Oct 12, 2021

Choir Director

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Monticello Road, Shawnee, KS, USA
Part time Ministry, Music

Job Description

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
5501 Monticello Rd, Shawnee, KS 66226
Job Title:  Choir Director

Reports To:  Pastor

Department:  Church

Status:  Part-time

Job Summary:

The Choir Director is responsible for recruiting and sustaining membership to our choirs to actively engage our parish community in song at weekend Masses, Holy Days of Obligation, Triduum and other parish events that occur.  Works in collaboration with the Pastor and Liturgy Coordinator to provide an overall inspiring worship experience. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for arranging music for all four weekend liturgies, Holy Days, Feast Days and other Prayer Services throughout the year;
  • Responsible for arranging organist/pianist/musicians for all weekend liturgies, Holy Days, Feast Days and other Prayer Services throughout the year;
  • Conduct regular rehearsals with instrumentalists and choir;
  • Overall responsibility for recruitment, training and retention of choir members with emphasis on growing the music ministry to include multiple choirs for adult, teen, children and Praise and Worship;
  • Coordinate and arrange for additional musicians and ensure quality of musical performance during Masses/events;
  • Responsibility for arranging, transposing, and composing material as needed or required;
  • Ensure all copyright licensing and usage reporting to the major music licensing companies is done in the proper manner;
  • Design and print weekly, seasonal, and/or special occasion worship aids;
  • Works in conjunction with Youth Ministry to assist in Prayer Services;

 Other Duties:

  • In collaboration with Pastor & Liturgy Coordinator, guides bereaved families in planning the musical aspect of funeral liturgies;
  • In collaboration with Pastor & Liturgy Coordinator, guides couples in preparing musical support for their Catholic wedding liturgy, and provides or arranges for musical support for the wedding if necessary;
  • Attends staff meetings, Parish Leadership meetings and other committee meetings as deemed necessary;

 Work Environment:

  • Availability during the office work week, with an emphasis on availability to parishioners during evenings, weekends, holidays, Holy Days, special services and events;
  • While not expected to attend every weekend Mass, the Choir Director is responsible for making sure all accompanists/volunteers are scheduled and present;

Skills, Knowledge, and/or Abilities:

  • Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing;
  • Music directing skills or experience required;
  • Bachelor degree in Music or equivalent experience required;
  • Master degree in Music or equivalent preferred;
  • Vocal, piano and organ proficiency preferred but not required;
  • Highly collaborative and ability to work with a variety of people styles;
  • Ability to work in team environment;
  • Ability to work variable hours to include some evenings and weekends;
  • Proficiency with computers;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally;
  • Public speaking and meeting facilitation skills;
  • Organization and management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks;
  • Ability to present oneself professionally to staff, parishioners and public;
  • Must maintain VIRTUS compliance;

 Other Duties:  As needed or directed by Pastor.

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.

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