Job Description: Director of Music Ministry
Castro Valley United Methodist Church is seeking a director of music ministry. In consultation with the pastor, the director of music ministry (DMM) is responsible for the development, promotion, and implementation of a comprehensive church music program. Our musical ministry has consisted of, and is not limited to, the chancel choir, bell choir, accompanist, and volunteer musicians. Our worship style includes both traditional and contemporary music.
The music ministry encompasses the Sunday worship service additional services of the liturgical year (Christmas Eve, etc.) as well as periodic special events.
In consultation with the pastor, the DMM shall develop a set of goals and plans for the service year.
Provide a choral anthem or other musical offering each Sunday, making every effort to coordinate with the sermon topic or liturgical season. Ensure all musical groups contribute to worship services regularly.
Oversee regular rehearsal schedules for all musical groups, holding space for sharing and prayer at rehearsals. Ensure music has been practiced sufficiently prior to worship.
Recruit, train, and equip singers and musicians from within the congregation to participate in the church music program.
Encourage the development of musical, artistic, technical, and spiritual gifts of others.
Provide leadership for any special musical events or special events requiring the participation of the choir or other musicians.
Arrange for special music to be provided for Sunday worship services during the summer when the choir does not sing.
Working within an approved budget, maintain music library, order music as needed, and notify Trustees when maintenance or tuning of piano and organ is required.
Always be prepared for practices and Sunday services.
Attend staff meetings which are scheduled by the pastor.
Meet with creative worship team as needed.
Meet with pastor and worship team as needed.
Work with soloists, children, youth and choir.
Work with other instruments played by members, including youth.
Flexibility in dealing with changes in music, use of soloists, working with others.
Ability to improvise music without sheet music (ability to play by ear)
Skills & Requirements
Demonstrate a willingness to learn United Methodist liturgy; however, it is not expected that the DMM be a United Methodist.
Degree in music or professional certification preferred or underway.
Familiarity with traditional hymns and contemporary music in Christian worship.
Diverse keyboard skills, including ability to play piano and organ.
The ideal candidate will have experience in choral and instrumental conducting, and knowledge of diverse musical and liturgical styles.
Effective communication skills including appropriate use of email and social media.
Demonstrate good time-management skills by being on time for practices and church services and by using choir practice times effectively.
Strong interpersonal skills to relate well to a diverse congregation and to build an enthusiastic musical team.
This is a 12-month, part-time, non-benefitted position.
Salary range $1,000-$1,400/month, depending on experience.
The DMM will work closely and collaboratively with the pastor. Job performance will be evaluated by pastor and the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC). SPRC is the hiring body.
Sunday worship is 10:00-11:00 a.m., with warm-up at 9:00 a. m. The chancel and bell choirs have practiced on Thursday nights, but these dates may be changed by mutual agreement.
Castro Valley United Methodist Church is a small, ethnically diverse, multi-generational congregation.
Please send you resume to firstname.lastname@example.org attention SPRC.