Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 104254
Title: Open Rank
Functional Title: Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: ARHU-School of Music
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Directing the 300-member Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band and other athletic bands; conducting a concert ensemble in the School of Music; and other teaching and conducting duties depending on the applicant’s interest and experience. Related administrative duties include working collaboratively with the Director of Bands, the School of Music administration, the Athletic Department, and other campus entities in support of athletic bands; coordinating faculty, staff, and graduate assistants for all athletic band performances and functions, including band camps; assisting in the recruitment of qualified student musicians; overseeing and coordinating marching show design; and engaging in promotional and community work with alumni, media, and local music teachers.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree or professional equivalent required, doctorate preferred. Excellent musicianship and communication skills are required, along with experience working with large ensembles, including ensemble preparation, rehearsal scheduling, recruitment, and travel planning. The ideal candidate will demonstrate success working with collegiate-level athletic bands and show evidence of creative and effective marching drill design as well as a strong commitment to fostering a nurturing and inclusive learning environment for all students.

Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University and School of Music’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Candidates with experience working with women and underrepresented groups through teaching, mentoring, research, or administration are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.


For best consideration, please apply by October 15, 2017. Review of submissions will begin immediately and will continue until a successful candidate is named.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE, at; click on FACULTY and look for position # 104254. Applications should include a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a curriculum vitae, at least three names of references with contact information, including mailing address, telephone(s), and email address, and recent video documentation (or electronic links) of marching band performances designed or arranged by the applicant. Questions can be addressed to Michael Votta, Director of Bands, at

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 09/08/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 10/15/2017
Physical Demands

Ability to climb and descend towers to observe rehearsals.
Ability to walk up to 3 miles with the band in parades, etc.
Ability to lift up to 40 pounds occasionally.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents
  1. Supplemental Document 1

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