Young Storytellers

Story Lab Specialist

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles

Young Storytellers sparks creative self-discovery through storytelling. Our programs highlight young people as the center of their own narratives, emphasize that their stories matter, and celebrate their unique voices as the ones telling them. Young Storytellers works towards a future where young people experience the impact that their thoughts, feelings, and words can have on the world in which they live.

Young Storytellers works with students in elementary, middle, and high school. In elementary school, students write scripts that are completely their own; in middle school, students write monologues about challenges they face; and in high school, students write Public Service Announcements that address important issues in their self-identified communities. Students in each program work with volunteer mentors, and every student gets to see their work performed by professional actors. Young Storytellers programs are designed around Common Core standards, integrate Social and Emotional Learning activities, and include components of Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards.

What Is This Position?
The Story Lab Specialist provides necessary support to our Education Team in partnership with WarnerMedia and LAUSD’s Arts Education Branch and Division of Instruction. Story Lab is a Young Storytellers program developed to bring storytelling and writing to middle school students as they explore their identities and their own “superpowers.” Since Story Lab is done in partnership with LAUSD schools, the Story Lab Specialist coordinates the teacher selection process and trains teachers so that they can successfully run the program in their classroom. The Story Lab Specialist is also the one making curriculum changes, adjusting curriculum, and communicating with teachers once the program is running, including running virtual office hours and support sessions. The Story Lab Specialist is responsible for evaluating the success of the program through feedback sessions, survey creation and collection, and creating and distributing a post-program support — all allowing Young Storytellers to review, adjust, and update our program to serve our students and teachers in the best way possible.


  • Coordinate the teacher selection process, including creating a teacher application and reviewing completed applications as they come in;
  • Assist with the implementation of the Story Lab program curriculum changes with the support of the Education Director and Training & Curriculum Specialist;
  • Participate in Story Lab teacher trainings and create training materials, as needed;
  • Provide ongoing communication and support to participating teachers in the Story Lab online portal and via virtual teacher office hours;
  • Collect and track student work, permission slips, program releases, and surveys, as well as teacher attendance at trainings, virtual showcases, and office hours;
  • Perform virtual program visits, as needed and helpful;
  • Oversee post-program evaluations, including feedback sessions and program surveys, and create annual Story Lab report using data collected;
  • At the close of the program, create marketing materials for Story Lab to be used in future programs.



  • Experience working with middle school students, preferably in a teacher or group leader setting;
  • Experience creating activities and lessons for middle school students, with creating curriculum for others’ use preferred;
  • Background in education, creative writing, theater and visual arts, and/or nonprofit, with experience working with LAUSD or public school teachers preferred;
  • Prior experience work with students or programs on Zoom, as well as educational tech platforms such as Schoology;
  • Strong writing and communication skills;
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail;
  • Flexibility and adaptability, especially during a global pandemic;
  • A degree, coursework, or certificate program in arts and/or education is preferred but not required.


What is My Compensation for This Position?
The Story Lab Specialist is a part-time, seasonal, and remote position for the 2020-2021 school year, beginning in October 2020 and ending in June 2021, with the possibility of the position being extended if the right fit for the organization. Hours vary between 16-24 hours per week, with availability required between 9 am-5 pm. Salary is $20/hour and total compensation includes paid time off and generous holiday breaks.



To apply

The anticipated start date is October 2020 and applications will be accepted until the position is full. Please send the following to [email protected] with the subject line, “Story Lab Specialist / LAST NAME”: 

  • Resume / CV (as an attachment to the email);
  • In the body of your email, a brief paragraph stating why you are interested in working with Young Storytellers; and
  • An example of a lesson plan or activity that you have used successfully with middle school students, or that you have provided to others to use with their own students or classrooms, as well as a short reflection on its implementation.

Young Storytellers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. That being said, belonging is a core value of the Young Storytellers culture, and our daily practices around equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-bias, antidiscrimination, and antiracism are central to that value. Young Storytellers firmly believes that Black Lives Matter. We encourage womxn and gender diverse people, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ individuals, veterans, immigrants, and anyone with a disability to apply for this and all our positions. Young Storytellers has designed our interview, onboarding, and ongoing cultural practices to be a welcoming space for everyone. You can read more about our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism on our website.

For any questions or accommodations while applying due to a disability, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 323.962.4500.