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Assistant Director Bearcat Bands

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


About the Department

The Bearcat Bands, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs, is a comprehensive campus band program providing educational opportunities, artistic expression, and leadership development programs to students through music.

Ensembles of the Bearcat Bands include the spirit band program (Marching Band and multiple Basketball Bands), multiple Concert Bands, Jazz Ensembles, various Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Ensembles, beginning instrumental lessons, and various educational clinics. Bearcat Bands membership is open to every enrolled student at the University of Cincinnati, including all satellite campuses, as well as students attending Greater Cincinnati Collegiate connection schools. Participation in the program is by placement audition. The Bearcat Bands provides opportunities for everyone: those with considerable experience, those with none, and those in between.

Our mission is to provide access to musical excellence and create an educated, informed citizenry deeply connected to their humanity. Our vision is for the University of Cincinnati to be the most musical campus in the United States.


Job Overview

Under general supervision from the Associate Director of Bearcat Bands, the Assistant Director will guide and oversee the operational and instructional activities of the Bearcat Bands visual ensembles (Color Guard and Feature Twirlers) and contribute to the overall activities of the unit.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as the primary instructor, administrator, and advisor for the Bearcat Bands Color Guard and Feature Twirlers. Rehearse the Color Guard and Feature Twirlers and create choreography as assigned.
  • Supervise the Bearcat Bands Program Manager and student managers as assigned.
  • Provide direct supervision to Color Guard and Feature Twirlers contracted staff (i.e. hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.). Collaborate with those contracted creative and instructional staff and oversee the preparation and distribution of related materials.
  • Recruit and retain Bearcat Bands Color Guard and Feature Twirler students utilizing indoor/outdoor competitive pageantry networks and off campus school visitation.
  • Attend and monitor full band and other band sub-group rehearsals and performances.
  • Act as the Band Director in their absence.
  • Perform research and other creative activity pertaining to band, music education, pageantry, and/or related aspects.
  • Complete administrative tasks related, but not limited, to the Color Guard and Feature Twirlers budgeting; equipment procurement, distribution, collection, storage, and maintenance; uniforms and other apparel; prospective and returning member communications and documentation; marketing and advertising; collaborative projects with other campus and community members.
  • Recommend and develop procedures.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree must be in music, education or related field.
  • Four (4) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

Experience must include musical directing.

Additional Qualifications Considered

Performing experience in outdoor and/or indoor competitive pageantry ensembles with emphasis in Color Guard.


Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Continuously
  • Hearing, listening - Continuously
  • Talking - Continuously
  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Often
  • Standing - Often
  • Walking - Often
  • Bending - Often
  • Pulling, pushing - Often
  • Lifting - up to 50 pounds - Often
  • Stooping - Not Required
  • Outdoor Environment: Employees work outdoors and may not be protected from weather conditions.
  • Noise: There is sufficient noise to cause you to shout in order to be heard above the noise level.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range of $40,738.32 - $52,000 dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 85401 


Assistant Director Bearcat Bands

Date:  Aug 13, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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