Adjunct Faculty- Music Generalist

  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  • Jun 08, 2024
Part time / Adjunct Music

Job Description


Adjunct Faculty- Music Generalist

Adjunct Faculty- Music Generalist


Job ID: 1682


Date: Jun 5, 2024


Department: Music


Employee Group: Adjunct Faculty


Schedule: Part-time


Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract


Reports to: Associate Dean of Liberal Arts


Posting Closes: Open until filled




The Music Department is seeking candidates to conduct three choral ensembles and also teach one or more of the following courses (Diction for Singers, Aural Skills, Music Theory, and Early Music History) in the fall and winter semesters at our downtown campus. Adjunct faculty work directly with the Music Program Director. These courses were normally covered by a position currently left vacant.


Only adjunct faculty living in the state of Michigan can teach in person and virtual classes for GRCC.





  • Conduct up to three choral ensembles composed of music majors and general college students.


  • Maintain accurate course records and submit related reports as requested.


  • Effectively assess student performance.


  • Create a safe and inclusive learning environment for students.


  • Incorporate new technologies and methods that enhance teaching and learning into their instructional methods.


  • Support the Department and College through other work normally expected of adjunct faculty members




Education Credentials

  • Master's Degree in Music with a choral conducting emphasis is required.


  • Applicants without an earned Master's, who demonstrate a significant amount of professional experience as a performer and pedagogue along with significant college level teaching experience may be considered.





Work Experience



  • Successful choral conducting experience is required.


  • Successful teaching experience at a Community College preferred but not required.


  • Experience working with adults from diverse backgrounds and with varying academic skills.


  • Participation in professional development and/or continuous improvement activities in order to remain current in the field.


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities



  • Excellent pedagogical choral conducting skills


  • Excellent music theory (written and aural) skills


  • Strong piano skills


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving abilities.


  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.


Physical Demands



  • Some evening work (grading, preparing for class, responding to email questions) will be needed.


  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.


Mental Demands



  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.


  • An interest in teaching college-level material to high school students as part of a middle college or dual enrollment program.


  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability.


  • Interest in and willingness to work with changing instructional technologies used in and out of the classroom.


  • Willingness and availability to work a flexible schedule.


  • High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.


  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.


  • Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a pleasant and professional manner


  • A commitment to serve the Kent County community.


  • Demonstrated responsiveness, initiative, and organizational and problem-solving abilities.


  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties.


  • A willingness and an ability to learn college systems.


  • Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a professional manner.


Working Conditions



  • Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Compliance information is available on our policies website.


  • Physical classroom environment in an academic setting.


  • Online or virtual academic environment.




GRCC is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and three professional reference letters. The opportunity to apply for this position will close at the end of the day on the close date referenced at the top of this job posting. A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists prior to employment with Grand Rapids Community College. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.




Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.


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