The Salvation Army - Central Territory

Divisional Music and Gospel Arts Director

Job Locations US-IL-Peoria
Job ID
# of Openings
Music & Gospel Arts
Regular Full-Time


The Salvation Army Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of Christ. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.



Basic Function and Position:

This is a ministry leadership position. This position exists to develop individuals’ gifts in the areas of music and gospel arts in an effort to enhance both the individual and corporate worship experience. This position will provide oversight and organization of the Divisional Gospel Arts Library, Divisional Gospel Arts rehearsals and concerts, and Divisional Gospel Arts Camps. This position also has responsibilities for the compilation, reporting, and accuracy in all areas of mission and ministry. 


1. Serve as ex-officio member of any Divisional committees pertaining to music
2. Plan, organize and promote Music Day
3. Music Camp
o Recruit and recommend instructional staff for DYS approval
o Secure special guest
o Chair the music camp planning committee
o Coordinate with the DYS in developing schedules and curriculum
o Prepare brief and curriculum
4. Coordination of Division Music and Gospel Arts events
o Organize and rehearse Gospel Arts used in relative events
o Organize and direct Divisional Worship Arts schedules and rehearsals
o Host visiting musical groups, arranging for lodging, food, etc.
o Utilize musical and leadership skills at Divisional events
5. Oversee the Divisional Music and Gospel Arts Groups.
o Conduct ensembles as needed
o Coordinate special ensembles for public events when needed and requested by Divisional administration.
6. Keep an up-to-date appraisal of the musical activities within the Division in order to obtain an overview of this progress
o Visit Heartland Corps to develop and encourage leadership and resources
o Identify the needs of corps music programs within the division
 Research and develop Community Center art programs and grants to support our mission
o Develop plans and programs to meet these needs
o Serve as a consultant to ongoing programs as needed
7. Encourage and supervise the commissioning of all eligible musicians within the Division by reviewing current corps lists of memberships for all music groups at least annually.
o Identify prospective leaders within the Division and involve them in the above learning experiences.
8. Organize, maintain and inventory the Divisional Gospel Arts library
o Including all music, instruments, dramas and resources
o Supervise annual subscription orders and the resources at the corps and divisional level
o Supervise Corps music equipment inventories
o Work with Corps Officers to assist in securing music and material as specific situations require
9. Attend Divisional events and assigned Territorial Music Leaders Conferences
o Support Corps and Divisional participation in Territorial events
o Supervise, recommend and represent the Heartland Division in related activities
10. Handle all office responsibilities as they pertain to the music department, such as correspondence, record keeping and filing.
o Submit a work itinerary at the beginning of each month to accomplish goals and objectives
o Maintain mailing list of all musicians, music leaders and other interested parties within the division.
o Be responsible for the prompt distribution to corps of music-related materials from THQ and DHQ.
o Promote publicity for programs through a regularly published newsletter and/or website and social media.
o Submit and manage the departmental budget, submitting appropriate expense vouchers when required.
o Research, prepare and secure grant funds for support of the Divisional programs
11. Perform all other duties as assigned by authorized DHQ Officers.

12. Provide visionary leadership constantly looking for new ways to incorporate music and gospel arts into the life of the corps and especially into the lives of young people.

13. Travel to corps in the division for both week night practices and Sunday Worship to evaluate and encourage the use of Music and Gospel Arts.

14. Prepare and maintain a 3 year moving window strategic plan for Music and Gospel Arts in the Heartland Division.



• Active Christian with a current testimony, who upholds Christian standards and is willing to support the ministry of The Salvation Army in all areas of their job responsibilities. Must be willing to be an active, uniform wearing Salvationist who actively attends and participates in an area corps. This individual must be of good character and maturity and understands the mission of The Salvation Army.
• An experienced musician and teacher with a successful record of teaching and developing Salvation Army musical forces.
• Two years of experience and training in planning, development, management and the implementation of programs and events, and development of human and community resources as they relate to the arts ministry is preferred.
• Training in fine arts, musical instruments, vocal instruction required and performing arts is preferred.
• Strong interest in the training and development of youth in the areas of gospel and fine arts.
• Have strong individual and group leadership abilities, a high level of self-motivation and creativity.
• Well organized, able to delegate and have good communication skills.
• Must have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record and meet the MVR qualifications.
• Pass the background checks.
• Must complete the Safe from Harm course within 90 days of hire.


Education: Individual must have specific knowledge and work experience related to working with at-risk populations. Also, Individual must be willing to become familiar with and support the mission of The Salvation Army; must be able to pass background check and be legally able to drive a 12 passenger van.

Bachelor’s Degree or significant Education, Musical and Management experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.


Certifications needed: The Salvation Army’s “Safe from Harm” training


Physical Demands/ Work Environment: This position is required to do light to moderate physical work. In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the individual is regularly required to remain stationary for some periods of time, use hands and fingers, communicate, move, occasionally required to position self to stoop, kneel or crouch, frequently required to reach with and use arms and hands as required in using standard office equipment and a PC. The individual will be required to frequently lift twenty pounds and occasionally up to seventy-five pounds. Specific vision abilities by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to focus. The work environment for this position includes a wide range of environment, noise levels, and activity.


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