Director of Music

Position Title:          Director of Music
Effective:                   August 1, 2019. Negotiable
Reports to:               Senior Minister
FLSA:                          Non-exempt
Schedule:                  .5 FTE (20 hours per week). Flexible schedule as agreed on with Minister, to include: 3 hours per week in the office, 1 hour per week for staff meetings, and minimum of 2 hours per week for choir rehearsal (September – June)

Compensation:  Range $21 – $24 per hour, commensurate with level of skills and experience. Professional expenses can be discussed in interview

Benefits:  Details outlined in UUCL Personnel Manual. Position is eligible for health insurance, retirement, paid-time-off.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster is a liberal religious congregation with a Judeao-Christian heritage, today embracing multiple spiritual paths to include world religions, humanism, and nature. Founded in 1902, UUCL is known as a welcoming community and advocate for social justice in the greater Lancaster area. Please ask if you have any questions about this congregation or your qualifications for this position: 717-393-1733, ext. 203, or

Position Summary:

The Director of Music plans and oversees a vibrant and inspirational music program aligned with the congregation’s mission and values. The primary functions of this position are:

  • To provide excellent, diverse, multi-cultural and theme-enhancing choral and instrumental music aligned with UU values for Sunday worship
  • To promote the art of music as a spiritual practice integral to UUCL
  • To nurture music throughout all areas of congregational life.

The Director of Music participates regularly in meetings and other activities with the other professional staff of UUCL.

Essential Functions:

  • Choir directing
  • Keyboard for worship
  • Organizational and administrative, to lead a vibrant music program

More Specific Functions

  • In collaboration with the minister and other staff, lay leaders and guest worship leaders, plans and manages music for Sunday morning worship so that all elements of the service are thematically related.   Chooses hymns integral to the worship theme as requested by other worship leaders.
  •  Collaborates with other program staff in planning several multi-generational services a year in age-appropriate programming.
  • Conducts the adult choir of twenty mixed voices in weekly rehearsals and bi-monthly performance in worship, September through June. Develops new vocal ensembles as needed for particular settings.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Lifespan Faith Development and lay leaders, organizes a children’s choir and other music activities for children and youth as time allows.
  • Encourages congregational singing and learning new hymns during worship services.
  • Serves as accompanist for worship, including hymns and other liturgical music.
  • Plans vocal and instrumental ensembles for other portions of the service such as Prelude, Offertory, and Postlude, recruiting both lay volunteers from the congregation and professional musicians from the community.
  • Hires and manages special accompanists, or recruits volunteer accompanists, as needed.
  • Works as a team member in collaboration with the rest of the professional staff of UUCL. Attends staff meetings and holds regular office hours as agreed on in consultation with the staff supervisor.
  • As time allows, attends monthly meetings of the music committee but does not serve as chair; works in close collaboration with this committee.
  • Collaborates to plan music for special services, such as Music Sunday, Christmas Eve and Easter.   
  • Manages operational aspects of the music program: creating the music budget, payment for guest musicians, ordering sheet music, maintaining instruments.
  • Oversees lay leaders in maintaining the music library.
  • Maintains membership in the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM) and attends local and national meetings as time allows .
  • Abides by the AUUMM Code of Professional Conduct.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Music  or the equivalent.
  • Experience in organizing and leading group music activities, such as conducting ensembles or working in a church music context ; willing to learn new approaches to music staffing in a church setting.
  • Comfort with and skill in promoting a variety of musical styles.
  • Knowledgeable about or willing to learn about the free faith tradition of Unitarian Universalism.
  • Technical competence in vocal music: singing, coaching, leading amateur singers.
  • Competence as a conductor for a mixed-level choir.
  • Keyboard proficiency to accompany hymns during worship and to support choir rehearsal.
  • Capacity to discern talent in the congregation and coach volunteer music ensembles and activities other than choral groups.
  • Understanding systems of oppression as expressed through music.
  • Optional but not required capacity to perform on organ for worship.

Core Competencies

  • Leadership Style: Demonstrates warmth and discipline in leading.
  • Organization and Planning: Gathers and organizes resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done.
  • Developing Volunteers: Identifies raw talent and recruits capable people into positions of responsibility.
  • Managing Conflict: Deals with problems quickly and directly. Steps up to conflicts and reads situations quickly while maintaining a non-anxious presence.
  • Time Management: Is able and willing to focus time on tasks that contribute to organizational goals. Uses time effectively and efficiently.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Generates new ideas; makes connections among existing ideas to create fresh approaches.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the skills of active listening and openly accepts feedback. Considers the impact of his/her/their actions on others. 
  • Trust and Integrity: Is widely trusted. Is seen as direct and truthful.
  • Technical Expertise:  Demonstrates the technical skills required to proficiently execute the essential functions of the job.
  • Team Orientation:  Demonstrates interest, skill and success as a team player.

Application: Please submit a letter of interest and resume, along with the names and contact information of two references, to Rev. Dr. Barbara Coeyman, Interim Senior Minister, at

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Rev. Dr. Barbara Coeyman, Interim Senior Minister, at, 717-393-1733, ext. 203. For questions or conversation prior to submitting an application, do not hesitate to contact Rev. Coeyman.

Chosen resumes will receive a phone interview. The interview process may include an in-person audition and interview at UUCL in Lancaster. The Search Committee consists of the Minister and several lay leaders.

We are currently accepting applications and hope to engage a new person in this position between July 1 and August 1, 2019.