Middle School Head/Assistant Choir Director

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Exempt
Reports to: Campus Principal/Visual and Performing Arts Director
Date Revised: February 20, 2015
Dept./School: Assigned Campus

Primary purpose

Direct and manage the overall program of instrumental music campus and provide students with an opportunity to participate in extracurricular choir 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

Evidence of successful choral music teaching experience preferred for head director teaching position

Special knowledge/skills

Knowledge of overall operation of a choral music program Ability to manage budget and personnel

Knowledge of state and UIL and TMEA policies governing choir

Ability to implement policy, procedures, and data

Strong instructional communication, public relations, organizational, leadership, and interpersonal skills Willingness to advance knowledge by attending workshops, conventions, and staff development sessions Adept in vocal music pedagogy

Major responsibilities and duties

Program Planning

  • Plan/assist in the arrangement of transportation, lodging, and meals for any local or out-of-town events
  • Comply with federal and state laws, State Board of Education rule, UIL & TMEA rules, and board policy in the choir area.
  • Coordinate choir booster club activities and comply with board policy regarding booster rules and regulations if applicable
  • Coordinate fundraising activities for the development of additional choir activities, festivals and field trips
  • Assist in the development and implementation of plans for vocal music programs and show written evidence of preparation as required
  • Establish performance requirements, enforce academic requirements, and verify each student’s eligibility to participate in choir
  • Recommend policies to improve program
  • Support Choir Booster Club activities if applicable

 Student Management

  • Apply and enforce student discipline in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and student handbook
  • Accompany and supervise students on in-district, in-district, in-town and out-of-town trips

Communication

  • Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, administrators and teachers
  • Maintain professional relationship with campus and feeder choir directors, colleagues, students, parents, and community members
  • Attend all UIL and TMEA region meetings as a representative of your campus to vote and voice concern or advocacy for sites, dates and processes of future contests and meetings
  • Work in cooperation with the director of fine arts to ensure procedures listed in the fine arts operations and procedures manual are being followed throughout the campus and cluster

Budget and Inventory

  • Maintain a current inventory of all fixed assets within department and report to the HS Head choir director/director of fine arts when requested
  • Help oversee the process of cleaning repairing, inventory and storage of all choir equipment
  • Ensure that programs are cost-effective and funds are managed wisely
  • Compile budgets and cost estimates based on documented program needs
  • Coordinate fundraising activities and manage funds

Personnel Management

  • The head director will assist the fine arts director with the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of assistant choir directors
  • Recruit, supervise and evaluate private lesson instructors for campus

Instruction

  • Develop and implement lesson plans that fulfill the requirements of district’s curriculum program and show written evidence of preparation as required
  • Obtain and use evaluative findings (including student achievement and retention data) to determine program effectiveness and ensure that program renew is continuous and responds to student needs
  • 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 through the district curriculum and state standards in music
    • 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

Personnel Management

  • The assistant will perform other duties as assigned as the head director.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
  • The head director will administer and supervise the duties of the assistant choir director

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Personal computer and peripherals; standard instructional equipment
Posture: 
Prolonged standing; frequent kneeling/squatting, bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
Motion: 
Frequent walking
Lifting: 
Regular light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
Environment: 
Available to work prolonged and irregular hours
Mental Demands: 
Execute your assigned regular (daily) teaching schedule of classes 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.