Brooklyn Public Library

  • Part Time Census Navigator

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/30/2019 4:57 PM)
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    Central Library Admin.
  • Overview

    Brooklyn Public Library is hiring a team of Census Navigators to support full participation of Kings County residents in the 2020 Census. Under supervision of the Manager of Civic Engagement, Census Navigators will be an integral part of Brooklyn Public Library’s initiative to ensure a complete decennial count, with a goal that every Brooklyn resident, regardless of age, race or immigration status, is fairly and accurately counted.


    Navigators will be responsible for building census awareness in local communities and providing one-on-one census support at target BPL branches, with a focus on Brooklynites who reside in hard to count neighborhoods and who speak languages other than English. Census Navigators will be based out of Brooklyn Public Library’s community branches, with frequent travel to other nearby BPL branches. Some evening and weekend work to be expected.


    The Census Navigator position is a temporary, part-time grant funded position (19 hours/week at $25 an hour). BPL will be hiring for 10 Census Navigator positions, expected to start in mid-January 2020, and lasting for a period of 20 weeks. This is an non-exempt position, reporting to the Manager of Civic Engagement.


    Applications will be accepted until December 8, 2019.


    Navigators will be responsible for conducting staff training, community outreach, and providing one-on-one census completion support for the public at target branches. Each Navigator will work with approximately five branches. Duties will include:

    Train public service staff and volunteers on census advocacy and resources.

    • Build census awareness during key BPL programs, particularly those serving hard-to-count communities/populations to promote census completion.
    • Partner with community organizations serving hard-to-count populations by promoting BPL as an access point to completing the census.
    • Host census “Open House” programming at assigned branches.
    • Host Census Day programming on April 1, 2020.
    • Provide support to individuals seeking to complete the census.
    • Increase access to and availability of library computers, laptops and tablets for non library card holders to complete the census.
    • Ensure language access for library facing census materials and patron support information, utilizing translation devices and interpretation services, particularly to engage hard-to-count populations.
    • Regular communication with Census Navigator peer cohort and the Manager of Civic Engagement.



    • High school diploma or its equivalent
    • Enrollment in or completion of an undergraduate/graduate library, political science, or education program desirable, but not essential; experience in community advocacy and education strongly preferred.
    • Past experience in a customer and/or public service capacity. Conversational ability in a non-English language strongly preferred.
    • Formal or informal experience teaching or tutoring adult learners.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Digitally literate and able to work and learn easily using technology.
    • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team atmosphere and independently under minimal supervision.
    • Excellent detail management and organization skills.
    • Familiarity with public library resources and services.
    • Demonstrated commitment to principals of diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • Flexibility and willingness to travel within the NYC Metro area.
    • Ability to bend, reach, sit and stand as needed


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