Church Music Director/ Organist– Full Time

Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, Charleston, West Virginia

DEADLINE for receipt of Resumes is July 14, 2017

Position Description

The KUPC Music Director/Organist is a full-time position responsible to the pastor. The position carries out the specific duties listed below as well as other duties assigned by the Pastor.  The Music Director/Organist is a full-time member of the staff of Kanawha United Presbyterian Church and is a contributing part of the Christian community of lay and ordained church workers.

Only Serious Applicants. Persons must be willing and able to accept the position and then occupy the position within sixty (60) days of selection. Not all applicants will be contacted for a personal interview. Applicants may be required to submit audio materials or other media demonstrating their performance.

As Music Director/Organist, the successful candidate will …

I. Select hymns appropriate in conjunction with the pastor which are reflective of the liturgical season and designated Scripture texts.

2. Provide organ music at all traditional Sunday worship services, mid-week worship occasions, and all special celebrations of worship where the organ is the primary instrument used.

3. Accompany vocalists and instrumentalists.

4. Choose and purchase organ music within the approved budgetary parameters.

5. Oversee the tuning and maintenance of all musical instruments of the church within the approved budget and provide regular reports specifying maintenance needs to the Worship Committee.

6. Provide for qualified substitutes for all absences.

7. Provide overall direction and rehearsal of the Adult Choir, Children’s Choir and Hand Bell Choir for Sunday Services and holiday services.

8. Actively recruit new participants to enable the development of an expanded music program in the church; this might include new choirs members and/or musical presentations.

9. Submit budget requests each fall as part of the budgetary process of the Session.

10. Schedule and coordinate performances of outside musicians.

11. Assist in the development and coordination of the Choral Scholar’s Program.

12. Perform special music needs for weddings, funerals, and other services of worship.  This will include meeting with and advising bride/groom in wedding planning, consulting the family of the deceased in funeral preparations, and to play for funerals and weddings receiving the following fees established by Session.

13.  Perform other duties from time to time as may be directed by the Pastor or Session and agreed to by the parties involved.

Working Conditions

I. Performance and pay will be reviewed after the first six months of employment, and on an annual basis thereafter (12 months from hire date; 24 months; etc.).

2. Cooperate with all staff and musicians of the congregation so that music ministry is enhanced within the life of the church.

3. The Music Director/Organist shall have permission to conduct private lessons and make the organ/piano available to qualified students.

4. The Music Director/Organist shall seek professional relationships with other church choral directors and keep abreast of developments in worship and liturgy through associations, continuing education, and professional church publications.

5. Be provided four (4) weeks of paid vacation time per year at a time agreed to by the pastor but not during Christmas or Easter seasonal services.

6. Be entitled to up to twelve (12) days sick leave per year. In such cases the church shall pay for the services of a substitute organist.  In case of extended illness, the church may consider the granting of additional sick leave time.

KUPC is an equal opportunity employer

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Possesses the ability to skillfully perform on a Rieger Kloss organ.

A minimum of a bachelor of Music degree and sufficient keyboard ability to sight read hymns, liturgy, and easy anthem accompaniments on a piano.

Able and willing to continue KUPC’s tradition of serving the musical life of our community outside the church and work with other musical organizations that utilize KUPC as a practice and performance venue.

Demonstrate knowledge of Presbyterian worship tradition and a theological understanding of the church sufficient to appropriately select music and texts for traditional worship.

Has excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.

Possesses the ability to skillfully coordinate the work of a large group of volunteers.

Has knowledge of and supports the church’s mission statement, beliefs and commitment.

Salary: Starting pay is between $35,000 and $50,000 per year based on education and experience.

Benefits: Kanawha United Presbyterian Church shall provide, in addition to the aforementioned salary, the following:

Individual or Family Health Insurance through the Board of Pensions.  The Church pays 100% of premiums.

Social Security

PCUSA Traditional Pension Plan – (11% of salary)

Disability Insurance

Life Insurance

Reimbursement in the amount annually budgeted (currently $1,000) for expenses incurred by him in attending a church music conference, workshop or institute, or other forms of continuing education.

Relocation assistance up to $5,000 may be available.

To apply for this position, please email your resume to –

or mail to : KUPC, 1009 Virginia St. East, Charleston, WV 25301


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Fellowship - 12 noon

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