Catholic Musician Organist 5pm Saturdays

Ft. Belvoir Musicians

02 May 2021

Ft. Belvoir

Musicians

Organist

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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:

1.0 INTRODUCTION. The purpose of this Performance Work Statement (JOB DESCRIPTION) is to identify the requirements/deliverables of the organist(s) needed to perform services as a Musician for religious activities at Fort Belvoir, VA for the Catholic congregation The Organist shall provide support to the Chaplains and Religious Affairs Specialists, and Religious Support Office (RSO) Department of the Army (DA). The location(s) and time(s) are specified in the JOB DESCRIPTION or modified in the contract by the Contracting Officer. Typically the requirement occurs at Fort Belvoir Chapel at 1700/5pm each Saturday.

2.0 SCOPE OF WORK:

This is a Non-Personal Services Contract between the Fort Belvoir Religious Support Office (RSO) and an independent organist to deliver specific requirements and deliverables to the Catholic congregation on Fort Belvoir, VA, RCKA. This Performance Work Statement defines the requirements/deliverables of the organist; ensuring the individual free exercise of religion for military personnel, family members, and authorized personnel; a statutory requirement under USC Title X. The Organist does not sustain a valid CAC in order to fulfill the requirements of this agreement.

2.1 The Organist shall serve as the musician for the Fort Belvoir Catholic congregation worship service. The Organist shall accomplish the following tasks and activities effectively to provide the instrumental music services noted above. Mass is scheduled by the Senior Chaplain Catholic Priest or Garrison Chaplain. Typically Mass occurs on Sundays or Saturdays at 1700 at Fairfax; Woodlawn or Belvoir Chapel. All three locations are within a 10 minute drive of one another on Fort Belvoir.

2.2 This contract does not create an employer-employee relationship between the Government and Organist, as well as any corporation, partnership, business association, other party or legal entity with which the Organist may be associated. The Government assumes no responsibility for costs incurred for services performed by the organist that are not included in this contract. There are no provisions for lodging, employee benefits, medical care, retirement or Workmen's Compensation Insurance. Payment shall be made monthly on a per service basis.

2.3 The Organist shall provide support for those services for which no Fort Belvoir Unit Ministry Team (UMT) members (Chaplains and Religious Affairs Specialists), RSO Department of the Army (DA) Civilians and volunteers can provide. The contract cannot duplicate duties required or provided by these entities as contracted services are an exception to policy.

2.4 The Organist shall serve the Congregation Community and the greater Fort Belvoir religious support community.

2.5 This contract is not a fulltime position with a standard 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday work environment. Workdays and hours will vary according to the approved Calendar of Events, tasks outlined in the CLINs and the time of meetings. Many of the tasks will require evening and weekend hours.

2.6 No UMT member, military member, DA Civilian, fellow organist or volunteer can supervise or direct the Organist or control the method by which he/she performs the required tasks. Under no circumstances shall a work schedule be prepared for the Organist or the impression be given that the Organist is an employee of the Government. It is the responsibility of the Organist to guard against any actions that are of the nature of personal services, give the impression of personal services or portray his/her position as that of an employee.

2.7 Under no circumstances shall a Organist provide direction to a Religious Affairs Specialist (RAS), general military member, a DA Civilian, fellow organist or volunteer, nor shall he/she represent in an official capacity of the Federal Government, U.S. Army or Air Force or the local congregation that the contract supports.

2.8 The Organist shall adhere to all security and weather warnings and notifications. In the event that inclement weather causes the cancellation and/or postponement of an event, the COR will notify the organist when services are not needed.

3.0 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE. The contract shall be for 01 October- 30 September; and parties may renew this agreement with mutual assent in writing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022; FY 2023; FY 2024; and FY 2025.

4.0 REQUIREMENTS/PERORMANCE STANDARDS.

4.1 Designated Worship Service. The Organist shall play the Organ for the designated worship service including accompany signing of hymns, choruses; play preludes (beginning 15 minutes prior to designated start time), offertory, and background for mediation/prayers, and postlude (extending five (5) minutes after conclusion of service) that enhances the atmosphere of worship for the particular congregation.

4.2 Accompaniment for Choir/Worship Team.

4.2.1 The Organist shall play the Organ as accompaniment for choir and/or worship team rehearsals as needed.

4.2.2 The Organist shall coordinate with the worship leader and adjust tempo and style of accompaniment to enhance the congregation’s ability to participate in worship through the signing of hymns, choruses, and spiritual songs.

4.3 Special Services. The Organist shall play the Organ for Special Services.

4.3.1 The Organist shall communicate with the Chaplains, song/worship leaders, and other musicians conducting the service to ensure a coordinated service of worship for the congregation. Plan and coordinate all musical selections with the Chaplain of the congregation or his/her designated representative in select music in keeping with the theme of the worship service.

4.3.2 The Organist shall provide music selections to the Chaplain in time to be published in the bulletin for the services.

4.3.3 The Organist shall notify the COR concerning any maintenance problems or requests concerning the instrument(s) of the Chaplain facility.

5.0 WRITTEN AGREEMENT. The parties may alter this agreement at any time with mutual assent in writing.

6.0 THE ORGANIST SHALL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC SERVICES IAW THE GUIDANCE OF THE CATHOLIC CHAPLAIN OR HIS DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE:

CLIN 6.1: Catholic Mass. Provide quality musical accompaniment for the congregation, choir, ensembles, cantors and soloists, both vocal and instrumental.

CLIN 6.2: Rehearsals. Provide quality accompaniment for choirs, ensembles, cantors and soloists, both vocal and instrumental.

CLIN 6.3: Special Masses and Liturgies. Provide quality accompaniment for choirs, ensembles, cantors and soloists, both vocal and instrumental when requested (i.e. Holy Days, funerals).

CLIN 6.4: Special Rehearsals. Provide quality accompaniment for choirs, ensembles, cantors and soloists, both vocal and instrumental when requested.

7.0 ORGANIST QUALIFICATIONS. The Organist shall provide a resume and documentation to substantiate personal qualifications. Although a specific religious education degree is not mandatory, any credentials in religious education training and experience will be considered in the award of this contract.

7.1 Demonstrate ability to play satisfactorily the identified instrument(s) (Organ) available to the congregation.

7.2 Demonstrate ability to play satisfactorily all selections in the Armed Forces Hymnal and other hymnals and/or song books designated by the Chaplain.

7.3 Be familiar with the faith traditions and practices of the supported congregation(s), and committed to the spiritual health of the RSO and the supported worshipping community.

7.4 Possess the ability to comprehend and communicate effectively in English, both orally and writing.

7.5 Must have personal transportation to fulfill contract requirements and any other items or services to fulfill this contract.

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 "7.0 ORGANIST 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 directly at: https://music-ministry.jobsoid.com (scroll down to “Ft. Belvoir”).  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. Depending on security software, candidates are requested to monitor spam folders for further application communications from MMI.