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Jobs at Jewell:       Director of Instrumental Studies
Department:           Music
FLSA Status:          Exempt 


The Department of Music seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure track faculty member who will be responsible for providing leadership in the development and growth of the instrumental program at Jewell.  The successful candidate will have experience in recruiting, developing and growing instrumental ensembles, hands on experience in high school education and demonstrable success as a conductor of symphonic bands.  There is a strong commitment at Jewell to build the instrumental program and potentially add marching band.  This position will provide leadership, direction, oversight and support during that process.  College teaching experience is desirable, and a commitment to excellence in teaching is expected. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching responsibilities in the Department of Music could include the following based on experience and expertise: 

  • Symphonic Band
  • Cardinal Brass (Brass Quintet) or Woodwind Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Beginning Conducting   
  • Advanced Instrumental Conducting
  • Methods classes in Education
  • Instrumental Methods Classes (depending on area of instrumental expertise)
  • May play in the Liberty Symphony Orchestra
  • Possibly Applied Lessons depending on area of instrumental expertise

 The successful candidate will also:

  • Recruit both on and off campus for the instrumental program (this may include the development of recruiting events, possibly to be run during the summer)
  • Help in the implementation of a marching band as and when Jewell moves forward with this plan
  • Work to continue and to strengthen the links with local area high schools
  • Supervise fieldwork in schools
  • Pursue active research resulting in scholarly productivity
  • Academic Advising
  • Contribute to the college through appropriate areas of service


  • DMA (or EdD or equivalent terminal degree) in music or music education preferred (and required to advance above Assistant Professor at William Jewell), ABD considered; rank is dependent upon credentials and experience
  • Demonstrable success in recruiting to and developing an instrumental program
  • Established or growing reputation as an outstanding conductor of symphonic bands
  • Candidate will preferably have at least 3-5 years teaching middle school or high school band
  • Demonstrable leadership skills in an educational setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially in a team setting 
  • An understanding of the place of music education and instrumental ensembles in a Liberal Arts college 

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment, some travel required
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Physically able to lift 25 pounds

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this position.  They are not intended to be an exhausive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit the following documents in PDF or MS Word format via email to jobs AT william.jewell DOT edu:
  • Letter of application
  • William Jewell Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts (copies are acceptable until finalists are selected)
  • Brief statement of teaching philosophy plus any additional evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Brief statement of recruiting strategy for instrumental programs at the college level
  • Brief statement of research interests and direction
  • Two or three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly by your referees, along with name and contact information for the referees (for finalists only)
  • Statement of how you would contribute to the college mission (see below)
  • Salary Requirements

Please note:  Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Applicants who need accommodation for the application or interview process, please make such accommodation request in advance to the Office of Human Resources:

     William Jewell College
     Office of Human Resources
     500 College Hill Box 1017
     Liberty, MO 64068
     (816) 415-6904

 Review of applications will begin on November 1.  The position is open until filled, but for all practical purposes materials should be submitted by November 1 for the search committee to review.  This position could potentially start in January 2014. 
All final candidates will be required to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment.
Our Mission:  William Jewell College promises to offer students an outstanding liberal arts education with a focus on cultivating leadership, service, and spiritual growth within a community inspired by Christian ideals and committed to open, rigorous intellectual pursuits.

William Jewell College is an equal opportunity employer.

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