JOB TITLE: Director of Music and Liturgy
SUPERVISOR: John Graveline, Director of Parish Life
STATUS: Full Time, Salary, Exempt
I. GENERAL DESCRIPTION
• With the goal of planning, facilitating, and leading joyful, beautiful and engaging public worship for the parish, the DIRECTOR of MUSIC and LITURGY collaborates with the pastoral staff, choirs, cantors, instrumentalists, clerical and lay liturgical ministers, and other members of the parish as appropriate. The Director is an integral leader of the parish Liturgical Commission that plans upcoming liturgical themes and details.
• The DIRECTOR of MUSIC and LITURGY is responsible for the coordination of liturgical music for the parish, so musical training and skills are required. Providing accompaniment (piano and/or organ), as well as recruiting and scheduling other instrumentalists, cantors, and leading instrumental and vocal practice sessions are required.
• The DIRECTOR of MUSIC and LITURGY also has responsibility for overseeing the recruiting, training and scheduling of the various lay liturgical ministers to facilitate excellent and active participation in the sacred liturgy. The Director also coordinates with the technicians who coordinate the parish's liturgical live stream outreach.
II. ESSENTIAL MUSIC MINISTRY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Directs the parish musical worship, including participating in the planning of the weekend and weekday liturgies, the liturgical seasons, sacramental celebrations, weddings, funerals, and other parish liturgies.
• Recruits new volunteers for the music ministry, with a special focus on the inclusion of young adults, youth, and children.
• Provides for the spiritual and liturgical formation, training, and direction of cantors, instrumentalists, and choir members.
• Serves as the usual accompanist or choir director for weekend liturgies, Accountable for music and livestream copyright compliance and reporting through use of One License.
• weddings, funerals, and other parish liturgies.
• Chooses a wide repertoire of music-incorporating all the Church's musical wealth (both ancient and modern)-and prepares worship aids for parish liturgies and prayer events.
• Coordinates and provides other musicians and/or cantors and song leaders to take part in liturgies when appropriate and/or needed.
• Maintains the parish music library; ensures that the keyboards and other instruments are maintained, repaired and tuned as needed.
• Oversees ordering of licenses and music subscriptions (e.g. One License, weekday mass missals).
• Monitors condition of sound and related systems and arranges repair when needed.
III. ESSENTIAL LITURGICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Oversees the recruitment and training/formation of Sacristans, Lectors, Extraordinary Minsters of Holy Communion, and Ministers of Hospitality.
• Oversees the scheduling of lay liturgical ministers using Ministry Scheduler Pro.
• Collaborates with the Liturgical Commission and Art and Environment team to design and implement liturgical space enhancements with emphasis on major liturgical seasons.
• Keeping inventory and ordering of liturgical supplies (e.g., candles, bread and wine, baptismal candles and garments, music resources, and similar).
• Oversees maintenance of liturgical vessels, vestments, linens, books, etc.
• Oversees scheduling and coordinating the parish's live stream liturgical outreach.
• Prepares and administers the liturgy portion of the parish budget.
IV. ACCOUNTABILITY & COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS
• The Director of Music and Liturgy is directly supervised and evaluated by the Director of Parish Life.
• The Director of Music and Liturgy is an integral leader of the parish Liturgical Commission.
• The Director of Music and Liturgy works collaboratively along with the parish staff team ministering to meet the needs of the parish.
• The Director of Music and Liturgy listens to, communicates with, and regularly invites insights from with the parish Sacramental Minister, lay leadership, and all parishioners with respect, modeling Christian compassion and charity at all times.
V. WORKING CONDITIONS
• Ministry work is collaborative by nature and typically occurs at church facilities and/or office setting.
• While there is some flexibility in office availability, presence at weekend liturgies expected, as well as at funerals, weddings, and special liturgical or catechetical events. Some evening hours, including times for rehearsal and other liturgical preparations are essential. Music coordination for weekday liturgies is part of the position.
• Collaboration and interaction with other members of the parish staff team is expected via attendance at staff meetings and other parish gatherings.
• Repetitive motions while seated and performing musical keyboard are required.
• Attend the Diocese of Saginaw Safe Environment Training for new hire employees within the first 30 days of hire.
• Successful completion of criminal background check.
VI. QUALIFICTIONS & SKILLS
• Love for sharing the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a passion for serving God's people through Roman Catholic liturgy and liturgical music.
• Degree, certification, or equivalent experience in Roman Catholic liturgy and liturgical music; as well as ongoing formation (e.g., NPM membership, offerings).
• Willingness to recruit, engage, train, and encourage volunteers.
• Ability to work peacefully with others; guiding volunteers to develop their talents and skills for ministry, as well as giving and receiving supervision and direction.
• Performance skills for organ, piano, and voice, including reading music.
• Conducting and arranging skills.
• Oral and written communication skills, including facility for compassionate listening.
• Aural skills for discerning suitability and proper voices of choir members and cantors.
• Aptitude to assess musical instruments and microphone/sound system equipment, understand manuals, interact with vendors and contractors, and report issues to leadership in a timely manner. Ability to make decisions affecting repair and maintenance of musical and sound system equipment.
• Basic skills with computer and other office equipment such as copy machine, folding machine, and telephone system. Basic understanding of microphones and sound system.