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Adjunct Faculty - Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director


Adjunct Faculty

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Traverse City, Michigan

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POSITION TITLE: Adjunct Faculty - Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director

DEPARTMENT: Humanities Academic Area / Extended Educational Services

REPORTS TO: Academic Chair/Department Head

STARTING SALARY RANGE: Click on the following link to view the Adjunct Faculty Salary Scale

This position will lead the NMC Vocal Jazz Ensemble in weekly rehearsals and in performances throughout the year. The work includes singer and ensemble development, recruitment, and promotion. This individual must be an accomplished vocal jazz director, and able to envision and implement a plan for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble’s growth and longevity. This individual must also be: well-organized, possess a high level of energy, creative, and self-motivated. The ideal candidate will be a team-player and have the ability to build relationships internally within the college and within the community.



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Music
  • Three years minimum Vocal Jazz directing experience
  • Demonstrated success at the high school, or collegiate level
  • Demonstrated success at ensemble recruiting



  • Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance
  • Experience working with collegiate or community bands




  • Ethical behavior and integrity
  • Commitment to quality service, responsible stewardship, continuous improvement
  • Agility/adaptability/tolerance for ambiguity
  • Accountability/personal responsibility
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Create/Contribute to a culture of innovation and thoughtful risk-taking
  • Collaboration/Teamwork
  • Value all people




See the NMC Adjunct Resource Guide for further details.

  • Establish, and maintain, a culture of musical excellence within the Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Lead the Vocal Jazz Ensemble in weekly rehearsals
  • Schedule and supervise regular sectional rehearsals
  • Work with Director of Music Programs to create a yearly performance calendar, typically two concerts per semester
  • Recruit and retain qualified college students for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Work to build positive relationships with local high school choir directors
  • Recruit and retain qualified community members for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Work with the Director of Music Programs to coordinate efforts for marketing, public relations and recruitment
  • Work collegially with other department faculty to foster program and student success
  • Develop a comprehensive syllabus and handbook for Vocal Jazz Ensemble members
  • Perform related duties as assigned, including timely compliance with clerical and administrative responsibilities, College policies, division policies and department policies
  • Participate in Music Department Meetings and Convocations
  • Maintain positive relationships with school, community and professional music groups


Planning and Instruction:

  • Prepare and deliver instruction to students.
  • Effectively employ a range of suitable strategies to foster student learning.
  • Stimulate class discussions and encourage active learning in all students.
  • Maintain proper class-related records.
  • Promptly assess student coursework and apprise students of progress.
  • Demonstrate an interest in using current and emerging technologies in the classroom and/or in online teaching.



  • Support the academic area and College through other work normally expected of adjunct faculty members.


Professional Development:

  • Engage in on-going professional development activities, maintaining and expanding expertise in academic field (College funding may be available to do so).


Effectively teach students registered for assigned classes.

  • Prepare appropriate plans, materials, and learning activities for students to reach the learning outcomes of each class.
  • Present to students, by whatever means is more effective, the information in as imaginative and stimulating a manner as his/her competence and the circumstances permit.
  • Consult with students individually and/or in groups to amplify, examine, critique, and/or apply course material to help students efficiently reach learning outcomes as well as identify common learning problems of students so the teaching strategies can be appropriately adjusted.
  • Construct and administer tests, and/or other means, for measuring student learning. Upon evaluating such performance for each instructional period, report a grade for each student to the Records Office by the date due.
  • Maintain any student records appropriate to regular college procedure and assessment practice.
  • Use survey forms as designated to obtain evaluation feedback regarding performance.
  • Submit appropriate materials to the Vice President or his/her designee. All official college transcripts should be sent to Human Resources.
  • Attend meetings required by the Vice President, Academic Chair, or their designees.


Effectively participate in the affairs of the College as necessary to develop and maintain a strong and vibrant instructional institution.

  • Contribute ideas and energies to cooperate and actively participate as a team member with colleagues in carrying out activities of the division.
  • Consult with the Academic Chair, Department Head, or other appropriate college personnel on questions or issues involving course, curricula, instructional strategies, and College procedures and policies


Continuously improve teaching effectiveness through professional growth. For example, adjunct faculty are encouraged to attend, whenever possible, professional development activities sponsored by NMC's Center for Instructional Excellence.

Attendance (Instructor)

  • In the event of the instructor's absence, it is the adjunct instructor's responsibility to notify the Educational Services Office as soon as possible by calling 995-1543.  All class cancellations are posted on the campus TV monitors and the telephone information bulletin board. Extended absences may result in a reduction in the adjunct faculty member's contracted pay.

Attendance (Student)

  • It is assumed that regular attendance is necessary for success in any course. While generally it has been accepted that a student should be penalized when the number of absences, due to negligence on the student's part, are in excess of the hours of credit in the course, instructors are permitted to establish attendance regulations for their own classes. Each instructor must determine their own policy at the beginning of each semester and include it in the instructions to the students. All work missed by absence must be made up to the satisfaction of the instructor.
  • If a student has excessive absences, the instructor should attempt to contact the student regarding the problem and also notify the Academic Chair.
  • In the event that students or parents report to the Educational Services Office that the student will be absent for an extended period of time because of illness or other unforeseen circumstances, this information will be transmitted to the appropriate instructors.




