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SLAM! Program Coordinator

About SLAM!

 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.

Core Values 

  • 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

Work Schedule 

  • 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

Please submit resume and cover letter by Monday, May 26 to

PayCompensation is DOE

DateMust be able to begin working the week of August 11, 2014

Location: Los Angeles, California