GCAF Seeks Etowah Youth Orchestras Music Director and Conductor

Etowah Youth Orchestras Music Director and Conductor
Location: Gadsden, AL
Full-Time Position (benefits eligible)
Salary range: $48,000 – $65,000
Closing: March 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 a Music Director and Conductor for the Etowah Youth Orchestras program.

Detailed Position Information
The Music Director and Conductor of the Etowah Youth Orchestras (EYO) serves as the principal artistic and operations executive of the EYO. As such, the duties of the position encompass both the artistic roles of a traditional Music Director and Conductor as well as the administrative roles of a Director of Orchestra Operations or General Manager, including responsibilities in the areas of development, community engagement, communications, finance, and marketing; and artistic administrative responsibilities including production and library work.

The Music Director and Conductor is assisted by two full-time staff members holding the positions of either Associate or Assistant Conductor, and a part-time hourly administrator for the EYO’s School String Orchestra Program. Additionally, some of the responsibilities and tasks in areas referenced above are handled by or assisted by the staff of the EYO’s parent organization, the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. 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.

As the Music Director and Conductor is both the principal artistic staff member and the principal administrative staff member of the EYO, it provides the unique opportunity – with the support of the Executive Director and in consort 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, and to match the goals, philosophy, and creative vision of the Music Director.

The Music Director and Conductor is required to work non-traditional hours including weekly evening ensemble rehearsals, concerts, and special events throughout the year.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  1. The employee shall serve as the Music Director and Conductor of the Etowah Youth Orchestras, a project of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation (GCAF).
  2. The employee is employed by the GCAF (employer).
  3. The employee is supervised by the Executive Director of the GCAF.
  4. The employee supervises a staff of two full-time (Associate/Assistant Conductors) and one part-time (Administrative Assistant) employees.
  5. Job duties shall be as follows:
    1. School String Orchestra Program (SSOP) – the SSOP is the in-school program of the EYO. It is currently comprised of Beginning and Intermediate Orchestra classes in thirteen schools in the Etowah County School System. Classes are taught by the EYO’s Associate/Assistant Conductors. A part-time Administrative Assistant is responsible for the day-to-day administrative functions of the SSOP.
      1. Serve as the primary point of contact and principal liaison between the EYO and the Etowah County School System (ECSS), specifically ECSS Central Office staff and all Principals of schools where the EYO offers the SSOP.
      1. Provide assistance and support to the EYO Associate/Assistant Conductors in their roles as educators for the SSOP, especially in the areas of concert production, field trips, class scheduling, parent relations, and program budget.
      1. Maintain and manage the EYO’s resources for the SSOP, including the EYO instrument inventory, instrument accessory inventory, and method book and supplemental materials library.
    1. The Ensembles of the EYO – the Ensembles are the after-school program of the EYO, consisting of two full orchestras (the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra) and one string orchestra (the Etowah String Sinfonia). This also includes any supplemental ensembles, including the EYO’s chamber music program.
      1. Serve as the Principal Conductor of the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO).
        1. One regular weekly rehearsal of 120 minutes.
        1. Four annual performances, including the Fall Formal and Spring Formal Concerts, the Holiday Pops Concert, and the Symphony in the Schools Concerts, as well as all dress rehearsals associated with each concert.
    1. Administrative Duties (to include, but not limited to:)
      1. Operations – oversee all operations of the EYO’s in- and after-school programs, including budgeting and grant support; manage the EYO’s facility, The Music Center at Temple Beth Israel, and the EYO equipment inventory; serve as the “public face” of the EYO program for events.
      1. Development – responsible for fundraising and donor relations.
      1. Artistic – responsible for the overall artistic guidance and direction of all EYO programs; oversee production duties for all performances of the after-school program, including aspects of marketing and promotion.
      1. Library – serve as the manager of the EYO’s extensive music library and prepare music and folders for the EYSO.
      1. Education – ensure the continuing standards of excellence in all EYO educational programs.

Minimum Qualifications

• A bachelor’s degree in music or music education
• A minimum of three years of experience in music education in both a classroom and an ensemble (conducting) setting
• A demonstrated record of excellence in an educational environment
• 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 both excellent leadership and 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.)
• Experience as an arranger and familiarity with music composition software such as Sibelius
• Experience in fundraising/development, including grant writing

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 three (3) 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 March 15, 2024 at 12:00 pm.

Compensation Details
This is a full-time salaried position with the range of $48,000 to $65,000 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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