Band Director

Band Director

Organization:
Grand Street Campus High Schools - 14k478
Location:
Brooklyn, NY
Salary:
Full time as per NYCDOE contract, as per education and experience
Category:
Posted On:
July 8, 2021

Description

We are pleased to announce an immediate vacancy at the Grand Street Campus High Schools for the position of Band Director. The selected candidate will join a team of four full time instrumental music faculty at the Grand Street Campus, one of the largest and most successful band programs in the New York City Public School System (NYCDOE). This position is full time, with full health, pension, retirement benefits and salary based on the current United Federation of Teachers contract with New York City. The bands at the Grand Street Campus (GSC) offer over 350 students the opportunity to play music of high artistic merit at their level of proficiency, from beginner to highly advanced. Students are placed into the differing levels of bands - Concert/Beginner Band, Repertory Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble based on ability. GSC’s inventory of 550 school owned instruments allows any student in the school to join band, free of charge. In addition to the four main wind bands at the Grand Street Campus, the program offers two full jazz ensembles, two modern bands, a Latin jazz band, two periods of theater technology, three periods of piano lab and a full musical theater program. Approximately 80% of the band students at GSC begin their musical training in high school. Despite this late start, the four concert bands and three jazz bands at the school consistently receive the top ratings of “Gold” and “Gold with Distinction” at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festival, often participating at levels five and six. In addition to NYSSMA and two full concerts a year, the Grand Street Campus also hosts the All-City High School Marching Band, the All-City High school Concert Band, NYSSMA Majors Festival #20 and the NYC High School Honors Music Festival. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing the Symphonic Band (the second of four concert bands), Jazz Band B (the second of three jazz ensembles) and three periods of heterogeneous instrumentation Beginner Band. Each of these ensembles meets daily. During the recent pandemic, the GSC music program went fully remote, which means that for the 21-22 academic year the successful candidate may teach additional beginner level classes and less upper level classes as the program reboots. Located in the popular neighborhood of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Grand Street Campus consists of three smaller high schools - PROGRESS High School, East Williamsburg Scholars Academy, and the High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology. The arts and athletics departments are shared jointly between the three schools, meaning that in these classes students from all three schools attend together. This allows for the campus to maintain the offerings of a large high school while having the intimacy of a small school setting.

Requirements

The successful candidate must hold a valid NYS teaching certificate, must have excellent conducting/rehearsal technique abilities, must be skilled at teaching all instruments found in the wind band, and should possess strong organizational skills and a strong work ethic.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a resume/cv and cover letter to search committee chair Jeff W. Ball at jball3@schools.nyc.gov as soon as possible. Interested candidates are also strongly encouraged to include in their email a youtube or vimeo link to a rehearsal or performance conducted by the candidate, although this is not required due to the difficulty of in person rehearsals during the past school year. Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your application.