Visiting Assistant Director, Bands (1-year part-time sabbatical replacement)

Drake University

Education-Teaching/Admin | Part Time | Onsite | Des Moines

Posted: 5/13/24

Job Description

Title: Visiting Assistant Director, Bands - 20055 (1-year part-time sabbatical replacement)

Position Number: 20055

Unit/Department: Music/Community School of Music

FTE: Part-time (2024-2025 Academic Year)

Salary: $5,400 per semester - $10,800 for the 2024-25 academic year

Department Summary:

The Department of Music is a unit of the Drake University School of Fine Arts and a visible musical resource for the community and the region.

Its mission is to provide a center for the study and understanding of music that develops students’ intellectual, practical, and expressive abilities by emphasizing professional preparation, collaborative learning, critical thinking, and musical communication.

Mindful of our world's history and of our hopes for the future, Drake strives to welcome, include and empower students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds. We want all campus members to feel that they belong at Drake and that Drake belongs to them. We work to create an environment in which differences are valued as a source of knowledge and enrichment. We all have a lot to learn from each other. Making this aspiration a reality is the responsibility of all of us. Visit the College of Arts & Sciences website for more resources and information.

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Job Summary:

Drake University is searching for applicants who are interested in directing the Drake University Marching Band, Bulldog Brass Pep Band, and conducting the symphonic band. These ensembles include undergraduate music majors, minors, and non-major participants. Additional responsibilities include communication with the Director of Bands, effective communication with students, and grade assignments.

This is a two-semester appointment (Academic Year 2024-25) to cover for a faculty member who will be on sabbatical.

The pay for this appointment will be $5400 per semester with a work expectation of approximately 4.5 hours per week for two 14-week semesters, plus several Saturday hours during Marching Band season.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree or commensurate public school band directing experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For consideration, you must apply online. Please include a letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information for three references.

Have Questions?

Question about the application process, working at Drake, spouse/partner support, reasonable accommodations, benefits, or additional information about Drake or Des Moines, Iowa may be directed to Drake Human Resources. You can best reach us at

All job offers are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check, satisfactory reference checks, and proof of work authorization.

Review of Applications Begins:

Review of candidates will begin in immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For faculty positions, selection will depend on the receipt of recommendation confirming the candidate's scholarly achievements and teaching abilities and/or on the candidate's satisfactory passing of a teaching demonstration if selected for an on-campus interview. For staff positions, selection will depend upon careful review of each applicant’s references, education, and, if applicable, experience.

About Drake:
Drake University is recognized as a top private university in the Midwest. Drake is a midsize university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an increasingly diverse student body. We are deeply committed to equity and inclusion and creating a sense of belonging for all members of the campus community—faculty, staff, and students alike. More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit group of colleagues enthusiastic about preparing students to be global citizens and leaders, challenging assumptions. Drake University is not only an outstanding institution of higher learning, it is also a wonderful place to work. We are enthusiastically committed to welcoming new ideas and people into the fold, and to retaining and rewarding stellar employees.

All positions at Drake provide opportunities to contribute to Drake University’s core mission of creating an exceptional learning environment that prepares students of all backgrounds for meaningful lives and professional accomplishments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Drake:
At Drake University, we don’t just accept differences—we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our students, our employees, and our community. Drake University is proud to support an equal opportunity, diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. In fact, the celebration of diversity and inclusion are embedded in our Core Values. Learn more about our DEI commitment and efforts here.

We welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. If you are a member of a socially or historically underrepresented or marginalized group or you have actively demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are a member of one of the equity groups identified by applicable law, we encourage you to self-identify, where requested in our online application system.

Drake University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. If you would benefit from an accommodation at any point in the recruitment process (including using our online application process), please contact Drake Human Resources (ph: 515.271.3133; e: and let us know how we can assist you.

At Drake University, we highly value a diverse, inclusive workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We stand firmly against discrimination including on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

Deadline to Apply 6/10/24


2507 University Avenue

Travel Required

Resume Required


Contact Person

Maureen De Armond

Deadline to Apply 6/10/24

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