Instructor of Jazz Ensembles and Saxophone

Brookings, South Dakota, United States

Job description

The South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts invites applications to serve in the role as Jazz Ensemble Director beginning Fall, 2018. This is a full-time position as an Instructor. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will be to manage all aspects of the jazz program and teach other selected courses as assigned. The candidate will possess academic training in both jazz and classical saxophone performance. Contributing to other aspects of the curriculum such as applied double reeds, music industry, music education, or music appreciation will be required. The faculty member will oversee the annual jazz festival, recruit students, manage budgets, and establish positive working relationships with area teachers.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree by date of application; experience leading jazz ensembles; effective performance skills in both Classical and jazz styles; the ability to work with other members of the academic community and in the wider community; effective leadership, communication, interpersonal, motivational, and public relations skills; evidence of contributing to a collegial and supportive work environment.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Completed Doctoral degree in Music; ability to teach double reeds; ability/experience with jazz festival administration.

Commensurate with qualifications.

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. The School of Performing Arts (Music, Theatre, and Dance) is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences. The music program offers curricula leading to the B.A., and the B.M.E. A new, 49-million dollar addition to the SDSU Performing Arts Center will be completed in January 2019, and will become the new home of the School.

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 23,000 near the east central border of South Dakota and Minnesota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of 150,000.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. Consideration of applications will begin October 4, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

How to apply

SDSU requires applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter addressing the responsibilities and qualifications listed in the job announcement, resume, and reference page. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. In addition, this application requires videos of two teaching samples accessible via YouTube (attached as ‘work sample’). One sample is of a one-on-one lesson, and the other is of a jazz ensemble rehearsal. The video should be focused on the candidate and not the ensemble.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, contact Aaron Ragsdale at 605-688-5187 or or the Director of the School of Performing Arts at 605-688-5188.

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