Each adjunct faculty member is primarily responsible for effectively teaching students in assigned classes. In such assignments, each adjunct faculty instructor is a member of the professional teaching staff, and as such is responsible for effectively implementing the mission of NMC and the appropriate academic areas. Each member of the adjunct faculty is directly responsible for and is provided resources by, the following: the academic chair(s), the department head(s), and/or the program coordinator(s). The office manager in each academic area is an additional resource to all faculty.



  • Distributes to each student, and for each course taught, an approved syllabus that:
    • Conveys the goals and outcomes of the course.
    • Reflects curriculum adopted by the academic area for said course.
    • Establishes and communicates challenging expectations for students.
    • Explains the relationship of those expectations to the grading and assessment process.
  • Plans thoroughly on a daily, weekly, and semester basis to ensure implementation of the established curriculum and provides strong support for students (in their pursuit of established expectations).



  • Provides motivation to learn through:
    • Thorough planning.
    • Enthusiasm for the subject matter.
    • An appropriate classroom climate.
    • Relevant and current course content.
    • The use of varied instructional delivery modes.
  • Facilitates and paces instruction effectively to maximize learning.
  • Assesses learning goals frequently, using a variety of methods, such as:
    • Questioning techniques.
    • Oral and/or written tests.
    • Student presentations.
    • Writing assignments.
  • Is available to students for consultation on an as-needed basis.
  • Provides instructional support (e.g., tutoring and support services/special needs) as deemed appropriate. For detailed information about these services, contact Kari Kahler, Director of Learning Services, at 995-1228.


Professional Growth:

  • Maintains a current knowledge of the subject area(s) of instruction and effective teaching methodologies.
  • Makes good use of professional development opportunities. For information on professional development activities available to adjunct faculty, visit

Professional Expectations:

  • Professional Expertise: Subject Area Mastery
    • Places the primary emphasis on student learning in the design, delivery, evaluation, and assessment of courses.
    • Demonstrates a continuing engagement with the learning and scholarship of his/her area of specialization.
    • Strives to be on the cutting edge of professional content knowledge and methodology.
  • Professional Expertise: Teaching Methodology
    • Provides a clear and comprehensive course syllabus.
    • Understands and adapts teaching to the various learning styles present in the classroom as demonstrated by the development of course materials and assessment of student learning.
    • Understands and practices a variety of teaching strategies.
    • Uses innovation in teaching practices to facilitate student learning.
    • Designs and implements a course curriculum that reflects the relevance of academic studies to the everyday world.


Professional Qualities:

  • Exhibits strong communication skills and serves as a role model for students in this area.
  • Strives to foster higher-level learning with an emphasis on analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • Is fully committed to the mission and values of Northwestern Michigan College.
  • Possesses a positive attitude including the ability to see good in self and others.
  • Shows flexibility including the acceptance of and willingness to change.
  • Takes risks and tries new things.
  • Knows and acknowledges personal limits.
  • Displays self-discipline and a strong work ethic.
  • Accepts responsibilities for professional and personal growth.


Professional Abilities:

  • Demonstrates success and commitment as a team player.
  • Uses constructive feedback as an opportunity for growth.
  • Handles conflict effectively.
  • Motivates others. 


Professional Relations with Students: Creating a Positive Learning Environment:

  • Puts students first.
  • Sets high expectations for students.
  • Resolves to “make a difference” in students’ learning.
  • Makes an earnest attempt to learn and remember students’ names.
  • Listens to and hears what students say.
  • Shows respect for students.
  • Shows confidence in students and encourages them to believe they can learn successfully. 


Additional Contract Responsibilities:

  • Responds to requests (e.g., from academic area chairs, department heads, committee chairs, Records Office) in a timely and thorough manner.
  • Communicates with students and college personnel via the College’s electronic mail system (i.e., GroupWise).
  • Consults with the academic area chair or other appropriate College personnel on questions or issues involving course curricula, instructional strategies, and College policies and procedures.
  • Works constructively and through established channels to resolve problems.
  • Meets classes for the scheduled times.
  • Notifies the academic area office manager and the Central Scheduling Office (995-1113) as soon as possible if the need to be absent arises. Absences may result in a reduction in contracted pay.
  • Consults the official class roster to assure that all students appearing in class are registered for the class, as students are not permitted to sit in class without being registered. All students must be registered by the end of the add period.
  • Maintains a paper or electronic record (i.e., spreadsheet or grade book) of each student’s progress and has it available upon request by appropriate College personnel. Submits a copy of the record to the academic area chair at the conclusion of every semester. Such records must be kept by the college for a period of three years.
  • Enters grades online for each student for attendance verification, mid-semester notification and final grades. Monitors NMC email for instructions and deadline dates.
  • Follows academic area’s established method for obtaining student evaluation feedback regarding instructor performance.
  • Treats all members of the College community with dignity and respect.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

All adjunct faculty are required to be part of the Michigan Public Schools Employee Retirement System (MPSERS). Adjunct faculty are eligible to receive tuition benefits during the following academic year based on the contacts taught in the previous academic year.


This is a part-time position. The work hours may include teaching nights and/or weekends.

Open until filled. Applications must be submitted online at For more information, visit NMC on the web at For questions or assistance, email or call 231-995-2612.

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions.

Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Open until filled. Please attach a copy of your cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts (if possible). Official transcripts will be required of all finalists. For assistance call (231)995-2612 or e-mail

This position is located in Traverse City, MI. View the Google Map in full screen.