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Early Literacy Outreach Associate (Part-Time)

Early Literacy Outreach Associate (Part-Time)

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Youth & Family Services

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Brooklyn Public Library is seeking a Part-Time Early Literacy Outreach Associate to work as part of BPL’s NY City Council City’s First Readers Associate to provide quality outreach services to various early childhood agencies, clinics, homeless shelters, schools and child care centers in Brooklyn. They will also be expected to support children’s specialists in their outreach efforts. The successful candidate for this position will serve as an ambassador for library services for young children and families, promote early literacy practices to families, offer early literacy workshops to parents, caregivers and educators, and develop partnerships that are successful in encouraging parents, caregivers, and young children to engage in early literacy practices at home and to become library users. Special emphasis will be placed on using the Every Child Ready to Read (2nd edition) early literacy curriculum developed by the American Library association. He/she will collaborate with children’s specialists and other branch staff and community partners to identify the needs of local families and develop programs and services accordingly.


This position requires professional knowledge and judgment, including, but, not limited to, parent workshop planning and implementation, early childhood development, and early literacy. Staff at this level report to the Coordinator of Early Childhood Services and other assigned supervisors.


The schedule is 19 hours per week, up to 40 weeks per grant period. This position ends on June 30, 2018, but it may be extended if NY City Council funding is renewed.


  • Visits the sites of early childhood agencies to promote early literacy, library use, and library program attendance. 
  • Initiates partnerships with community agencies for outreach purposes
  • Develops creative ideas for innovative models of outreach
  • Conducts early literacy workshops for parents, caregivers, educators, and families in a variety of settings
  • Responds to early childhood outreach requests sent to Youth and Family Services
  • Schedules bilingual early literacy workshop provider contractors as needed
  • Collaborates with library staff  members to develop appropriate models of outreach for young children and their families
  • Participates in borough wide outreach and community events
  • Registers families for library cards, summer reading, and other BPL initiatives offsite
  • Assists in data collection and data analysis for grant project
  • Assists in creating promotional materials and program materials
  • Attends necessary training  Interprets and implements BPL policy
  • Performs other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in Education or Library Science or enrollment in a graduate library or education program preferred
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Strong presentation and programming skills
  • Experience working with young children and their parents and caregivers
  • Familiarity with the early childhood development and early literacy is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of library services highly desirable
  • General experience working with the public and diverse communities
  • Strong teamwork & teambuilding skills; respectful of team members’ input
  • Candidates must be flexible, able to handle multiple competing priorities and tasks, adaptable to change, and able to work effectively in a fast-paced, high-volume environment
  • Working knowledge of Internet and Microsoft Office 
  • Bilingual language skills preferred (preferred languages include Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, or Spanish). 
  • Ability to travel to BPL branches and offsite locations
  • Required to work some early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed.
  • May require the ability to carry a laptop & projector as needed as well as ability to bend, reach, sit and stand as needed

The rate of pay for this position is $30/hour with a schedule of 19 hours per week.

This is a grant-funded position, funded through June 30, 2o18