Ecumenical Music Director Pianist or Guitarist

Base Chapel - Vandenberg Air Force Base Musicians

26 Aug 2021

Base Chapel - Vandenberg Air Force Base


Pianist or Guitarist


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


a. Vandenberg SFB (VSFB) is a Continental United States (CONUS) military community with a split population of Active Duty, Reserve, Civil Service employees, retirees, and dependents. The VSFB program has the responsibility of meeting the needs of this diverse community in support of Vandenberg’s continuous global space mission.

b. The VSFB Chapel is composed of Chaplains, Religious Affairs Airmen, appropriated and non-appropriated fund musician directors, and lay volunteers. The programming developed by this staff is implemented in a pluralistic environment and is subject to the standards established by the U.S. Air Force.

c. The Chapel Community is a faith group supporting programs at VSFB. This community operates an energetic ministry that requires a high degree of coordination and cooperation among its staff for both Roman Catholic and Protestant Communities.


 The Musician director agrees to furnish the following described services at the locations, intervals, and times specified by the Vandenberg SFB Chapel. The Musician director shall:

a. Lead a professional   worship music experience, as directed by  Chaplain/Priest (hereafter referred to as Chaplain/Priest), or his/her designee. The Musician director, in coordination with the Chaplain/Priest, will direct the   Worship Musician (hereafter referred to as Musician), if available. The coordination with the Chaplain/Priest and/or Musician may require additional meetings, in addition to the worship services and rehearsals.

b. Serves as Music Director providing the music activities for the Vandenberg SFB Protestant community. The Musician director shall provide labor and management to support the responsibilities outlined within this PWS. Directorship includes, but is not limited to leading, training, scheduling, preparing and processing music for the   service in collaboration with singers, accompanists, and/or musicians, as available.

c. Directs music activities during rehearsals and worship services, including special services. 1. Special services include but are not limited to: memorial services, funeral services, combined/ecumenical services, faith specific holidays, and occasional support for special events.

2. Provide musical directorship for a minimum of 1 rehearsal and 1 worship service each week, each lasting 1-2 hours.

d. Establish weekly rehearsal times with the choir/praise team and provide musical direction and leadership. Arrive fifteen minutes prior to the rehearsals, and ensure all music and necessary equipment are ready. Both congregational singing and special music will be rehearsed.

e. Arrive thirty minutes prior to the start of the   worship service in order to direct preparation, set-up necessary instruments and practice as needed.

f. Remain present for the entire time period involved in any rehearsal, performance or worship service contracted.

g. Recruit, train and maintain a volunteer base for any program needs, including choir/praise team.

h. Assist the Chaplain/Priest in developing the following as pertains to the  music ministry: annual calendar of events, Chapel Tithes and Offerings Fund budget, appropriated fund budget, and core volunteer training requirements. The Musician director is responsible for any administrative paperwork, to include but not limited to, Purchase Request and Facility Request.

i. Select appropriate music that corresponds to the theme, sermon topic, and/or Scripture readings in coordination with the Chaplain/Priest and Musician, including any musical accompaniments which may include but not limited to prelude, offertory, postlude, choral, anthems, or solos. Music selections must be submitted no later than noon on Wednesday each week.

j. Coordinate any special musical performances for worship service(s) with the Chaplain/Priest at least seven (7) days prior to performance.

k. Become familiar with operating any required electronic audio/visual equipment, and is responsible for the training of volunteers in accordance with chapel policies.

l. Ensure that all equipment and/or furnishings are turned off and/or returned to their proper place following services and rehearsals. Ensure cleanliness and security of all facilities utilized in conjunction with the program. 

m. Support the ministry of the chapel staff and congregation.

n. Be able to resolve interpersonal conflicts and promote constructive working relations.

o. Be positive, spiritually sensitive, and able to work with Chapel staff members, all military personnel, Chapel volunteer lay leaders, & Chapel volunteers.

p. Be responsible for all damages, claims, liabilities, costs, or attorneys’ fees that arise from or relate to performance of this contract or which are caused or contributed by the musician director during the performance of this agreement

q. Coordinate all support requirements with the Chaplain/Priest or their designated representative.

r. Return any and all government owned music scores and equipment obtained in the performance of the required duties following the last service provided under the contract.

s. 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.

t. Provide an equally qualified alternate to perform duties in the event of a known absence, upon prior approval by the  Chaplain/Priest.  Chaplain/Priest approval should be given at least two (2) weeks prior to the absence. Approval of a replacement will be handled on a case by case basis.


The Chaplain Corps is authorized to utilize volunteers IAW DoDI 1100.21, Voluntary Services in the Department of Defense. A volunteer is an individual who performs gratuitous services in an official capacity in support of Chaplain Corps programs (e.g., RE, youth programs, etc.). All volunteers require oversight, training and recognition related to their specific duties. Volunteers, who may come in contact with minors in the performance of their duties, require a Child Care Criminal History Background Check IAW DoDI 1402.05, Background Checks on Individuals in DoD Child Care Services Programs.

a. Serve as the Chaplain Corps Volunteer Supervisor for the Protestant Music Program IAW AFI 52-101.

b. Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers for all  Music programs. Ensure all planned programs have adequate volunteer support, and the volunteer to child ratio is within DoD and Air Force regulations and Chapel Policy.

c. Ensure volunteers meet all DoD and Air Force volunteer policy requirements to include:

1. Complete DD Form 2793, Volunteer Agreement for Appropriated Fund Activities & Non Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities, certifying their understanding of their roles and responsibilities as a volunteer.

2. Complete chapel non-disclosure agreement to certify understanding of privileged communication while volunteering in religious programs.

3. Maintain daily record of hours volunteered.

d. Ensure all personnel, working in programs involving minors in the performance of their duties during Chaplain Corps programs, have completed a Child Care Criminal History Background Check and comply with Line of Site Supervision (LOSS) requirements IAW DoDI 1402.05, Background Checks on Individuals in DoD Child Care Services Programs.

e. Create and maintain a master  Music program volunteer list and contact information.

f. Provide initial and annual orientation & training for program volunteers.

g. Comply with all DoD and Air Force volunteer policy requirements as outlined on the Chapel SharePoint site.


The Musician Director must:

a. Be at least 18 years of age.

b. Have a high school diploma or equivalent. A Bachelor degree or greater in music performance is preferred, but not required.

c. Be able to communicate clearly both orally and in writing in English.

d. Be able to lead/direct singing for worshiping community

e. Have a minimum of two years of experience as a music director/musician in a church environment (either Roman Catholic or Protestant), or equivalent, preferably leading church choir/praise team in a   worship setting.

f. Be able to proficiently direct choir/praise team, choral groups, or soloist, for music during worship services. The Musician director must possess ability to competently blend vocalists with instrumentalists, as available.

g. Possess a general working knowledge of various forms of  music styles (e.g. hymns, liturgical/congregational singing, Gregorian chant, etc.), and be able to coordinate music to appropriate church season, worship service and/or special services.

h. Be proficient on the piano and able to sight-read, transpose, and improvise music according to various forms of  worship.

i. The musician director must attend a qualifying interview/audition and furnish a resume with academic and work related references prior to award of contract.

j. Undergo a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Background Check, receive a final favorable suitability or fitness determination, and be current on all periodic reinvestigations as required by DoDI 1402.05, Background Checks on Individuals in DoD Child Care Services Programs.

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 "SPECIAL 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: (scroll down to “Base Chapel - Vandenberg”).  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.