TITLE: Director of Liturgy and Music
STATUS: Part-Time 1, Non-Exempt, Hourly
The Director of Liturgy and Music is responsible for the organization, preparation and execution of the liturgical music programs of St Thomas Aquinas Parish. The Director of Liturgy and Music also acts as a primary resource person in matters of liturgy and/or music when called upon to do so.
To maintain the liturgical music programs of the parish to comply with official Church documents as well as Diocesan guidelines.
Organization/Planning for Liturgical Prayer
To plan music for Sunday, Holy Day and seasonal liturgies as well as other prayers services, e.g. Communal Reconciliation Services, Anointing Services, Liturgy of the Hours, RCIA Celebrations, etc.
Plan music for funerals of parishioners with consideration of family wishes as informed by Pastor or designee.
Oversee the planning of music for Rite of Marriage with engaged couples.
Establish and monitor the Worship Commission budget.
Arrange and oversee compliance with copyright laws and licensing procedures.
Preparation for Liturgical Prayer
Prepare the music at the celebrations listed above.
Provide other resources, e.g. hymnals, etc., as needed for community participation in the celebrations listed above.
Recruit and train choir members and cantors.
Lead rehearsals for choir members and cantors.
Recruit and rehearse instrumentalists for involvement in parish worship.
Meet, review, prepare and approve with visiting musicians, cantors, vocalists and instrumentalists.
Celebrations of Liturgical Prayer
Provide leadership, i.e. make sure there are accompanists if person is not a keyboard person, for all Sunday, Holy Day and seasonal liturgies and prayer services.
Provide leadership for all funerals.
Provide leadership for all other parish celebrations, e.g. Anointing Services, Liturgy of the Hours, etc.
Provide leadership for the Rite of Marriage with engaged couples.
Other Leadership Responsibilities
Serve on the Worship Commission as a resource person.
Serve as liaison with those responsible for Art and Environment, for scheduling and training liturgical ministers and for the upkeep of the Parish worship space.
Arrange for the maintenance and upkeep of organ, piano and other instruments used in liturgical celebrations including Church sound system.
Maintain a "library" of recorded liturgical music.
Review "new" music for incorporation into the parish repertoire.
Stay up-to-date with liturgical theory and practice through reading, study and conferences.
Assist with the incorporation into parish liturgical celebrations of developments in liturgical theory and practice.
Serve as a resource for liturgical education to the staff.
Participate in regular opportunities for personal and spiritual development and growth through prayer, reflection, reading and workshops
Participate in Diocesan Liturgical Events
Maintain a list of substitute accompanists
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:
The Director of Liturgy and Music is to have instrumental and vocal skills, as well as experience with contemporary Catholic worship in compliance with diocesan guidelines.
Attends meetings relevant to the position including regular individual meetings with the pastor, staff meetings, and various Liturgical Commission meetings.
Bachelor's degree, or the equivalent, in music or music education with specialized training and credentials in liturgical music and a thorough understanding of the Roman Catholic Liturgy.
Is an active member of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Director of Liturgy and Music is evaluated annually by the Pastor.
The Director of Liturgy and Music is a member of the Parish Staff and works in close collaboration with the staff for the welfare and benefit of the entire parish.
The Director of Liturgy and Music meets as part of the Parish Staff to formulate common visions and goals as well as supporting other members of the Staff.
The Director of Liturgy and Music provides liturgical and musical resources for the Staff, working together with Staff members on agreed upon common projects
The Director of Liturgy and Music maintains an office in the Parish Offices.
May need to be able to stand, if necessary, for extended periods of time while directing or training.
May need to be able to hold musical instrument for extended periods.
Walking, bending, lifting, or performing other work requiring low physical exertion.
Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
Speaking, hearing and adequate vision.
May be exposed to extended periods of loud sounds at varying decibel and pitch ranges.
Must have a valid driver's license.
Occasional travel may be 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, pre-employment physical and drug screening.
Works 32 hours per week, 52 weeks a calendar year with the benefits and all-purpose leave attributed to a Part-Time I employee in the parish benefits memorandum.