Music Director position - St. John Neumann (Eagan, MN)
  • rvisser
    Posts: 47
    Official job posting available here:

    Saint John Neumann Catholic Church

    4030 Pilot Knob Road
    Eagan, MN 55122

    (651) 454-2079 FAX (651) 454-0860

    Date: May 14, 2023
    Position Title: Music Director
    FLSA: Exempt – Creative Professional
    Reports To: Director of Mission
    Direct Reports: Choir Director (s), Cantors, Musicians, Music Librarian
    Receives Work Direction From: Pastor, Director of Mission
    Provides Work Direction To: Choirs
    Resource Person To: Liturgy Coordinator
    40+ hours per week with benefits
    Purpose of Position: The Music Director at St. John Neumann is expected to facilitate an encounter
    with our Eucharistic Lord for our parish community through beautiful music. The Music Director will
    implement a process of liturgical formation and musical training for music ministers. Plan, rehearse,
    and schedule music at Masses and special events in accordance with the liturgical requirements of the
    Catholic Church.
    General Responsibilities
    *Employment in and by the Church is substantially different from secular employment. Church
    employees must conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with and supportive of the
    mission and purpose of the Church. Their public behavior must not violate the faith, morals or laws
    of the Church or the Archdiocese, such that it can embarrass the church or give rise to scandal. It is
    required that this employee be an active, participating Roman Catholic.
    Representative Responsibilities
    *To be present and ready to work as needed to meet responsibilities. Includes recognizing when
    situations require more effort, satisfying responsibilities in a timely manner, especially
    communication and providing an example of punctuality and attendance, and generally ensuring all is
    ready and taken care of.
    Music Responsibilities
     Plan, rehearse, and schedule music for assigned parish Masses including funerals and weddings.
     Conduct choirs at scheduled Masses.
     Schedule music ministers, directors, accompanists, instrumentalists and cantors for assigned
     Supervise, communicate and schedule other music groups, i.e. Children’s Choir, Handbell Choir.
     Develop and implement musical formation and training for volunteer music ministers and cantors
    including auditioning the various music ministers.
     Provide musical accompaniment for Parish activities, including the Parish Retreat, Reconciliation
    services, Stations of the Cross, Evening of Emmanuel, etc.
     Provide resources to Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Sacraments, Faith Formation, RCIA.

     Prepare instrumental parts for parish liturgical musicians using the Finale or Sibelius or a similar
    music notation program.
     Oversee music concert requests and supervise setups and performances.
     Maintain music library, files, recordings, reference materials.
     Prepare worship aids and music booklets for seasons and special liturgies.
     Replace music, order music supplies, and renew copyrights as needed.
     Participate in seasonal planning with the Pastor and the Liturgy Committee.
     Recruit music ministers.
     Support, evaluate and appreciate volunteer music ministers.
     Prepare and monitor the music budget.
     Maintain music resources: choral music, accompaniment books, instrumental music, instruments,
    church sound system, CD’s/tapes, etc.
     Schedule tuning and repair of acoustic pianos and other instruments and equipment.
     Provide musical formation of the congregation to encourage full participation.
     Direct and or accompany other music groups as needed.
    Additional Responsibilities
     Maintain professional competence through regular music practice.
     Respect and follow Roman Catholic Doctrine and religious practices.
     Participate in parish staff prayer and meetings.
     Collaborate with other staff to meet the goals and objectives of the parish.
     Stay in contact with the Archdiocesan Office of Worship/Music, ALM (Association of Liturgical
    Ministers) and NPM (National Association of Pastoral Musicians). Network with parishes
    throughout the diocese and encourage the involvement of ministers in diocesan events.
     Remain current in music through reading and ongoing educational opportunities.
    Other Responsibilities includes responsibilities identified by the employee and approved and/or
    assigned by the supervisor.
    The responsibilities listed above are representative responsibilities intended to describe the general
    nature and level of work performed by staff assigned to this position. It is not intended to be an
    exhaustive list of responsibilities and qualifications required of this position. More detailed listings of
    duties and tasks may be found in other supplemental documents.
    The responsibilities marked with an “*” are essential functions of the position.
    I reviewed this job description and agree that it is representative of the responsibilities of my position.
    I understand that, as the organization’s needs change, my job description will change.
    Employee’s signature_____________________________________ Date_________________
    I have reviewed this job description and agree that it is an accurate representation of the
    responsibilities performed in this position.
    Supervisor’s signature_____________________________________ Date_________________

    Bachelor’s degree in music or related field, masters preferred
    Demonstrated music skills
    3+ years of music experience in a Catholic Church
    Demonstrated competency in choral conducting and a thorough knowledge of vocal pedagogy
    Demonstrated keyboard competency and competency of accompanying a vocalist or choir is
    Demonstrated knowledge of role of music in Catholic liturgy
    Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of The General Instruction of the Roman Missal
    Work effectively and collegially with others
    Learn and implement new policies and procedures
    Understanding of Archdiocesan policies
    Desire to participate in and continue creating a strong faith community
    Familiarity with a broad range of church music styles
    Work without supervision
    Take direction from supervisor
    Provide excellence in staff, volunteer and public relations by responding to requests in a timely
    manner, performing job duties in a respectful and courteous manner
    Pass Archdiocesan background checks and complete VIRTUS
    Mental Demands:
    Maintain professional composure under changing demands
    Provide good musical direction
    Maintain vocal and instrument competencies e.g. singing, instrument
    Perform in front of large groups
    Demonstrate enthusiasm and self-motivation
    Maintain a personal life style with Catholic values
    Continue education, participate in workshops, and continue professional development
    Positively collaborate with staff members in meeting goals & objectives
    Interact with coworkers in a respectful way by communicating directly and by following proper
    channels of communication
    Organize and prioritize workload to ensure established deadlines are met
    Utilize good people and listening skills
    Take direction from supervisor
    Be self-directed and work without supervision
    Learn and implement new policies and procedures
    Make recommendations for improvement
    Recognize and maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality
    Demonstrate proficiency in operating all main church electronic sound equipment
    Physical Demands:
    Work 40+ hours per week and extended hours during important liturgical seasons
    Work evenings and weekends
    Go up and down steps
    Stand for long periods of time
    Move throughout the building easily and quickly
    Speak, see, hear and respond to staff, parishioners and volunteers
    Lift and carry up to 20 pounds using proper lifting and carrying techniques
  • rvisser
    Posts: 47
    I was on the interview team for this parish when they hired a music director a year ago (he is now moving out of state). The parish uses a wide range of musical styles ranging from Latin chant to charismatic music. Printed worship aids are used in the pews, so the music director is not limited to a specific musical style or publisher. The church does not have an organ.
  • kevinfkevinf
    Posts: 1,188
    "There church does not have an organ."

  • rvisser
    Posts: 47
    @ kevinf - less sad now that I fixed my typo ;)
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