Brooklyn Public Library

  • Coordinator, Youth Education Initiatives (BCAP Summer Camp Director)

    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/30/2019 1:25 PM)
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    Youth & Family Services
  • Overview

    Brooklyn Public Library seeks a Coordinator, Youth Education Initiatives to serve as the summer camp director for Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP), and to support programs and services systemwide for children and teens (birth through age 18) as part of the Youth & Family Services Department team.  Under the supervision of the Director of Youth & Family Services the Coordinator of Youth Education Initiatives participates in outreach activities, program planning and supervision, and staff training on services to children and teens and their parents and caregivers.


    The role may include the opportunity to take a lead on teen initiatives, including the Library’s Youth Council, Teen Trustees, and BCAPteen programs, and related events--or other youth initiatives, depending on the candidate’s skills and experience. 


    The role offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic, progressive, and impactful work environment--Brooklyn Public Library--which has 59 locations across the borough offering a myriad of programs and services for all Brooklynites.  Plus, connections with the six cultural institutions on the BCAP Campus.


    About BCAP
    Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) offers summer programs for youth based on a longstanding collaboration of six cultural institutions in the heart of Brooklyn: Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Zoo, plus an annual guest partner. Adventurers take part in fun, hands-on experiences that weave connections between art, world culture, literature, history, nature, technology, and science.  BCAP Summer Camp will be celebrating its 22nd year in 2020. The program is a former National Arts & Humanities Award winner, and was listed #1 for Best Academic Summer Camps in NYC by Time Out.



    • Sustaining a welcoming, positive, inclusive, and fun environment for all children, staff, and families
    • Sustaining goodwill, enthusiasm, and buy-in among partner institutions, and balancing their varied needs, schedules, and styles of working and teaching
    • Organizing and leading an interactive 6-day staff training week for 16-20, PT seasonal summer staff in collaboration with the six BCAP partner institutions
    • Collaborating with and delegating among camp leadership, including Camp Assistant Director, Assistant Manager, and Administrative AssistantServing as camp Health Director
    • Developing and overseeing programming for teens who have aged out of camp through formal or informal programming, volunteer, or work opportunities
    • Oversee all camp planning and operations, including but not limited to:
      • Curriculum development and coordination
      • Planning committee meetings with partner institutions
      • Hiring/training/supervision/evaluation of camp staff
      • Schedules, budgeting, supply ordering and expense tracking
      • Registration and financial aid
      • CPR and First Aid certification and DOH certification process
      • Parent communications, marketing and promotion
      • Assisting with grant proposal writing, budgeting, and reporting
      • Culture and team-building
      • Program evaluation
      • Agreements/contracts with partner institutions and other vendors
      • Behavior management
      • Accessibility and inclusion
      • Alumni and volunteer engagement
    • Supervise seasonal and tear-round staff including:
      • 16-20 part-time, seasonal staff (40 hours per week for 7 weeks)
      • 1 part-time year-round Program Assistant
      • 1 Administrative Assistant (part-time with BCAP during school year, full-time with BCAP during summer)
      • 3-9 summer interns or volunteers


    • Lead and support programs, events, and staff training, as needed, with Youth & Family Services department
    • May lead special teen engagement initiatives at Central Library, such as our Youth Council and their flagship annual event, the Urban Art Jamm; our upper-tier advisory group, Teen Trustees; and the BCAPteen summer internship program.


    • Bachelor's degree required.  Master’s degree or equivalent experience and training in education, arts education, museum education, youth development, or related field preferred.
    • Four or more years working with and leading groups of youth, such as teaching, after school group leader, or camp group leader
    • Two or more seasons working in a children’s camp setting
    • Experience with lesson planning and curriculum development
    • Supervisory and/or adminstrative experience in a camp or eductional/recreational setting
    • Enthusiasm for working in a collaborative, people-oriented role with diverse groups of children, teens, and staff
    • Ability to foster a positive, inclusive, and supportive workplace culture with high expectations for all people and programs
    • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines, and to effectively plan, organize, and prioritize, and to delegate tasks
    • Self-directed and ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Flexible and able to navigate unexpected change with a calm and solutions-oriented approach
    • Enjoys collaboration and mentorship
    • Open to giving and soliciting/receiving feedback
    • Demonstrated knowledge of youth development principles and practices
    • Knowledge and experience in the creative arts, teambuilding, recreation, facilitation, training, accessibility and inclusion
    • Comfortable in settings that involve the outdoors/nature, animals, and plants, as well as museums
    • Commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the Library’s motto: “Everyone is Welcome Here.”
    • Experience with libraries, museums and cultural institutions, experience with special education, and experience with teen programming a plus

    Physical Demands

    Ability to walk/travel and spend periods of time outdoors in the summer to supervise camp operations at our six partner institutions



    • Must complete a pre-employment background check
    • Must obtain advanced CPR and First Aid certification before the beginning of BCAP Summer Camp





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