Career Opportunities

The VCM is a great place to work and we thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All successful applicants for positions at the Victoria Conservatory of Music must undertake a current Criminal Record review.

All current opportunities are listed in the tabs on this page.

Please Note:  While we happily accept open applications, we reserve the right to only contact applicants who may be of interest to the VCM.  

Thank you for your interest in the career opportunities at the Victoria Conservatory of Music!

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TEACHING POSITION POSTING

Art Safari, Summer 2021

VCM Westhills

The Victoria Conservatory of Music, on behalf of Music Technology & Creativity, is currently accepting applications for the position of:

Visual Art Instructor

The Victoria Conservatory of Music identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

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The Victoria Conservatory of Music is launching Art Safari, a new cross-disciplinary summer program for school age children, offering immersive experiences with music and visual art, with no prior experience required.

Art Adventures is the visual arts component of Art Safari, paired with a musical activity as indicated below, for ages 6- 8 or 9 – 12, and as per the following schedule from Monday July 5 to Thursday July 29 2021:

  • Mondays (ages 9 – 12) from 2:30 (setup) 2:45 – 4:45 pm (follows Kitchen Band 1:45 – 2:45 pm)
  • Tuesdays (ages 6 – 8) from 12:15 (setup) 12:30 – 1:45 pm (Music Mind Games follows 1:45 – 2:45 pm)
  • Wednesdays (ages 9 – 12) from 2:30 (setup) 2:45 – 4:45 pm (follows Soundscapes 1:45 – 2:45 pm)
  • Thursdays (ages 9 – 12) from 12:15 (setup) 12:30 – 1:45 pm (Music Mind Games follows 1:45 – 2:45 pm)

This opportunity is intended ideally for artists living and practicing within the Westshore area, and is generously supported by the West Shore Arts Council.  It is anticipated that students will typically register for an activity offered on one of the days during the week and attend that activity each week for the four weeks the activity runs.

Each successful artist candidate will be offered one of the Arts Adventures days as per the above schedule and asked to plan activities each week for the same group of children, aligning where possible with the corresponding music activity.  Artists will be asked to purchase any materials required ahead of time and will be reimbursed by the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) as per receipts submitted. The hourly fee paid to each artist will include consideration for prep-time.

Successful applicants will be preferably a practicing certified art teacher in public or private BC school, with current BC Criminal Record Check.

We invite those interested in exploring this opportunity further to electronically submit a covering letter, resume, contact information for two references, and support materials that demonstrate most recent use of mediums, materials and techniques teaching children between ages of 6 and 12 years approximately.

Send application to: dean@vcm.bc.ca. Electronic submissions only please.

Application Closing Date:  Monday June 21 2021

Position Start Date: Week of July 5 2021 – classes will be assigned depending on successful candidate availability and sufficient class enrolment.

VCM Faculty Job Posting:

Early Childhood Music Teacher

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is currently accepting applications for a part-time independently contracted teaching faculty position within the Department of Early Childhood Music (DECM), to serve off-campus sites in the Greater Victoria Area, including the Westshore to Sooke BC, commencing Fall 2021.

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The Victoria Conservatory of Music identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

The successful applicant will be an integral part of the growth and success of the VCM’s Department of Early Childhood Music, be passionate about bringing music classes to and growing positive working relationships with VCM community sites (e.g. daycares, preschools) throughout the Greater Victoria Area and be able to do so using their own means of transportation.

Qualifications: 

  • A recognized credential in Music Education and/or Early Childhood Education with a strong music background;
  • Professional experience teaching music to young children (infants to 5 years);
  • Orff Schulwerk certification would be an asset;
  • Experience teaching music classes in small to large groups (4 to 25 children per group); and
  • Advanced musicianship skills appropriate for leading music classes for young children.

Strengths and skills:

  • Musical aptitude includes a familiarity of age-appropriate music repertoire and musical activities;
  • Uses creative and innovative approaches to teaching music to young children;
  • Designs structured music classes on specific themes with weekly sequential musical activities using a wide range of age-appropriate instruments;
  • Sings in a pitch range and volume appropriate for young children, in small to large groups;
  • Effectively interacts and communicates with children, parents, and staff at each community site;
  • Contributes as an enthusiastic and integral part of the DECM Faculty team;
  • Works independently, is well organized and punctual;
  • Demonstrates at all times enthusiasm, energy, respect, responsibility, and sensibility; and
  • Has a passionate interest for the field of Early Childhood Music Education.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide their own transportation to and from the various program delivery sites in the community, including transporting ECME instruments as needed.

This is a PART-TIME independently contracted position with opportunity for growth.

