Early Childhood & General Music Department Chair

Submitted by HRMerit on Mon, 03/19/2018 - 4:03pm


Merit School of Music seeks a highly qualified faculty candidate for the position of Early Childhood & General Music Department Chair. The Early Childhood & General Music Department Chair reports directly to the Dean and Vice President for Educational Affairs and serves as a member of Merit’s faculty leadership team. The Early Childhood & General Music Department Chair will be responsible for completing regular evaluations of Merit’s faculty in collaboration with the Piano, Early Childhood and General Music Program Director. Additionally, the successful candidate will have a voice in curriculum development and evaluation, and student assessment (general music). With Merit’s other department chairs and program staff they will help drive conversations critical to the evolution of Merit’s programs. This position will begin no later than May 1, 2018.

Organization Overview

Since its founding in 1979, Merit School of Music has successfully motivated and inspired over 50,000 young people with high-quality music instruction. The School’s broad-ranging comprehensive curriculum, extensive level of financial aid, sense of community and the standard of excellence set forth by the faculty and students are major components of its success.

Merit offers a multi-leveled, structured curriculum in a college preparatory environment. Programs take place at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center in Chicago’s West Loop and at nearly 30 locations in neighborhoods across the City. Instruction is offered to approximately 5,000 students of all ages, from infants to adults, and from beginners to the Juilliard-bound by over 150 accomplished faculty members. Merit has an annual operating budget of $6 million, of which nearly half is supported by contributed revenue.

Merit School of Music transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education.

Reporting Relationship

The Early Childhood & General Music Department Chair reports to the Dean and Vice President for Educational Affairs.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Early Childhood & General Music Department Chair include, but are not limited to:

Regular observations & evaluations of Merit’s Early Childhood and General Music faculty
Regular attendance at bi-monthly department chair meeting and bi-annual faculty meetings
Convene a minimum of two department meetings each academic year
Assist with curricula development and provide input regarding program evaluation
Assist with the hiring of new faculty
Provide ongoing mentoring and support to new and current faculty
Other projects as assigned
Personal Skills/Attributes/Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

Proven success as an Early Childhood & General Music teacher
A track record of professionalism and cultivating positive relationships with colleagues
Experience developing curriculum and/or program evaluation tools
Fantastic communication skills
Flexible and adaptive disposition

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience/training


Flexible and dependent on time of year. Most faculty evaluations occur in late fall and early spring. Deparmental meetings are scheduled at the discretion and mutual availability of the chair and faculty in each department. Assignment to specific projects may vary by department and work load.


$75 stipend per observation/evaluation
$40 per hour for leading departmental meetings
$25 per hour for participating in interviews, auditions and other faculty-related meetings

Interested candidates should send résumé to:


No phone calls or faxes please.

For more information about Merit School of Music, please visit www.meritmusic.org.

Merit School of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, physical or mental disability or any other protected status in admission or access to, or employment in its programs and activities.

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