Women's Audio Mission Youth Program Instructor I San Francisco, CA · Part time

This part-time entry-level position offers a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on middle and high school students through music and audio education.

Description

About Women's Audio Mission: Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), is a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women and gender-expansive individuals in music production and the recording arts, a field in which these individuals are critically underrepresented (less than 5%). WAM uses music and media to attract 2,000+ women/girls/ gender-expansive individuals a year to music technology studies/careers, and believes that women/gender-expansive individual's participation in creative technology will expand the voice of music and media, ensuring that their views and ideas are conveyed in popular culture. Founded in 2003, WAM has grown exponentially to serve 50+ school partners across three school districts and includes two recording studios we own in San Francisco, an educational lab space in Oakland, and global reach online to 30+ countries. WAM’s staff consists of teaching artists, audio professionals, and passionate, hardworking individuals in a combination of full time, part time, and contract roles. 

 

WAM’s professional recording studios are the only studios in the world entirely built and run by women/gender-expansive individuals. Our studio and engineers have worked on projects with Sheila E., Neko Case, Kronos Quartet, Toro y Moi, Margaret Cho, Tune-Yards, Beyonce’s Band, Angelique Kidjo (Grammy win), Academy Award-winning soundtrack to the film Dirty Wars, Mary J. Blige/Hillary Clinton Interview and more.

 

Watch videos about WAM: https://wam.rocks/videos


Job Type: Part-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

Compensation Range: $25.00 to $28.00 per hour

Benefits: N/A

Work Location: In-Person @ San Francisco Offices/Lab (447 Minna Street) and studios (544 Natoma Street) and partners schools across the Bay Area


Position Summary

This part-time entry-level position offers a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on middle and high school students through music and audio education. Successful incumbents will have at least 3 years of hands on teaching experience, a passion for audio, and a commitment to empowering young voices.


Primary Objectives and Responsibilities

●     Deliver engaging Girls on the Mic classes to middle and high school students (ages 11-18) on a weekly basis.

●     Facilitate in-person classes, with potential for virtual or hybrid sessions based on school district policies and needs.

●     Travel between WAM's studios and office in San Francisco and partner school sites.

●     Collaborate with the program team to maintain and enhance standardized curriculum, ensuring a dynamic and impactful learning experience.

●     Tailor curriculum elements for specific class situations, fostering a personalized learning environment.

●     Attend mandatory weekly team meetings to stay aligned with organizational goals.

●     Participate in WAM staff meetings and skill shares, DEI workshops, and other organization-wide initiatives.

●     Respond promptly to emails and Slack communications, contributing to a collaborative and supportive team environment.

●     Take on other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

●     High school diploma or equivalent. Some college coursework in a relevant field is a plus.

●     Genuine interest in audio production, music, and empowering young voices through creative expression.

●     Strong verbal communication skills and the ability to connect with middle and high school students effectively.

●     Willingness to adapt to different learning environments, including potential transitions between in-person and virtual classes.

●     Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment, attending mandatory meetings and participating in organization-wide initiatives.

●     Willingness to engage in ongoing professional development, including participation in the Girls on the Mic Academy sessions.

●     Successful completion of a background check, as required for working with minors.

●     Possession of a valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation for travel between multiple sites.


Ideal Candidate Profile

●     Genuinely passionate about the transformative power of education, particularly in the realm of audio and music, and is excited about making a positive impact on the lives of young learners.

●     Openness to learning and a willingness to actively participate in ongoing professional development, including enrollment in the Girls on the Mic Academy sessions.

●     Self-starter motivated by WAM’s mission.

●     A creative individual with a deep appreciation for the arts, music, and creative expression, possessing the ability to inspire and foster creativity in others.

●     Demonstrates reliability and punctuality in meeting class schedules and program commitments, understanding the importance of consistency for the students.

●     Excellent verbal and written skills.


Physical Requirements

●     Ability to stand, work, and travel from one location to another.

●     Remaining in a stationary position, often sitting or standing for prolonged periods

●     Prolonged periods working on a computer

●     Communicating with others to exchange information

●     Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers

●     Must be able to lift 15 pounds at a time.

 

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.

 

WAM is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applicants from the San Francisco Bay Area and who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color and trans/gender-expansive are strongly encouraged to apply.


Salary

$25 - $28 per hour