Gospel Choir Director

JBMDL Chapel Musicians

06 Sep 2019

JBMDL Chapel

Musicians

Director and Lead Musician

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

1. Place of Performance

The services stipulated in this performance work statement shall be performed at the Fort Dix Chapel (building 5240), the McGuire Chapel (building 2503), or the North Chapel (building 3827), all located on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ 08641. Service location changes are up to the discretion of the Joint Base Senior Chaplain.

2. Non-Personal Services

The Government will neither supervise director employees nor control the method by which the director performs the required tasks. It shall be the responsibility of the director to manage its employees and to guard against any actions that are of the nature of personal services, or give the perception of personal services. If the director feels that any actions constitute, or are perceived to constitute personal services, it shall be the director’s responsibility to notify the PCO immediately. These services shall not be used to perform work of a policy/decision making or management nature, (e.g., inherently governmental functions). All decisions relative to programs supported by the director shall be the sole responsibility of the Government.

3. Continuity of Service

The director shall be responsible for locating and arranging for a suitable replacement if the music director is not available for any required service(s). The director shall locate and submit qualification documents for future replacement/substitute within 10 calendar days of the proposed substitution. The director shall be responsible for ensuring the replacement can perform subject services as called for in the Performance Work Statement (JOB DESCRIPTION). Director shall be responsible for providing needed base access for any and all replacements/subdirectors. Director shall ensure all replacements/substitutes meet or exceed the qualifications of the (JOB DESCRIPTION). Written documentation of substitute qualifications shall be provided to the Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain a minimum of 10 calendar days prior to required services. The Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain will determine the acceptability of substitute personnel. If the replacement and/or substitute is unsuitable, as determined by the Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain, the Director shall nominate additional suitable replacements and receive approval from Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain prior to music director’s absence. Submittal of unqualified candidates does not extend the 10 calendar day requirement.

In the event of a music director emergency, director shall find a replacement, meeting or exceeding qualification stated in the JOB DESCRIPTION, and submit all qualification documents to the Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain within 5 calendar days of music director’s departure. Submittal of unqualified candidates does not extend the 5 calendar day requirement.

4. Background Check

a. All personnel under this contract must complete a positive background investigation as specified herein and by DoDI 1402.5.

5. Period of Performance and Work Hours

In the event of inclement weather, director will refer to 609-754-BASE and Chapel personnel, and in particular, the Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain, for base closure information and/or procedures.

Work Hours

a. A minimum of one regularly scheduled Sunday Service performance per week and one regularly scheduled rehearsal per week. Rehearsals shall be coordinated with the Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain or his/her designee, and the Protestant Gospel Service Choir volunteers. Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain shall approve rehearsal dates, times, and ensure facility availability.

b. In addition to the regularly scheduled performance/rehearsal per week, occasional special event services, memorials/funerals, Christmas and Easter seasonal services, pageants, plays, Unity Services, and National Prayer Breakfast/Luncheon may be required as determined by the Joint Base Senior Chaplain. Any and all special event rehearsals (minimum one special event rehearsal per special service) shall be approved by the Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain or his/her designate on a timely basis.

c. Rehearsals shall be a minimum of one hour in length.

d. Director shall arrive a minimum of 45 minutes prior to Sunday service start time.

6. Description/Duties & Responsibilities

a. The director of music shall provide the necessary support to facilitate worship music accompaniment and choir direction at the Protestant Gospel Service.

b. Musical selections will emphasize music within the mainline Protestant Gospel worship style tradition, as directed by Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain.

c. This position supports the worship component of the Protestant Gospel Service and Mission statements as identified by the Protestant Advisory Council and directed by the Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain. The Service Music will meet the needs of a diverse multi-denominational Protestant Community.

d. The Service music will be designed to provide appropriate music ministry accompaniment and choir direction within the gospel worship setting.

e. The Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain is solely responsible for all activities conducted during worship, including music. The music director shall not deviate from programmed activities without the approval of the Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain.

f. The nature of the work requires active participation in the Protestant community at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

7. Specific tasks:

a. Directs all worship music accompaniment and choir direction at the Protestant Gospel service, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst chapel as instructed by the Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain.

b. Selects the music to be performed in coordination with the Protestant Gospel Service Chaplain. Music shall be submitted to the Protestant Traditional Service Chaplain or his/her designate for approval a minimum of two weeks prior to performance.

c. Submits music resource requests via the Protestant Traditional Service Chaplain or his/her designate for approval.

d. Observes all safety and security requirements at the designated facility.

e. Ensures that newly acquired music is properly cataloged, identified and filed.

f. Selects personal arrangements and compositions for the choir to match their capabilities.

g. Monitors chapel musical instruments. Advises the Protestant Traditional Service Chaplain of any needed repair, preventative maintenance, or replacement.

h. Ensures that chapel equipment is not used outside the chapel facility except with prior approval by the Joint Base Senior Chaplain. If approved, equipment used outside of the chapel facility shall be signed out on the appropriate AF Form 1297, temporary issue receipt, and proper resource protection measures shall be taken for the period the equipment is outside the chapel.

i. Recruits and trains choir members in technique and musical notation. When appropriate, arranges for the choir to participate in clinics, workshops and basic music education instruction opportunities.

j. Requests logistical support via the Protestant Traditional Service Chaplain or his/her designate using established AF and chapel policies and procedures.

k. Coordinates with/receives approval from the Protestant Traditional Service Chaplain for all service music activities.

l. Ensures all facilities are properly secured at the conclusion of each rehearsal or service, when a chaplain or Chapel Staff Personnel are not present.

m. Researches and organizes selections to become familiar with music on hand.

n. Plans the year’s music and calendar in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Protestant Traditional Service Chaplain. Assists in selecting hymns and other music for the Service as instructed by the Protestant Traditional Service Chaplain.

o. Organizes and directs informal efforts to familiarize the congregation with new and alternative music in the mainline Liturgical Protestant tradition.

p. Coordinates and cooperates with the service musician on music selection, rehearsal, and performance as instructed by the Protestant Traditional Service Chaplain.

q. Provides choir support for military and civilian community events as an outreach as instructed by the Protestant Traditional Service Chaplain.

r. Director shall not engage in the unauthorized duplication of copyrighted materials by photocopying or any other means that would expose the government to liability for penalties under existing or future copyright laws.

s. While in the performance of their duties, shall wear appropriate professional business attire. Shall present a neat and clean image.

8. Qualifications

The music director shall provide documentation of the following:

a. A minimum of three years experience leading a choir and providing keyboard/piano/guitar/drum accompaniment for a protestant gospel worship service (academic degree in music highly desired).

b. Ability to demonstrate rhythmic accuracy, music sensitivity, to read site music, and to accompany other musicians and congregational singing.

c. Familiarity with the protestant faith tenets as practiced in the protestant tradition.

d. Demonstrate effective communication skills and musical leadership capabilities with a variety of age groups, to include children, within the pluralistic environment of the Chaplain Corps.

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 "8. 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: https://music-ministry.jobsoid.com (scroll down to “JBMDL”).  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.