Job Details

Instructor, Choral Music

Requisition ID req154
Department Music
Campus Rock Creek Campus - 17705 NW Springville Rd., Portland, OR
Employment Type Faculty
Best Consideration  Date 12/6/2018
Position Summary

Portland Community College is seeking a full-time Choral Music Instructor at the Rock Creek Campus.

PCC Rock Creek Music Department Highlights:

  • A complete ​music transfer education including Music Core Classes, Applied Lessons, Composition Courses, Choirs, Symphonic Band, String Orchestra, Chamber Music, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Choir, and Mariachi Ensemble.
  • Music technology opportunities include a complete recording studio and sequences of classes in recording, performance, and production using Ableton, Pro Tools, and Logic.
  • Regular concert events including 6-8 student concerts per term, as well as The Experience Music Series, which brings regional, national, and international performers to our campus.
  • The annual Art Rock festival ​which is a two day celebration of the arts and music
  • Our faculty balance teaching with active performance schedules and workshop participation as well as scholarly and creative projects in composition, conducting, recording, touring, and guest-teaching.

PCC Rock Creek Student Population

  • The Rock Creek Campus serves many students from neighboring Washington County, the second most populated county in the state with over 500,000 residents. Washington County is home to an increasingly diverse population, having the highest percentage of Asians (10%) and Latinx (17%), including cities with thriving and growing Latinx communities, such as Hillsboro and Forest Grove (each 24% Latinx).

 PCC Rock Creek Campus

  • One of four main campuses that comprise Portland Community College.
  • 256-acres about 12 miles west of downtown Portland in the growing Beaverton-Hillsboro area.
  • Serves approximately 12,000 students in the 2017-18 academic year, including approximately 300 exchange students, and is led by President Dr. Chris Villa.
  • A sanctuary college, including Oregon’s first and only DREAM Center, which provides a safer space for our Undocumented/DACAmented community.
  • Houses the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) program, a federally-funded program that provides students with financial assistance and support services.
  • Includes a working farm, with sheep, cows, alpacas, rabbits, goats, horses, chickens, and a collection of dogs and cats from our highly regarded Vet Tech program.
  • Promotes interdisciplinary academic achievement, leadership development and sustainable food systems through the Rock Creek Learning Garden.
Candidate Profile

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these Minimum Instructor Qualifications.

  • Master's degree or higher in Music (MM, MS, MA, Ph.D., or DMA)
  • At least one year of college-level choir directing experience

In addition to the required educational credential, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience and working knowledge of:  

  • Directing college-level performing Choirs and/or college-level Chamber Choirs
  • Strategic planning for growth and retention in a vocal music program
  • Coordinating concert events including managing hired instrumentalists, securing venues, and directing logistics
  • Planning for local, regional, national, and international tours
  • Networking and planning for local high school recruiting events
  • Vocal coaching in group and private lesson formats
  • Advising future vocal music students on courses of study, matriculation to four-year degree programs, and professional development
  • At least 1 year experience teaching a non-university choir such as community choir, K-12 choir, or a community college level choral program

    In addition, experience and/or ability with teaching one or more of these related subjects is needed*:
    • Music Theory/Ear Training
      • Teaching duties may include teaching first or second year theory or ear-training courses
    • Basic Group Piano/Keyboard Harmony
      • Teaching duties may include teaching basic group piano to majors and non-majors and/or keyboard harmony classes in relation to the theory sequence
    • Music Technology
      • Teaching duties may include teaching courses in digital and analog recording, computer and DAW-based music creation, and/or basic synthesis and music-related coding
    • Jazz Vocal Ensemble/Popular Music/Musical Theater
     *NOTE: These additional duties will be selected based on the individual applicant’s expertise. Candidates are not expected to possess all of the following experience.

    Your Application should include:

    1) Cover Letter (no more than two pages) addressing the Candidate Profile qualifications


    2) Concise Resume/CV highlighting minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, teaching experience, and related professional experience


    3) Answer to the following written question (This will be visible as a Screening Question when you apply):

    • What is your philosophy for visioning and implementing a modern community college choral program and what characteristics or challenges do you think make this type of program different than a K-12 or University program?

Starting Salary Expectations Initial Salary Placement up to Step 3 of the Faculty Salary Range ($56,274) will be based on related experience, per PCC's collective bargaining agreement. 
Position Grade Salary Range $52530 to $91089 Annual Salary
PCC Benefits

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP.  PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waver for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age; plus partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions.

Paid Leave: 

- 1 day of sick leave for every 18 days worked (~10 days/year)
- 21 hours of additional personal leave per year
- 4 paid holidays (which occur during the term you are teaching)

View a complete list of PCC benefits.

Notes on Academic Credentials
  • Official transcripts are required to be submitted within 2 weeks of offer date for degrees required in the stated Instructor Qualifications. 
  • Instructors shall have earned required academic credentials at a regionally accredited US institution or a foreign institution having the equivalent of regional accreditation. Instructors with credentials from other countries will have their transcripts evaluated by agencies that have good standing with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services to establish fulfillment of this standard. (for more information see
  • For more information on PCC's General Instructor Qualifications Policy I301 visit: 

These positions are included in the bargaining agreement between Portland Community College and the Portland Community College Faculty Federation Employees. 

Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.