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Pep Band Director- Intercollegiate Athletics

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: Intercollegiate Athletics
Position Status: Part-time                                             
Hours: Varied
Position Number: 820259/60-026                
FLSA Status: Exempt

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Duquesne Athletics Pep Band Director recruits and oversees all aspects of a single body of musicians that performs for home appearances of the Football, Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Basketball Teams as well as occasionally for Olympic sports. Additionally, the Director is expected to travel to away postseason basketball games. The Pep Band also performs at about 5-10 special events throughout the year including freshman orientation, homecoming, pregame postseason gatherings, etc. Throughout the year, there are various recruiting events that the Pep Band or Director is expected to have a presence at to grow the band (Open Houses, DUQ Days, FAST, Freshman Orientation, etc.) The Band Director reports to the Director, Marketing & Fan Engagement and works in partnership with the Athletics Marketing/Game Operations staff to provide an integrated event environment.

 This role is considered a part-time position with an adjunct faculty role. The Pep Band Director must be available to teach a 3-hour class each semester that serves as rehearsal time leading up to the basketball season (90 hours over the course of the year). The hourly compensation over the course of the year is up to 500 hours (not inclusive of the class previously mentioned). Seasonal hourly expectations: Football season (4-5 home games, September – November), Basketball season (15-25 hours per week which vary based on the number of men’s and women’s basketball home games, 19 weeks November – March), and Spring/Summer (planning, recruiting, and preparing for the season, hours will vary but estimated at about 90-100 hours)

 

 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Music School: The Pep Band Director instructs a 1-credit hour class each semester, expectations of this role include developing a syllabus, instructing a 3-hour rehearsal class once per week prior to basketball season and as appropriate once the season commences, keep accurate attendance and submit grades at the conclusion of each semester, etc.

This role is considered a part-time position with an adjunct faculty role. The Pep Band Director must be available to teach a 3-hour class each semester that serves as rehearsal time leading up to the basketball season (90 hours over the course of the year). The hourly compensation over the course of the year is up to 500 hours (not inclusive of the class previously mentioned).

Seasonal hourly expectations:

Football season (4-5 home games, September – November)

Basketball season (15-25 hours per week which vary based on the number of men’s and women’s basketball home games, 19 weeks November – March)

Spring/Summer (planning, recruiting, and preparing for the season, hours will vary but estimated at about 90-100 hours)

 Recruit, interview, and select student pep band members and leaders

Select arrangements for band as needed

 Recruit supplementary musicians as needed (i.e. during holiday breaks or when the band cannot perform at an event.)

 Prepares, copies, and organizes all materials for rehearsals and performances

 Coordinates and conducts appropriate amount of weekly rehearsal time

Hiring and supervision of one student intern

 Meets with marketing staff on a regular basis to coordinate event efforts

 Maintains a pep band made up of at least 50-75 students who support both football and basketball seasons, in addition to other potential spirit events on campus and in the city

 Prepares and submits budget requests

 Maintains accurate attendance records of student band members for scholarship eligibility purposes

 Performs all related tasks to Pep Band activities as assigned by the Director, Marketing & Fan Engagement

 Completes other duties as assigned

 

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited institution

Minimum of 3 years professional experience in coordinating an athletic band or other equivalent professional experience (student assistant of a pep band is not professional experience and should not be considered)

Previous teaching, budget management, supervisory, and recruiting experience

Ability to work independently and responsibly

Knowledge of University Structure

Ability to communicate, consistently and effectively, both orally and in writing

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the University Community

Ability to lead in-game atmosphere through appropriate music arrangement as well as leading the student section in cheers

Preferred qualifications:

Alternately, the successful candidate may possess any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Commitment to the University’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and recognition of the importance of treating each individual with dignity and respect consistent with the University’s Mission.  Demonstrated experience with, and understanding of, the broad diversity of the University community (students, faculty, staff and others).

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community.

Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission of the University and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University.  The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.  Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit.  Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.