Program Assistant

Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Brooklyn, New York

Job Category: Administration (other)

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Part Time

Compensation: $20 per hour

About Our Organization


Brooklyn Youth Chorus is an award-winning city-wide music education and vocal performance program for children ages 5-18 of all levels of experience.  As a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles, Brooklyn Youth Chorus is reimagining choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and an incredibly versatile range and repertoire. The Chorus’s multi-level training program draws students from across the five boroughs and combines intensive voice training and musicianship study with exceptional performance experiences. Children of diverse backgrounds come to the Chorus to share their love singing, make new friends, and achieve and surpass their musical goals. Brooklyn Youth Chorus believes every voice matters and is committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community based on respect for each individual and an appreciation of our differences. To ensure access to all students, regardless of background or financial circumstances, the Chorus provides broad financial support for both chorus and elective music program tuition. Founded in 1992 by Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker, Brooklyn Youth Chorus has served over 10,000 students over its thirty-year history with hundreds enrolling each year in its core after-school and public school outreach programs. Classes take place in Brooklyn at their Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Carroll Gardens, and Brooklyn Heights.

Job Summary


Brooklyn Youth Chorus is seeking a part-time Program Assistant to serve as a front desk attendant and to provide general program administrative support with the potential to serve as a substitute rehearsal manager when the need arises. While working the front desk, program assistants are responsible for greeting guests and parents, answering the phone, responding to program emails, and other administrative work. When serving in a substitute rehearsal manager capacity, program assistants are responsible for overseeing drop-off and pick-up, taking attendance, monitoring chorister behavior before, during, and after rehearsal, and helping with classroom logistics such as music distribution, COVID-19 safety protocols, etc. This position reports to the School Administrator 



Program Assistants are expected to work Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s annual all-school spring concerts, Spring Sings, which are tentatively set for May 19-21, 2023. The final dates, locations, forms, formats, and protocols for these concerts will be finalized no later than March 31, 2023.



Weekly schedule is Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30 - 7:30pm and will run from January 2023 through May/June 2023 with the possibility to be renewed after June 2023 for future seasons.

Job Qualifications & Requirements


  • Belief in the mission and core values of Brooklyn Youth Chorus

  • Experience working with young people from diverse backgrounds 

  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with colleagues, choristers, and families

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge of and ability to read music preferred

  • Teaching experience (music education field) is preferred

  • Facility and competency working with and/or learning myriad digital communications, database, and music-related technologies and platforms including any of the following: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Mailchimp, and FileMaker preferred

  • Bachelor’s Degree in music, music education, and/or arts administration preferred

  • Full COVID-19 inoculation by start date.

  • For those with an interest in choral music education and/or conducting, this position may include apprenticeship opportunities in Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s trademarked Cross-Choral Training pedagogy



Other Information


Brooklyn Youth Chorus is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas including artistic and education programs and recruitment of choristers, volunteers, staff, and its Board of Trustees.


We stand for absolute respect for each individual; an appreciation and understanding of the broad spectrum of all our differences be they cultural, racial, religious, socio-economic, or based on sexual identity, gender, physical or intellectual ability; and the ability to experience bonds of friendship through the joy of music. We celebrate open-mindedness and critical thinking, and seek to create opportunities for students to explore and embrace these important values together. We recognize that a diverse community is an asset that must be continually cared for, preserved, and enhanced, with constant attention, for the benefit of all its members.

How to Apply


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and at least two professional references here:

Only candidates under consideration will be contacted. No calls, please. EOE.