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Upper School Musical Director (November 2019-February 2020)

Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 04/30/2019

At Catlin Gabel School, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay and do their best work as educators. We pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming community, and we know our school's success is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of our passionate employees.

Catlin Gabel's dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected in our curriculum and in our mission. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. Applications are welcome from anyone and everyone.

Position Title: Upper School Musical Director

Timeline: 4 Months (One season production; November 2019-February 2020)

Department: Upper School

Reports to: Upper School Head


The music director works in close collaboration with the director, and technical director of the Upper School theater program. The musical director oversees all aspects of the music in the production including casting and rehearsing. The collaboration with colleagues requires continuous consultation throughout the rehearsal process. In addition, the music director is responsible for editing tracks (provided by ROCS-stage tracks) and running tracks during rehearsals and performances. The music director should have enough functional piano ability to teach individual parts. The position requires that the director be available from 3:30-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, starting the second week of November (when casting occurs) and through the performances on February 28, 29 and March 6, 8.

Catlin Gabel believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school’s success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.


Interactions occur most routinely with students in the theater. Many informal interactions with students for whom the teacher has no direct supervision or responsibility occur. Daily contact ranges from direct teaching to informal exchanges of a personal or social nature. Regular contact with Upper School colleagues, particularly those working in the same discipline or on a joint project is expected. Contact with parents is a community norm. Responsible collaboration with colleagues, in all divisions, is expected. Important personal qualities include interest in and demonstrated ability to teach and support teenagers, ability to work effectively with a team, a sense of humor, flexibility, organizational ability, energy, and collegiality.

MFA in a music-related field or MA or an education-related discipline, alongside a BA in music is preferred. Demonstrated experience with adolescents or young adults also preferred. Teaching experience is required.

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