Music Director Position

  • Date Posted: September 14 , 2023
  • Date Needed: January 1, 2024
  • City: Surprise
  • Location: Arizona
  • Country: United States
  • Primary Category: Music Director
  • Type of Position: Exempt, Half Time
  • Salary: $22,000, commensurate with training, experience, and background
  • Benefits:
    • Pro-rated:
      • Health, Dental, LTD, Life/AD&D, Professional Expenses
      • Retirement Plan – eligible after 12 Months



Unitarian Universalist Church Surprise (UUCS), a progressive faith community, seeks a vibrant and talented Director of Music. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, creative, and find joy in working with a socially conscious and energetic congregation.


About UUCS

UUCS is a liberal, religious community dedicated to the inherent worth and dignity of all people and the possibility of a more just and kind world. Our multigenerational community of about 160 adults, children and youth is part of the Unitarian Universalist tradition– a tradition committed to the idea that people of different religious and spiritual beliefs can live in covenant with one another. UUCS seeks to build communities of love within the congregation and in our work for social justice and peace in the world. 

Music is central to the life of the congregation, inspiring us, voicing our mission and vision through song, and calling us to a fuller expression of our values. We seek to share music with the wider community.


Overview of responsibilities for Director of Music Music Ministry

  • Collaborating with the Pastor in overseeing music programming and the planning of music for all worship services, including hymns, choir anthems, guest musicians and other music.
  • Leading regularly scheduled choir rehearsals and performances in worship sevices.
  • Securing and supervising pianist(s), contract musicians and volunteers.
  • Encouraging and assisting musicians in the community to share their musical gifts with the congregation.
  • Ordering, cataloguing, and tracking sheet music in the music library. Supervising volunteer music librarian.
  • Overseeing piano maintenance, and managing and maintaining music supplies.
  • Collaborating with other staff members, volunteers, congregants and the Music Committee as appropriate.
  • Writing weekly music notes, monthly newsletter column and annual report.
  • Supervising creation of digital visuals for use in worship services as it relates to music.
  • Other administrative responsibilities as required.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in music or relevant experience.
  • General Keyboard ability.
  • At least 2 years experience conducting a choir with demonstrated ability to work with and engage diverse groups of musicians with a variety of skill levels.


Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about a variety of music styles.
  • Strong planning & organizational skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Unitarian Universalist heritage and values.
  • Understanding of copyright laws that apply to live streaming.
  • Familiarity with audio and recording technology.


Starting Date

  • Negotiable



Salary: $22,000 commensurate with training, experience, and background, with pro-rated beneSits. Salary & benefits contingent on budget approval.

Employment includes Membership in AUUMM (Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries), providing opportunity for professional growth.


How to Apply

As an intentionally inclusive and diverse Unitarian Universalist congregation, we welcome applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

Job Application

Unitarian Universalist Church in Surprise

We welcome you!
Sundays at 10:30am

17540 N Avenue of the Arts
Surprise, AZ 85378
(623) 875-2550

A Progressive, Inclusive Faith Community