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17 Mar 2020

Negotiable / To Be Determined Director of Sacred Music & Liturgy

 Jordan, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

Musical Responsibilities – Accompanist/Organist/Choir Director, Directs all aspects of the parish music program.

  1. Accompaniment:  Responsible as the primary organ/piano accompanist for Sunday, Holy Day, funerals and other liturgical events.
    1. Responsible for directing and accompanying the 5 pm, 8 am and 10 am Masses each weekend.
    2. Accompany and direct at funerals as requested.  A separate stipend will be provided for this.
    3. Accompany at weddings if requested.  A separate stipend will be provided for this.
  2. Choir Director:  Responsible to direct and accompany (if necessary) all choirs.
    1. Provide direction, supervision; on-going support, timely communications and music needs as addressed for these groups.
    2. Direct and lead weekly rehearsals of choirs.
    3. Oversee music selection in consultation with the Pastor
    4. Recruitment
    5. Growth of the choirs in size and ability
    6. Recruit members: Talent development and actual directing
  3. Musicians: Recruit, train, schedule and provide on-going formation for accompanists and instrumentalists for Sundays, Holy Days and other liturgical events as needed.
      1. Provide supervision to musicians.
  4.  Cantors: Recruit, train, schedule and provide on-going formation for cantors for necessary Sundays, Holy Days and other liturgical events as needed.
  5. Choirs:  Ensure that direction, supervision; on-going support and sacred music needs are addressed for all existing music groups.  This includes the following existing choirs:
    1. Evaluate each choir and communicate any recommendations to the pastor.
    2. Evaluate the need for and develop additional music groups as appropriate.
  6. Schedules:  Schedule all musicians, choirs, cantors and accompanists for Sunday, Holy Day and other liturgical events.  Communicate schedules with pastor, choirs and others involved.
  7. Spend time weekly practicing organ and piano music.

Musical Responsibilities – General/Ministry/Other

  1. Planning:  Work with the Pastor to plan, develop and implement Sunday liturgies, Holy day and special liturgies.
    1. With pastor and choirs, plan music for weekend and Holy Day Masses.
    2. Oversee and prepare worship aids for special events; such as funerals.
    3. Facilitate hymn selection.
  2. Assist priests (others) with learning Liturgical music.
  3. Funerals: Collaborate with presider to oversee and provide for music needs.  Contact the choir and prepare the order of worship and funerals.
  4. Weddings:  Work with the presider and wedding coordinators with wedding preparation.
  5. Music Library:  Oversee, maintain, organize and update Music Library.
  6. Hymnals.  Responsible for oversight, upkeep and recommendations on hymnals.
  7. Copyright laws:  Responsible for licenses and copyright laws.  Adhere to copyright laws for all music and worship aids.
  8. Instruments: Oversee maintenance and ensure upkeep of all Church instruments.  Evaluate and make recommendations for future instrument needs, purchases and upgrades.
  9. Administrative:
    1. Participate in ongoing professional education [in related musical field] and attend all required workshops offered by the Archdiocese related areas of ministry.
    2. Operate within the department’s budget.
    3. Develop annual calendar for ministry area and provide information for master parish calendar.
    4. Handle emergency needs and develop alternate plans for such situations as they arise.

Liturgical Responsibilities

  1. Consult with pastor on a regular basis to help implement a liturgical vision for the parish.
  2. Help organize, plan, and prepare for all liturgies:
    1. Weekend Masses
    2. Annual Liturgies (Christmas, Easter, Holy Week, Lent, Advent)
    3. Para-liturgies (processions, blessings
    4. Day of Mercy confession event
    5. Help wedding couples plan their liturgy (readings, intercessions, etc.)
    6. Help with funeral planning
  3. Train new volunteers on their respective positions (EMHC, Sacristan, Altar Server, etc.)
    1. Hold training sessions
    2. Send out reminders and updates as procedures need to be adjusted.
  4. Work with volunteer leaders who currently schedule volunteers for positions
    1. EMHC
    2. Sacristan
    3. Altar Server
    4. Homebound Communion
  5. Manage Ministry Scheduler Pro application
  6. Order and maintain supplies of liturgical goods.
  7. Encourage participation in various needed programs (EMHC, Sacristan, Server, Homebound, etc.)
  8. Bring new ideas and improvements to current liturgical practices (baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc.)
  9. Attend workshops, classes, and information conferences from time-to-time to further learning.
  10. Helps to improve liturgical environment

