Ohio State University Newman Center: Music Director
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    Job Title: Music Director Written/Revised 9/22/22

    Parish: St. Thomas More Newman Center FLSA Code: Exempt

    Responsible to: Assistant Director


    St. Thomas More Newman Center is the home to Buckeye Catholics at The Ohio State University. We are seeking a full-time Director of Music. The Director of Music sees themselves as a missionary disciple in service of the church who uses music as a means of evangelization and formation.

    The Director of Music works with the pastor, assistant director, choir members, cantors, and other musicians to offer praise to God through sacred music. He/she is responsible for providing a sacred music program that beautifies the liturgy and draws the faithful into more active participation in the Sacred Mysteries. Therefore, the director of music must have a thorough understanding of the Church’s liturgy and sacred music tradition. He/she must also excel at recruiting, motivating, and training students of various ages and skill levels. Given our proximity to Ohio State’s Music School with an exceptional music program, there are many opportunities to collaborate with trained musicians.

    The Director of Music is responsible for ensuring that all weekend, holy day, and special masses have music available. Our mass times currently are 5:30 pm Saturday anticipatory Mass, as well as the 10, 12, 6 pm, and 9 pm Masses on Sunday. In the summer the Mass schedule is as follows: Saturday 5:30, Sunday at 10 and 12. Mass times are subject to change. Due to the nature of the position, the music minister will need to be willing to work with a non-traditional schedule.


    1. Play the piano for weekend liturgies (Saturday 5:30, Sunday 10, 12, 6, 9), Holy Days, Funerals, Weddings, and other special liturgies
    2. Direct and rehearse choirs/cantors for various liturgies (usually one hour before each Mass as well as some additional weekday rehearsals)
    3. Recruit and develop choirs/cantors on a regular basis
    4. Prepare music for choir/musicians and music slides for the screen for each weekend.
    5. Coordinate schedules of musicians for each liturgy (cantors and accompanists)
    6. Train and Mentor student singers and accompanists.
    7. Organize periodic music programs for students and the wider community (e.g., Advent Lessons and Carols, Tenebrae Service, Solemn Vespers)
    8. Attend all Staff Meetings
    9. Ensure all music is used/reprinted in compliance with copyright laws 
    10. Arrange for regular maintenance of piano, soundboard, speakers, and other equipment
    11. Train and schedule lectors and Eucharistic Ministers for weekend masses
    12. Additional Sacristan duties as assigned (Seasonal decoration, cleaning sacred vestments, etc.)
    13. Other duties as assigned

    III. Experience:

    1. Minimum 3 years of parish music experience or similar experience is required.
    2. Knowledge of all Catholic liturgical music documents and Catholic liturgy required
    3. Proficiency in piano skills.
    4. Experiencing leader groups of musicians in liturgical settings
    5. Familiarity with the Liturgical Guidelines for the Diocese of Columbus with principles and dimensions of the catholic faith formation
    IV. To Apply:

    1. To Apply send the following to pmcnulty@columbuscatholic.org
    a. Resume
    b. Recording of you playing and singing 2-3 pieces you would use within a liturgical setting


    Employee understands that as an employee of a Catholic Institution Employee is expected to abide by Catholic Church teachings, both within and outside their employment duties, and regardless of her/his religious affiliation. As such, Employee agrees to refrain from conduct or lifestyle which would be in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals. The employee also agrees to comply with and act consistently in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and the rules, regulations, and policies of the employing agency and the Diocese of Columbus now in effect or that may hereinafter be adopted governing this employment, including but not limited to the attached Adherence to Church Teachings policy. Employee understands and agrees that the Employer has the right to dismiss Employee for violation of these standards, thereby terminating any and all rights Employee may have to continued employment.


    All personnel who serve in Catholic employment are expected to be examples of Catholic moral behavior and professionalism. All personnel, regardless of their religious affiliation, are therefore required to abide by the moral values advanced by the teachings of Christ, the tenets of the Catholic Church, and the policies and regulations of the Diocese and the employing agency or office. Personnel may be disciplined or terminated for violations of these standards, or any conduct which appears to reject or offend the teachings, doctrines, or principles of the Catholic Church. While there may be others not mentioned below, examples of conduct that may result in termination of employment include: (a) public support of activities or publicly espousing beliefs contrary to Catholic Church teaching; (b) public statements disparaging or causing contempt against religion in general or the Catholic Church in particular; (c) entry into a marriage which is not recognized by the Catholic Church; (d) having an abortion or publicly supporting abortion rights; (e) sexual relations (same or opposite sex) outside the institution of marriage as recognized by the Catholic Church; (f) pursuing or publicly supporting in vitro fertilization. The teachings of the Catholic Church can be found in “The Catechism of the Catholic Church” which is online at here http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM.

    Should you have any questions, feel free to contact the Assistant Director of Buckeye Catholic at pmcnulty@columbuscatholic.org

    Thanked by 1ServiamScores
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