Please see below for our current job openings:

PLEASE KŌKUA by passing this announcement along to your ʻohana and friends. Mahalo nui loa!

Do you have a passion for, or experience in music and/or multimedia, and working with youth? Here’s a way to channel that passion into action! We are adding the following year-long classes at our partner charter schools on Oʻahu, starting in early August, with an all-day paid orientation session on July 24th 2021. We are also growing our list of ʻguest kumuʻ that we can call on when specific areas of expertise and/or coverage of our kumu teaching on a weekly basis is needed.

Organizational Background: Mana Maoli is a nonprofit, serving primarily Native Hawaiian youth and communities via community, culture, and environment-based education. Our #ManaMele Project does this via a Music/Multimedia Academy, a solar 4-in-1 mobile studio, and a collective of over 200 ʻcreative industriesʻ professionals (music, audio engineering, video, communications). All open positions are in support of the Mana Mele Project.

Below are all current openings:

1) Hakipuʻu Learning Center Public Charter School (PCS) (Kāneʻohe)
a) Gr 5-12 Video Production: Fridays 8:40-11:00am

2) Malama Honua PCS (Waimānalo) – Schedule TBD (1-2x/wk, during school hours)
a) Gr 7-8 Music: Fridays 12-12:45pm and 12:45-1:30pm
b) Gr 6-8 Video Production – schedule TBD (1 or 2x/wk is possible)

3) Halau Ku Mana PCS
a) 7th grade Music: Wednesdays 1:20-2:15pm and Fridays 10:50-11:45am
b) 8th grade Music: Wednesdays 2:20-3:15pm and Fridays 12:20-1:15pm
c) Gr 10-11th Video Production: Mondays and/or Thursdays 2:20-3:15pm, w/ option to offer an extra hour afterschool 3:30-4:30pm
d) Gr 10-11th Music: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 1:20-2:15pm

Starting $25/hr for instructional and prep time, as well as orientations and meetings.
Each year-long class/mentorship ranges from 1-4hrs/wk.
Teaching multiple classes across 1 or more schools is possible.
While most kumu average 3-8hrs of instruction per week, pending experience and availability, some kumu may be able to receive 15-25hrs/wk over time.


INSTRUCTORS of year-long classes focus on teaching the Mana Mele ABC’s – Academics, Business and Culture – through music or multimedia. Deliverables include a course syllabus, an instructor log submitted monthly (including feedback on lessons piloted), and pre/post assessment results submitted each semester. Instructors receive 33% of instructional hours as paid prep time (e.g. 3hrs instruction = 1hr prep).

MENTORS provide mentorships focused on a specific area, e.g. ʻukulele, singing, sound engineering, video production. Deliverables include a mentorship planning and reflection form submitted quarterly. Mentors receive 20% of instructional hours as paid prep time.

GUEST KUMU (ʻSubstitute Teacherʻ) On-call (as needed and available) for providing short-term guest presenter lessons of specific areas of expertise as requested by the regular kumu, and/or implementation of the regular kumu’s lesson plan in their absence, when provided. Otherwise, Mana Mele lessons or your own lessons are both options. Fulfill as many of the instructor/mentor classroom duties as noted in their list of kuleana above, as needed in their absence.

While deliverables and area of focus may vary, instructors and mentors both have the following kuleana:
• Music OR multimedia instruction to Hawaiian charter, immersion and DOE youth; preparing and implementing lesson plans; class management (classes range from grade K-12); facilitating rehearsals and performances; completing logs and issuing assessments;
• Foster students’ appreciation for music or multimedia, and Hawaiian culture and values
• Facilitate development of music or multimedia skills
• Offer a variety of music or multimedia experiences as they explore education and career opportunities
• Develop new or tailor existing culture-based curriculum focused on your area of expertise, and implement in year-long afterschool or elective classes
• Utilize student-centred classroom management and differentiation methods (culture-based methods are encouraged)
• Prepare students for hōʻike (showcase) opportunities
• Attend at least 3 paid Professional Development sessions annually

Minimum Qualifications:
• High School Diploma
• 4+ years experience in the field of music or multimedia
• Reliable, punctual, strong verbal/written communication skills
• Knowledgeable and respectful of Hawaiian culture – willing to integrate Hawaiian ideology into classroom curriculum
• Lots of patience, passion, perseverance, and aloha!

Preferred Qualifications:
• BA degree or higher, preferably in Education, Music, Video Production or Hawaiian Studies
• 4+ years experience in the field of music and/or media production
• Strong grounding/proficiency in Hawaiian music, culture, and language
• 2+ years experience in curriculum and program development
• 3+ years of classroom instruction, especially in Grades K-12, and/or at Hawaiian-focused charter or immersion schools, or schools in areas of high Native Hawaiian populations.
• Knowledge of music literacy and fundamental music theory
• Skilled in culture resources, and Indigenous/Western teaching practices and strategies
• Computer, digital and media literacy
• Skilled in video conferencing software i.e. Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, etc.


Qualified candidates should submit the following to
• Resume & Cover Letter

Please title your resume and cover letter files as shown below:
FirstName LastName Resume.docx
FirstName LastName Cover Letter.docx

The email subject heading should include the position you are applying for, personalized with your name, i.e.:

Year-Long Kumu Application – Music – FirstName LastName
Guest Kumu Application – Video – FirstName LastName
Year Long and/or Guest Kumu Application – Music and/or Video – FirstName LastName

In your cover letter, please include:
• Your experiences and skills related to the positions you are applying for, including what areas you are comfortable teaching at beginning level vs Intermediate or advanced – i.e. for music kumu, this would include vocals, various instruments, and Hawaiian music (preferred for some but not all classes); for video kumu, this would include shooting, editing, graphics, directing, storyboarding, etc
• What days/times of the week would you be available to teach?
• Which schools are you open to teaching at? Is there a preference among these?

In accordance with Mana Maoli employment policy, candidates for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.

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