Director of Sacred Music-Christ the King Parish & School, Milwaukie, OR
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    Director of Sacred Music
    Christ the King Parish & School
    11709 SE Fuller Road
    Milwaukie, OR 97222

    Msgr. John Cihak, S.T.D.

    Position: Full time, benefit eligible

    Christ the King Parish ( and School ( is seeking a Director of Sacred Music. The Director of Sacred Music will provide or supervise music for all liturgical activity, as well as teach music two days per week in the parish school. The Director of Sacred Music will develop a girls’ choir, a children’s choir in the school and enhance the repertoire of the adult choir in the parish.

    The successful candidate will possess a deep appreciation for, and ability to communicate, the Church’s teaching on sacred music as expressed in Archbishop Alexander Sample’s recent Pastoral Letter “Sing to the LORD a New Song”. This vision will require flexibility and sensitivity given the current context in which parishioners and students are on a path of deeper esteem and recognition of the value of sacred music. Therefore he/she will be dedicated to working as a member of a team in order to draw the whole parish and school gradually into an understanding and love of sacred music and the full, conscious, and active participation called for by the liturgical movement and the Second Vatican Council.

    The preferred candidate will be a practicing and faithful Catholic in full communion with the Church and have at minimum a Bachelor’s degree in music, choral conducting, organ or related field. He/she will approach sacred music as an integral part of evangelization.
    Essential Job Functions:
    Organize and direct the sacred music program, including adult and children’s choirs.
    Schedule and prepare music for all liturgical activity and the school’s Christmas and Spring programs.
    Effectively teach and support K-8 students in their developmentally appropriate understanding, appreciation of, and ability to perform music.
    Coordinate and perform music for funerals and weddings.
    Participate fruitfully as a member of the parish and school staff.
    Manage the music budget and maintain instruments belonging to the parish.
    Oversee the creation of worship programs for selected liturgical activities.
    Perform other position-related tasks as deemed necessary or assigned by the pastor or principal.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    Knowledge and love of the Church’s tradition of sacred music and the relevant documents governing sacred music.
    Personal maturity and flexibility, an appreciation for the path of discipleship, commitment to assisting the faithful to grow in understanding and appreciation for the Sacred Liturgy and sacred music.
    Proficiency in choral conducting, voice instruction and development, piano and/or organ, with the ability to teach chant and polyphony.
    Ability to sustain a program of vibrant singing that encourages congregational singing.
    Excellent interpersonal skills and zeal for evangelization.
    Proficiency in use of a variety of office equipment and digital media including Microsoft Office Suite and some program for the design and presentation of worship booklets such as Publisher, In-Design, or Photoshop.
    Completion of annual Archdiocesan safe environment training.

    About the Parish:
    Christ the King Parish is a vibrant, multicultural parish of approximately 1,400 households located in the suburban Portland area. The community is committed to being a Eucharistic parish – one that finds its source and center in Jesus Christ, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. He unites, animates and directs the parish’s efforts at evangelization, education and serving those in need. The parish runs a K-8 school of approximately 230 students and is adjacent to La Salle Catholic College Preparatory.

    Please send resume and cover letter to by May 1st to apply.
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