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The Battalion is searching for a Corps Director as Steinacker announces future plans

Interested applicants should apply at the link below after reading through the job description at the bottom of this post: 

The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps is committed to celebrating the accomplishments of our students, staff, and volunteers as they demand excellence of themselves in the drum corps activity, and in all other aspects of their lives.

True to our stated values, we are proud to announce that Katherine Steinacker, beloved Corps Director since 2018, has made the decision to step down in order to pursue her graduate degree full-time. The two time recipient of DCI’s Open Class Director of the Year (2019, 2022) led The Battalion to its inaugural DCI Open Class World Championship appearance in 2022 and again in 2023. Katherine’s continued dedication to the member experience has played a pivotal role in the success of our organization, and has built a strong foundation for the future growth of The Battalion. We are so grateful for her leadership and look forward to celebrating her future successes with her.

Katherine will continue in her role of Corps Director throughout the hiring process, after which she will transition to an advisory role and remain an active Board Member.

Her departure creates an exciting opportunity for a new individual to lead The Battalion in its mission of developing young adults into incredible human beings! Our new Corps Director will be the owner of all things Battalion, providing oversight of daily tasks and functions required for a continued successful operation. Paramount among these duties is a dedication to the member experience.

Interested candidates should apply at the link above.

The Battalion is eternally grateful for the legacy that Katherine leaves behind and we wish her continued success in all of her future endeavors!

Julia Coleman

Board Chair

The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps

Corps Director Job Description

The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps is looking for a Director to lead the organization in its artistic and operational excellence. The Corps Director will be responsible for overseeing the artistic vision, programming, staff, and member experience of the corps. The director will also work closely with the Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors to ensure the corps' long-term sustainability and success.

The Corps Director is responsible for maintaining a culture of excellence in organization, managing the programming and instructional teams, the tour logistics team, and the performing members to create an environment where preparedness, dedication, and adaptability are all understood to be the expectation, not the exception.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in drum and bugle corps or marching arts, as well as experience in leadership, management, and administration. The candidate will also have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as a passion for the mission and values of The Battalion. The candidate will be able to balance the artistic and operational aspects of the corps, as well as foster a positive and inclusive culture among the staff and members.

Geographic Location:

Candidates will ideally live in the Greater Salt Lake City area but we will accept candidates who live in the Intermountain-West (UT, ID, CO, NV, AZ, WY).

Time Commitment /requirements:

This is a full-time salaried position that requires full-time+ engagement during the Drum Corps Season (June - August), and is compensated by a reduced work-load during the off-season (September - May).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Strategic Vision

  • Implements the strategic vision of organization as defined by the Board of Directors and directs the day-to-day operations of the corps.

  • Ensures alignment of staff, volunteers and students to the organization’s values and objectives.

  • The Corps Director will be an Ex-Officio member of the board of directors by nature of the position.

  • Provide senior administrative support

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

  • Help ensure that the organization meets its obligations to the Drum Corps International Code of Conduct, event policies and procedures, current policies are uploaded, and compliance documentation is current

  • Manage the support staff, which may include, tour administrators, assistant directors, drivers, etc

  • Primary media contact, manages vendor relationships.

  • Partners with board members to identify and apply for various grants and other fundraising opportunities (Future focus, but not first year).

  • Oversee the staff and member experience, culture by creating an organized welcoming environment which prioritizes member experience

  • Maintain a professional environment free of harassment and discrimination

  • Help drum corps students address safety and behavioral issues

  • Ensure open, precise communication with program staff, support staff, volunteers, and administrators

  • Support the instructional staff, and manage support staff and volunteers

  • Communicate safety and behavioral concerns about staff and volunteers to the Corps Director

  • Assist with conflict resolution among support staff and volunteers, and engage the Corps Director or other supervisor staff when needed

  • Offseason recruiting

  • Assist with off season recruiting both at in person booths and assisting with the online and social media presence and sharing of information

  • Assist with creating physical and digital assets to help with recruiting efforts

  • Audition/ Camp events

  • Preparation and operation of corps audition events and camps which includes both member and staff needs

  • Attend camps and oversee the execution of the logistics and operations ensuring students have a positive experience

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

  • Manage the support staff, which may include volunteers, tour administrators, assistant directors, drivers, etc

  • Spring Training and Tour

  • Arranges housing needs for Spring Training and Summer Tour

  • Arranges transportation for vehicle fleet and equipment

  • Secures and manages the support staff, which may include, tour administrators, assistant directors, medical team, drivers, etc

  • Coordinates staff schedules, transportation, and housing for staff

  • Executes the overall production of Spring Training and Tour

  • Oversees equipment needs both for the membership as well as the overall operations of the corps

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

  • Manages support staff, which may include but is not limited to, volunteers, tour administrators, assistant directors, drivers, etc

  • Safety

  • Oversees the safety of the corps including but not limited to weather, equipment, housing

  • Collaborates with the program staff and administration to ensure everyone is aware of the corps safety policies

  • Student Leadership

  • Guides and supports the student leadership team in partnership with the other senior staff members to ensure the operation runs smoothly and students feel successful in their roles

  • Helps students own the corps culture to ensure members have a safe and positive member experience

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