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.

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

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VCM Faculty Job Posting:

Classical Saxophone

part-time CONTRACT POSITION

Department of Winds and Brass, Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music

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The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) offers excellent and innovative programs for students of all ages and levels, delivered by the VCM’s highly experienced faculty of over 120 members, and represented through six program areas, including The George and Ann Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music (CSCM).  Within the CSCM, and its department of Winds and Brass, headed by Emily Nagelbach, a saxophone instructor is sought to teach at the Downtown and/or Westhills locations of the VCM.

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished performer with a strong background in solo, chamber, and ensemble saxophone performance, and will have previous experience in teaching studio lessons in saxophone.  As a member of the VCM Winds and Brass Department, the successful candidate must possess a broad and fluent range of knowledge of standard materials for instruction of this discipline, from beginner to advanced, and should be able to demonstrate a level and standard of recognized expertise within this area.

As a member of the VCM Faculty, supported by VCM new student recruitment strategies, instructors are encouraged to promote their teaching for the VCM, as part of managing a successful teaching studio, and which may include organizing studio recitals, and collaborating with VCM faculty on a whole. Successful applicants will have a strong desire to be part of a team of dedicated teachers and will be interested in encouraging their students to participate in relevant VCM program opportunities, such as masterclasses, recitals, and special events.  Winds & Brass faculty are encouraged to work with their Department Head to develop recruitment opportunities and strategies and create programs which meet the artistic and pedagogical goals of faculty and the musical and social development of students.

Terms of Employment:  Independently Contracted Service Provider on annual renewable part-time contract

Compensation:  Based on pay grid system associated with corresponding Tuition Fee levels, mutually set by the instructor and the Department Head.

Location: Downtown (900 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 3N4) and/or Westhills (210 – 1314 Lakepoint Way, Langford, BC, V9B 0L9)

Requirements:

  • Education:  A recognized music credential, BMus, Master’s Degree preferred, or commensurate with performance, education, and teaching experience
  • Experience:  At least two years as an active performer and teacher of school-age children and adults
  • Start Date:  Immediately

Application deadline: January 3, 2021 Extended to February 28 2021, or until position is filled.

To apply:

Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae and relevant supporting materials via email to the Office of the Dean:

dean@vcm.bc.ca

The VCM thanks in advance all who apply for this position, however only candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.

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:

Department Head, Voice

Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music

Reposted March 29 2021
Application Deadline: 4:00 pm PST, Monday April 26, 2021 or until position is filled

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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:  September 1, 2021

This opportunity combines a Part-time salaried administrative position with benefits, and separately contracted independent teaching services, potentially offering a full-time workload as desired.

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 beyond the traditional classical, folk, and contemporary, and now 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 Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music (CSCM) embraces the original Classical music departments of the VCM: Keyboard, Strings, Winds & Brass, and Voice, as well as offering classes and lessons in Classical Theory. The CSCM is also home to the Young Artists Collegium, Opera Studio, and Advanced Voice Workshop programs.  The Voice Dept currently has 14 faculty members, and offers studio lessons, Sight-Singing, Diction and IPA, Masterclasses, the Advanced Voice Workshop, Opera Studio, and summer courses, including Oratorio, solo voice, and choral programs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, singing in all forms everywhere has been profoundly impacted, and the CSCM Voice Dept is no exception. Most instruction has moved to online delivery where possible, including summer programs, however, with the anticipation that the 2021-2022 academic year will see conditions greatly improve, the CSCM Voice Department is poised to grow its faculty and student enrolment in new and exciting directions.

New growth for this department, led by the successfully appointed Head of Voice, will include a broadening of program scope, to better reflect the culturally diverse local communities the VCM strives to serve, as part of its newly launched 5-year strategic plan. Leveraging one of the CSCM’s most important fundamentals – rigor – will ensure that the historically consistent high quality of music education this department is known for, continues to empower its students with the self discipline needed to seek out the artist within, while developing vocal technique and musicianship, and realizing one’s true potential. In addition to establishing new introductory singing classes for all ages, the Voice Dept will offer increased support in vocal technique instruction for Popular-Contemporary genres taught through the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music, and the Department of Postsecondary Studies, as well as broadening the musical theatre program to include Broadway musicals, and cross-collaboration opportunities with local arts groups, including theatre, dance and visual art.

Job Summary (a more specific listing of duties and responsibilities is appended to this posting)

The Department Head for Voice, is an active, enthusiastic, and well respected teacher and performer, whose artistic, academic, and administrative leadership expertise, will develop, grow and manage the CSCM Voice Department, ensuring an outstanding environment for both teaching and learning. The incumbent’s diverse performance and teaching experiences, professional collaborations in one or more areas of the arts, as well as work with community groups, including as masterclass presenter, adjudicator or vocal coach, will provide the level of inspiration, entrepreneurship, and positive energy needed to help the Voice Department expand its reach with above mentioned diverse programming for all ages and levels.

Reporting to the VCM’s Chief Artistic and Academic Officer (Dean), the CSCM Department Head for Voice (DH Voice) leads and manages the department and its faculty in an artistic, academic, and administrative capacity, aligning with the artistic and academic vision of the Dean and Artistic Directorate Committee (ADC), as well as the Mission, Vision, and Goals of the VCM’s Strategic Plan.  The DH Voice ensures 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 Voice Department.

Working closely with and supporting the Voice Department Faculty, through all aspects of programs housed within this department, the DH Voice ensures that the student experience remains optimal, while maintaining the department’s fiscal viability through effective management of the annual budget as set out in collaboration with the Dean and CFO.

This position is weighted as 0.5 FTE, with the incumbent having the option to balance the position through a separate VCM Faculty teaching contract, which would include maintaining a teaching studio, coaching, audition and jury adjudication for programs within the Voice Dept., including Opera Studio and Advanced Voice Workshop, within the CSCM (the Young Artists Collegium Program), and within the VCM’s Department of Postsecondary Studies (the Diploma in Music Performance, offered in partnership with Camosun College).

Qualifications:

  1. Master of Music degree, or equivalent in certification and experience;
  2. Distinguished reputation as teacher, performer, and collaborator;
  3. Experience and skill in building, leading and managing vocal programs for all ages and levels; and
  4. Ability to build and manage a multi-faceted music program and lead faculty, demonstrating both professionalism and collegiality.

The VCM thanks all applicants for their interest and will contact only those shortlisted for interviews. 

Job Posting – Artistic Directorate:

Artistic Director, School of Music Technology & Creativity

Application Deadline: 4:00 pm PST, Monday April 27, 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.