Music Program Assistant

A Place Called Home

Los Angeles, CA

A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth and community center in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes, fitness and health and wellness opportunities. As youth participate in our programs, they discover interests and talents and develop a better sense of themselves and their place in the world around them. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that youth will stay in school, pursue higher education, attain viable jobs, and become active community members capable of making positive change in the world in which they live. 


Job Title: Music Program Assistant

Department: Music 

Reports to: Music Program Senior Manager

FLSA Status/Hours:  Non-Exempt/40 hours per week, Tuesday - Saturday



Under the direction of the Music Program Senior Manager, the Music Program Assistant will provide support and assistance and be at the front-line for member safety and well-being. The Music Program Assistant will translate mission, policy and REACH practices into direct application for members. The Music Program Assistant is also responsible for supporting general department administration, program development as well as assisting in coordinating events and community relations. The Music Program Assistant assists the Senior Music Program Manager in facilitating management for all music department staff, instructors, and volunteers; assigning duties and responsibilities to support staff as necessary; ensuring program efficiency; assisting in interagency and external communications and collaborations; and assuming classroom management and support as needed. 



  • Work under the Senior Music Program Manager to implement high quality and engaging exposure-based music lesson plans for different ages (elementary, middle school, high school) and levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

  • Assist in the research and development of lesson plans, collateral, schedules, field trips, guest instructors, class projects and productions, etc. for different age groups at APCH

  • Address student behavior appropriately and follow intervention and support approaches adopted by the agency

  • Complete administrative duties as assigned and executed in a timely manner

  • Assist with the supervision of members during program hours, special events and field trips

  • Chaperone members on department and agency field trips

  • Serve as a mentor and role model for members

  • Develop and foster relationships with external organizations and community partners to allow members to engage with expanded opportunities for exposure, training, production, performance and career development

  • Work with the entire music team to produce music department events and provide support for all agency events

  • Provide support and assist in the development of the APCH ensembles

  • Assist the Music department in recruitment efforts onsite and offsite

  • Facilitate individual and/or multiple group classes throughout the week both virtual and in person 

  • Organize and teach youth in a way that produces measurable results

  • Provide classroom and project management

  • Support and implement Berklee City Music Network activities

  • Support organizational staff with projects, performances, events and productions 

  • Assist department staff in preparing member assessments, correspondence and data entry

  • Conduct student assessments, track attendance, and prepare department reports

  • Conduct and track qualified member assessments with the Berklee PULSE method (online learning resource with training provided)

  • Track member attendance and progress; prepare and submit reports

  • Prepare members for participation in special projects, performances and events (i.e. agency fundraisers, festivals, etc.)

  • Mentor through actions and behavior in observing dress code, language, and observance of organizational policies and procedures

  • Assist Independent Contractors with scheduling private lessons, developing curriculum overviews, tracking contract amounts 

  • Assist with purchasing supplies & materials, annual subscriptions, travel plans & accommodations 

  • Updating virtual Member Hub with class and instructor information on as needed basis

  • Assist with budget tracking for purchasing and Independent Contractors 

  • Facilitate weekly 1-on-1 instrument lessons (AMP)

  • Assist contractors and staff in classroom management and virtual class creation

  • Perform other tasks as assigned


Other Responsibilities

  • Attend all required program meetings (Department meetings, Check-in with Supervisor, etc.) and attend outside meetings and events related to program needs and development

  • Prepare and submit all paperwork in a timely manner (Monthly reports, assessments, etc.)

  • Contribute to ongoing development of program elements and policies 

  • Adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards and values at all times

  • Participate in a subcommittee as part of the EEC 


The Expectation

To perform this important job successfully, the Music Program Assistant will be an individual who carries high personal and professional standards, is high energy by nature, and enjoys partnering with others to achieve successful outcomes. To be successful in this role the Music Department Coordinator will focus on achieving excellence of service and performance in the five core competencies identified by the agency: integrity & trust, adaptability, accountability, learning and development and compassion.  As a Music Program Assistant, they will also be expected to excel in the five department competencies of: internal & external collaboration, communication, prioritizing & planning, analytical thinking and work quality & innovation. The candidate will embrace the APCH culture of a learning organization and strive to constantly improve upon systems and services for the benefit of our employees and our constituents; and will be demonstrably committed to their own ongoing personal and professional development. Our culture encourages individuals to speak up, we respect diversity of thought, and we look to our staff to be candid with concerns and constructive suggestions. Together, we can continue to take APCH to even higher levels of excellence and service to the community. 

Technical and Performance Skills

  • Excellent Oral and Written Communication Skills    
  • Professionalism
  • Customer Service    
  • Time Management
  • Ability to Multitask    
  • Flexibility
  • Mission-Driven    
  • Dedicated to excellence
  • Detail-Oriented    
  • Strong Organizational Skills
  • Microsoft Office Skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) Preferred


  • Bachelor's Degree or proof of equivalent training in related field preferred  
  • 1 year of administrative experience
  • Background in music preferred

Physical and Mental Demands

  • Able to work in a dynamic and high noise level environment typical of a youth center
  • Walking, standing required on daily basis
  • Sitting and use of hands/vision for computer work for extended periods of time
  • Lift up to 25 pounds occasionally
  • Able to communicate and convey accurate information
  • Type 45 WPM
  • Able to work some evenings and or weekends


A Place Called Home provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including but not limited to pregnancy), gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, military and veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship national origin, age, physical and/or mental disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, A Place Called Home complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


Background screening required.

$17.00 - $20.00 Hourly

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