Hardin-Simmons University

Assistant or Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands, Non-Tenure Track (Exempt)

United States

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POSITION: Assistant or Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands, Non-Tenure Track (Exempt)

C OLLEGE/DEPARTMENT: School of Music; Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts

S UPERVISOR TITLE: Associate Dean of the School of Music


E XEMPTION: Teacher Exemption

L OCATION: HSU Campus, Abilene, TX

TARGET HIRE DATE: Initial review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is August 2023.

HSU CHRISTIAN STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT – Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU as reflected in the University's Statement of Faith.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Human Resources 325-670-1259 or [email protected]


The person in this position will direct HSU's Cowboy Band, direct HSU's Concert Band, and teach undergraduate classes for the School of Music.


Candidate for this position must submit the following application materials via Cornerstone Applicant Management System: (1) Cover letter describing how the candidate fits the duties, responsibilities, and qualifications described for this position, (2) Current curriculum vitae (CV), (3) Statement of Christian Faith, and (4) at least three letters of reference providing information as to how the candidate can fulfill the duties, responsibilities, and qualifications described for this position. Applicants should have reference letters emailed directly to Mrs. Chastity Jobe ([email protected]).


Directs and develops HSU's Concert Band.

Directs and develops HSU's Cowboy Band, arranging for outside performances including opportunities nationally and internationally.

Actively recruits for the instrumental program as well as the School of Music at large.

Teaches within the School of Music, as needed.

Advises current and prospective Music students.

Provides service to the School of Music, college, and university through involvement in committees as well as other university activities (e.g., commencement).

Collaborates effectively with faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the community.

Engages in ongoing professional development as well as artistic/scholarly work.


There are no supervisor responsibilities, except for student workers.

COMPETENCIES: As a part of a Teaching Philosophy address each competency listed below describing your background and qualifications in each area.

Interview decisions are partially based on this information.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.

P e rformance Coaching - Defines responsibilities and expectations; sets goals and objectives; gives performance feedback; motivates for increased results; recognizes contributions; encourages training and development.

C on flict Resolution - Encourages open communications; confronts difficult situations; maintains objectivity; keeps emotions under control; uses negotiation skills to resolve conflicts.

P la nning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans. Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES (Language, Mathematical, Reasoning and Computer Skills):

L ANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

M ATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

R EASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

C OMPUTER SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Internet software; Payroll systems and Order processing systems.


A completed master's degree and at least 18 completed graduate hours in Music or a closely related field is required. A doctoral degree in the field of Music is preferred although not required for this position.

Additionally, a minimum of five (5) years of conducting and teaching experience at either the high school or college level is preferred. Experience organizing and traveling with student groups is also preferred.


None are required for this position at this time.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk and talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 – 25 pounds.

Must be able to stand and walk during teaching and programming events/activities.

Must be able to make trips across campus to various buildings and offices.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


This position is a Full-Time Exempt Level Faculty position with a teaching load at the Hardin-Simmons University campus.

In addition to teaching, this position often requires extensive evening and/or week-end work in order to meet theater production deadlines and/or to attend various campus events.

Ability to travel for recruiting or training is desired.

Must have and maintain a valid Class C Driver's License and maintain a clear driving record to be insurable under the university liability policy.

Must be able to drive to complete work assignments on and off campus, as needed.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary on the HSU website.


HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service. HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and may lawfully consider an applicant's religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU's mission.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, except when the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.


HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin-Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position, applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions.

Job details


Assistant or Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands, Non-Tenure Track (Exempt)


Hardin-Simmons University


United States


May 27, 2023

Application deadline

June 11, 2023

Job type

Associate Professor/Professor


Arts and Culture

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