We invite those interested in exploring this opportunity further to submit a cover letter and resume, relevant supporting materials, and contact information for two references to:

dean@vcm.bc.ca

Due to ongoing COVID-19 measures, applications are being accepted via electronic means only (via email).

Please forward any questions related to this posting to the Dean’s Office (dean@vcm.bc.ca).

Starting Date: September 2021

Compensation: Paid monthly according to hours submitted, using the VCM’s established pay rates for in-community teaching, which includes fixed mileage rates for program delivery at community sites.

Closing Date: ongoing until position is filled.

The VCM sincerely thanks all applicants for their submissions, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

VCM Faculty Job Posting:

MUSIC THERAPIST, FULL TIME

Satellite location in Nanaimo, BC

The Victoria Conservatory of Music is currently accepting applications for a full time independently contracted Music Therapist position in the VCM’s Department of Music Therapy, serving the Greater Nanaimo Area in BC, commencing September 2021.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

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The successful applicant will be an integral part of the growth and success of the VCM’s Music Therapy Department, specifically with regard to the VCM’s satellite location in Nanaimo and must be passionate about bringing positive change to this community.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a recognized bachelor’s degree in music therapy and MT-BC / MTA status;
  • Experience working with children, youth, and seniors;
  • Extensive musicianship skills;

Strengths and skills:

  • musical aptitude with a familiarity of age-appropriate music repertoire;
  • music therapy interventions, improvisational skills, creativity, as well as more structured model sessions;
  • effectively interact and communicate with participants, parents, and staff;
  • initiative and problem solving;
  • can work independently;
  • enthusiasm, energy, respect, responsibility, and sensibility;
  • passion for the field of music therapy and for learning.

The successful candidate must provide their own transportation to and from the program delivery site in the community when not offering sessions on-site at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music (NCM).

This is an independently contracted position weighted as a full-time workload, with two days at the NCM and 3 days in a community site.

We invite those interested in exploring this opportunity further to electronically submit a cover letter and resume, relevant supporting materials, and contact information for two references to the Office of the Dean. dean@vcm.bc.ca

Starting Date:     September, 2021

Compensation:  Between $50.20 and $57.70 per hour, plus mileage for outreach community sites visit

Closing Date: Until position is filled

The VCM sincerely thanks all applicants for their submissions, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Want to know more about living in Nanaimo? Quick Facts can be found here: https://www.nanaimore.com/relocate-to-nanaimo.php

VCM Faculty Job Posting:

Instructor, Tonal Harmony I and II

(MUSC 112 and 113), Department of Postsecondary Studies in partnership with Camosun College

The Victoria Conservatory of Music, on behalf of its Department of Postsecondary Studies, and in partnership with Camosun College, is currently accepting applications for the above position.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

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The successful applicant will hold a recognized postsecondary credential in music theory/harmony, musicology, or composition, or commensurate experience in a professional setting. As a member of the VCM faculty the successful candidate must possess fluency with tonal harmony, voice-leading, musical form, and species counterpoint; a practical working knowledge of tonal systems of contemporary music; the ability to freely compose by ear and improvise; and knowledge of standard materials for instruction of these disciplines of music at the postsecondary level.

The following student Learning Outcomes for MUSC 112 and MUSC 113 must be achieved through course delivery:

Tonal Harmony I (MUSC 112 – Fall)
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1: Write short two-part musical phrases using elementary principals of species counterpoint.
2: Improvise SATB simple diatonic harmonisations using accepted principals of voice-leading and capture these harmonisations in both open and closed score.
3: Demonstrate the function of individual triads and seventh chords in progression within a diatonic key.
4: Modulate to the dominant key using secondary dominants and diminished chords
5: Work into and out of figured bass and Roman numeral notation with ease, and establish relationship of the same with lead-sheet and root-quality chord notation.
6: Analyze and extrapolate compositional methodologies from simple binary and ternary forms.

Tonal Harmony II (MUSC 113 – Winter)
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Improvise a melody of up to 16 measures in a diatonic key in response to a given harmonization or head motive, and capture the completed work in short, open, or closed score.
2. Improvise an SATB harmonization effecting modulation, using accepted principals of voice-leading in the style of J. S. Bach, and capture these harmonizations in both open and closed score.
3. Demonstrate the function of all triadic constructions to the 13th within a diatonic key and of individual pitches therein, by composing effective progressions in a major or minor key and annotating the same both in Roman numeral and figured notation and in lead-sheet and root-quality chord notation.
4. Identify and correctly resolve appearances of non-harmonic tones in personal compositions and in analysis of pre-existing compositions.
5. Effect modulation to or tonicization of closely-related diatonic keys.
6. Analyze and extrapolate compositional methodologies from simple dance, song, and variation forms.

