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Music Production Coordinator

RYSE Center

205 41st Street, Richmond, CA 94805

Audio Production
Local (Bay Area)
October 31

Music Production Coordinator Job Description

RYSE creates safe spaces grounded in social justice that builds youth power for young people to love, learn, educate, heal and transform lives and communities.

About RYSE: RYSE is a safe and welcoming center for diverse West Contra Costa youth (ages 13 to 21) that seeks to build youth power and leadership towards the larger vision of personal and community health and transformation. Grounded in social justice values and principles, RYSE provides comprehensive and holistic programming and promotes multi-racial, cross-cultural relationships. RYSE opened its doors in October 2008, and features programming and services across areas of community health; education and career; juvenile justice; media, arts & culture; and youth leadership and organizing.

Overview of Program Area: In service to RYSE's Theory of Liberation, the Media, Arts, + Culture (MAC) Department promotes personal healing, social justice, and community transformation by facilitating young people's innovative creation of personal, political, and expressive media and art to shift the narrative about our youth.

Job Summary: The Music Production Coordinator will support all youth in RYSE Center programs onsite and offsite in identity cultivation, personal and community expression, skill building in music and audio, and work to promote young artists advancing racial justice, safety, equity and liberation. The Music Production Coordinator is responsible for leading programming and activities that supports the development of youth artists through cohorts, workshops, pop ups, events, partnerships, and center-wide activities. This position will also oversee and maintain RYSE’s Music Studio and Live Room. The Music Production Coordinator will work in partnership with the MAC team to support key partnerships with community arts partners, WCCUSD school sites and other local and national partnerships.


Primary Duties Include:
•       Create, manage, and maintain a professional environment while overseeing the daily operations of music and audio programs, including all spaces that store and/or use music and audio equipment.
•       Serve as director supervisor for the Studio Technician, including weekly check-ins, mentorship and professional development.
•       Oversee the Music & Audio Advanced Media Producers (AMP) internship programs for music and audio, including developing personal and community-based projects, holding weekly group and one-on-one mentorship meetings, connecting members to exhibitions and opportunities inside and outside of RYSE, and connecting members to career and internship opportunities with community partners. Requires supervision of 5-8 youth.
•       Facilitate at least two workshops per week for general members in disciplines that are core and central to RYSE Music and Audio programming (i.e. beatmaking, songwriting, engineering, instrument or vocal trainings, etc.).
•       Provide opportunities for experimentation, support, and mentorship in audio and music production for general members on a drop-in basis.
•       Develop unique, meaningful, and collaborative programs, trainings, workshops, and projects for youth at all points of RYSE’s leadership pipeline.
•       Ensure that all curricula is age-appropriate, culturally relevant, justice-oriented, trauma-informed, and integrated with other RYSE programs.
•       Collaborate with all RYSE departments to integrate youth justice, community health, and education & justice lenses into RYSE programs through music and audio.
•       Create, manage, and maintain local community partnerships related to music and audio, including RYSE’s partnership with UC Theatre and MYDA, the national Music & Youth Development Alliance.
•       Stay informed of future trends in audio and music while finding ways to incorporate those trends into dynamic RYSE programs.   

General Responsibilities for all RYSE Staff:
•       Participate in staff development opportunities, meetings, and retreats;
•       Maintain weekly work plan and calendar;
•       Submit monthly reports and complete program data entry;
•       Support at organizational events;
•       Regular check-in meetings with department and direct supervisor;
•       Support center-wide culture building and crisis intervention and response efforts;
•       Support with RYSE closing protocols.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Needed:
•       A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience in arts education, media/arts administration, communications, media project management, or related field.
•       Working proficiency in managing and maintaining a recording studio with basic production gear (i.e. mics, mic amps, monitors, synths, electric drums, midi controllers, digital MPC) and software (Logic, Ableton, ProTools, Reason, etc.)
•       Knowledge of how to wire a studio for different recording configurations and the ability to troubleshoot hardware and software issues on an ongoing basis.
•       Knowledge of basic music theory and function of instruments in song.
•       Knowledge of modern music industry practices including the functions of booking and promoting events, recording studio work, record label publishing, and modern music performance best practices.
•       A minimum of two years experience working with youth, in youth program design, and community partnership collaborations.
•       A minimum of two years working as a community musician.
•       Proven ability to coordinate projects with lots of personalities and moving parts.
•       Passion for social justice and ability to articulate a vision about preparing youth for the future—from social, economic, cultural and personal perspectives.
•       Initiative-taker, detail-oriented, with strong ability to follow-through on commitments.
•       Problem-solving skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
•       Strong written and oral communication, organizational, and time management skills.

Compensation: $40,000-45,000 depending on experience. This is a full-time salaried position at 40 hours per week. The position is non-exempt and qualifies for overtime pay. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, which includes: medical (including acupuncture and chiropractic), dental and vision insurance, generous vacation, sick leave and holidays, and professional development opportunities. We offer a matching retirement account and life insurance.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and a sample of music that you have produced, engineered or performed to Please do not embed your resume and cover letter into the email. Deadline is 9/30/19 or until position is filled. For more information, please visit

RYSE provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, religion (including dress and grooming), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), disability (including physical, mental, and/or HIV/AIDS status), gender (including identity and expression), genetics, or request for FMLA (if applicable). RYSE complies with applicable state, federal, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

RYSE strongly encourages people of color, women, and LGBTQ applicants to apply. We will consider employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.