Assistant Mustang Band Director – (STU00000126)

Southern Methodist University

Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

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SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and SciencesCox School of BusinessLyle School of EngineeringMeadows School of the ArtsSimmons School of Education and Human DevelopmentDedman School of LawPerkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

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Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

Serves as Assistant Director for University Athletic Bands, including, but not limited to Mustang Marching Band and Mustang Basketball band. Assists with daily administration of Athletic Bands and Diamond M Club. Oversees student workers as assigned. This position is an integral part of the SMU Spirit Leadership Team.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists Director of Mustang Band and Spirit Groups with all Athletic Band rehearsals and serves as Director in their
    absence. Maintains financial records as assigned. Assists with administration of Athletic Band program. Oversees student workers as assigned.
  • Maintains music licensing and oversees production of music arrangements for all Mustang Band events. May arrange music as assigned.
  • Serves on Spirit Leadership Team and attends weekly meetings. Serves on Summer Camp Leadership Team.
  • Works alongside Director of Mustang Band and Spirit Groups as a liaison to Diamond M Club and Development Office.
  • Coordinates non-football ensembles such as, but not limited to, Mustang Basketball Band including music selections and schedule.
  • Produces “Pigskin Revue” including schedules, ensuring music is arranged, and working with Homecoming
    Committee as needed.
  • Assist with Mustang Band recruiting and auditions. Participate in on and off campus recruiting events.
  • Attend appropriate professional development including, but not limited to Texas Bandmasters Association,
    Texas Music Educators Association, and College Band Directors National Association conferences.
  • Participate in assigned Division of Student Affairs events.
  • Athletic Band schedule is dictated by athletic events and do occur on evenings, weekends, and holiday weekends.
  • Travel to events in and out of state will be necessary.

Education and Experience:

A Master’s degree is required. 

A minimum of three years of experience is required.

Experience with athletic band teaching and administration is required. Experience working as a High School Band Director is preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.  

Candidate knowledge of music arranging and copyright process is required. 

Candidate familiarity with music notation software, Pyware 3D, and Ultimate Drill Book is preferred. 

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Bend, squat, crawl, stand, climb, kneel
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Carry/lift 25-50 lbs.
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Push/pull
  • Walk for long distances
  • Drive motorized equipment
  • Exposure to excessive noise
  • Around moving machinery
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature/or humidity

Deadline to Apply:

December 31, 2023

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU’s retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn’t just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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