Mana Maoli Hiring Academy Coordinator (Curriculum Development)

UPDATE 11.25.14 – This position has been filled.

Halau Ku Mana and Mana Maoli seek a qualified, reliable candidate to develop and coordinate curriculum toward a Music and Multimedia Academy, as part of our Mana Mele project. This curriculum is being piloted by 9 Hawaiian charter schools across O’ahu and Kaua’i islands over the course of this and next school year. The ultimate goal is scope and sequence toward a diploma-granting academy, where graduates are college/career ready, and culturally grounded.

Mana Maoli is the 501(c)3 non-profit organization that founded Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School and provides facilities and grants support, while operating a Maoli Music program that primarily serves Hawaiian charter school youth. The Mana Mele project is the primary focus of the Maoli Music program over the next few years. For more info on  the Mana Mele project, click this link.

The Academy Coordinator is a part-time position, at 15-20hrs/wk. Below are preferred qualifications. While we realize it is rare to find someone with all these qualifications, a strong candidate would meet many of them.

• Strong background in curriculum design and program development

• Bachelorʻs degree in Music, Education or other related degree

• Experience with program design, implementation, and coordination, and project management

• Experience teaching in a Hawaiian medium education school, or working with Hawaiian and other low-income youth.

• Experience with and knowledge of music, engineering, music business, and/or multimedia

• Skilled in research techniques, culture resources, and Indigenous/Western teaching practices and strategies

• Excellent writing, communication and public relations skills.


Academy Coordinator Kuleana:

1) DEVELOP program model and accompanying curriculum, aligned to academic and cultural  content standards (Common Core, HCPSIII, Na Honua Mauli Ola and school specific standards).

This will include, but is not limited to:

a) Develop projects designed to record and store/transmit ancestral knowledge (i.e. wahi pana), setup interviews.
b) A course outline and/or syllabi that allows instructors a foundational starting point for cultivating academic achievement, business/career awareness and skills, and cultural grounding through traditional and modern chant and music, and related engineering, business and multimedia.
c) At least 3 Culture-based curriculum units with an average of 8-12 curriculum modules per unit (i.e. written or video lesson plans). Each unit will aslo include rubric assessments.
d) Curriculum Mapping – identifying which core content standards will be addressed across each unit of each grade level, to assure curriculum is coordinated toward scope (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) and sequence (grades 6-12, with focus on high school grade levels).
e) Refine curriculum based on own experience piloting, and feedback of others who pilot curriculum
f) 6 Knowledge Resources – As a sample to other instructors and students tasked to create their own.

2) COORDINATE use of mobile studio and music industry professionals as resources, in both curriculum documentation and field-testing.

a) Logistical coordination related to the mobile studio and servies.
b) Establish a direct feed to internships (JR/SR) i.e. Oiwi TV/Olelo/UH Schools Music & Post Secondary (MELE).
c) Scheduling mentors during after school, elective or piloting academy classes, and as intermission or after school mentorships.
d) Assist Project Coordinator (PC) if needed with scheduling at own academy school or own island school visits.

3) TRAIN others on how to best implement the curriculum plan, modules, and knowledge resources.

a) at own academy school – year 1, 4th quarter
b) on own island, at 3 partner schools – years 2-3
c) at all interested Hawaiʻi island schools via dissemination and professional development – year 3


a) All reporting, data collection, survey compilation, etc. needed to report on project objectives and deliverables related to the positions duties.
b) Participate in meetings as needed with Project Director, Academy Team (other AC and Curriculum Specialist), and the Mana Mele Project Team
c) Initial response to communications by same or next work day

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via email (, mail, or hand-delivery:

Mana Maoli
c/o Kailua Intermediate School
145 S. Kainalu Drive
Kailua, Hawaiʻi 96734