Music Director Position Open

UUCS is accepting applications for the Music Director position through December 3, 2021. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem (UUCS) is a religious home for those who seek a religious community that will accept and honor you as you are. UUCS is seeking a Music Director to plan and cultivate a vibrant and inspirational congregational music program, which aligns with the congregation’s mission, embodies its values, and furthers its visionary ends.

To apply, you’ll need: 1) a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position, 2) a current resumé and 3) contact information for 3 references. You can email the packet to, with “UUCS Music Director” in the subject line or you can USPS mail it to UUCS Office Administrator, 5090 Center Street NE, Salem OR 97317. For more information about the position, visit the post on our website. After the December 3 deadline, successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview and choir rehearsal demonstration.

Job Description: The Music Director reports directly to the senior minister. The director’s primary role is to provide inspiring, diverse, multi-cultural and theme-enhancing choral and instrumental music for the Sunday worship experience. They are charged with nurturing the presence of music throughout all areas of congregational life.

Specific duties include directing the adult choir in rehearsal on Thursday evening, Sunday morning worship service, Christmas Eve service and other special events; planning music-related liturgy in collaboration with the senior minister and other worship leaders, and leading hymns on Sunday as well as teaching new ones to the congregation. In addition, they will supervise and set expectations for the performance of the pianist, manage the operational aspects of the music program, including the music budget, payment of guest musicians, ordering music, copyright compliance and instrument maintenance. They are also expected to participate in the UU Musicians Network and actively attend congregational meetings as directed by the minister.

Desired Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent work experience, including demonstrated success in leading a music program in a congregational, educational, or equivalent setting, choral/vocal conducting, working effectively as part of a team with volunteers, and program administration. Core competencies should include an understanding of the value of music in worship and spiritual growth, technically skilled musicianship, trustworthiness and reliability, collaborative and empathic interpersonal skills, organizational and management skills, creativity and openness to new ideas.

Compensation: 12 hours/week at $18 to $22.