Program Director of YOLA at Camino Nuevo
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) is a network of charter schools serving students across the PK-Post Secondary continuum in the Greater MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Pueblo Nuevo Education Development Group (PN-EDG) is CNCA’s resource development and capacity building arm. PN-EDG invests in young people to foster personal transformation and generational social change. PN-EDG staff support and build capacity for CNCA schools in achieving their vision. The organizations are grounded in the beliefs that public education is a civil right and all students deserve an excellent education that will prepare them for success in life. At CNCA/PN-EDG, we recognize that lower income and immigrant communities often face institutional and cultural barriers that create impediments to students’ success, and that an excellent education must eliminate these barriers. We integrate a strong focus on progressive, research-based academics with a holistic, place-based approach to serving our students. Since opening its doors in 2001, CNCA has grown to 8 schools and nearly 3,500 students. Our goal is that by 2022, 2,000 CNCA graduates will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and worldview necessary to be literate, critical thinkers and independent problem solvers. As a result of this success, 90% will have been accepted to, 80% will have attended and 60% will have graduated from a 4-year college within 6 years.
Organizational Leadership Capacities
We believe that every individual who works at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy must embody key mindsets and possess foundational skills to contribute to the organizational leadership of the organization.
• Commitment to and belief in CNCA’s mission and vision
• Belief in and embodiment the CNCA Anchors in all aspects of the work
• Commitment to the vision of a progressive, socially-just education and is able to inspire others towards that vision
• Solution orientation and belief in supporting others to be the same
• Commitment to an asset-based, capacity-building approach
• Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
• Ability to support an inclusive, positive and high performing culture
• Ability to take ownership in the day-to-day and overall success of the organization
• Ability to think critically, use sound judgment and problem solve
• Ability to work independently and proactively and to seek support and guidance when appropriate
• Strong organizational and time management skills, with an ability to prioritize competing projects in a fast-paced, fluid environment
• Effective collaboration with individuals at all levels of the organization
• Respect, humility and discretion to work effectively with all stakeholders, including colleagues, CNCA families and members of the community
• Strong self-awareness and ability to reflect
Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) is the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s initiative to establish youth orchestras in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles, with YOLA at Camino Nuevo marking YOLA’s fourth youth orchestra endeavor. Through YOLA, the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, empowering them to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change. As a member of the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy & PN-EDG team, reporting directly to the Kayne Siart campus Principal, the Program Director will lead all aspects of the operation and future development of the YOLA at Camino Nuevo site, including oversight of a team of part-time faculty of teaching artist and a part-time Program Coordinator.
The Program Director of YOLA at Camino Nuevo must effectively manage multiple complex relationships that involve both internal staff and stakeholders including, but not limited to: parents, community partners, third party service providers, surrounding school districts and public officials. The Program Director will guide curricular, programmatic and staff development, and support the positive staff, students and family culture of our YOLA @ Camino Nuevo community.
Strategy and Vision Setting Responsibilities
• Managing the design, implementation, growth and documentation of the youth orchestra program including:
• Facilitating an effective scope and sequence for small and large group music classes across beginning, intermediate and advanced level music instruction
• Managing monthly calendar and weekly schedule of program activities and teaching assignments
• Leading YOLA at Camino Nuevo music faculty, including facilitating collaborative curriculum design, observing music instruction and providing regular formal and informal feedback
• Producing formal and informal performance opportunities for program participants
• Communicating a weekly update for program stakeholders
• Overseeing collection and tracking of student attendance and assessment data and managing and maintaining a student database in collaboration with the Program Coordinator
• Managing and facilitating direct and partner provided ‘wrap-around’ support services (including academic support and social services)
• Designing support structures for program parents and families, including workshops and community social events - in collaboration with site staff and other YOLA and CNCA stakeholders
• Managing evaluation, assessment, documentation and reporting of YOLA at Camino Nuevo initiative, including strategy-level recommendations for improvement
• Managing on-going student recruitment efforts for the YOLA @ Camino Nuevo site
• Overseeing student probation efforts, proactively leading important and sometimes difficult communication with families in need or crisis
• Elevate challenges that arise and work with the Principal and Vice President of Programs to inform and improve work
• Understand and navigate the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context facing urban charter schools and the students they serve
Team Leadership and Performance Management Responsibilities
• Provide ongoing coaching and developing to school site personnel who are driving the day to day execution of YOLA programming
• Collaborate to develop and facilitate long-term, substantive, coherent professional development plans for role alike team
• Sets ambitious personal and professional goals and model relentless effort toward these goals, positioning CNCA for ongoing innovation and success
Administrative Management and Compliance Responsibilities
• Provide timely and relevant training and support to school site administrators and supervise, guide, and support them in their implementation of YOLA at Camino.
• Collaborate with Vice President of Programs to ensure that expenditures are in line with budget and priorities
• Submit status reports at the end of each semester
• Ensure compliance related to YOLA at Camino.
• Prepare and present regular status reports for the Executive Leadership Team and/or the Board of Directors related to mindfulness, restorative justice, discipline, and relevant investigations.
• Establish relationships with outside agencies related to discipline, attendance, restorative justice, and student records.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Other duties as assigned
• Bachelor Degree required; master degree or higher preferred
• Thorough understanding diverse progressive music education pedagogies, the culture of youth orchestras and/or community music schools, and the philosophy of El Sistema
• Demonstrable experience working with music teachers and students
• Experience working in community settings with a track record of achieving shared goals and successful program execution with multiple stakeholders and agendas
• Experience in collaborative program development and design, coupled with a successful track record of sustainable implementation and execution of large-scale projects
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings and present publicly and provide professional and appropriate business level written information utilizing various media
• Strong knowledge of orchestral music and the orchestral field, with orchestral training and experience preferred
• Ability to work well on a team and in a high-pressure, multi-tasking environment
• Strong computer skills (business professional level) and excellent time management and organizational skills
• Ability to work with diverse personalities and populations
• Ability to work cooperatively in a small open workplace environment
• Knowledge of state and/or national music learning standards
• Experience working within an orchestra or similar not-for-profit arts organization preferred
• Spanish proficiency preferred but not required
• Teaching credential preferred but not required
• Local travel, as well as evening and weekend availability
• Knowledge of Los Angeles County preferred but not required
To apply please send resume and letter of interest to: https://careers-caminonuevo.icims.com
* Camino Nuevo Charter Academy intends that all qualified persons shall have equal opportunities for employment and promotion. *
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Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Margarita Domingo at (213) 417-3410 or 3435 W Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026