GCAF Seeks Etowah Youth Orchestras Assistant Conductor

Etowah Youth Orchestras Assistant Conductor
Location: Gadsden, AL
Full-Time Position (benefits eligible)
Salary range: $38,000 – $43,000
Closing: May 15, 2024 at 12:00 pm
Expected start date: June 3, 2024

Applicants should read the job description below and follow all instructions.

Position Summary
The Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. seeks an Assistant Conductor for the Etowah Youth Orchestras program.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant Conductor of the Etowah Youth Orchestras (EYO) serves as a member of the EYO’s artistic and educational team. The duties of the position encompass both artistic and administrative roles, including responsibilities in the areas of fundraising, community engagement, communications, concert production, and library work.

The Assistant Conductor is supervised by the Music Director & Conductor and works with the Associate Conductor and a part-time hourly administrator for the EYO’s School String Orchestra Program. The entire program is a project of the EYO’s parent organization, the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation. The Foundation employs an Executive Director who oversees all of the programs and projects of the Foundation. Additionally, the Foundation staff includes an Office Manager/Bookkeeper and a Programs Coordinator who work as support staff for all of the Foundation’s programs and projects.

The Assistant Conductor works with the EYO staff to shape the artistic and educational direction of the program to fit the needs of the staff, the students, and the community. The Assistant Conductor is required to work non-traditional hours including weekly evening ensemble rehearsals, concerts, and special events throughout the year.

  1. The employee shall serve as the Assistant Conductor of the Etowah Youth Orchestras (EYO), a project of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation (GCAF).
  2. The employee is employed by the GCAF (employer).
  3. Job duties shall be as follows:
    1. School String Orchestra Program (SSOP)
      1. Teach no more than ten (10) beginning/intermediate string orchestra classes per week during the regular school year in the Etowah County School System (ECSS), as contracted by the ECSS with the EYO. Classes meet twice a week for 45 minutes per class on either Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays.  Schools and schedule shall be determined by the staffs of the EYO and the ECSS.
      1. Five (5) hours per week of office/administrative duties for the SSOP.
    1. The Ensembles of the EYO
      1. Serve as the Principal Conductor of the Etowah String Sinfonia (ESS).
        1. One regular weekly rehearsal of 90 minutes.
        1. Four annual performances, including the Fall Formal and Spring Formal Concerts, the Holiday Pops Concert, and a spring run-out concert, as well as all dress rehearsals associated with each concert.
      1. Serve as a member of the artistic production team for theEYO Holiday Pops Concert.
      1. Five (5) hours per week of office/administrative duties for The Ensembles of the EYO, including:
        1. All music library work for the ESS.
        1. All shared performance and production responsibilities among EYO artistic and administrative staff members.
    1. Other Duties
      1. Serve as the Co-Director of the EYO Summer Strings Camp, along with the EYO Associate Conductor.
      1. Other duties as assigned by the EYO Music Director.

Minimum Qualifications

• A bachelor’s degree in music or music education
• Experience in music education in both a classroom and an ensemble (conducting) setting
• Exceptional skills as a musician and artist, with professional-level performance abilities on at least one orchestral instrument
• Familiarity with technology, including Mac, Office 365, and software and applications for music and education, including Dropbox, Zoom, and appropriate social media platforms
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with all constituents in musical, educational, and non-profit environments
• Demonstrate a positive team mentality, with both students and colleagues
• The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding organizational and problem-solving skills, will show the ability to work independently and as a part of a team, and will be able to multi-task while maintaining strict attention to detail and accuracy in their work

Preferred Qualifications
• A master’s degree in music or music education
• Performance abilities on multiple instruments at collegiate levels, both orchestral and popular (keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, drums, etc.)

Required Materials for Application

• Cover letter describing the applicant’s professional background and explaining how their experience and philosophies qualify them for the position (1-2 pages)
• Curriculum vitae or résumé
• Transcript from institution from which last degree was awarded
• Letters of recommendation from two (2) professionals

Application Instructions
The above materials should be merged into a single PDF document and emailed to or mailed to:
EYO Search, GCAF, PO Box 1507, Gadsden, AL 35902-1507.
No phone calls will be accepted. Potential applicants may ask any questions via the email address above.
To receive consideration, all application packages must be received by May 15, 2024 at 12:00 pm.

Compensation Details

This is a full-time salaried position with the range of $38,000 – $43,000 per year, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and exempt from overtime pay. Benefits include 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and paid time off. The employer is not a government entity and does not participate in Retirement Systems of Alabama or any other pension program. Upon completion of one year of employment, eligible employees may elect to participate in the employer’s 401(k) program.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement
Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation.

The Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

About the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc.
The Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. is private foundation, designated as a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, that works to improve the quality of life of the people of northeast Alabama through cultural opportunities.

Our mission:

The Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation serves as a hub of community arts.

Our Vision:

We enrich our lives, support artistic and cultural progress, affirm individual value and dignity, and promote a sense of well-being for all people. 


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