SLAM! Program Coordinator
SLAM! Program Los Angeles, a project of Community Partners, engages a network of passionate college student volunteers to teach after-school music classes in underserved public high schools, filling the critical voids left by underfunded or nonexistent music programs. Through accessible, engaging, and tuition-free instruction, SLAM! develops instrumental skills, theoretical expertise, and musical camaraderie among young people. Our comprehensive program offers a variety of classes at each partner high school, including Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Songwriting, and Rock Band, each enthusiastically implemented by a college volunteer instructor.
- Self-Esteem: The arts build community, which directly enhances students' self-esteem.
- Learning: Arts learning is not a privilege; it is a necessity for a well-rounded education.
- Access: Every student deserves access to quality and affordable arts instruction.
- Musical Expression: Students need a voice that transcends language and dialect.
Program Coordinator Job Description
The Program Coordinator is a part-time role (15 hours/week) that manages the USC SLAM! Program throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of program implementation at two or three of SLAM!’s partner sites and will serve 3 key constituencies: college student volunteers, high school program participants, and school administration. Program Coordinator responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- To provide overall leadership for the implementation of the SLAM! Program at each partner site on the basis of our vision, mission, and philosophy
- To manage the recruitment, enrollment, and attendance tracking of SLAM! high school student participants
- To assist in the recruitment, selection, and onboarding of SLAM! volunteers
- To supervise and support SLAM! college volunteer instructors while on site
- To observe, assess, and offer feedback to SLAM! volunteers to improve their approach to engaging and connecting with students in an after school setting
- To ensure that SLAM! volunteers understand and comply with district and school-specific policies and procedures
- To collect and maintain required Volunteer/ Student Participant paperwork
- To substitute teach for any absent SLAM! volunteers during programming
- To monitor program data and track student and volunteer evaluation data
- To hold regular meetings with internal (Regional SLAM! Staff, Volunteers) and external constituents (School-based Staff, Administration)
- To maintain and oversee the SLAM! equipment inventory at each site
- To allocate each site’s budget for volunteer appreciation and supply purchase
- To coordinate a Final Showcase at the end of each programming session
- Must be available to work Monday - Friday from 2:30 - 5:30PM throughout the 2014-2015 academic year (schedule subject to change)
- Must be able to begin working the week of August 11, 2014
- Willing to work evenings and weekends (on occasion)
- Additional responsibilities outside of these hours may be required
Candidates must have the following:
- An undergraduate degree in Education, Music, or similar field and/or equivalent experience
- Experience teaching classes in any or all of the following – Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Songwriting, Vocals, Music Production, or Rock Band
- Experience delivering K-12 education (either as a classroom teacher or in some other capacity – tutor, after school instructor, etc.
- Excellent organizational skills, computer savvy and ability to do paperwork
- Must present proof of negative Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux) dated within 4 years prior to beginning employment
- Must pass a criminal background check (Live Scan fingerprinting) prior to beginning employment
- Must have reliable transportation
The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following
- Supervisory experience in Education, Arts Admin, Recreation or related field
- Familiarity with Los Angeles high schools, administration, and policies
- Familiarity with quality criteria for after school programs
- California Teaching Credential
- Exposure to or interest in social entrepreneurship or community organizing
- Bilingual Spanish/English is a huge plus
Compensation is DOE. SLAM!, a fiscally sponsored project of Community Partners, is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, visit www.slamprogram.org.
Please submit resume and cover letter by Monday, May 26 to firstname.lastname@example.org