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Jazz St. Louis

Education Associate – Jazz Academy

REPORTS TO: Director of Education and Community Engagement

CLASSIFICATION:  Full-time, Exempt

JOB SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Director of Education, the Education Associate – Jazz Academy position is responsible for providing administrative, logistical, and planning support for Jazz St. Louis (JSL) education programs, with a focus on the launching of a new program, Jazz Academy. In addition to launching of this new program, the position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, as well as related initiatives.

THE CHALLENGE: Jazz Academy is a year-long social and civic development program for at-risk youth, primarily attending middle schools in Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts. The main goal of this program is to use jazz as the vehicle to teach life skills and leadership development, keep youth in school, and provide a way for at-risk youth to create positive buffers through music and social avenues. The program, which at capacity serves 50 students from these schools, are transported weekly to Jazz St. Louis’s Centene Jazz Education Center, located in the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz. Youth participating in the Jazz Academy will receive weekly private instruction on their instrument, tutoring assistance, and ensemble classes. Twice a month, Jazz Academy participants will participate in a Leadership Academy that takes place on Saturdays at the Centene Jazz Education Center. This Leadership Academy will not only reinforce musical development, but will focus more on the social and leadership development of academy students. Leadership Academy days will feature music workshops, field trips, life skills development, and employment training.

The person selected for this position has a unique opportunity to be involved in the launching and crafting of a program from the very beginning stages of implementation, to its evolution over time. The challenge is not merely to execute a complex series of tasks, but to create a program to meet and address the needs of the communities served in a way that that is organic, responsive, and equitable. 


  • Assist in the developing and refining the timeline and process for launching the Jazz Academy, including developing and revising materials and policies, such as attendance policies, student participation manuals, good conduct policies, and permission slips necessary for the implementation and functioning of the Jazz Academy.
  • Serve as the liaison between Jazz St. Louis, schools, teachers, and parents regarding the Jazz Academy program.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Education and Community Engagement, work to develop and maintain effective systems of communication between Jazz St. Louis and teachers, parents/guardians of Academy students, Jazz Academy students, and other stakeholders.
  • Work closely with Normandy and Riverview Gardens music staff to identify and recruit students for participation in Jazz Academy, maintain open lines of communication with teachers, students and parents to ensure consistent participation and student retention.
  • In coordination with the Education Manager, create and maintain the teaching artist schedule, including maintaining regular communication with teaching artists, coordinating individual teaching artists’ schedules, plus creating and maintaining the overall teaching room assignments.
  • In consultation with the Director of Education and Community Engagement, coordinate and manage all aspects of the Jazz Academy Saturday Leadership Academy, including scheduling and communicating with guest presenters, working with transportation companies to provide student transportation services, coordinate and manage student field trips, etc.
  • In consultation with the Director of Education and Community Engagement, devise and implement a healthy nutrition program for Jazz Academy Students, including snacks and meal options.


  • Assist the Director of Education and Community Engagement in establishing appropriate goals as they relate to the Jazz Academy.   
  • Assist in identifying educational trends that may present new opportunities for JSL; recommend a course of action that takes this information into account.
  • Assist in developing the budget for the Jazz Academy; monitor the progress, and adjust plans as necessary.
  • Work closely with the Director of Education and Community Engagement and other designated staff in long-range planning for JSL.


  • Monitor and document student grade performance, attendance, behavior incidents; communicate with parents and teachers regarding specific students’ needs as situations arise; work with parents, councilors, and school teachers to devise strategies for student improvement; keep and maintain accurate records on students and their families.
  • Work with outside consultants on the implementation and use of data collection methods and tools. Record and report data as necessary.
  • Work with JSL Development staff to accurately report data on a quarterly basis. Provide data to development staff in a timely manner, fill out and submit reports when necessary.


  • Keep abreast of recent research in music education, at-risk youth, and urban education trends
  • Provide support to other JSL staff as directed
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Education and Community Engagement


The successful applicant for this position will possess the following qualities.

Community organizer, innovative and creative thinker, youth focused, able to treat others with compassion regardless of social constructs, music lover, able to work in a challenging and constantly changing environment, values social justice, quick thinker and able to improvise, challenges conventional thinking, constantly strives for excellence, always in the pursuit of knowledge.


rtation and mobile phone.

  • 1-3 years experience in working in youth education, with a focus on at-risk youth in low income communities.
  • Undergraduate degree in social work, music education, education, or a related field.
  • A successful candidate for this position may not necessarily be a musician or teacher.
  • Effective communication and people skills are a must.
  • A successful candidate will also possess:
    • excellent writing and proof reading skills;
    • an ability to work with a variety of people, including musicians, teachers, volunteers, parents, community members, staff and patrons; the ability to handle multiple tasks well;
    • the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively;
    • has a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite;
    • must have their own reliable transportation


Jazz STL hopes to fill this position by July 1. Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to


3120 locust • st. louis, mo 63103 • p. 314.533.0930