Director of Music
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Federal Way, WA
Required Skills and Competencies: The position of Director of Music requires piano and organ accompaniment skills, people skills, teaching and conducting skills, attention to both precision and artistry, technological competence, and a dedication to continuing growth in the liturgical and musical traditions of the Episcopal Church.
To be successful in this position, the right candidate will fit into a culture that values independent and creative thinking, authenticity, maturity, and collaboration, and will enjoy learning new skills quickly. The Rector and the Director of Music are colleagues overseeing the liturgical life of the congregation. Self-awareness, healthy boundaries, trustworthiness, flexibility, and grace under pressure are essential. Familiarity with the ethos of the Episcopal Church is a big plus. Anyone considering this position must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before being hired.
- To accompany hymn singing and perform instrumental service music at every worship service containing music.
- To meet weekly with clergy to plan music for worship according to Episcopal traditions and practices in a variety of musical styles.
- To oversee one or more college students who serve as paid choral scholars, overseeing their work and giving them opportunities to grow as musicians.
- To rehearse and direct a small choir and to facilitate the sharing of their gifts in worship.
- To work collaboratively with other musicians, including children, to form creative ensembles.
- To be available for Christmas Eve, Holy Week, the Great Vigil of Easter, and other special services.
- To pre-record accompaniments and/or performances for online worship as necessary.
- To manage several budget line items responsibly and to track spending independently.
- To have first right of refusal as musician for weddings and funerals; these events are to be compensated separately.
- In the event of an absence, to arrange for a qualified substitute musician.
- To be under the supervision of and to report directly to the Rector.
- Immediately upon hiring, to complete trainings “Safeguarding God’s People” and “Safeguarding God’s Children,” and to refresh these trainings every five years.
Compensation: This exempt position assumes 20 hours of work per week; it is the responsibility of the Director of Music to track approximate hours worked and to communicate clearly about what it is possible to achieve in that amount of time. Pay is negotiable based on experience and available skills. Benefits are available to the Director of Music through the Diocese of Olympia but must be covered personally. Enrollment in the Church Pension Fund is automatic. Sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and holidays are also offered, per the congregation’s Personnel Handbook.
Application and Hiring Process: The position is now open, and applications will be accepted until it is filled. Cover letter, resume, and references should be sent to the Rev. Josh Hosler.
About the Congregation: Good Shepherd was founded in the 1960s and is part of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Olympia. The congregation is in the process of emerging from quarantine, where services have been held online and will continue to stream there even as the pandemic wanes. Average Sunday attendance remained steady during the pandemic at 80-90, split between an intimate, spoken 8:00 a.m. service and a 10:30 a.m. service with music. Expecting to return to in-person worship in the summer of 2021, the congregation now looks forward to a period of refocus and renewal.