Beginning September 2021, the position will entail 3 hours per week classroom instruction in tonal harmony over 15 weeks, including exam week, each term. The face-to-face class meeting schedule (T 10-11AM, W 11-1PM) is set as of the time of this posting. The instructional term (Fall/Winter/possible Summer) is according to the calendar of Camosun College. The terms of employment are comprised in the standard VCM independent contract for the Department of Postsecondary Studies. Preference is given to candidates with a Masters’ Degree or higher. Documented evidence of teaching experience and record of professional excellence is required.
We invite those interested in exploring this opportunity further to electronically submit a covering letter, resume, relevant supporting materials, and the contact information for two references to: dean@vcm.bc.ca. Only electronic submissions will be considered.

Application Closing Date: 31 May 2021; interviews will take place the week of 7 June 2021
Position Start Date: September 2021; course development to take place during summer 2021

VCM Faculty Job Posting:

Instructor, Conducted Ensemble – VCM Chorale

(MUSC 130-001, 131-001, 230-001, 231-001), Department of Postsecondary Studies in partnership with Camosun College

The Victoria Conservatory of Music, on behalf of its Department of Postsecondary Studies, and in partnership with Camosun College, is currently accepting applications for the above position.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

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The successful applicant will hold a recognized postsecondary credential in music conducting with a preferred specialization in choral direction, or commensurate experience in a professional setting. As a member of the VCM faculty the successful candidate must be able to work effectively, motivationally, and successfully with postsecondary students and possess a broad and fluent knowledge of repertoire options appropriate for a variety of abilities and vocal ranges. Adaptability to the challenges of changing SATB balances is necessary; the VCM Chorale is not consistent in its vocal range cohort, term-to-term. The ability to direct and accompany from the piano is necessary, as no accompanist is currently provided for this class.

As VCM Chorale includes students from various levels, up to and including the fourth and final level of MUSC 231-001, the following standard of Learning Outcomes for MUSC 231 must be achieved and maintained through course delivery:

Conducted Ensemble (All four levels)
Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:
1. Fully prepare prior to first rehearsal personal instrumental or vocal parts from the conducted ensemble repertoire.
2. Contribute as soloist and leader to a finished concert performance by a conducted ensemble.
3. Assist as leader within a section with balance, localized management of detail, and error correction in a rehearsal setting
4. Appropriately modify own personal performance technique by anticipating and interpreting indications and instructions given by a conductor.
5. Consistently use a performance technique grounded in current understandings of performance health.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Conduct (currently) two term-end concerts per year (Fall/Winter).
2. Propose repertoire for the choir in a timely manner, with a strategy to developing repertoire and skills.
3. Plan a rehearsal schedule that ensures that the choir is prepared, confident and able to give exceptional performances each term.
4. Enable students to develop an appreciation of the art of music.
5. Demonstrate techniques to students in choral music concepts.
6. Develop clear and concise instructional lesson plans and organize class time to provide a balanced program of preparation, instruction, and rehearsal time.
7. Use a variety of instructional techniques and musical repertoire appropriate for the ages and skill level of students.
8. Establish and maintain professional standards of pupil behavior and create a safe, orderly, and effective environment for learning during group rehearsals, and musical performances.
9. Evaluate student performance and growth in knowledge and understandings.
10. Identify student needs and cooperate with other VCM postsecondary staff in helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
11. Maintain thorough records for each student.
12. Model non-discriminatory practices in all activities.
13. Assess and upload to mycamosun.ca individual student marks out of 100 with letter grade each term.

Beginning September 2021, the position will entail 3 hours per week classroom instruction in Conducted Ensemble – VCM Chorale over 15 weeks, including exam week, each term. The face-to-face class meeting schedule (M 2-3:30PM, TH 2-3:30PM) is set as of the time of this posting. The instructional term (Fall/Winter) is according to the calendar of Camosun College. The terms of employment are comprised in the standard VCM independent contract for the Department of Postsecondary Studies. Preference is given to candidates with a Masters’ Degree or higher, however, experience will be strongly considered. Documented evidence of teaching experience and record of professional excellence is required.

We invite those interested in exploring this opportunity further to electronically submit a covering letter, resume, relevant supporting materials, and the contact information for two references to: dean@vcm.bc.ca. Only electronic submissions will be considered.

