Director of Bands, Jazz & Instructor in Music
  • Teacher

Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

Accredited by NEASC

Position Requirements

Starting in the 2020/2021 school year, the music department seeks a dedicated and energetic full-time instructor to lead the PEA Jazz Ensemble, the Concert Band, and small ensembles in contemporary, non-classical genres.  It is expected that candidates could develop and teach classes in jazz theory, improvisation, and/or the history and appreciation of jazz, contemporary, or world music. It is desirable that candidates could teach existing courses in music outlined in our Courses of Instruction (click here, pages 47-51). The Director of Bands, Jazz and Instructor of Music will provide divisional leadership to our woodwind, brass and percussion program.

Experience and enthusiasm for working with adolescents both inside and outside of the classroom is essential.  Spending time with students giving extra help, advising, working as dormitory faculty, and leading extracurricular activities is an integral part of the job.  

An ideal candidate will work enthusiastically with a team of 45 music instructors and support staff for the musical development of our students and to enrich the cultural and community life of the academy. 


While individual responsibilities will vary from one faculty position to another, the major job duties of all faculty members include the following:

  • Teaching: Faculty teach four classes or their equivalent per trimester.  Classes use a student-centered Harkness pedagogy which prizes inquiry and discussion.   In order to meet the intellectual needs of the school’s talented and highly motivated students, teachers are expected to be dedicated to daily preparation for the best possible classes.
  • Cultural Competency:  Faculty are expected to demonstrate respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Residential Life:   Faculty generally reside in campus housing and play a critical role in cultivating Exeter’s community-centered student dormitory life.  Each faculty member is generally responsible for one weekend and one to three week nights of dormitory duty per month, depending on the dormitory size.
  • Advising: Faculty are expected to serve as mentors to student advisees throughout students’ time at Exeter.  The adviser is the main liaison between an advisee’s family/guardian and the Academy.
  • Extracurricular Activities:  Faculty are generally expected to participate in the school’s extracurricular activities (e.g. coaching, advising student clubs, and/or committee work). 

Additional Requirements

  1. Experience teaching in a classroom setting for 5 years or equivalent professional experience.
  2.  Diversity or cultural competency education (conferences, seminars, in-service programs, coursework, independent study).
  3. Willingness to enforce all school policies and rules governing student behavior.
  4. Proof of authority to work in the Unites States, full time.
  5. Successful completion of a criminal background check.
  6. Clean Driving record.
  7. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical/health screening examination that may include a drug screening.


This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.  The Academy is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, gender, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental disabilities. or any other classification protected by state or federal law. 



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