Writers' Room Program Coordinator

21 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles

826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind we provide after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, support for English language learners, and we produce student publications. All of our programs are offered at no cost to students and families, are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in the student’s individual voice.

About the position

The Writers’ Room Coordinator is responsible for serving high school students at 826LA’s school-based site at Manual Arts Senior High School; with the support of the volunteer team, the Writers’ Room Coordinator responsible for training, developing and managing a diverse group of volunteers and interns; and continuing the existing community partnerships to maintain and grow a sustainable volunteer network to support projects at Manual Arts High School. The Writers’ Room Coordinator works closely with In-Schools team members, other programming staff, volunteer staff, teachers, administrators, and college counselors at Manual Arts High School. The Writers’ Room Coordinator works primarily from Manual Arts High School, and reports to the In-Schools Program Manager. This position is full-time, and the flexibility to work some evenings and weekends as necessary. Salary range is $40-45k and is commensurate with experience.

Position responsibilities:

  • During the school year, coordinates with teachers, administrators, college counselors, and other community-based organizations to plan and execute writing programs at 826LA’s Writers’ Room at Manual Arts Senior High School and virtually.
  • Develops and runs in-person and virtual projects to serve students annually through high-quality writing support, unique creative writing opportunities, support for English Language Learners, and in-class support.
  • Fosters college readiness and access through personal statement, scholarship, and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium writing support projects; supports annual Personal Statement Weekend and Scholarship Day programs.
  • Works and communicates closely with Manual Arts staff and administration to ensure 826LA is most effective and is a known organization on campus.
  • Coordinates community outreach and publicity for the Writers’ Room.
  • Works with the Volunteer Team to grow a sustainable volunteer network in South Los Angeles through continuing community partnerships and forging new partnership opportunities and relationships.
  • In conjunction with the volunteer team, trains and supervises Writers’ Room program interns.
  • Works closely with the 826LA Volunteer Team to oversee daily volunteer attendance, relationships, trainings, and communication to ensure sufficient volunteer numbers.
  • Facilitates quality interactions between students of various ability levels and volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels.
  • Oversees the writing, editing, publication, and production of books that result from Writers’ Room programs.
  • Responsible for accuracy, timeliness, and organization of all Writers’ Room program evaluations, including the collection of student college application and enrollment information.
  • Supports all programs and events as necessary.
  • Reports to the In-Schools Program Manager.

Ideal candidate profile:

  • A passion for writing and publication, education, and especially 826LA’s mission.
  • Classroom management experience in an urban school setting and a passion for teaching students in underserved areas.
  • Experience designing and implementing writing curriculum.
  • Strong communication skills, including written and interpersonal, and comfort with public speaking.
  • Experience working with groups of students ranging in ages 6-18 and of various ability levels.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with students and teachers.
  • Experience working with and leading volunteers with various levels of experience and from different backgrounds.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to multitask, adapt, and solve problems creatively in a fast-paced environment
  • Familiarity with Google Suite and Zoom
  • A commitment to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of 826LA programming.
  • A strong work ethic, a collaborative spirit, the desire to support programs team members
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Fluency in Spanish, both verbally and written (preferred but not required)

Staff at a coordinator-level position are expected to demonstrate competency with close guidance from a manager and/or team members in the following areas:

Planning & Execution:

  • Develops individual work plans with goals and interim milestones to manage one’s own work, ensuring high-quality and timely delivery
  • Communicates project progress to manager and seeks counsel when help is needed to execute on goals

Self Awareness & Development:

  • Seeks to understand own strengths and limitations; is open to seek out feedback and opportunities to grow


  • Approaches new ideas, changes in work, or challenges with a sense of possibility, openness, positivity, and solutions-based aptitude

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Values and prioritizes unparalleled service to students, such that stakeholders desire ongoing engagement with 826.

826LA prioritizes and incorporates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all facets of the organization, including internships. 826LA’s staff reflects the diverse student population the organization serves in terms of race and ethnicity. We are committed to considering a broad range of applicants, including and especially those with diverse work experience and encourage applicants of all ages and backgrounds to apply. If you believe that you could excel in this role, whether you’re new to educational nonprofits, returning to work after a gap in employment, looking for a career change, or to take the next step in your career path, we encourage you to apply. Your cover letter is the perfect place to tell us about your interest in our work and what you could bring to this role.

826LA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and highly encourages persons of color, LGBTQIA persons, gender non-conforming persons, persons with disabilities and any other protected groups per local, state and federal law are encouraged to apply for this position.

To apply

In order to be considered for the Writers’ Room Program Coordinator position, you must thoroughly complete an online application, and send the following to jobs@826LA.org:
1. A cover letter that includes a summary of your relevant experience and a specific explanation of why you are interested in working at 826LA
2. A detailed resume
3. A list of three references
Please include your name and "Writers’ Room Program Coordinator - MAHS" in the subject line.
Please note that only complete applications - with cover letter, resume, and references sent to jobs@826LA.org - will be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.