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The Salvation Army Divisional Creative Arts Director - Full time in Syracuse, New York



To provide leadership to the Creative Arts Department, take a lead role in planning for all divisional events, and to promote & equip for the enhancement of worship services both at the corps and divisional levels. To provide leadership, direction and creative programming for all phases of the Creative Arts Program in the Empire State Division. The Creative Arts Director will support and promote all divisional events, using corps and divisional creative arts groups. The creative Arts Director will work closely with Corps officers to equip them with resources and program outlines to enhance worship components and worship services. It is expected that the Divisional Creative Arts Director, in fulfilling his/her responsibilities, will demonstrate at all times the highest standards and loyalty to The Salvation Army and its leaders, through his/her spiritual commitment, uniform wearing, soldiering at a corps, etc.

Full-time positions offer:

· Generous time off every year including 14 paid holidays, up to 3 personal days, vacation time, and sick time

· Employer funded Pension Plan (company contributions begin after 1 year of continuous employment)

· Comprehensive Health Care Coverage with low cost employee premiums, co-pays, and deductibles

· Company Paid Basic Term Life Insurance for Employee

· Long Term Disability Insurance

· Eligibility for supplemental insurance plans including Short Term Disability, AFLAC, and Voluntary Term Life

· Flexible Spending Account

· Eligibility for Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program

· Tax Deferred Annuity (403B)

· Christmas Bonus

· Wireless discount for Sprint or Verizon customers



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

  • Support all corps in assessing and enhancing their quality of worship, with an intentional focus on Sunday worship.

  • Support corps with creative worship program ideas and resources, introducing and encouraging a variety in forms of expression.

  • Support corps by teaching creative arts and ensuring local leadership is trained to continue this ministry.

  • Identify, recruit, and develop leaders for Regional and Corps leadership in Creative Arts.

  • Provide Regional training and events to help develop leaders and growth.

  • 3 year Regional plan focusing on 2 different regions per year, rotating regions year over year

  • Attend corps events in support of corps creative arts performances.

  • Support corps with leadership and resources to assist in the further development of creative arts programming, including creative program ideas and resources, leadership recruitment and development, and recruitment and training of corps group participants.

  • Create developmentally appropriate activities for youth and adults in the fields of dance, drama and art, including digital and video resources.

  • Track all forms of creative arts, including but not limited to dance, drama and art in the division.

  • Coordinate the Empire Divisional Drama Team- to include Summer Ministry Team to help with VBS and Jesus Theater Training

  • Coordinate the Empire Divisional Dance group.

  • Oversee the Divisional Youth Music and Arts (DYMA) program.

  • Recruitment, training and processing of DYMA leaders.

  • Plan DYMA schedules in cooperation with the Divisional Music Director; communicate regularly with the field regarding monthly schedule and any schedule updates and changes.

  • Promote and assist corps with DYMA participant recruitment.

  • Plan, direct and recruit leadership for the Creative Arts component of Divisional Music & Arts Camp.

  • Plan, direct and recruit leadership for Arts Conservatory.

  • Create and teach choral readings, responsive readings and choreodramas to enhance worship throughout all seasons of the year, including but not limited to holidays and special occasions.

  • Create and provide meeting outlines to promote variety and innovation in worship services.

  • Create and provide themed lists of SA songbook songs, hymns and praise & worship music to promote the use of themes within worship services. Tie in appropriately themed scripture readings, dance and drama.

  • Promote the use of live music and, where appropriate, worship videos (approved according to CCLI licensing).

  • Actively participate in divisional events, including but not limited to Divisional Family Camp, Youth Councils, Star Search, Jr. Soldier Rallies, Music & Arts Camp and Conservatory, Women’s and Men’s Camp and Divisional Rallies and gatherings.

  • Attend and give stage direction for divisional events as needed/appropriate.

  • Support territorial events as requested and/or related to worship and creative arts.

  • Actively recruit young people and adults (as appropriate) to participate in Music Camp, divisional Conservatory, Star Lake, TAM, DYMA and Empire Dance.

  • Meet regularly with the Program Secretary and, as needed, the Divisional Music Director for strategic planning and information updates.

  • Participate as an active member of the Divisional Music Committee, Youth Commission and Women’s Commission; serve on other divisional committees and commissions as requested.

  • Attend divisional calendar meetings; present proposed dates for DYMA and Creative Arts events.

  • Work within the established guidelines and budget restrictions relating to purchasing materials and running specials events at corps and divisional levels.

    Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice due to business needs.


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university.

  • At least 3 to 5 years of experience in the field or a related field.

  • Must be musically inclined; experienced in reading music, singing, and dance.

  • Drama experience a must.

  • Salvationist in good standing, active at a corps

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Ability to prioritize multiple work tasks to meet tight deadlines

  • Must maintain confidentiality at all time

  • Valid New York State License that meets The Salvation Army insurance requirements.

    Equal Opportunity Employer: The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to providing a respectful environment for all applicants and employees that is free from unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job LocationsUS-NY-Syracuse

Job ID 2023-12130

Category Creative Arts

Compensation The stated range does not represent the total compensation package.

Compensation Min USD $55,341.00/Yr.

Compensation Max USD $58,500.00/Yr.

Type Regular Full-Time