Maine Academy of Modern Music Washington County Music Program Coordinator

Help youth grow and thrive through the power of music! Expand music education and enrichment in schools and after school programs on the coast of Maine, one of the most inspiring places on earth.

Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) is a community-led, non-profit school of music that started in 2007. Serving as Maine’s own “school of rock” MAMM offers classes, lessons, camps, and ensemble experiences in contemporary genres. MAMM serves all ages with a primary focus on youth ages 8 to 18, especially those struggling at home or in school due to language, cultural, social, learning, and/or income barriers. MAMM’s headquarters are in Portland but its programming extends statewide. This position is based in western Washington County, where one-third of families live in poverty and youth report feeling sad or hopeless at significantly higher rates than their peers elsewhere in the state. The toxic stress of generational poverty harms developing youth and undermines well-being into adulthood. However, high quality arts programming of the sort MAMM provides both in school and after school has been shown to cultivate resilience and mitigate the negative effects of toxic stress. Youth who develop resilience are better able to learn, grow, and thrive into adulthood, and MAMM helps them do exactly that. MAMM’s partner sites–schools and after school programs–have struggled to provide music education and enrichment for years. Our partners need and want more music education and enrichment offerings. They understand the important role music plays in cultivating resilient youth, but no one organization has the capacity to offer these opportunities on their own. By facilitating collaboration and developing innovative program models to meet youth where they are, MAMM fills a critical need in Washington County’s educational and artistic ecosystems.

The VISTA will: (1) Nurture and expand partnerships with local musicians, community members, and youth-serving organizations including schools and after school programs; (2) Lead a community advisory committee to guide MAMM’s expansion in the region; (3) Recruit and manage volunteers and pilot volunteer-led music programming; (4) Assist with fundraising, sponsor recruitment, and other community events; (5) Work with MAMM staff to plan and produce a concert series and other events.

Do you speak Spanish? Proficiency in Spanish a plus for this position!

Benefits

  • Bi-Weekly Living Allowance of $877/Biweekly
  • Relocation Allowance of $750 plus $.40 per mile (for those moving more than 50 miles)
  • Health Benefits
  • Childcare Reimbursement if Eligible
  • Student Loan Forbearance for eligible federal loans (interest paid by AmeriCorps)
  • SNAP Eligibility (depending on financial situation)
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Life Navigator (on-staff licensed counselor for members)
  • Choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($7300) or an end-of-term bonus ($1800) upon term completion
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal employment for one-year post-term

*Individuals are limited to two full Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards in their lifetime

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Goodwill VISTA Partnership

The Goodwill VISTA Partnership works to reduce poverty in communities across Maine and New Hampshire through indirect service, such as creating and running programs, fundraising and grant writing, communications work, increasing social media presence, recruiting volunteers, as well as assisting with community assessments, among other projects. Focus areas of partner agencies include public health, food security, environmental justice, educational support, youth development, housing, and more!