After School Coordinator

Kalamazoo Kids in Tune
Kalamazoo, MI
Posted On:
August 11, 2017


Kalamazoo Kids in Tune

The After School Coordinator is responsible for overseeing onsite operations of the Kalamazoo Kids in Tune program (KKIT)/CIS After School Program (funded in large part by a 21 st Century Community Learning Center (21 CCLC) grant) with Communities In Schools at Woods Lake Elementary: A Magnet Center for the Arts and in partnership with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. This site has been developed as a music-focused program that combines the CIS Integrated Student Services model with the philosophy and methodology of El Sistema , the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra program. The curriculum focuses on music, arts and academic success. In addition to academic tutoring, it includes instruction in basic musicianship (listening, movement, notation, theory); rhythm training (bucket band); choir; group instrumental music lessons, and full ensemble rehearsals. 

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Works collaboratively with the CIS Site Coordinator to establish and sustain effective working relationships with the school Principal and staff. Helps to assess school-wide needs and individual student needs based on input from teachers, other building staff, and parents and assists in the development of an annual CIS site operations plan for the building.
  • Assures that school staff, parents and students are well-informed about the Kids In Tune after school program. Enrolls students in the program according to agreed-upon criteria.
  • Serves as a key member of the partners’ leadership team for ongoing program implementation and problem-solving.
  • Responsible for providing on-site management, coordination and facilitation for after school services delivered at the school to targeted students as defined by the 21 st Century CLC grant/contract.
  • Provides competent leadership for integrating the site’s daytime and extended day strategies that result in optimal impact on school-wide and individual student outcomes. Works with the entire CIS team, school personnel, parents, and community provider organizations to implement the ISS and El Sistema models through the CIS After School Program.
  • Lead the two-year transition of the after school program at the site into an intensive, music-centered program in which the enrichment activities provide students with complete music learning opportunities. Implement first-year plans developed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and CIS senior staff, and will take part in expansion planning and curriculum development for years two and beyond.
  • Create an environment for Kids In Tune that reflects the ideals of El Sistema , including the following:
    • Musical ideals: starting early, passion over precision, daily instruction, group-based learning, audiation before visualization, frequent performance opportunities, frequent guest artist visits.
    • Social ideals: student ownership and decision-making, parent engagement, community awareness and visibility, peer mentorship, individual and collective achievement, planning for the future, leadership, perseverance.
    • The “CATS” principal: each individual must continually strive to be the best possible Citizen, Artist, Teacher and Scholar.


*Master’s degree in music education, music therapy, music performance; or human services, public administration, education or related area with extensive musical background; plus a minimum of three years of experience working with children, adolescents and families and a well-developed knowledge base on the needs/issues of children and families. Supervisory and/or management experience highly desirable. *Must possess the necessary education, experience, or acceptable combination of the two to meet the School-age Program Director qualifications as defined in by the Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers of the State of Michigan Department of Human Services Office of Children and Adult Licensing (R 400.5302). *Commitment to or willingness to embrace the ideals of El Sistema . *High degree of organizational ability and the ability to work independently with limited supervision. A demonstrated capacity to manage many projects and activities simultaneously. *Demonstrated knowledge of child growth and development and experience working with children and families. Effective in working with diverse populations and needs. Understands and embraces diversity and inclusiveness in thought, word, and actions. Exemplifies these values. *Knowledge and experience with a wide range of community resources including human services, healthcare, education, recreation, employment and basic needs necessary. Advanced understanding of complex organizations and service delivery systems and how they function. Ability to implement cooperative structures and methods for multi-agency involvement in student support. *Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills, to interact effectively with school staff, parents, students, volunteers, service providers and other team members. Ability to establish credibility with school personnel. *Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, integrity, and knowledge of organizational policies and procedures and to effectively convey such information to others. *Ability to interpret, comprehend and transmit complex and detailed instructions in order to plan and perform job duties. Ability to pay close attention to and manage details while maintaining a focus on the big picture and longer-term program goals. Ability to organize, prioritize and work independently as well as schedule and produce work in a timely manner. *Knowledge of Michigan Childcare Licensing rules and regulations strongly desired. *Essential to possess experience and proficiency with personal computers, word processing software, spreadsheets, the internet, electronic mail, and databases.

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of introduction and a current resume to: