in coordinating worship
•    Attend bi-monthly Council on Ministries and present plans for worship and music
•    Use musical skills to engage others in the music ministry and inspire them to use/develop their talents
•    Work with youth groups to involve them in the worship life of the church through music
•    Engage the congregation to connect spiritually to the music program through text and music

Basic Qualifications:
•    A bachelor’s degree in music; master’s degree preferred
•    A high level of proficiency in organ and piano performance and in choral conducting
•    Experience: Three to five years in an equivalent position in a church of at least 600 members
•    Strong commitment to traditional liturgical worship

Specific Requirements:
•    Excellent character
•    Proficiency as an organ and piano performer of sacred and appropriate classical music; knowledgeable and experienced in conducting religious and liturgical/ecumenical choral music
•    Demonstrated ability to use music to accomplish the goals and mission of the church
•    Demonstrated experience as organist/pianist in all types of worship services and in rehearsing, directing, and accompanying adult, youth, children’s, and handbell choirs
•    Proven ability to create and coordinate special services for various seasons of the liturgical year, working with vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles as needed
•    Demonstrated proficiency and experience to administer a music and worship program consistent with the needs of a congregation of 1,400 members
•    Enthusiasm and commitment to recruit, motivate, train, and lead new and continuing choir members and to build strong youth and children’s ensembles
•    Availability to provide and perform music for weddings (on a fee-for-service basis) and also for funerals and memorial services (as part of the assigned duties of the position)
•    Ability to prepare budget requests and manage the operating budget of the music area, maintain and develop the music library, maintain the choir roster and attendance records, oversee and maintain choir vestments, and direct the maintenance of equipment such as organs, pianos, and other instruments
•    Willingness to work and participate in the community to enhance the reputation of SIUMC
•    Maintenance of high levels of musical performance skills
•    Demonstrated improvisational skills
•    Ability to work with staff, committees, and volunteers to develop musical opportunities outside the worship services such as Vacation Bible School

Posting Dates: 
07/18/2017 to 08/21/2017
Job Type: 
Full time
Job Category: 
Church, Ministry
Contact Name: 
Robert W. Haney, Search Chair
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(912) 598-8460