Iowa City First UMC seeking experienced organist


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, IOWA CITY, IOWA ORGANIST POSITION First United Methodist Church, Iowa City is seeking an experienced part-time organist beginning on January 15, 2019 or until position filled.

POSITION TITLE: Organist As a member of the staff of FUMC, the organist is part of and has shared responsibility for the vision and mission of the congregation.

JOB STATUS: Part time. 12-month position, estimated 10-12 hours per week plus preparation time. Evening and weekend hours as described below.

FLSA: Salaried Exempt Supervised by Director of Worship and Music Ministries Reporting Relationship: Lead Pastor, S/PRC, and Worship Planning Committee

Job Summary: FUMC has a rich heritage of high-quality music. Music is an integral part of our worship service, and for many members of the congregation it is the way they experience the presence of God. As a member of the Worship Planning Team, the organist helps select hymns for the service, selects suitable service music each week and works with the choir directors to provide solid accompaniments for the choirs, solo voices or instrumentalists.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS ~ Participate in Worship Planning Meetings Participate in Worship Planning Meetings (typically Tuesday 9:30-11:00 AM). Work closely with the team to plan service music that fits with the lectionary themes and offer suggestions for hymns. Hymns are typically chosen by the pastor who is preaching; choir pieces are selected by the choir directors. Select suitable solo music for the services in cooperation with the Director of Worship and Music Ministries, and provide titles and composers to the church office on Tuesday morning before worship planning meeting. ~ Provide meaningful organ and piano music for two Sunday worship services each week Music at a typical service might consist of gathering music, a prelude, several congregational hymns, a piece with the choir, music during communion, a piece for offertory, a doxology, and a postlude. Services typically start at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM. There is warm-up time for the choir ahead of the services for which they sing. ~ Provide organ music for hymn sings On the fifth Sunday of the month, there is a Hymn Sing 15 minutes before each service begins. During the Hymn Sing, hymns are requested by the members of the congregation, therefore good sight-reading skills are required. ~ Provide meaningful organ and piano music for special worship services Typical examples of special services include Christmas Eve (four services), Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. As needed, provide keyboard accompaniment for the Sunday 9:15 AM contemporary worship service. Subject to availability, provide organ music for special services not mentioned above; if not available, assist in the hiring of fa substitute organist. ~ Accompany choirs Chancel Choir (adult choir) rehearsal is 7:00-8:30 PM on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings worship services, August through June. There may be other rehearsals as needed. Grace Notes (women’s choir) rehearsal is 6:15-7:00 PM on Wednesday evenings. This group typically sings once a month, late August through June. There may be other rehearsals as needed. Typical Children’s Choir rehearsal is Sunday afternoon, September through May. When the director is not available, the organist will be responsible for choir warm- ups. ~ Accompany vocalists or instrumentalists during Sunday Services Accompany vocalists or instrumentalists during Sunday Services as requested. Although less frequent during the academic year, vocalists and instrumentalists typically present music during the summer months when the Chancel Choir is off. Such accompaniment may require rehearsals with the vocalists or instrumentalists, similar to rehearsal with the Chancel Choir. OTHER

RESPONSIBILITIES ~ At the request of the families, our organist may be asked to play for weddings and funerals held at the church The organist fee is set by the pastor and/or funeral director. Such fees are additional non-salaried compensation. If organist is unable to play, it is his/her responsibility to find a suitable substitute. There may be times when the family will want someone other than the church’s organist to play. ~ Provide proper care for the organ and pianos Report maintenance needs to the Director of Worship and Music Ministries, Facility Manager, and/or Trustees. ~ Attendance at church meetings As request of the Lead Pastor, attend scheduled meetings of Church Staff, Worship Ministry Team, Board of Trustees, Administrative Council or Charge Conference. ~ Maintain and grow skills Maintain keyboard skills as well as learn new repertoire through regular practice; participate in professional organizations of your choice related to worship and music; participate in continuing education events upon consultation with the Director of Worship and Music Ministries.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES ~ Plentiful and flexible practice time on our organ You will have high priority in choice of practice times. ~ Teaching privileges and recital opportunities. The organist is permitted to use the organ and piano for private teaching, provided that use of the facilities is scheduled in advance so as to not interfere with other church events.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS ~ A Bachelor’s degree in organ is preferred. However, consideration will be given to a person presently enrolled in an organ degree program and who has experience playing for worship services. ~ Proficiency at organ and piano performance and accompaniment, including playing of solo pieces, accompaniment of choirs, vocal soloists and instrumentalists, and leading congregational hymns. ~ Ability to sight read music and to follow the conductors, vocal soloists, or instrumentalists. ~ Understand and assist with the order and flow, style, and context of the worship service. ~ Knowledge and ability to select Christian music appropriate for solo pieces (e.g., gathering music, prelude, offertory, music for communion, postlude). ~ Familiarity with and ability to play a wide variety of music styles including classical, gospel, and contemporary.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS ~ Able to move freely about the church (organ/choir loft, sanctuary, choir practice room) and play organ with both hands and feet. ~ Able to visually read music and hear the choir, soloist, etc.

CORE COMPETENCIES ~ Spiritual Maturity: Love God and people. Shows strong personal depth and spiritual grounding; demonstrates integrity by walking the talk, and by responding with a constancy of purpose; is seen by others as trustworthy and authentic; nurtures a rich spiritual life, and seeks the wisdom and guidance of appropriate mentors. ~ Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all others who are important to the completion of work; works well with people at all levels of the congregation; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact his/her actions on others; uses tact and diplomacy; is approachable; avoids communication triangles. ~ 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 team members; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others; takes responsibility for his/her part in team failures. ~ Technical Expertise: Acquires and demonstrates the technical skills required to proficiently execute the essential functions of the job; understands which skills are lacking and seeks to develop those skills; continually works toward mastery of technical proficiency. ~ Creativity and Innovation: Generates new ideas; makes new connections to 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.

COMPENSATION ~ $12,000 to $14,000 depending on experience and training. ~ benefits (including paid vacation) per FUMC Personnel Manual

An interested applicant is invited to submit: 1. Cover letter and résumé 2. List of three references with contact information 3. Recent service bulletins and concert programs, if available 4. CD/tape/DVD/video of recent performances, if available Reviews will begin immediately. Application received by December 1, 2018, will be given preference. Send application materials to Organist Search Committee c/o Dr. Samuel Kwok, Director of Worship and Music Ministries First United Methodist Church 214 East Jefferson Street Iowa City, IA 52245 Tel: 319-337-2857 Email: