Ecumenical Director of Music Pianist or Organist

NSA Mid South Chapel Musicians

17 Feb 2020

NSA Mid South Chapel


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:

The Director of Musical Arts (DMA) provides inspirational music in support of the CRP and to provide professional recommendations for the musical program to the presiding chaplain or Civilian Religious Ministry Provider (CRMP.)  The DMA functions as part of a religious ministry team (RMT) led by the command chaplain, who is the Department Head accountable to the CO.  Other civilian personnel and volunteers may support the musical program of a particular religious faith tradition.  These personnel shall function under the leadership of the DMA in concert with the religious worship requirements of the presiding chaplain or CRMP.  The presiding chaplain or CRMP is responsible for all elements of a particular worship event, to include the sacred music.  All services and rehearsals shall be conducted at the Chapel.

1.0. QUALIFICATIONS.  Preferred consideration for the position of DMA will be given to the candidate(s) who best meets the following professional and personal requirements:

1.1.2. Candidates must provide an audition of three musical selections to the Command Chaplain.  The selections will include: one classical composition suitable for Prelude or Postlude, one hymn of the musician’s own choosing, and one hymn of the committee’s choosing to be sight-read at the time of the audition.

1.1.3. Candidates must have a working understanding of Navy organization and the pluralistic ministry requirements that affect the use of chapel facilities and staff.   An candidate with no previous Department of the Navy (DON) experience must demonstrate such understanding to the satisfaction of the Command Chaplain within three months of the start date of the contract.

1.2. Personal. Candidates must have a religious background, an impeccable reputation, and amenable personal habits.

1.2.1. Candidates must have a positive personality and pleasant demeanor when interfacing with chapel staff, visitors, military personnel, parishioners, and others.

1.3. Upon selection, the candidate must submit to and satisfy a criminal background check performed by installation security. There is not a requirement for a classified security clearance.

2.0. PERFORMANCE.  The performance of this contract is 01 October 2019 – 30 September 2020 with two option years.

2.1. Report to the Command Chaplain as Department Head who is accountable to the Commanding Officer.

2.2. Provide leadership, direction, and administration for the Protestant musical program.

2.3. Accomplish administrative requirements in a timely fashion.

2.4. Be neat, clean, well- groomed and in appropriate clothing when providing services and in public areas.

2.5. Become acquainted with and obey all pertinent DON, and DOD instructions; shall perform in a manner which precludes any waste of government resources; and shall not use government equipment for personal business.  All motor vehicles operated on the installation by the director shall be registered with base security and operated according to applicable directives.

2.6. Although in fact not a Government employee, shall comply with Executive Order 13490 of January 21, 2009, Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel.

3.0. TASKS.  The director shall provide DMA services at the chapel aboard NSA Mid-South.  The DMA is use chapel equipment; the director will provide the following:

3.1. Musical direction for Protestant worship services.

3.2. Accompaniment for the rendition of music required during worship services.  This will include: prelude music, calls to worship, congregational singing, offertories, postludes, and other music as required by the respective chaplain or CRMP.  The government will provide music compositions.  Additional music presented by the director will be based on compositions appropriate to the faith groups attending worship services.

3.3. Provide in a timely manner to the CRP Leading Petty Officer any needed repair and improvements of the government owned piano, keyboards, and related equipment in the Chapel.

3.4. Coordinate and consult with the officiating chaplain or CRMP concerning the selection of all choral selections, choruses, hymns, and other music utilized in the worship service.

3.5. Timely accomplishment of necessary administrative tasks, including:

3.5.1. Submit to CRP RP information for worship service programs/bulletins.

3.5.2. Assist the RMT with planning for the musical support of the CRP worship services, including written requests for securing musical equipment, musical scores, supplies, and other required material to the chapel office.

3.5.3. Submission of all required contract documentation.

3.6. Upon consultation with the Command Chaplain, secure an adequate substitute for vacation periods and when otherwise necessary.  All compensations for the substitute accompanist shall be the responsibility of the director.

3.7. Maintain current credentials for access to the installation.  Comply with station and government policies and regulations in regard to identification badges, parking, and professional decorum.

3.8. Candidates must be able to perform primarily sedentary work.  Some walking, standing, carrying of light items, cleaning of immediate work area is required.

4.0. DELIVERY SCHEDULE. The DMA shall deliver all services as described above and include the following minimum:

Item Description of Service and Quantity of Units

001   Worship Services (Protestant)                                   91 Units

002   Special/Unscheduled Services                                   20 Units

          (Includes holiday services, memorial/funeral

          services, special programs)

003 Hand bell Practice                                                        20 Units

004 Choir Rehearsal                                                            52 Units

005 Administrative Preparation                                          260 Units

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 "1.0. QUALIFICATIONS" above need not apply. This is a part-time position with compensation based on budget and the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications..   

Apply online at this job board or you may apply directly at: (scroll down to “MSA Mid South”).  Your application must include three (3) references 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.