ARCATA INTERFAITH GOSPEL CHOIR
Choir Director
JOB DESCRIPTION
April, 2019

Location:                     Humboldt County, CA
Reports To:                  AIGC Board of Directors
Status:                          Independent Contractor  
Contract Amount:        $6,000 annually, paid in 10 installments, August through May

 About Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir
AIGC is a not-for-profit organization. The 50-voice community choir serves the North Coast region by performing at community events, fundraising benefits, memorials, churches and for inmates at the Humboldt County jail. The AIGC holds three main fundraising concerts per year -- the Harvest Concert in early November, the Holiday Concert in mid-December, and the Spring Concert or Prayer Breakfast in early May.

In its 27-year history the AIGC has had a series of dynamic choir directors, each of whom has contributed to the mission and development of AIGC.  These include Lourin Plant, Karen Dumont, Barbara Culbertson, Jaese Lecuyer, Jim Hubbard, Louis Hoiland and, most recently, Kristin Kirby.

The AIGC was founded in May 1992 to cultivate faith, hope, love, unity and joy through the inspiration of black gospel music. The choir exemplifies the principles of equality, unity and cooperation through multi-faith, multi-ethnic and multi-racial choir membership.

There is a fee for choir membership with full and partial scholarships available. The AIGC also supports the AIGC Youth Choir. Youth Choir members benefit by getting performing experience and learning singing technique, choir skills, soloing, and movement.

Hours
AIGC meets weekly on Thursdays, from 7-9 p.m. at the Arcata Presbyterian Church. There will be some extra hours outside of these for performances and smaller group rehearsals, as necessary.

Choir Director Responsibilities

  • Conducts weekly rehearsals with the choir and piano accompanist

  • Conducts the choir and band at rehearsals and at a number of performances throughout the season

  • Rehearses with the band ahead of performances to accompany the choir

  • Chooses prepares and teaches all songs for the season to the choir

  • Chooses soloists and section leaders and works with them as needed outside of normal weekly rehearsals

  • Proposes a Season Steering Committee of choir members and their specific duties for Board approval

  • Works closely with the Board and Steering Committee to successfully execute the season as planned, including  music, soloists, choir members and guest artists

  • When necessary, participates in budget preparation, grant submissions, contract negotiations and development of promotional materials

  • Chooses the following personnel and submits names for approval and contracting for the Season by Board; oversees their activities

Assistant Choir Director; Choir Accompanist; Choir Manager; Band Members

(NOTE: Board selects, with Choir Director’s approval and support, Youth Choir Director; Youth Choir Accompanist)

  • Participates in fundraising calls as requested and mutually agreed upon

  • Participates in annual evaluation of Choir Director by choir members; meets to discuss with Board Executive Committee; reviews annual self-evaluation of choir members re observing Member Guidelines

  • Attends Board meetings as necessary

  • Serves as a community ambassador for the AIGC and serves as a role model for AIGC principles of equality, unity and cooperation

  • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive information in accordance with AIGC standards

 Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience directing and/or conducting a vocal music organization

  • Training and knowledge in vocal music

  • Experience working with musicians in a band setting

  • Familiarity with the black gospel music genre

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work the hours required for this position

  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations

  • Demonstrates sensitivity to cross-cultural perspectives and experiences

  • Willingness to work as a team with Board and Committee members

  • Ability to take initiative in problem solving

  • Ability to anticipate, identify and address others’ needs in a dynamic work environment.

  • Ability to handle interactions with creativity and diplomacy

  • Ability to receive and incorporate feedback and direction effectively

  • Good written and verbal communication skills; comfortable with email, online and other digital communications methods

  • Willingness to follow established policies and procedures

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years experience in choir or chorus leadership

  • Past experience working with a non-profit board of directors

  • Past experience with discussing and successfully addressing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion

  • Previous work in a local non-profit organization 

For more information, visit the AIGC website at arcatainterfaithgospelchoir.org

Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment and contracting decisions on the basis of merit and without regard to race, religion, creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Applications submitted for this position do not constitute a promise of employment.

Applicants should submit cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references with knowledge of the applicant’s professional and personal abilities to: 

AIGC Search Committee
P.O. Box 171
Arcata, CA 95518

 Or via email: aigchoir@gmail.com