Mana Maoli Seeks Music & Multimedia Instructors

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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. Summaries of each position are below, followed by details, including kuleana, list of schools, range of pay rates, and how to apply.

1. Kumu (Instructors and Mentors) – Oʻahu and Kauaʻi, Music or Multimedia focus; 2 to 25hrs/wk starting July/Aug, with paid professional development opportunities in late March and April. Weekly schedule for year-long classes determined prior to start of school year; starting $25/hr; Duties include but are not limited to preparing and implementing lesson plans, managing a classroom of students (classes range from grade K-12), facilitating rehearsals and performances, documenting work related to all previously-mentioned, attending quarterly PD training session.

Instructors focus on teaching the Mana Mele ABC’s – Academics, Business and Culture – through music or multimedia. Deliverables include syllabus, an instructor log, pre/post test scores, and feedback on lessons piloted. Mentors focus on a specific area, e.g. ʻukulele, singing, sound engineering, video production.

Pending schools’ vs current kumu schedules for next year, we may have openings across any of 16 schools, on the west, south and east shores of Oʻahu and Kauaʻi. Year-long classes range from 1-4hrs/wk. Teaching multiple classes across 1 or more schools is possible. There may be 1 music and 1 multimedia instructor position available at 15-25hrs/wk. All others would likely fall in the 3-8hr/wk range.

2. Guest Kumu (formerly known as ‘Substitute Teacher’): Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, and Hawaiʻi Island Schedule will vary (during school hours), and positions are available upon students returning back to campus (5/1/20, or later if school closure period extends)

a. 1 position available at a guaranteed minimum of 3-4hrs per week @ $400/mo; Duties include assisting an instructor or mentor for one class @ 3hrs/wk, during weeks that coverage is not needed elsewhere. When coverage is needed, duties include mentoring a classroom of students in the absence of their usual kumu, carrying out a lesson plan while managing a classroom of students ranging from grades K-12.

b. All others on our ʻguest kumuʻ list would be ʻon-callʻ, as needed and available at $30/hr, with similar duties as noted above when coverage is needed.

Details (Location, Kuleana, How to Apply)

* For kumu (instructors and mentors) and guest kumu, over 70 year-long classes are held across 16 partner schools* on the south, west and east shores of Oʻahu and Kauaʻi.

Kuleana: Below are outlines of the basic responsibilities of each position

Year-Long Instructors and Mentors – Music or Multimedia Focus (Oʻahu and Kauaʻi)

The Mana Mele Project provides music or multimedia-focused programming to the following partner schools across Oʻahu and Kauaʻi:

1. Oahu South – Hālau Kū Mana PCS, Roosevelt High, Jarrett Middle, Pauoa Elem, ʻĀnuenue, Noelani Elementary, Aliʻiolani Elementary, St. Louis School
2. Oahu East – Kamakau PCS, Hakipuʻu Learning Center PCS, Mālama Hōnua PCS
3. Oahu West – Kamaile Academy PCS, Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao PCS
4. Kauaʻi East – Kawaikini PCS, Kanuikapono PCS
5. Kauaʻi West – Ke Kula Niʻihau PCS, Kula ʻAupuni Niʻihau a Kahelelani Aloha PCS

Tasks and Responsibilities:

– 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 quarterly paid Professional Development sessions
– Fulfill required deliverables for the position, including but not limited to: crafting a syllabus for your class; writing weekly successes, challenges and accomplishments; and issuing quarterly assessments to gauge student progress

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
Guest Kumu (formerly known as ʻSubstitute Teacherʻ) – Music or Multimedia Focus (Oʻahu, Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi island) – The Mana Mele Project is in need of a consistent substitute kumu to maximize student engagement during times when the regular instructor is unavailable.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

– Implementation of the regular kumu’s lesson plan (if available) in their absence
– When coverage isn’t needed, this position will be designated to assist another instructor at 1 set weekly class at 3hrs/wk; When coverage is needed, hours spent assisting this class would be reduced accordingly
– Commit to a particular schedule when coverage (kumu out sick, on tour, etc) is needed, or a guest presenter in your area of expertise is requested on your island
– Fulfill as many of the instructor/mentor classroom duties as noted in their list of kuleana above, as needed in their absence
– Minimum $400/mo for 12-16hrs/month, and an additional $25/hr for hours in excess of 16hrs during any given month
On-Call Guest Kumu – Music or Multimedia Focus (Oʻahu and Kauaʻi)
Same as guest kumu position, but ‘on-call’ as needed and available, at $30/hr.
How to apply: Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via email to recruitment @ 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:

Year-Long Kumu Application – FirstName LastName
Substitute Kumu – FirstName LastName
On-Call Substitute Kumu – FirstName LastName

In your cover letter, please include your experiences and skills related to any of the kuleana listed above.
In accordance with Mana Maoli employment policy, candidates for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.

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