Rooke Chapel Director of Music

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Position type: part-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Student Affairs

The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life at Bucknell University seeks a spirited, hospitable Director of Music at Rooke Chapel.

The Rooke Chapel congregation has gathered continuously at Bucknell University for over 50 years, providing space for vibrant, multicultural, student-centered, intergenerational, Ecumenical/Protestant Christian worship.

The Director of Music has primary responsibility for the Rooke Chapel Vocal Ensemble - a paid student ensemble, which sings weekly choral anthems in worship, gathers regularly for social gatherings and fellowship, and welcomes all student singers who are committed to making a joyful noise in worship.

The ideal candidate will be a relationship-centered musician with a passion for working with a diverse group of students to lead and make music as part of a worshiping community.

Job Duties:
Coordinate and lead a vibrant music ministry of both professional and student musicians.
Select choral repertoire to be used during chapel services.
Direct the Rooke Chapel Vocal Ensemble during weekend rehearsals and chapel services in collaboration with the University Organist (typically currently a Saturday evening rehearsal, Sunday Morning warm-up, worship, lunch, and short rehearsal).
Recruit, hire, train and supervise student assistants to serve as musicians and members of the vocal ensemble.
Work in collaboration with the Rooke Chapel Gospel Fellow during monthly Gospel music services (a note - there will be the opportunity to combine these two positions beginning with the 2023-24 school year).
Build a sense of community and belonging with student choir members.
Partner with the Bucknell Handbell Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and other campus/ student musicians to bring a range of musical expression into Rooke Chapel.

Minimum Qualifications:
Strong communication skills
One or more years of experience in choral leadership and/or sacred music leadership, or equivalent
Undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience).
Strong desire to work with College students in a welcoming community of faith
Commitment to inclusive excellence in artistic practice
Broad knowledge of an array of choral and sacred music

Preferred Qualifications:
Keyboard instrumental proficiency is an asset
Advanced degree in music (open to currently enrolled students)

Work Type: 
This is a casual, non-benefits eligible position, typically scheduled up to 10 hours per week August through May.

This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.

Salary Range:
This is a Staff Non-Exempt position with a hiring range of $24 - $30. The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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