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Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Bands - Music

Apply now Job no: 519055
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

The Music Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, seeks a full-time, academic year, Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Associate Director of Bands position to begin September 14, 2023.

The Associate Director of Bands will be responsible for supporting the strategic vision for the University Bands and will assist the Director of Bands in the operation of the entire band program. The successful candidate will conduct the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra, direct the 200-member "Pride of the Pacific" Mustang Marching and Pep Bands, and coordinate all other athletic band activities. In this sense, the Associate Director of Bands is often referred to as the “Athletic Band Director.”

Other duties typically include but are not limited to overseeing the Music Department's band program and equipment needs. Summer assignment may be available for work required prior to start of regular academic year assignment.

Cal Poly is committed to the artist-teacher and teacher-scholar models, in which faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, engage professionally and artistically in their field, and provide service to the Department, College and University. Faculty also engage in student mentoring and advising.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Completed Doctoral degree in an appropriate music area by date of appointment; two or more years of demonstrated success as a university athletic band director, educator and/or concert band conductor at a high artistic level. The ideal candidate will have active performance experience; evidence of ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and students; evidence of supporting the inclusion of colleagues and students from diverse ages, genders, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds; and is current with contemporary trends in athletic bands.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required. 


Successful experience in teaching General Education and/or music major courses. Additional areas of expertise and interest including but not limited to successful outreach work with diverse communities.

Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.  Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.


The Music Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Music, and provides opportunities for personal enrichment to students from all other departments of the University as well. It serves as a cultural center for both the University and community through a program of public performances by student and faculty groups and through department-sponsored concerts, workshops, and lectures.


Interested applicants should complete the required online faculty application at and submit to Job #519055.

Please attach to your online application the following required materials:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current curriculum vita
  3. Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: describe past experience and contributions to DEI efforts, and describe how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas as related to this job description at Cal Poly
  4. Names and contact information of at least three references
  5. Unofficial transcripts showing highest degree earned
     Official, sealed transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

Review of applications will begin on November 7, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants with complete files by the review begin date will be given full consideration.

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