Brooklyn Public Library

  • Brownsville Early Literacy Outreach & Program Associate

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/30/2019 4:51 PM)
    Job ID
    2019-1859
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Outreach Services
    Location Name
    Youth & Family Services
  • Overview

    Brooklyn Public Library is seeking a Full-Time Early Literacy Outreach Associate to work as part of a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation’s Fund for Early Learning to provide quality outreach services to various early childhood agencies, clinics, homeless shelters, schools, child care centers, and more in the Brownsville and Bushwick neighborhoods respectively and help us develop a robust, in-branch brain-building, early literacy program. The successful candidate for this position will work with branch and Youth and Family Services staff to create a culturally competent, brain-building, early literacy program for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers. The candidate will also serve as an ambassador for library services for young children and families, promote early literacy practices to families, provide early literacy programming both inside and outside the library, 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, as well as research-based information available from Vroom (https://www.vroom.org/).  He/she will collaborate with colleagues 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, storytime program planning and implementation, early childhood development, data gathering and evaluation, and early literacy. Staff at this level report to the Coordinator of Early Childhood Services and other assigned supervisors, working in collaboration with the staff at their branch. The schedule is 35 hours per week.  This is a three-year, grant-funded position.

    Responsibilities

     

    • Collaborates with library staff members to develop a brain-building storytime program for children 0-3 years at Brownsville Library
    • Visits the sites of partnering 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 others
    • Conducts programs for young children and their parents and caregivers in a variety of settings
    • Participates in 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
    • Provides families with referrals to community agencies as needed
    • Attends necessary training
    • Interprets and implements BPL policy

     

    Qualifications

     

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Master’s degree in Education or Library Science or enrollment in a graduate library or education program preferred
    • Excellent communications and customer service skills
    • Experience with families in Brownsville, Brooklyn strongly preferred
    • Strong presentation and programming skills
    • Experience working with young children and their parents and caregivers
    • Familiarity with 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 skills in Spanish a plus
    • Ability to travel to BPL branches and offsite locations
    • Required to work some early mornings, evenings, and weekends.
    • May require the ability to carry a laptop & projector as needed
    • Ability to bend, reach, sit and stand as needed

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