Brooklyn Public Library

  • Community Health Coordinator

    Posted Date 1 month ago(8/22/2019 11:11 AM)
    Job ID
    2019-1903
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Outreach Services
    Location Name
    Outreach Services
  • Overview

    The Community Health Coordinator advances the mission of the Brooklyn Public Library by providing access to health information and connection to social supports. Reporting to the Director of Outreach Services, the Community Health Coordinator will lead library efforts to build a culture of health at BPL and develop services that improve the health and wellness of Brooklyn’s most vulnerable residents. The Coordinator will develop library services related to health and human services including public programming; staff development; and fostering and maintaining community partnerships. The successful candidate will ensure that services offered complement broader community health initiatives in Brooklyn and are responsive to the health needs of specific neighborhoods. The Community Health Coordinator will maintain affiliations with local, state, and national groups related to services to health and human services in public libraries and will represent the Library to external stakeholders.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide on-site supervision to 3-5 contracted Social Work program staff at the library.
    • Collaborate with BPL staff, city agencies and Social Work team to identify and evaluate suitable health- human- and social service partners.
    • Develop strategies that help library public service staff to design, deploy and promote health- and wellness-related programming that addresses each neighborhood’s most pressing health needs.
    • Use data, community input, and expertise to identify the biggest health- and wellness-related challenges in Brooklyn and the most effective way to engage the community to address them.
    • Collaborate with Neighborhood Services, Strategic Planning and Government Affairs departments to develop a process for compiling appropriate neighborhood-based service providers in key neighborhoods that will serve as a resource for library staff.
    • Identify opportunities for library staff to increase their own health literacy and engage in staff wellness programming.
    • Advise on the most current, authoritative, trustworthy, accessible, evidence-based health collections and digital information sources.
    • Identify and implement methods of evaluating the impact of BPL’s health outreach programming.
    • Implement training to build staff capacity fielding health queries and making appropriate and making effective referrals to social services and health-related resources.
    • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications

    • ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science or Master’s in Social Work, Public Health or other related field required
    • 5 + years successfully demonstrated public service experience in a variety of roles displaying administrative, supervisory skills and leadership related to work with vulnerable populations.
    • 2- 3 years’ experience in social services or public librarianship.
    • Successfully demonstrated commitment to providing consistent, high-quality public service.
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills including the ability to serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for the Library
    • 2- 3 years’ demonstrated experience training and mentoring staff and volunteers
    • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment, identify and assess problems, and decisively implement appropriate solutions or recommendations
    • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively across the Library to get things accomplished
    • Creativity, flexibility, and initiative in accommodating community and staff needs
    • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Knowledge and understanding of urban library issues, library and information technologies; library policies and procedures 

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