General Responsibilities

  1. Help create a productive environment where there is harmony, good morale, and cooperative teamwork, evaluate and take corrective action as appropriate and needed.
  2. Maintain appropriate confidentiality of all work data.
  3. Meet all communication requirements including interpersonal skills with the employees and parish. Includes keeping superiors, co-workers, volunteers and appropriate others informed.
  4. Stewardship: Able to assist Pastor in helping foster and form a parish committed to the stewardship way of life.  This includes:
    1. Willingness to grow in faith and prayer life as part of the parish’s vision.
    2. Willingness to embrace and help the parish foster Total Stewardship and most importantly must be an active disciple of Jesus Christ and in love with the Church and their faith.
  5. Communicate information on the programs as needed, to parishioners and broader community through various methods, including the parish bulletin and other media.

Job Qualifications: JOB QUALIFICATIONS - MINISTRY: * Practicing Roman Catholic and a living disciple of Jesus Christ. * Knowledge of, and experience in, the rich tradition of Sacred Music in the Catholic Church. * Experience singing and/or directing Gregorian Chant and Polyphony, including fluent reading of chant notation. * Knowledge and experience in planning parish liturgies and the liturgical practices of the Universal Church * College degree in Music and/or Organ or related area or equivalent prior work experience. * Demonstrate competency to play organ as well as piano. Strong overall music skills * Experience as a skilled choir director with the ability to direct a variety of choirs (i.e. adult choir, children’s choir, etc.). Three years of experience preferred. Ability to direct from the bench. * Ability to work with and support a variety of musical groups (i.e. youth/children, vocalists, and instrumentalists, etc.) * Knowledgeable in church music, including Latin, Gregorian chant, Church hymnody. * Knowledge of and ability to educate others on the organ. * Ability to involve youth and young adults in the liturgy. * Ability to be directed by pastor. * Strong leadership skills; ability to set vision, goals and direction. * Strong analytical, planning and coordinating skills. * Working with others: * Ability to make decisions and work without direct supervision * Ability to work in a manner that encourages participation and fosters growth of the programs * Willingness to work with and minister to diverse people and situations * Ability to work collaboratively in a team effort with other staff and parishioners * Ability to organize, supervise all St. John’s choirs * Ability to engage/immerse themselves into parish life * Communication * Effective communication skills to work with varying groups of people * Possess well-developed oral communication and presentation skills JOB QUALIFICATIONS – ADMINISTRATIVE: * Ability to operate and learn current computer system * Comprehensive computer skills, including Microsoft Office and Google Docs. MENTAL DEMANDS: * Ability to keep calm in chaotic situations * Keep confidentiality * Works well with others PHYSICAL DEMANDS: * Ability to climb stairs * Ability to lift 25 pounds * Flexibility to work one evening a week and weekend hours. Must be flexible in meeting the needs of the job.

Organizational Name: Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church

Organizational City: Jordan

Position Contact Name: Fr. Neil Bakker

Position Contact Title: Pastor

Position Contact Email:

Position Contact Phone: 952-492-2640

Submitter Name: Jonathan Brandtner

Submitter Title: Parish Business Administrator

Submitter Email:

Submitter Phone: 952-492-2640

Benefits: Information Not Provided

Experience: Required

Setting: Information Not Provided

Number of Parish Households: 501-1,000

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Fr. Neil Bakker,

Job Categories: Music. Job Types: Negotiable / To Be Determined. Job Tags: choir, liturgy, Music, and organ.

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