Spiritual Life Associate/Village Musician

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed by people in this category. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities, duties and skills required of people in these positions.

Work Team:
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Position Classification:
Length of Service:
1 year or more


This position is open now. The Spiritual Life Associate/Village Musician partners with the Village Pastor to support the spiritual life of the Village through music leadership and planning worship. Creativity, flexibility, collaboration, and caring commitment are all vital to the position.


(principal duties and responsibilities; such as categories supported, staff size, volume managed, etc)

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaborate with the Village Pastor to create meaningful and engaging Sacred Space (worship) experiences as well as in other significant moments in Village life.
  • Seek out and encourage community members (staff, volunteers, and guests) to participate in leading Sacred Space (music, reading, preaching, drama, dance, etc.)
  • Lead worship, and/or support community members in leading Sacred Space, when pastor is out of the village.
  • Provide and/or organize musical leadership for Sacred Space. The Village Musician must be ready to collaborate and welcome the gifts of people of all abilities, from professional musicians to people who believe they have no musical talent.
  • Maintain and organize hymnals, sheet music, musical instruments, and sacristies, as well as order new supplies as needed. This includes coordinating the tuning of pianos.
  • Assist in creating worshipful space and keeping it orderly. This includes coordinating with the Mavericks as needed.
  • Revise and update the turnover file annually.


(position specifications; such as knowledge/education, skills, problem solving/decision making, risk/bottom line results, management responsibility – people and functions)

Specific knowledge and skills include but are not limited to the following:

  • A commitment to support the village pastor and lay leaders through collaborative ministry planning and facilitation.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and coordinate the sharing of people’s gifts. o
  • Self-directed, organized, reliable.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, with a willingness to be flexible amidst constant staff and guest turnover.
  • Basic computer and office administrative skills.
  • A background in music and/or leading worship is preferred.
  • The village musician must be competent and able to provide music on their own, as well as able to work with others to empower the wider community to participate in offering music in instrument, voice, and choir.


(particular knowledge/skills related to client and/or agency needs)

  • Enthusiasm for and ability to work in a remote wilderness setting.
  • Willingness to participate in a mutual review after 6-months.
  • Pledges to work in ways that support and fulfill Holden Village’s Mission, Vision, and Values and commits to the terms of the Community of Practice Agreement.
  • Abides by Holden Village’s Community Health Protocols and Practices.
  • Extends genuine hospitality to all villagers.
  • Upholds and works to further Holden Village values of diversity, equality, respect, sustainability, and spirituality as articulated in the Strategic Plan.
  • Be a community leader and role model by serving the village in roles such as First Response Team, Fire Brigade, Worship, and other program events and activities.
  • Help new staff and volunteers integrate into the community.
  • Commits to staying up-do date on all required vaccinations, including COVID-19.


  • $550/month stipend
  • Food (three meals/day)
  • Housing, utilities, internet access
  • Free parking at Fields Point
  • Health insurance (medical, dental and vision)
  • Basic life insurance
  • Life Flight membership (emergency helicopter transportation based on medical need)
  • Simple IRA account
  • 37 “out” days per year
  • 14 one-way boat tickets per year
  • 21 friends & family days and 21 half-price friends & family days per year
  • Completion bonus and health insurance grace period upon completion of term, equivalent to the
    length of term.
  • Access to amazing hiking opportunities, community events, teaching sessions, art studios and other educational opportunities!


Holden Village is a community where your questions are valued and encouraged. Most programs led by visiting teaching faculty occur during the summer months. However, Holden also invites faculty to teach sessions for special events and retreats throughout the rest of the year.
Check out a list of the 2024 Summer Faculty.