Concordia University - Irvine Ca
  • Music
  • Irvine, CA, USA
  • Full-Time


Office Profile:  A department of the School of Arts and Sciences, the music department prepares students to be church musicians, teachers, or performers and/or to have an appreciation of music.


ROLE:  The Community Engagement Liaison is an innovative, resourceful individual responsible for designing, developing, and implementing connections with prospective students and other communities. This collaborative professional works in close partnership with the Assistant Dean (Arts), Music Directors, Admissions Department, student musicians, and guest artists to co-create programs to maximize community connections through music and theatre activities. The Community Engagement Liaison is responsible for the administrative details that the lead to effective community engagement programs and serves as primary point of contact for community partners, particularly local schools and churches with the aim of connecting to prospective students.  The Community Engagement Liaison needs to be a familiar presence in these communities.


All activities of this position are to make a contribution to the fulfillment of the mission of the university.



  • Recommended by the Assistant Dean (Arts) and Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Approval by Executive Vice President/Provost/CFO



  • This position is housed in the Music Department.
  • On a weekly basis, this position reports to the Asst. Dean (Arts)
  • Work in concert with Music and Theatre directors and Admissions
  • Interacts and functions cooperatively with many campus offices and personnel.



  • Collaborate with the Admissions Department to secure 275 music scholarship interest forms, 150 auditioned students, and 85 new students enrolled in music ensembles each year.
  • Build strong, collaborative relationships with current and potential community partners, with a primary focus on high schools, community colleges, and churches.
  • Develop systems for identifying and tracking prospective students who are within 3 years of auditioning (one of these would be to analyze transcripts of all applicants to identify musical experience in high school, and to personally contact these students). Cultivate a balance of students to fill all needed musical positions.
  • Advocate for and administrate a budget for recruitment initiatives.
  • Collaborate, sometimes lead, in creating content for public relations, social media, and messaging campaigns.
  • Create opportunities and make presentations about Concordia's music and theatre programs.
  • Collaborate with the Musical Directors to foster engagement with audiences by maximizing event attendance and building a larger audience base.
  • Attend Music Department meetings, reporting regularly on engagement efforts.
  • Host on-campus concerts by external organizations that fulfill a recruiting purpose.
  • Attend select performances and tours. Through these, create special opportunities to connect prospective students with musical directors and student musicians.
  • Support the Theatre Department by identifying and engaging with prospective students using similar strategies (10-20% of job focus).
  • Other duties as assigned



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The Community Engagement Liaison is a fast learner, a strategic and creative thinker, capable of turning innovative ideas into successful programs. S/he has a results and teamoriented work style characterized by a calm, imaginative approach to problem solving and the ability to handle creative as well as administrative tasks. The successful candidate will have superb organizational, interpersonal, supervisory, and communications skills, and a reputation for meticulous attention to detail and followup. It is critical that s/he has the energy and flexibility to work efficiently in a fastpaced environment, prioritize tasks effectively and execute projects to the highest level possible. A healthy respect for college faculty, staff, students, and audience members is essential.


  • Bachelor's degree with a strong working knowlege of music programming.
  • A passion for the music and theatre programs at Concordia University coupled with a passion to bring great students to the university to become student musicians and actors.
  • Ability to perceive which communities will most readily connect with various programs, and an ability to compel that connection.
  • Experience working independently - able to manage one's time for maximal output.
  • Exceptional people skills and unwavering commitment to connecting great prospective students with Concordia University Irvine.
  • Advanced ability to manage and share lists using spreadsheets (Google documents suite).
  • Ability to create and utilize video to reach constituents through social media and website (preferred).
  • Ability to create items for print publicity (preferred).
  • Ability to connect diverse groups of prospective students and audience members to Concordia.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
  • Knowledge of musical repertoire in order to contextualize various connections.
  • The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and be able to communicate effectively in English.
  • Valid driver's license and good driving record
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