Music Director, Faith United Presbyterian Church, Tinley Park

Faith United Presbyterian Church delights in sharing spiritual gifts of hospitality, outreach, and empathy. Our calling is to provide an inclusive ministry for everyone who joins in our fellowship, study, or worship. 

Our faith family represents a wide variety of political and theological views. In an era of divisiveness, we believe that empathy is critically important to understanding each other and allowing us to focus on the tie that binds us. We strive to give self-sacrificing love in all that we do. So despite some differences, we remain Faith United.

Faith United is currently seeking a passionate Music Director to collaborate with Pastoral Leadership to create a musical vision of worship to be shared with the congregation through the practiced choir. The Music Director will report to Pastor, as head of staff, Worship Ministry team with Session’s approval. This is a part-time position requiring approximately 10 – 12 hours per week, including Sunday and holiday worship and two rehearsals per week, Sunday morning before the 10:30 a.m. service and a mid-week day TBD.

The annual salary for this position is $12,480 which includes 2 weeks’ worth of non-accumulative PTO per calendar year after the first 6-month review is completed.

What you will be doing:

  • Collaborate with Pastoral Leadership concerning upcoming worship messages to determine musical pieces that strengthen the message of the sermon.
  • Foster creativity in the music selections. Introduce new musical styles to grow the congregation’s musicality and range of genres (e.g. contemporary Christian music, traditional hymns, inter-cultural music, etc.)   
  • Create and foster a collaborative team culture with the Accompanist /Organist.
  • Provide guidance and growth, scheduling, and collaborative leadership to the multi-generational Choir. Recruit and coach church members and other musicians from the surrounding community for music contributions to improve variety.
  • Coordinate music department needs and worship visuals with the Tech team.
  • Oversee and schedule music resource maintenance, including directing instrument maintenance and tuning.
  • Manage the music ministry budget.
  • Oversee copyright compliance related to music, recording, and posting.
  • Attend Music Planning staff meetings and Worship Ministry Team meetings. Special evening/weekend meetings may be scheduled and attendance may be required.
  • In the event of church services only being available remotely/virtually, this position continues to function. Responsibilities include coordinating weekly pre-recorded music/videos and insertion of lyrics into videos for musical selections.
  • When returning to in-person, hymns and vocal selections may continue in pre-recorded format until in-person singing and playing instruments are deemed safe. Work with Church Leadership and remain informed of CDC guidelines.
  • Assume such other duties related to the position as may be assigned by the pastor.
  • Organize and maintain a music library for the church.
  • Arrange for a substitute when using PTO or scheduling conflicts or assist in providing alternates when in need. Communicate directly with the pastor in emergency situations.

Preferred Skill Set:

  • Bachelors degree and/or commensurate experience in music education or music performance.
  • Strong musical skills including aural discernment and keyboard skills.
  • Solid, expressive, enthusiastic, and clear conducting and directing techniques.
  • Experience with and knowledge of hymns and contemporary Christian music for appropriate musical selections.
  • Ability to actively engage the congregation during worship through music.
  • Good rehearsal organizational and planning skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communications.
  • Ability to give and receive criticism.
  • Skilled in arranging and sequencing music, preparing and transcribing instrumental and vocal arrangements. New compositions are welcomed.
  • Experience with sound equipment, recording, video editing, etc.
  • Ability to manage and motivate volunteers.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter by email to Adam Malak at pastoradam@faithunitedpres.org