Jun 22, 2021

Director of Music Ministry

  • Saint Patrick Parish
Full time Ministry, Music

Job Description

Director of Music Ministry

A Vision of this Ministry 

The Director of Music Ministry is a professional who holds specialized credentials in music and who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy. The employee is expected to be a practicing Catholic in good standing, faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church, and an active member of a parish. Thus, they are expected to conduct themselves according to the teachings, goals, and mission of the Church modeling Christian virtues in every aspect of their lives. This person of faith is responsible for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish. He or she is gifted with a vision of how a local Church can develop its potential.

Position posted until filled. Send resumes or inquires to the Parish Secretary at secretary@spparnell.org. 


About Saint Patrick Parish

Our parish was established in 1844 and our school is one of the oldest continuously operating schools in the diocese, having been established in 1893.  With over 900 families, Saint Patrick Parish is made up of many multi-generational families, and young people. With almost 170 years of history, the parish strives to be a welcoming community, rich in tradition, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and guided by the Word of God. Saint Patrick Parish exists as a visible witness of Christ through worshiping, educating, evangelizing and serving.  Visit our website at spparnell.org.


Responsibilities and Tasks

Ministry of Administration

The Director of Music Ministry:

1) Collaborates with the Pastor, under his supervision, and with other members of the parish staff, integrating his or her own area of responsibility with the overall parish endeavor.

2) Directs the parish music program, selects and plans music in cooperation with the Pastor for use in parish liturgies.

3) Provides leadership in areas related to liturgical music, e.g., selects and develops participation aids for the congregation, maintains musical instruments, coordinates services and schedules of parish musicians, assures copyright permission, etc.

4) Prepares and manages the budget for the parish music program in collaboration with the Pastor.

5) Collaborates with other staff members, e.g., Principal, DRE, Youth Minister, etc., to coordinate and ensure appropriate music for all parish sacramental celebrations, and provides them with consultation and needed assistance.

6) Ensure adequate inventory of liturgical supplies

7) Ensure compliance with copyright laws, reporting and other policies


Ministry of Worship

The Director of Music Ministry:

1) Provides music and musicians for all weekend and other major celebrations, including weddings, funerals, weekly school Mass, etc.

2) Builds repertoire and encourages participation of parish community in singing at various liturgies.

3) Acts as consultant to parishioners for planning sacramental liturgies, e.g., weddings, funerals, etc.

4) Assisting with technological needs of the parish, including familiarization of live stream equipment and starting/stopping live stream broadcast, if needed.


Ministry of Education

The Director of Music Ministry:

1) Invites, motivates, and trains all parish ministers of music (whether volunteer, stipend, or salaried).

2) Provides liturgical formation, music education, and practical preparation for liturgical celebration for cantors/leaders of song, choral, school youth choir and instrumental groups.

3) Serves as a resource consultant for parish concerns regarding music, helping to educate staff, ministers of music, and congregation in developing their potentials to understand the role of music in worship and to celebrate liturgies of musical quality.

4) Keeps abreast of current developments in liturgy and in music, and directs music ministers to available training workshops, and formational opportunities.


Ministry of Pastoral Services

The Director of Music Ministry:

1) Is visibly present at principal parish events, keeping attuned to the living faith and real concerns of parishioners.

2) Cooperates in recruiting needed musicians, and attempts to involve newcomers and a broad spectrum of parishioners.

3) Works to foster unity among all parish musicians, and to create a spirit of harmony with the presider and other liturgical ministers.

4) Promotes good public relations both within and beyond the parish, and is involved in ecumenical, Deanery, and Diocesan networks of professional peers.


Competencies and Skills

The Director of Music needs in particular:

1) Must be proficient in piano and pipe organ

2) Is knowledgeable of and comfortable with Church music literature in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs (adult, teen, and children), vocalists, and instrumentalists.

3) Is proficient in liturgical principles.

4) Has a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgments which must be made in selecting music for liturgy.

This description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the principal job elements essential for making compensation decisions.


Job Title: Music Director for Saint Patrick Parnell

Reports to: Pastor

Supervises: Volunteers & other musicians

Position: Full-time, with benefits

Salary: Will be commensurate with education and experience

Schedule: Flexible, with some evening events

Submit resume by July 23, 2021 to secretary@spparnell.org

Start: August/September 2021

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