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Now Hiring - Corps Director

The Northwest Youth Music Association is searching for a Corps Director to lead all aspects of the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps operations, which includes providing a high-quality experience centered on the health, wellness and betterment for members, staff and volunteers.

This position’s primary responsibility is to oversee the drum corps program and execute daily tasks required to operate effective auditions, rehearsal camps, spring training, and summer performance tour. The individual is expected to help establish and maintain a professional, safe, and welcoming environment for all personnel -- including students, staff, and volunteers.

The Corps Director will report to the Executive Director. This position works collaboratively with the Program Coordinator to determine the education and performance goals of the drum corps and with the Operations Director to execute corps operations. All paid and volunteer staff of the drum corps will report to the Corps Director.

This position has a tentative start date of October 30, 2022. Interested applicants should submit contact information to , along with a cover letter and resume (PDF preferred).

Duties and Responsibilities Administrative

  • Establish a professional environment free of harassment and discrimination

  • Establish annual performance, educational, and operational goals and objectives for the corps and evaluate progress

  • Help members understand their behavioral obligations, and address safety and behavioral issues accordingly

  • Determine season calendar for auditions, rehearsal camps, community performances, and DCI competitive summer tour

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to develop and maintain the corps' fiscal budget

  • Represent the Seattle Cascades and maintain positive relationships with Drum Corps International (DCI) and other pertinent organizations and partners

  • Collaborate with the Operations Director/Tour Director to secure rehearsal facilities and transportation needs for the winter & summer rehearsals and tour

  • Coordinate member recruiting efforts with instructional staff

  • Regularly communicate with members and parents

  • Collaborate with Executive Director to maintain members’ financial and personal records

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to explore new or expanded corps initiatives with potential for additional revenue, increased community engagement and entertainment value.

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to develop and schedule education camps that align with the corps' rehearsal and touring schedule

  • Provide reports to the Board of Directors and attend committee meetings when invited

  • Help ensure that the organization meets its obligations to the Drum Corps International Code of Conduct and event policies and procedures

Staff & Volunteer Supervision

  • Recruit candidates for paid and volunteer staff positions

  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Program Coordinator to appoint key design and instructional staff positions

  • Collaborate with Operations Director/Tour Director to coordinate all tour admin staff and volunteers

  • Supervise all drum corps staff and volunteers and resolve conflicts

  • Communicate with staff and volunteers on a regular basis

  • Schedule, plan and direct corps staff meetings

  • Collaborate with Program Coordinator to facilitate designer meetings and artistic planning

  • Collaborate with Education Coordinator to develop member education objectives, as well as member experience standards and expectations

  • Collaborate with program staff to assign rehearsal facilities, set schedules, and provide administrative support

  • As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as leadership identifies the need at any time.

Knowledge and Skills

  • At least 3 years of leadership experience in a professional work environment

  • At least 1 years' experience in drum corps administration preferred

  • Experience as a drum corps instructor or in performing arts education a plus

  • Extensive professional network within the drum corps activity and across the country a plus

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Strong communication, time management, interpersonal, and organizational skills

  • Passion for the drum corps activity and Seattle Cascades

  • Comfortable working with Google, Office Suite, Teams, Slack, and other online data management applications

  • Results-oriented team player with the ability to take the initiative and drive programs

Work Conditions

  • This position has the option to be full-time or part-time, depending on interest and availability. There will be occasional periods of intense work during monthly weekend rehearsal camps (November to May) and summer drum corps season (mid-June to mid-August)

  • Residing in the Seattle/Portland area, or willing to relocate, is highly preferred but not required at this time

  • Flexible work hours and remote working options with the ability to attend evening and weekend meetings, functions, and events

  • Ability to attend winter rehearsals consistently with the corps mid-Nov to mid-June

  • Ability to tour consistently with the corps mid-June to mid-August

  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and to handle other office equipment

  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.


  • Compensation is commensurate with experience

Application Instructions

Seattle Cascades is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Interested applicants should submit contact information to , along with a cover letter and resume (PDF preferred).



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