Artistic Choir Director


PART-TIME (50% FTE), RENEWABLE TERM FROM SEPTEMBER TO JUNE EACH YEAR Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth and contributing to a vibrant community. Phoenix’s ten locations in Halifax, N.S. provide a continuum of care for youth ages 11-24 and their families. We offer important services and programs including shelter, food, housing support, health care, parenting support, recreation, education and employment services, and clinical therapy. Our team of caring professionals recognizes that each person who comes to us has individual needs as well as strengths. People are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them. To learn more about Phoenix Youth Programs, visit: Phoenix serves hundreds of youth who collectively offer great diversity to the organization. To better serve the youth we aim to reflect their diversity in our staff contingent. _____________________________________________________________________________________

The Choir: The Phoenix Community Choir is a program that powerfully highlights the impact made when youth, Phoenix staff, and supportive community members join their voices together in song. The choir provides members with new skills and opportunities to stretch beyond one’s comfort zone and build self-esteem. It is a community of caring people who love music and believe in social justice. Since 2011 the Choir has sung over 200 songs and has collaborated with many local stars, including members of the Rankin family, Ben Caplan, Symphony Nova Scotia, The Once and VOX. The choir performs at least 4 times each term (September to December and January to June). Some of those performances are at Phoenix events and there is a large concert at the end of each term. Job Summary: The Artistic Director leads the Phoenix Community Choir by creating a musical/singing environment for its SATB, ages 12+, multi-skill-level members that is welcoming and non-judgemental. The Director is responsible for all aspects of the choir’s activities from the scheduling, logistics and public relations of performances, to acquiring/arranging scores, conducting and ensuring a therapeutic experience for youth. A full position description can be found on our website at:

We are looking for an Artistic Director who has worked musically with children, youth, and community members. The Phoenix Community Choir requires a Director who embraces inclusion and diversity. This position requires someone who is comfortable working “outside of the box”, with the ability to be flexible around attendance, expectations and abilities. At the same time, the director must deliver the program with structure and intentionality for youth development and in pursuit of musical excellence. We are looking for someone who easily builds rapport with people from all walks of life and who has an interest in social justice/change. We would like our director to be enthusiastic, patient, professional, and to have a passion for people and music. The Artistic Director is a Phoenix employee and is an integral part of the Phoenix family, which includes staff, board members, volunteers, students and donors. Specific to the choir there is significant support and collaboration from co-workers because the choir impacts each program and is well-known to the public. The Director works in close collaboration with Fund Development (fundraising, public relations and volunteers), and the SPIN Programmer (experiential and therapeutic programming, youth leadership and development) and many other staff and volunteer supports. The Music: The repertoire is proposed by the youth members and has a broad focus on pop music in addition to many other genres including gospel, rap, world and hip hop. Choir members may or may not have experience singing and many learn by rote or by ear. An ability to arrange music directed at these genres would be considered an asset. Compensation: A competitive wage, 4% vacation pay, Employee and Family Assistance Program, in-house trainings and professional development opportunities. Hours of Work: 20 hours per week. Flexibility is required to accommodate performances which can occur in the evenings and on weekends. Rehearsals occur Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (which include one hour of practice, supper, group discussion and clean-up).

Location: Office: 6169 Quinpool Rd., Suite 220; Rehearsals: St. Andrew’s Church: 1390 Robie St. and Phoenix Youth and Community Centre in Mulgrave Park: 123/133 Jarvis Lane.

Qualifications - A music degree or other relevant degree. - Experience conducting. - Event management or performance coordination. - High level of sight-reading. - Very good singing technique. - Proficient piano skills to accompany the Choir as required. - Ability to introduce basic music theory into rehearsals. - Competence to collaborate with others to come to a consensus. - Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. - Excellent organizational and administrative skills. - An understanding of youth issues, youth development and community engagement. - Ability to write funding proposals and impact reports. Candidates may be asked to conduct a short rehearsal with the Choir, as an integral part of the selection process.

Other Requirements - A satisfactory criminal record check including a vulnerable sector search, a child abuse register check and proof of education. - Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI), suicide intervention (ASIST), standard first aid or a commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired. - A driver’s licence and access to a vehicle or approval to drive a Phoenix-owned vehicle is an asset.

TO APPLY Please forward a resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent information about your qualifications by Sunday, August 14, 2016 to: Karen Damtoft, Human Resources Manager with the subject line “Artistic Director”

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