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Instructor, Professional Music and Sonic Arts

Portland Community College

Job - Education

Close Date: 01/15/2018

Instructor, Professional Music and Sonic Arts

Portland Community College

Requisition Number: 09197

Location: Cascade Campus

Address: 705 N Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR

Hours of Work: Varies

Position Status: Full-time Faculty, 1.0 FTE, Exempt

Starting Salary Range: Starting Salary: $52,020 to $55,728 (Step 3); based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. Full 2017/18 Faculty Salary Range is $52,020 to $90,205.

Job Close Date: Apply by December 8, 2017 for best consideration

Job Summary:

This position will start Fall term 2018 and is eligible for Continuous Appointment upon third year review.

The Department of Music & Sonic Arts at Portland Community College's Cascade Campus seeks a full-time, permanent instructor. Fusing studies in music, science, coding, and design, Music & Sonic Arts serves traditional and non-traditional musicians excited to explore the limits of what is technologically and artistically possible with new instruments, new sounds, and new methods of performance and composition. The program prepares students for leadership in artistic, technical, educational, entrepreneurial and research efforts. In addition, students learn the valuable contributions of people of diverse backgrounds and are encouraged to imagine the critical, future roles of technology in the advancement of equity and social justice. Continuously, the department analyzes the complex, nuanced and often unconscious ways that human behavior, music and technology are classed, gendered and raced. Situated at Portland Community College's Cascade Campus, Music & Sonic Arts is in the heart of Portland's Mississippi District, the "Music District," the program energized by a neighborhood rich with popular and experimental performance venues, electronic instrument designers, community based musical organizations, and retailers of cutting-edge hardware. The program leverages also the city's burgeoning concentrations of creatives, tech developers, makers and entrepreneurs. Music & Sonic Arts is a prominent contributor to Portland's arts, immersive technologies and STEAM economies.

Program infrastructure includes: Recording studio with analog and digital control rooms; 20-station Digital Audio Lab; Interactivity Lab (creative coding and interactive technologies); Piano lab; Fabrication Lab (laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printers, consumer and industrial sewing machines etc.); Virtual Reality Development Center; Theory, choral and ensemble room. In addition, Music & Sonic Arts is home to Unity Gain. One of two high density loudspeaker arrays in the Pacific Northwest, Unity Gain is a 32-channel, portable and re-configurable HDLA that supports student research and provides Portland with leading edge sonic possibilities and experiences.

Here is our intended Recruitment Timeline:

- Best Application Consideration Date: December 8, 2017
- Initial Interviews: Beginning of January
- Finalist (On-Campus) Interviews: End of January

PCC offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options; including Health, Dental and Vision options, Group Life, Auto and Home Insurance, Retirement and tax deferred 403B plans.

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Application Review Process:

1) Once the "deadline or best consideration date" has passed, an initial screening will be conducted.

2) If you are selected by the committee for further consideration you may be contacted by email and asked to submit written responses to a set of essay questions. You may have as little as one week to provide the required information.

3) Upon hire the selected candidate will be required to supply OFFICIAL copies of transcripts for all degrees earned.

4) Applicants selected for hire will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.


PCC Faculty Job Duties and Responsibilities

- Instruct students using approved course outcome guides developed by college-wide subject area Faculty; assess student performance in these courses.

- Attend and participate in college-wide, campus/center division, department, and program meetings and activities.

- Serve on Subject Area Curriculum Committees and/or such other College committees as may be assigned.

- Assist in the recruitment of students.

- Provide registration, advising, and guidance assistance to students.

- Provide professional assistance to staff and students.

- Provide information and assistance on College operations as may be requested.

- Compile and/or research data as may be assigned.

- Provide services to students in a manner which does not discriminate as to race, creed, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual preference or marital status.

- Remain current in the field through a variety of professional development activities.

- Maintain College safety standards in their work areas; ensure that students are trained in good safety practices; and make reasonable efforts to ensure that students follow good safety practices.

- Comply with published College Policies and Procedures.

- Perform other related duties as provided in Faculty Agreement.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications
To be considered for this position, your application materials must show how you meet the following requirements:

- Master's degree in Music Education, Performance, Composition, Audio Engineering, Music Production, Sound Design or related field
- Three (3) years experience in industry as a performer, composer, engineer, producer or sound designer.


- Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Performance, Composition, Audio Engineering, Music Production, Sound Design or related field

- Four (4) years experience in industry as a performer, composer, engineer, producer or sound designer.


- Associates degree in Music Education, Performance, Composition, Audio Engineering, Music Production, Sound Design or related field

- Five (5) years of professional experience in industry as a performer, composer, engineer, producer or sound designer.


Include this part?
- Demonstrated competency: For other kinds of experience not listed here, the Division Dean, in consultation with the Faculty Department Chair, will make a recommendation to the Dean of Instruction which is subject to approval by the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Special/Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications
These qualifications and characteristics are critical to success in this important role at PCC. Please clarify in your application materials the experiences, successes and techniques evidencing how you bring these strengths:

- Experience advancing equity and social justice.

- Experience effectively teaching new technologies to marginalized and/or minoritized populations.

- Experience working fluidly and creatively with students at different stages of knowledge to succeed academically.

- Significant professional and artistic experience with creative coding.

- Artistic fluency in multiple, contemporary musical genres with various cultural roots.

When you apply, please be prepared to attach a document that responds to the following Required Questions:

1. Imagine you are teaching an introductory creative coding course. A principle goal of the course is to support students of diverse backgrounds, with different learning styles, and with various amounts of prior experience, in developing a positive relationship with code. What key things would you do to accomplish that goal?

2. As part of a Sonic Symposium in Portland, Music & Sonic Arts is putting out its annual call to artists for two days of performances on the department's high density loudspeaker array (HDLA). You have been tasked with crafting a call (1000-2000 words) that accomplishes the following: A) Brings talented and accomplished artists from afar to Portland (regional, national, global); B) Provides performance opportunities for local artists; C) Connects the technical and artistic capabilities of an HDLA to the department's commitments to equity, inclusion and social justice.

3. Describe your artistic practice. How do you see your practice enriching the Music & Sonic Arts Department and the communities we serve?

Additional Posting Information:

To apply for this position please provide the following:

1) Completed online application
Be sure to indicate clearly how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications in the employment history to ensure this experience is taken into consideration.

2) Cover Letter (*Attach)
In 1-2 pages, state specifically how you meet each of the qualifications for the position (minimum and preferred qualifications).

3) Current Resume/Vita (*Attach)

4) Unofficial Transcripts for each of your degrees (Includes current PCC employees) (*Attach)
Transcripts need to include the Title of the degree earned and the Date that the degree was conferred and the Name of the Institution.

5) Responses to the 3 Required Questions included in this posting

* When you apply for the position, you will be given an opportunity to attach the above documents. They may be attached in either "Microsoft Word" or ".pdf" formats.

Note to Applicants:

- All transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. are required to include an evaluation by a U.S. credential evaluation agency (copy and paste the link into another browser window for specific instructions).

- Applicants Anticipating Degree Completion by September 1, 2018 must supply a letter from his/her university stating the degree title and that the degree will be granted by that date.

- Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.

- As an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, all qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Documents that must be associated with this posting:

Cover Letter
Responses to Required Questions

Documents which can be associated with this posting:

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

How to Apply

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As an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution, PCC is actively seeking qualified minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans and individuals with disabilities to enhance its work force and to reflect the diversity of its student body. Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.

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