Do you need an employment consultant?

Is your parish seeking to employ a church music director or organist? Does your churchís music program need invigorating? If so, you might consider the use of a church music employment consultant.

Keith Shafer is a pioneer in this particular aspect of parish life. A nationally recognized church musician, he has more than 30 years of experience directing choirs, playing the organ, assisting churches obtain organs, leading church music conferences and workshops, and offering consulting services for parishes seeking to employ music directors and organists.

How can an employment consultant assist your church in its search? Mr. Shafer has a unique perspective on parish life and musicís role in it. He understands that clergy and parish councils are looking for energetic candidates whose leadership skills are as important as their musical talent. He can meet with clergy and laypeople and help them set realistic goals for the music program and can assist the church develop a workable position description. He can manage the advertisements required in seeking qualified candidates and assist the church in narrowing the candidate field to a short list. He can make suggestions and be present for auditions and provide insight into the skills and abilities of the candidates. And he can articulate to the church the broad perspectives of the search process.