High School Assistant Orchestra Director

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Exempt
Reports to: Campus Principal/Head Director/Visual and Performing Arts Director
Date Revised: February 1, 2017
Dept./School: Assigned Campus

Primary purpose

Assist with the direction and manage the overall program of instrumental music for campus and provide students with an opportunity to participate in extracurricular orchestra activities and ensure compliance with all state, University Interscholastic League (UIL), and district requirements

Qualifications

Education/Certification

Bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited college or university

Valid Texas teaching certificate in secondary music

ESL Certification preferred

Experience

Previous instrumental directing experience preferred

Special knowledge/skills

Knowledge of overall operation of instrumental music program

Knowledge of state and UIL policies governing orchestra

Ability to implement policy, procedures, and data

Ability to manage budget

Strong instructional communication, public relations, organizational, leadership, and interpersonal skills

Willingness to advance knowledge by attending workshops, conventions, and staff development sessions

Adept in string pedagogy with a basic knowledge and understanding of wind and percussion essentials

Major responsibilities and duties

Program Planning

  • Engage and plan with middle school and high school directors to align programmatic curricular and extra-curricular activities with the orchestra cluster
  • Assist with and direct high school instrumental performers, including concerts, theater pit orchestras, soloists, and ensembles
  • Assist with establishing  performance requirements, enforcing academic requirements, and verifying each student’s eligibility to participate in orchestra
  • Provide for orchestra participation at extracurricular events, including concerts, pep rallies, parades, and UIL activities
  • Assist in the arrangement of transportation, lodging, and meals for out-of-town events
  • Comply with federal and state laws, State Board of Education (SBEC) rule, UIL rules, and board policy in the orchestral area
  • Obtain and use evaluative findings (including student achievement data and current technology) to determine program effectiveness and ensure that program renewal is continuous and responds to student needs
  • Assist with the design and implementation of plans for recruitment and retention of students
  • Recommend policies to improve program
  • Support Orchestra Booster Club activities.

Budget and Inventory

  • Ensure that programs are cost-effective and funds are managed wisely
  • Assist with fundraising activities and managing funds
  • Assist with maintaining current inventory of all fixed assets within department through Charms management system
  • Assist with the process of cleaning, repairing, and storing all orchestra equipment

Instruction

  • Assist with the development and implementation of plans for instrumental music program and show written evidence of preparation as required
  • Prepare lessons that reflect accommodations for individual student differences
  • Present subject matter according to guidelines established by the Texas Education Agency, board policies, and administrative regulations
  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned
  • Conduct ongoing assessments of student achievement through formal and informal testing
  • Create an environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students
  • Actively participate in district and area music events, including festivals, Pre-UIL events and UIL/TMEA events

Student Management

  • Apply and enforce student discipline in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and student handbook
  • Accompany and supervise student on out-of-town trips
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities

Communication

  • Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers
  • Maintain professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members
  • Work to provide campus, district and community awareness of band activities and performances

Personnel Management

  • Assist with recruiting, supervising and evaluating private lesson instructors for campus/cluster

Other Responsibilities

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the head band director or administration

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Standard office equipment including personal computer and peripherals
Posture: 
Ability to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time
Motion: 
Occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, twisting and reaching
Lifting: 
Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
Environment: 
Available for frequent in-district and occasional state-wide travel, available to work prolonged and irregular hours
Mental Demands: 
Ability to maintain emotional control under stress

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.