Brooklyn Public Library

  • East New York Early Literacy Outreach Associate

    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/18/2019 2:56 PM)
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    Youth & Family Services
  • Overview

    Brooklyn Public Library is seeking one Full-time Early Literacy Outreach Associate to work as part of the East New York Reads initiative and a grant from the Guttman and the Pinkerton Foundations to provide quality outreach services to various early childhood agencies, family child care programs, laundromats, clinics, homeless shelters, schools, child care centers, and more in the East New York/Cypress Hills neighborhoods, working with the Arlington, Cypress Hills, and New Lots Libraries. 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, 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. They 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, professional mentoring, 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 grant-funded position funded through June 30, 2020 with the possibility of renewal.


    • 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
    • Initiates partnerships with community agencies to support the initiative
    • Collaborates with initiative partners to collaborate and host or participant in initiative events
    • Conducts programs for young children and their parents and caregivers in a variety of settings
    • Model early literacy best practices in family child care programs, center-based child care programs, and 3-K and pre-K classrooms
    • Collaborates with library staff  members to develop appropriate programming for young children and their families
    • 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 reader’s advisory and  referrals to community agencies as needed
    • Assists with grant budget management and drafting of the grant renewal proposal and budget
    • Attends necessary meetings and trainings
    • Translate program flyers and other documents as needed
    • Interprets and implements BPL policy
    • Performs other duties as assigned



    • Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Library Science or enrollment in a graduate library or education program preferred
    • Bilingual written and oral language skills in Spanish required
    • Excellent communication and customer service skills in both English and Spanish
    • Strong presentation and programming skills
    • Experience working with young children, their parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators
    • Familiarity with the early childhood development and early literacy is highly desirable
    • Familiarity with the types of child care programs in NYC 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
    • Ability to travel to and between Central Library, Cypress Hills Library, Arlington Library, New Lots Library, other BPL branches, and offsite locations as required
    • Required to work some evenings, early mornings, and weekends as needed

    Physical Demands

    • May require the ability to carry a laptop & projector as needed
    • Ability to bend, reach, sit and stand as needed


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