Organist/Choir Director

Position Description

Northfield Community Church (NCC) is seeking an Organist/Choir Director to build on a 75-year ministry of traditional sacred music. This permanent position is part-time, approximately 20 hours per week year-round, and includes four weeks of paid time off as well as a professional development stipend.

The Organist/Choir Director will serve as the organist and Sanctuary Choir director at Sunday morning Spirited Traditional Worship services at 10:30 am, and at special worship services during the church year. 

 

As an integral member of the church staff, NCC’s Organist/Choir Director will direct and nurture a dedicated Sanctuary Choir that averages 12-18 voices, including four paid section leaders.  A handbell choir also participates in worship 3-6 times a year. The Sanctuary and Handbell Choirs are in session from September to June.  Services at NCC are in person and and live-streamed.

Responsibilities of the Organist/Choir Director include:

 

  • Work collegially with the Senior Minister to envision, plan and carry out worship.  Meet weekly, in person and/or via videoconferencing, with the Senior Minister.

  • Serve as the primary resource for music ministry at Northfield Community Church.

  • Attend monthly church staff meetings.

  • Meet quarterly with the Music Committee to discuss the music program and to envision and plan any special musical events.

  • Play the organ, piano or harpsichord for the Spirited Traditional Sunday Service.

  • Play and conduct music at special worship services throughout the church year.

  • Work collaboratively with other groups as needed, for special services: Children’s Ministry and Worship and Praise ministry.

  • Direct, accompany and nurture the Sanctuary and Handbell Choirs. The Sanctuary Choir rehearses 90 minutes before Sunday morning worship with special rehearsals as needed.  The Handbell Choir rehearses as needed.

  • Manage budgeted funds for music, tuning, repair and remuneration of instrumentalists and paid section leaders. 

  • Order choral and instrumental music that includes both classical/traditional choral anthems as well as contemporary offerings, seeking a diversity of musical experiences.

  • Audition, hire and supervise paid section leaders, soloists and instrumentalists.

  • Manage the care and maintenance of the church’s musical instruments in conjunction with the Music Committee and the Board of Trustees.

  • Provide articles for the church website and newsletter as well as weekly worship bulletins.

  • Set stipends and serve as organist and/or pianist at weddings and funerals, or arrange for a substitute.

  • Teaching private lessons in the church facilities is encouraged and supported.

  • Instruments include:    

               Sanctuary Organ:  1973 Schlicker, 2 manual, tracker, renovated 2016

               Chapel Organ:  Moller, 2 manual, 11 ranks

               Sanctuary Piano:  7 ft. Baldwin grand

               Timpani: 3 Ludwig

               Set of Malmark bells

 

 Education, Qualifications, & Experience:

  • The ideal candidate will possess a high level of skill as an organist/pianist as well as experience conducting groups with varied musical abilities.

  • They will have a background in choral repertoire as well as organ repertoire.

  • They will have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

  • A background check is required prior to completion of the employment contract.

 

Good Faith Relationships:

NCC recognizes ministry in the local church is both rewarding and demanding. The staff team, Personnel Committee and Council are committed to keeping open channels of communication and to speaking the truth with love in order that we might build up the body of Christ. This requires relationships of trust and mutual respect. Such relationships depend on staff and laity being principle-centered and being dedicated to a Christ’s ministry of reconciliation, healing, love and justice. It also requires that every leader – staff and lay - support and strive to fulfill the vision of the church to be “an oasis of grace” where the gospel is discerned, celebrated and lived in our individual and common life.

 

Annual Compensation: $40,000 - $44,000 plus four weeks paid vacation and one week continuing education

 

To Apply/Inquire:

Electronic submissions, via email, are preferred and may be sent to:

When applying, please include a CV along with a summary of experience, philosophy of sacred music in the congregational worship setting and how this position might support your professional goals.  Links to YouTube performances are welcome.  Please include email addresses for two references.

 

Submissions via postal mail:

 

  Music Search Committee

  Northfield Community Church
  400 Wagner Road
  Northfield, Illinois 60093

 

This position is available fall 2022.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.