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Literacy Leaders Program Coordinator (Part Time) - 115th Street Library

at Jerome Park Library

Posted: 7/31/2019
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 10728

Job Description

  • LocationUS-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    YES Youth Education Services
  • Overview

    The NYPL has built a large-scale Out-of-School Time presence throughout its three boroughs, where we serve tens of thousands of children and youth every day. We have designed a number of different OST models that meet the needs of our communities and capture the spirit of informal education. We are building a team of talented, committed and enthusiastic educators who recognize the NYPL’s role in enriching the lives of the young people we serve.

    The NYPL already serves as an after-school haven for teens and elementary students looking for a good book or a safe space to hang out. NYPL launched a series of “Literacy Leaders” programs that feature experienced educators who teach a credit-bearing English Language Arts elective course to teens in Manhattan and the Bronx that prepares them to be caring reading coaches to first and second graders. After the Fall course, successful teens are then offered a paid Spring/Summer internship in which they work as literacy mentors to first and second graders at the branch.


    Reporting to the Manager, Literacy Programs, the Program Coordinator is responsible for the following tasks:

    • Establishes a high-quality Literacy Leaders program, under the guidance of the Manager, Literacy Programs, that follows all protocols and procedures created by the OST department
    • Teach a creative, engaging course in the Fall that improves teens’ literacy while training them to be caring, effective reading coaches to first and second graders
    • Mentor and supervise teen interns in the Spring and Summer as they work as paid interns
    • Manage 2-3 part-time Program Assistants
    • Communicate with DOE school staff including principals, guidance counselors, and teachers
    • Assists the Manager, Literacy Programs in recruiting students to the program
    • Participates in ongoing professional development in pedagogy, academic content, behavior management, and safety protocols provided by the NYPL and implements these practices in the afterschool program
    • Builds a strong relationship with parents, schools, and library branch staff
    • Performs other related duties as required.

    NYPL Core Values

    • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
    • Be Resourceful in solving problems
    • Be Curious in all aspects of your work

    Required Education & Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in Education or related field preferred
    • Minimum of three years’ experience teaching K – 12 in a formal and/or informal setting


    • Experience or interest in project-based learning and informal education (our models are very different from traditional classroom teaching).
    • Interest in working with at-risk teens as well as first and second graders
    • Ability to work collaboratively with a team of educators.
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including the ability to serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for the Library.
    • Entrepreneurial spirit: ability to shift gears in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines and wear many different hats.
    • Commitment to continued professional development.
    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
    • Supervisory and/or staff development experience preferred

    Physical Duties

    • Limited physical effort is required
    • May require travel within NYC

    Work Environment

    Neighborhood library

    Starting Salary

    USD $35.00/Hr.


    19 hours per week


    Evenings and weekends as required

    Schedule subject to change

    **Program hours are 3pm-6pm**

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union