Ensemble Director – Reign City Riot

  • Contract
  • Seattle, WA
  • 500 USD / Month

Reign City Riot

Plan and lead operation of the ensemble throughout the season.

Position Type              Contractor

Reports to                    Artistic Director (A.D.)


Leads the Reign City Riot ensemble and the pep band program for Rainbow City Performing Arts (RCPA). This includes managing personnel, season planning, rehearsals and performances, budgets, and communications.


  • Managing Ensemble:
    • Directly supervises the Associate Ensemble Director, Ensemble Manager, and any other named staff.
    • Ensures the Associate Ensemble Director is prepared to lead the ensemble as needed by providing opportunities to conduct and mentorship to improve skills.
    • Selects section leaders and other volunteer ensemble staff and guides them to perform their duties to support member engagement and performances.
    • Advocate for the ensemble to ensure smooth and consistent match day experience.
    • Coordinate and consistently communicate with Rainbow City Drumline Ensemble Director regarding musical repertoire, and logistics.
  • Planning and Operations:
    • Coordinate with Seattle Reign FC staff and advocate on behalf of Reign City Riot during contract negotiations.
    • Manages the ensemble’s spending in accordance with the budget.
    • Chooses musical selections to play over the season according to budget, policy, and contractual obligations.
    • Plans rehearsal schedule to ensure readiness for scheduled performances while reducing conflicts with other scheduled RCPA events.
    • Organize sectionals throughout the season in consultation with section leaders.
    • Chooses any solo or featured member performance according to RCPA audition policies.
  • Rehearsals and Performances:
    • Leads and conducts all rehearsals and performances during the season or ensures that the Associate Ensemble Director is available to lead any absence.
    • Ensures equitable access for members to be included in performances throughout the season when the credential cap has been exceeded for any match.
    • Guides choreography and visual performance elements while adhering to RCPA accessibility policies.
  • Meetings and Reports:
    • Attends the artistic staff meeting on the first Thursday of every month.
    • Provides an ensemble report every month to the Artistic Director one week prior to the staff meeting including activities performed and hours worked in coordination with other staff members.
    • Stays in regular communication with Seattle Reign FC, Lumen Field, and affiliate groups (i.e. Royal Guard) to fulfill contractual requirements and agreed expectations.
  • Communication and Behavior:
    • Ensures all ensemble members receive necessary communication to be prepared for rehearsals and performances, and that ensemble members be engaged in RCPA matters including volunteering, fundraising, and policy.
    • Utilizes effective communication and interpersonal skills that align with and support the organization’s Mission and Core Values.
    • Complies with the organization’s bylaws, policies, procedures, and code of conduct; seeks clarification and guidance as necessary.
    • Communicate and collaborate as needed with Rainbow City Color Guard Ensemble Director and Rainbow City Marching Band Ensemble Director.


  • Ensures that the team’s operational goals and objectives, and performance standards, are met.
  • Manages workflow within the team; assigns tasks and as needed, evaluates direct reports’ work.
  • Provides continuous, timely performance feedback and formal performance reviews.
  • Supports direct reports’ continuous professional development.
  • Manages all personnel issues consistent with the organization’s policies and practices.


  • Ability to select and conduct music in a variety of genres for band.
  • Experience teaching band or instrumental music.
  • Strong knowledge of music theory and instrumental techniques.
  • Ability to assess musicians’ progress and provide feedback and support for growth.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with other community and musical leaders.
  • Dedication to maintaining a high-quality music program.
  • Ability to organize and supervise traveling gigs and paid performances.


  • At least 3 years of post-secondary musical performance experience and at least one-year post-secondary in a conducting or a leadership role.
  • At least one season or calendar year of post-secondary participation in a pep, marching, or sports ensemble.
  • Bachelor’s degree in music is preferred


  • Work involves walking, talking, and hearing; using hands to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry objects up to 35 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment varies from a low level to very loud when the band is performing.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

To apply for this role, send us a cover letter and resume to the email address below.

To apply for this job email your details to hiring@rainbowcity.org