Reports to: Minister, Effective: February 1, 2022

Directly supervises: Accompanist (paid), Music Librarian (volunteer)

Status: Part-time (5-7 hours/week), mid-August to mid-May

Job Summary

The Music Director at the First UU Church of Winnipeg directs the music program and manages the music staff and budget.

Essential Functions

The candidate must be able to:

  • Collaborate with ministers or other service leaders in the creation of worship services.
  • Choose anthems and hymns, in consultation with ministers/service leaders.
  • Arrange for musicians at (non-choir) services.
  • Provide accompaniment for Sunday services, hymns, and choir music.
  • Design and implement occasional special musical worship services.
  • Support and develop the experience of congregational singing.
  • Use technology where possible to provide support for Sunday Services including recording accompaniment and vocals to hymns and for special services, such as memorial services, installations, and other special occasions.
  • Contribute to Sunday Services including recording accompaniment and vocals to hymns.
  • Contribute to special services, such as Christmas Eve, installations, and other special occasions.
  • Engage choir members.
  • Oversee maintenance of pianos.
  • Serve as an important contact in church’s pastoral minister to the choir.
  • Cast a vision for the future of music in the church, guided by the First UU Church of Winnipeg Mission Statement and in collaboration with church staff, church leaders, and choir.
  • Maintain contact with music colleagues in other churches and other professional organizations, including membership and participation in the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries.
  • Manage the sheet music library in compliance with copyright laws, the MD’s professional expenses budget, the music program budget.


The candidate must:

  • Have experience leading a church choir preferable.
  • Have training in choral direction preferable.
  • Pass a criminal record background check.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Music programs take place either virtually or on the main level of the building, and are therefore fully accessible. The music library is currently stored on the second level, which is not accessible; upon consultation between the Music Director and leadership, these cabinets can be moved to an appropriate location on the main level.
  • Candidate must have reliable access to transportation to and from the congregation campus.
  • Candidate must be physically able to lead regular choir rehearsals and recording sessions.
  • Candidate must have access to technology and high-speed internet; if equipment upgrades are needed, a plan will be made with leadership.
  • Candidate must attend weekly staff meetings and regular supervision meetings with the Minister; these may take place via a virtual platform.

Core Competencies

  • Creativity and Innovation: Generates new ideas; makes new connections among existing ideas to create fresh approaches; takes acceptable risks in pursuit of innovation; learns from mistakes; has good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will work.
  • Ethics and Values: Honors the core values and beliefs of the organization in their choice of behaviors; consistently embodies appropriate behavioral choices in both stressful and non-stressful situations; practices the behaviors they advocate to others.
  • Influencing Others: Encourages others to cooperate, participate, provide resources or make decisions, in service to the work at hand; uses verbal and nonverbal skills to communicate respect for others, and to generate energy, passion, and commitment to an idea; creates an environment that others want to participate in.
  • Integrity and Trust: Is seen as trustworthy by others; practices direct, honest and transparent communication; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t operate with hidden agendas; responds to situations with constancy and reliability.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all others who are relevant to the completion of work; works well with people at all levels of the congregation; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of their actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable; avoids communication triangles.
  • Time Management: Is able and willing to focus time on tasks that contribute to organizational goals; Uses time effectively and efficiently; values time and respects the time of others; concentrates their efforts on the most important priorities; can appropriately balance priorities.
  • Team Orientation: demonstrates interest, skill and success in team environments; promotes group goals ahead of personal agendas; steps up to offer self as a resource to other members of the team; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others, takes responsibility for his or her part in team failures.
  • Developing Others: Provides others with challenging and stretching tasks; holds frequent developmental discussions; is aware of the developmental aspirations of others; encourages people to accept challenging assignments.