UUCV Hiring – Music Director




Music Director Job Description

Requirements: A degree in music or comparable piano training and/or experience to carry out the duties below.

Responsibilities: (Average 12-15 hours per week)

  • Collaborate with the ministers or other service leaders to create meaningful, thematic worship services with sufficient advanced planning for all parties involved
  • Prepare and perform quality music representing a broad range of musical styles that enhances Sunday and Christmas Eve services, to include: a prelude, centering music, hymns, regular congregational responses, music to underscore Joys and Sorrows ritual and collection of the offering, and a postlude.
  • Be present for 48 Sunday services from 9:30 am until approximately noon and a Christmas Eve service in the late afternoon or early evening
  • Lead congregational singing while accompanying or arrange for volunteers to provide support
  • Collaborate with the Tech Director to amplify/mic service music for optimal in- person and on-line volume, clarity, and quality
  • Submit titles of music selections to the church administrator at an agreed upon schedule
  • Participate in staff meetings, staff retreat, worship tech meetings, music budget planning meetings as negotiated for the contract
  • Attend and participate in regular Music Committee meetings to assess, maintain, and grow the music program
  • Oversee piano tuning and maintenance
  • Report to the appropriate licensing agencies each month the copywritten music that has been performed or collaborate with a volunteer to see that this is done
  • Submit recommendations for a yearly music budget
  • Manage and document yearly budget expenditures 
  • Complete the required documentation once each year for the Laws’ Music Endowment funds
  • Prepare a summary of the music ministry each year for the annual report
  • Maintain active membership in AUUMM, the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries and utilize its resources
  • Write short educational descriptions of some of the service music for inclusion in the Order of Service or weekly Previews
  • Recruit and rehearse with volunteers from the congregation for occasional solos, small ensembles or instrumental features to provide variety and augment weekly service music
  • Provide piano music for weddings and memorial services when available, remuneration to be provided by those requesting the service
  • Arrange for replacement pianists or pre-recorded music for quarterly Sunday off
  • Review the music content on the website quarterly and update it at least once a year
  • In collaboration with other staff, post music-related content on social media regularly
  • Work with the minister and the Music Committee to lay the groundwork for an expanded music program in the next few years
  • Create several opportunities during the year for short term/ad hoc choir experiences requiring 2 or 3 rehearsals
  • Support Unitarian Universalist principles, the mission and covenant of UUCV, and  follow all UUCV safety guidelines and policies, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion


  • Use of church piano for personal practice
  • Use of church space and piano for music lessons and recitals
  • Annual membership in AUUMM, the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries 
  • One Sunday per quarter without playing responsibilities, exact dates subject to approval and not to include Christmas Eve or Easter

Remuneration: This is a salaried position estimated at 12-15 hours per week. Exact remuneration to be negotiated based on experience and availability, approximately $15,000 a year to be paid bi-monthly.

Please send a cover letter, resume or CV, and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references to our Church Administrator [email protected]