Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands (Open Rank)

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA, USA
  • Nov 19, 2021
Athletics & Coaching

Job Description

Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands (Open Rank)—Search #67858
College of Arts and Humanities
Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music

The Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music in the College of Arts and Humanities invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands. The home campus for this position will be the Statesboro campus.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving about 27,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities.

To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution's goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, The Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music offers student-centered degree programs at the bachelor's and master's level. Students are mentored by a faculty of dedicated teacher-scholars, who are nationally and internationally known in their fields of expertise. The athletic bands and concert bands serve as representatives of Georgia Southern University, demonstrating the institution's commitment to excellence through their performances and service.

Position Description. Reporting to the chair of the Gretsch School, the Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands will coordinate the athletic band area within a collegial team environment focused on the success of students. The ideal candidate will offer a model for inspired and skillful teaching and be a creative thinker with an interest and skill in building community through athletic bands and connecting with other constituencies, especially athletics.

The position requires: 1) directing the Southern Pride Marching Band; 2) providing musical leadership including: music selection and/or arranging; field show design; and supervision of Athletic Band Staff; 3) directing other athletic bands, including the Hoop Troop basketball band; 4) conducting the Wind Symphony (the second concert band) and University Band (a non-auditioned, Spring-only band); 5) teaching Marching Band Techniques; 6) collaborating closely with the Director of Bands in the administration of a comprehensive university bands program including: budgeting and scholarships; program development; and planning and executing group travel; 7) recruiting undergraduate and graduate instrumental students; 8) additional duties as assigned.

The position is a fiscal year (12 month) appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications (All Ranks):
Advanced degree in Music, or a closely related field, by July 1, 2022.
Minimum of three years experience as a marching band director at the high school or college level.
Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.

Candidates meeting only these requirements are eligible for appointment as a non-tenure track lecturer.

Additional Required Qualification for tenure-track appointment as assistant professor:
Terminal degree in music or closely related field by July 1, 2022
Demonstrated commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda and the production of research/creative activities as appropriate to the discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated musical, financial, and administrative success with college and/or high schoolathletic bands.
Demonstrated effectiveness as concert band director.
Experience as secondary school music teacher.
Demonstrated high level of success as a drill designer or as a musical arranger.
Demonstrated success in organization, communication, and effective collegial association withfaculty and students.

Conditions of Employment:
Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.
All work (with limited exceptions such as research and study abroad and outside activities such as grading and email correspondence) for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy.
Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities on-campus
Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses.

Screening of applications begins December 15, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Robert Dunham, Search Chair, Search #67858
Georgia Southern University
Electronic mail:
Telephone: 912-478-0195

More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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