Faculty Position

Assistant Professor of Music

Position Details

Department College of Arts and Sciences
Appointment August 15, 2018 or as negotiated

Position Summary

Northwest University is seeking an Assistant Professor of Music (tenure track) to build and lead our new orchestral program among other assignments. The ideal candidate will be an instrumentalist with the desire and ability to lead wind ensembles (concert band and/or jazz band) and teach theory in addition to leading the orchestra. We are especially seeking candidates with experience and/or enthusiasm for recruiting students and for program administration. The successful candidate will join our department of 4-5 faculty serving a variety of music majors (Music, Music Ministry, Music Education, and Contemporary Music Industry) as well as non-majors.

Candidates must possess a meaningful commitment to Jesus Christ, the church, and the Gospel. We are seeking someone with a winsome, encouraging and culturally-engaged faith. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application review will begin in February and will continue until the position is filled. 

Essential Functions

  • Conduct the orchestra.
  • Recruit members and lead the new orchestral program (launching fall 2018).
  • Conduct concert band and or jazz band
  • Teach courses in theory, music history, or other topics as appropriate.
  • Advise undergraduate students.
  • Work with the program chair and dean to revise curriculum as needed.
  • Participate in the governance functions of the university as assigned.
  • Engage in scholarship alongside their teaching, related to their areas of expertise or to pedagogy.


  • Doctoral Degree in Music (PhD candidates will be considered).
  • Undergraduate-level teaching experience, with documentation of success in teaching, advising, and mentoring relationships.
  • Experience leading an orchestral program, including recruitment and administration
  • A collegial orientation and a willingness to work collaboratively with faculty in the Music department and with other departments and disciplines.
  • A commitment to teaching excellence in an undergraduate, liberal arts program.
  • A demonstrated, vibrant evangelical faith compatible with the mission of Northwest University and the Assemblies of God.
  • Willingness to apply a faith-based worldview to course design, instruction and advising.


Dependent on education and experience, and based upon the established faculty salary schedule starting at the assistant professor rank.

Application Requirements

For full consideration, please submit the following materials to Sarah Drivdahl, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at sarah.drivdahl@northwestu.edu.

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A list of three professional references with e-mail and phone contact information
  • A statement explaining how the candidate’s Christian faith shapes his or her approach to the field of music
  • A statement describing the candidate’s personal Christian faith, practice, and current local church affiliation
  • Other information may be requested in the interview process.

Search procedures will be closed, when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period.

Northwest University

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate and master's, and doctoral level education. The sixty-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, just ten miles from downtown Seattle. The campus is an ideal setting for study, recreation, and inspiration and is centrally located and convenient to industry, business, and commercial activities.

Mission Statement

We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

In addition, all faculty members at Northwest University must subscribe to our Statement of Faith.


Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional). The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God and the Association of Christian Schools International. The University holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

Northwest University's College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Buntain School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In addition, the School of Nursing has received approval from the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The University is also approved by the Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington to prepare elementary and secondary education teachers and recommend for certification. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

The University is approved by the Federal and State Governments for student aid programs and for the training of international students. Selected programs of study are approved by a Washington State Approving Agency for enrollment of those eligible for benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code and by Washington State for training in Vocational Rehabilitation. It is listed in the current bulletin, "Accredited Higher Education Institutions," published by the U.S. Office of Education.

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