Application Closing Date: 4 June 2021; interviews will take place the week of 14 June 2021
Position Start Date: September 2021; course development to take place during summer 2021

VCM Staff Job Posting:

Maintenance Manager

Full-time position

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Posting Date:  January 22, 2021
Application Deadline:  Until Filled
Start Date:  As soon as possible

Job Summary

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Maintenance Manager in the Facilities Department, serving the VCM’s Downtown Victoria and Westhills – Langford locations.

Reporting to the Chief Facilities Officer, the Maintenance Manager is responsible for planning, coordinating and directing all daily functions related to the building assets of the VCM and areas of oversight managed by the Facilities Department including the Maintenance, Custodial, & Security Divisions.

Facility Maintenance / Repair & Cleaning

  • Ensuring all preventive maintenance is properly scheduled and implemented
  • General carpentry maintenance such as building repairs, patching, grouting, caulking, and painting
  • Plumbing maintenance such as unblocking waste lines, replacing fixtures such as flush tank mechanisms, toilets, sinks and faucets
  • Performing mechanical maintenance & inspections on equipment such as Heating Boilers, Air Handlers & HVAC systems
  • Maintains and logs performance of fire safety and evacuation drills and audits, as well as the preventative maintenance program
  • Plan, organize and implement facility services for all physical building assets and systems. Includes their upkeep and repair of all physical assets and systems of the Facilities Services Department as well as management of specialty and trade service contractors and the deferred maintenance schedule
  • Performs electrical maintenance duties such as logging defective switches and receptacles, light fixtures, and managing electrical servicing
  • Selects and manages contractors for maintenance services as required

Managing Projects 

  • Assisting with the solicitation of competitive bids for supplies and services and evaluating vendors for best fit
  • Ensure compliance with industry construction standards as directed by local, provincial, and national legislation
  • Monitor the performance of suppliers and service providers on an on-going basis to ensure contract performance and VCM needs are met

Team Leadership 

  • Lead and Manage the Facilities Team including coordinating Staff schedules with Departmental requirements
  • Building a productive yet enjoyable work environment
  • Assist with hiring and training staff as required
  • Conduct performance reviews
  • Ensure compliance to applicable safety requirements are met,
  • Overseeing time management of staff

Departmental Support 

  • Ensure that services are provided in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Monitor the budget and prepare reports as required
  • Review and approve vendor purchases and submit to Chief facilities Officer in a timely manner
  • Prepare reports or presentations as required for the Chief Facilities Officer
  • Coordinate the deployment of departmental and VCM policies as it relates to Facilities Operations
  • Stay up to date on best practices and manage the coordination and distribution of manuals and reports based on research conducted
  • Support and co-operate with other VCM Departments as required
  • Manage, support and coordinate on-call / after-hours emergency coverage as needed
  • Provide hands-on support as needed by the department

 Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience
  • Can communicate effectively in the English language (both orally and written)
  • Good health, physically able to perform the duties of the position
  • Are willing and able to remain on site after normal working hours as required to handle any emergency maintenance situations (i.e. mechanical systems offline etc.)
  • Experience utilizing Maintenance software (CMMS)
  • Knowledge of computer programs including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Formal training in supervisory responsibilities is an asset
  • Facilities Management Professional (FMP) designation or equivalent is an asset
  • Power Engineering with Boiler Endorsement designation is an asset
  • Strong Safety leadership
  • Valid BC Class 5 (min) Drivers licence

 

A Criminal Record Check is required for this position

Compensation

Commensurate with experience; VCM provides a competitive benefit package.

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Resumes may be submitted by e-mail to: borg@vcm.bc.ca

Job Posting – Artistic Directorate:

Artistic Director, School of Music Technology & Creativity

Application Deadline: 4:00 pm PST, Monday April 26, 2021

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Submit cover letter and current CV with two references to dean@vcm.bc.ca. Due to ongoing COVID-19 measures, applications are being accepted currently only via email.

Start date:  Immediate

Part-time salaried administrative position with benefits, and option to add separately compensated independently contracted teaching services.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) has earned an outstanding reputation of quality in education, performance, and music therapy.  As a music school for the whole community, the VCM welcomes students of all ages and musical abilities, and offers instruction in all musical genres, going far beyond the traditional to also including Music Technology and Creativity with Sound. Each year, over 3,000 music students and over 1800 music therapy participants experience the extensive array of programs the VCM has to offer year-round.

Among the VCM’s six program areas, the School of Music Technology and Creativity (SMTC), launched in 2015 as part of the VCM’s 50th Anniversary celebration, embodies a 21st century vision that has transformed what was originally a traditional department of Music Theory and Composition into what is quickly establishing itself as a central hub at the VCM, connecting all students through technology and creativity.  The traditional subject areas of music theory and history, musicianship, composition, songwriting and arranging, continue to play a vital role within the SMTC, supporting the many students studying in the VCM’s Classical and Popular-Contemporary schools, as well as in the Department of Postsecondary Studies. However, with the ongoing advancements in audio and music technologies, and the unprecedented growth in online media streaming, film, gaming, and other creative industries, the SMTC is poised to equip every student with the knowledge and skills needed in these important subject areas, to meet the demands of today’s music industry.

