Assistant Director of Bands

The University of Pikeville is currently seeking a qualified musician, conductor, innovator, and leader to be appointed as 12-month staff position of Assistant Director of Bands. This position will require working with the Director of Bands and band staff in the execution of the overall program. A large part of time will be dedicated to the new UPIKE marching band program, recruiting programs (on and off campus), and building the UPIKE wind band program. Further responsibilities include music classes, campus summer camps, and program management.


  1. Assist the Director in all aspects of band rehearsal, administration, planning, creative work, and logistics.
  2. Assist with all college and departmental recruiting efforts i.e. Fall Hype Days, school recruitment visits, KMEA, and other creative recruitment opportunities as needed.
  3. Assist in driving a dynamic program into the future.
  4. Teaching an array of classes as needed by the program, i.e. basketball pep program, various courses within the minor and music emphasis.
  5. Organize and lead private lessons as needed, based on the instrumental background.
  6. Assess students, hold office hours, and engage in department and university service including establishing strong working relationships with colleagues, and representing the music department on and off campus.
  7. Ability to exercise good judgment in problem resolution situations.
  8. Implement practices and band development programs including majorettes & color guard.
  9. Organize & lead appropriate practices to prepare for school year activities & football season.
  10. Participate in community and campus life opportunities.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master' degree required.
  • Successful secondary instrumental band instruction.
  • Genuine interest in the Marching Arts with arranging and/or drill experience.
  • Wind/Brass lesson experience.
  • Conducting experience.
  • Understanding of recruiting and retention programs.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Doctorate degree.
  • Music education focused.
  • DCI and/or indoor marching arts experience.
  • Woodwind emphasis.
  • Guitar experience.
  • Collegiate teaching experience.
  • Interdisciplinary interests for Music Business (therapy, publishing, repair, retail, copyright/law, etc.).


Position requires daily contact with faculty, staff, students, and community members in order to exchange information. These relationships are maintained through e-mail, telephone, and person-to-person contact.

** Please submit a cover letter addressing the desired requirements you possess, any/all of the preferred considerations you may have, and why you are a unique candidate for this position. If possible, a link to a short video comprised of a rehearsal and/or concert footage of the applicant conducting/working with an ensemble.  Curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, contacts to three professional references.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, and dependent care accounts. UPIKE also offers a generous holiday schedule and paid leave program.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. 

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. Inquiries may be directed to the University of Pikeville Title IX Coordinator by calling 606-218-5344. 

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Date Posted: 07/17/2020
Department: Band
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Staff