Youth Specialist – Music
YOUTH SPECIALIST – MUSIC
Functional Area: Direct work with youth with a concentration in music programming
Organization: Brookline Teen Center
Location: Brookline, MA
Hours: Part-time afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. There can be some flexibility with start time and days scheduled.
Recognizing the urgent need for a place where teens could learn, grow and have fun, Brookline natives, Paul Epstein, a Brookline High School social worker and his wife, Saskia, a non-profit director, engaged a group of Brookline leaders and teens to explore the possibility of creating a teen center in Brookline in 2005. The vision was to create a place where Brookline youth could spend their out-of-school time in a safe place with both formal and informal activities centered around academic enrichment, physical activity, and socio-emotional health. In this way, the Teen Center will meet the need of local teens for a constructive, entertaining and affordable place to spend their out of school time and will be one of the only teen-only centers like it in the local area.
Since 2005, in collaboration with the Brookline Community Foundation, Brookline teens and community leaders have been working to move the vision of the Brookline Teen Center forward. In 2011, the organization received its 501(c) 3 status and began fundraising in earnest. In the fall of 2013 we opened our doors for business to the youth of Brookline.
Today, the BTC serves as a hub for out of school activities for Brookline youth. On Mondays the BTC is filled with middle school students participating in structured activities, working on homework, or just hanging out with friends. The rest of the week the BTC is open to high school students. Brookline teens come to the BTC with their ideas and we help bring them to life. In the last year, we have supported teens with running a bamboo bike building workshop, creating a makerspace, and starting a Lego Robotics program. The BTC also offers programming in music, arts, and athletics and works with school clubs to host events and fundraisers.
For more information about the Brookline Teen Center, please visit
Position: Youth Specialist – Music
- Collaborate with other team members to fulfill mission of center (social and emotional well-being, physical and recreational opportunities and educational and enrichment activities).
- Report to the Assistant Director of Programming and responsibilities include:
- Plan, organize, coordinate, direct and/or supervise various music- related classes and activities for both middle school youth and teens.
- Work to promote and fulfill the music program (BTC Records’) mission statement: BTC records’ strives to create a supportive environment where teens can express themselves through music. Members are encouraged to collaborate with peers, mentors and experienced music makers to unlock their creativity, hone their craft and share their talent.
- Supervise daily recording sessions in main studio and upstairs production room.
- Assist studio users in setting and achieving goals related to their musical and personal growth.
- Bring innovative ideas to the organization that further promote music programming for youth.
- Promote a “teen driven” music program by incorporating youth’s visions and ideas.
- Effectively market programs in order to bring awareness and engage more youth at the Brookline Teen Center.
- Hire and supervise teen employees that work in the music-recording studio.
- Create, facilitate and coordinate volunteer opportunities for the music program and work closely with volunteers.
- Coordinate events for the music program.
- Update and maintain the music section of the BTC website.
- Manage online studio reservation calendar
- Collaborate with the music committee and community partners.
- Oversee music program equipment inventory and maintenance.
- Understand and operate equipment in the recording studio.
- Work directly with youth in the following capacities:
- Develop meaningful, positive relationships and function as a role model, mentor and advisor.
- Lead youth in a variety of activities and programming in most areas of the Teen Center that include, but are not limited to, the gymnasium, fitness center, social recreation area, game room, dance/yoga studio, academic mezzanine, recording studio and bowling alley.
- Lead youth in a variety of activities and programming which take place in the community.
- Provide opportunities for learning, skill-building and success.
- Provide supervision and oversight to ensure safety and smooth operations.
- Provide assistance in other areas when needed.
- Communicate with parents and guardians of members when appropriate.
- Aid with planning and organization of special events. Expected to work these events if they are held on already scheduled days/evening.
- Communicate effectively with the team in order to keep everyone updated on the happenings in the music program.
- End of the shift includes some written tasks and cleaning responsibilities.
- Other tasks as assigned.
- High School diploma required. Bachelor’s preferred. Must be 18 years or older.
- Previous experience working with children or youth.
- Previous experience working with youth in the field of music with a focus on teaching and implementing music-based programming and events.
- Previous experience with recording in Pro Tools preferred. Familiarity with Reason, Ableton and other DAWs a plus.
- Strong ability to build meaningful relationships with youth coming from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to take on a leadership role and coordinate a variety of activities/programming.
- Willingness to advocate on youth’s behalf.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to take initiative.
- Ability to lead and implement activities and programming for youth.
- Commitment to the mission and vision of the BTC.
- Oral and written skills.
- Ability to work after-school hours and/or weekends and/or school vacation days and/or some holidays.
- First Aid/CPR/AED certifications preferred.
- Must agree to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Department of Children and Families background check.
To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to the Assistant Director of Programming, George Zahka, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications due by August 4th. Start date of September 1st.