The development of this new school and its programs has already drawn considerable community support. As a result, the VCM was recently able to launch the Pitt and Sheila Linder Lab for Music Technology & Creativity within the SMTC, providing students and faculty with the opportunity to explore their creativity with music technologies through the hands-on use of state-of-the-art hardware and software tools the lab provides. With additional donor support, a new Recording Listening and Control Room has been created on-site, to support the SMTC’s Recording & Production program and projects.

Job Summary

The Artistic Director (AD) for the SMTC, is a creative, enthusiastic, and well-respected mentor; an expert in their SMTC-related discipline/field, and professionally active in one or more areas of music-related creative industries, be it as creator, performer, entrepreneur, producer, sound designer, or recording engineer, for example.  The AD has the necessary administrative and leadership skills, as well as the experience, to lead and manage the SMTC and its faculty, while also contributing as a vital team member within the VCM’s not-for-profit administrative structure. The AD’s expertise and connections through personal networking within the creative industries, including professional collaborations in one or more areas of the arts, and work with community groups as presenter/clinician or mentor, will provide inspiration, entrepreneurship, and positive energy through potential collaborative opportunities, to drive the SMTC forward as a thriving centre of diverse creative programming for all ages and levels.

Reporting to the VCM’s Chief Artistic and Academic Officer (Dean), the SMTC Artistic Director leads and manages a faculty of currently 15 members, in an artistic, academic, and administrative capacity, aligning with the vision of the Dean and Artistic Directorate Committee (ADC), as well as the Mission, Vision, and Goals of the VCM’s Strategic Plan.  The AD ensures that an outstanding environment for both teaching and learning is maintained within the SMTC, and collectively within the VCM.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Organizing and chairing department meetings on a regular basis for SMTC faculty members.
  • Assigning new student referrals to SMTC faculty, and following up on progress in a timely fashion, communicating updates to VCM Registration.
  • Encouraging among SMTC faculty, the sharing of best teaching practices and ensuring that the minimum artistic and academic expectations for teaching, as jointly set out from time to time by the Dean and ADC, are met or exceeded, and that the code of conduct for VCM faculty and staff, along with all other policies and procedures as set out by the VCM, are adhered to within the SMTC.
  • Maintaining timely ongoing communications with SMTC faculty and the Theory Coordinator, the VCM Academic and Artistic team, and other VCM administrative areas.
  • Maintaining the fiscal viability of the SMTC through working with the Dean, SMTC faculty, Registration and Marketing, to grow enrolment in existing traditional programs as well as new music technology, recording, production, and livestreaming initiatives.
  • Managing the SMTC’s annual budget as set out in collaboration with the Dean and CFO.
  • Managing work assignment to faculty, and new hires in consultation with the Dean, and where applicable, the Theory Coordinator.
  • Managing the operation and use of the Pitt & Sheila Linder Lab for Music Technology and Creativity, VCM’s Recording Listening and Control room, and all related equipment, including scheduling software updates, equipment repairs, and the replacement or new procurement of equipment as funding permits.

Working with the SMTC faculty, and as a contributing member of the VCM’s Artistic Directorate Committee, the SMTC AD will explore and develop collaborative programming opportunities both within the SMTC and across other VCM program areas, that creatively reflect the culturally diverse local communities the VCM strives to serve, as part of its newly launched 5-year strategic plan.  Fostering creativity at all levels plays an essential role in all programming offered through the SMTC.

This position is weighted as 0.5 FTE, with the incumbent having the option to balance the position through a separate independently contracted VCM Faculty appointment, and/or through additional projects the incumbent may engage in from time to time, either in collaboration with the VCM, or externally, in consultation with the Dean.

 Qualifications:

  1. A well-respected teacher/mentor in any SMTC-related discipline(s).
  2. Professionally active and highly knowledgeable in one or more areas of music-related creative industries, as mentioned above.
  3. Experience and skill in building, leading and managing music-based education programs for all ages and levels, while managing the faculty or staff delivering these programs.
  4. Excellent relevant administrative and communication skills and management experience.
  5. Master’s degree in a related field/discipline, or equivalent in certification and experience.

The VCM will confirm receipt of applications, and we thank all applicants for their interest, however advise that only those shortlisted for interviews will be contacted further.