Contemporary Protestant Music Director

RAF Lakenheath Chapel Musicians

08 Mar 2023

RAF Lakenheath Chapel


Contemporary and Traditional Protestant Director and Lead Musician


The successful candidate for this position will be a 1099 contractor with Music Ministry International and be responsible for the following:

Contract Title: Service Music Director (RAFL Protestant Parish)

1. Scope of Responsibilities: The Service Music Director musician for the RAF Lakenheath Protestant Parish shall provide musical accompaniment prior to, during and after the Contemporary Service. The Service Music Director musician shall work in unison with the RAF Lakenheath Protestant Musician and the Chaplain in charge of the service to provide music for Worship Services, rehearsals, special services. The musician shall provide an atmosphere of religious sensitivity to all Air Force personnel participating in chapel programs. However, no form of coercion shall be employed by the musician or their employees to cause USAF personnel or their family members to conform to a particular religious denomination or faith group either directly or indirectly. The musician shall ensure that all key leaders and volunteers comply with this no-coercion policy. Respect for other religious faith groups shall be maintained.

2. Education and Experience Requirements: Demonstrate the following via a resume of education/experience, two (2) professional letters of reference, and a Technical Evaluation. For the Technical Evaluation we will require either in person or via video call (Skype, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, etc.) an interview with the Wing Chaplain, or his designee. This interview will consist of questions to confirm the applicant’s proficiency and understanding of contemporary worship, and their ability to direct, lead, and cultivate a worshipful environment for a contemporary service with volunteers from diverse denominations and backgrounds.

2.1. Two (2) professional letters of reference from former employer(s) and/or leader of churches/chapels in which work has been performed with contact details.

2.2. Have two (2) years’ experience as part of a Church or Chapel praise and worship team.

2.3. Shall be willing to work with chapel staff personnel and program volunteers of all religious backgrounds and faith beliefs.

2.4. Shall possess a knowledge of Protestant teachings, customs and traditions.

2.5. Shall be conversant with current contemporary praise and worship songs defined as the Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) SongSelect Top 100 songs.

2.6. Shall be able to read, write, and speak English fluently.

2.7. Shall have access to the internet and a computer. The musician will not be provided with access to government computers.

2.8. Shall be able to use related computer software applications including Microsoft PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and Faithlife Proclaim.

2.9. Shall be required to satisfactorily complete a background check IAW DoDI 1402.5 Criminal Background History Check.

3. Duties and Responsibilities:

3.1 Meet weekly with the chaplain responsible for the service and/or musician over service to plan, order, and coordinate music for worship services

3.2. Lead worship (or provide coverage) as praise team/choir director

3.3. Develop, implement, coordinate and evaluate the music program for the service

3.3.1. Create and order all song slides with lyrics into presentation software

3.4. Provide and coordinate special music

3.5. Collaborate with volunteer musicians/vocalists, creating a united music program to deliver a professional worship experience

3.6. Musician shall actively recruit praise team members to include sound system operator(s). In coordination with the Protestant chaplain in charge of the Contemporary Service will ensure that all praise team members receive proper training on chapel equipment.

3.7. Arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of each service to oversee setup, and depart after all service clean-up has been accomplished.

3.8. Perform one (1) rehearsal per week and as needed for special worship services (See Period of Service/Number of Units).

3.9. Rehearsals will be held at the RAF Lakenheath Chapel.

3.10. The length of rehearsals shall be a minimum of one (1) hour and not to exceed three (3) hours. Length is determined by time needed to ensure all music is prepared for the following worship service.

3.11. All dates and times for rehearsals shall be coordinated with the chaplain assigned to the service and the Facility Scheduler including special and holiday event services.

3.12. Coordinate with the lead service chaplain for acquiring new music, equipment repairs/servicing and other supplies. Submit requests for music supplies (i.e. scores, song sheets, folders, etc.) in writing to the Account Manager to ensure supplies are received in a timely manner (generally at least 60 days in advance).

3.13. Comply with all applicable Air Force and local instructions for financial management and accounting, facility use, maintenance and security, all of which are available in the chapel musician continuity binder.

3.14. The musician shall be accountable for paying all applicable Social Security payments, Federal or Local Income Taxes, and State Unemployment Insurance premiums for themselves, as well as any subcontracted personnel.

3.15. Be trained in voice and/or instrumental accompaniment.

3.16. Shall possess the ability to sight read and tailor music to meet the needs of the service.

4. Period of Service/Number of Units:

4.1. This position shall require no more than 110 units during the contract period.

There will be one option year but if the musician is due to PCS the option year will not be taken up.

4.2. Each session is categorized into one of four different units: weekly service, weekly rehearsal, special service performance, and special rehearsals. A unit consists of a one to three hour rehearsal or service performance, plus appropriate and necessary setup/clean-up time.

5. Working Hours and Extended Period of Absence:

5.1. The musician shall not exceed the maximum units:

52 Weekly Contemporary Services

52 Weekly Contemporary Rehearsals

03 Special Services (Christmas, Easter, and other Special Services)

03 Special Rehearsals (Christmas, Easter, and other Service Rehearsals)

110 TOTAL Units

6. Leave of Absence/Sub-Contracting

6.1. In the event of a key personnel change, the Musician shall immediately provide notification to the Non- Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC), Resource Management and/or Chaplain.

6.2. Musician shall provide a list of substitute contract personnel to the NCOIC, Resource Management and/or Chaplain for coordination with 46th Contracting Squadron. Names of substitutes and credentials shall be provided within 30 calendar days of being awarded contract in order to accomplish required background checks and verify educational and experience requirements are met.

6.3 The Musician shall notify the NCOIC, Resource Management and/or Chaplain at least 30 days before any scheduled leave of absence that would prevent the musician from personally performing the services.

6.4. Sub-musicians and substitute contract personnel shall meet the requirements as outlined in this PWS.

6.5. Musician shall be responsible for payment to sub-musicians and/or substitute contract personnel

Interested Candidates are requested to forward their resume together with three references from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s good work and steadiness.  Candidates who do not possess the specific attributes/qualifications in section "2. Education and Experience Requirements" above need not apply. This is a part-time position with compensation based on budget and the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications.  

Apply directly at: (scroll down to “RAF Lakenheath Chapel”) in order to expedite your application.  Your application requires providing reference information for (3) individuals including one priest or pastor who can attest to your abilities as they relate to this job posting.  References must include: name, title, organization, relationship to you, email address (necessary field) and phone number. Depending on security software, candidates are requested to monitor spam folders for further application communications from MMI.