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Assistant Director of Bands and Director of UWO Marching Band

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: Instructional Academic Staff

Working Title: Assistant Director of Bands and Director of UWO Marching Band
Official Title: Lecturer
Employment Class: Instructional Academic Staff 
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: Competitive 
FLSA Status: Exempt 
Terms of Employment: Annual, Fixed-term Renewable 
Position Summary: The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeks qualified, outgoing, dynamic candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Bands. The successful candidate will be responsible for the conception and creation of a brand-new marching band on the UW Oshkosh campus. Based on a renewable contract, this full-time academic position will be held in the department of music. In addition to marching band, other athletic bands may be created as part of the teaching load. Additional courses will be assigned based on the experience and expertise of the candidate, and may include ensemble conducting, music education, general music, and/or applied lessons.

The primary duties during the first year of employment will focus on recruiting and developing the athletic band program, leading to an official debut of the marching band in the Fall semester of 2022. The successful candidate will actively work to build a rapport with local high school directors, recruit students to the program, and engage in various outreach activities. The position will include the administration of the marching band program, budget management, equipment and logistics, show/drill design and arranging.
Responsibilities Direct university athletic bands beginning in second year of employment, following one year of planning and development including administrative duties, budget management, drill design, etc. Engage in recruitment activities, including (but not limited to) off-campus school visitations, on-campus clinics and special events, and development of recruiting materials. Teach in a secondary area (ensemble conducting, music education courses, applied lesson instruction, etc.).

Masters’ Degree in Conducting, Music Education, or related field
Minimum 2 years-experience teaching music at the university level (assistantship duties considered)
Minimum 4 years of marching band teaching experience at the high school and/or college level
Evidence of successful program development

Preferred: Experience directing collegiate marching band
Doctoral degree in Music (ABD considered)
Experience in drill design and/or music arranging
Experience teaching in a secondary area
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Contact information for 3 professional references
4. Statement of teaching philosophy, particularly relating to athletic bands
5. Video of marching band performance demonstrating applicant’s teaching and drill writing. Submit as links in a PDF (YouTube, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.). OPTIONAL: Video/Audio demonstrating music arranging.
6. OPTIONAL: Evidence of teaching in secondary area (i.e., video of concert band conducting in rehearsal and performance, video of classroom teaching, evidence of performance ability and teaching on applied instrument)

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in 2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by March 22, 2021 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

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AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

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Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or