• Education Coordinator, Youth Technology

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    2018-10486
    # of Openings Remaining
    1
    Type
    Full-Time Regular
    Department
    YES Youth Education Services
  • Overview

    The NYPL Youth Technology team leads efforts to increase equitable access to technology education opportunities that are both fun and meaningful for kids and teens across our 88 neighborhood branches.

     

    The team develops curricula, programming toolkits, and staff trainings to support rich informal youth programs in the branches where kids can learn to use technology to create and express themselves, and that promote the development of youth identities as tech-literate and tech-interested 21st-century citizens. Our programs cover a diverse range of technology tools and literacies including computer programming, robotics, design, digital media production, and digital citizenship.

     

    In addition to content and program development, the Youth Technology team works closely with our Children’s and Young Adult librarians to maintain a community of technology education practice among youth librarians and to provide youth staff with direct programming support.

    Principal Responsibilities

    As the Education Coordinator of NYPL’s Youth Tech team, you’ll develop and support youth programs that leverage the unique strengths of NYPL’s youth staff and library spaces to provide kids with informal, kid-centered, and project-based opportunities to work with the latest technologies.

     

    You’ll wear several hats as you research and study the latest informal tech education trends, craft programming content, offer professional training, lead and coordinate community conversations between youth librarians across the system, and manage programming logistics.

     

    Under the guidance and supervision of the Manager of Youth Technology, you’ll help our librarians reach thousands of youth patrons a year with programs that expose kids to what’s possible with tech, build their creative technology skills, and inspire kids to use technology to actively participate in our increasingly tech-centered world.

     

    • Creates curricula and staff programming guides for drop-in workshops, weekly tech clubs, and other tech-based programming for children and teens under the supervision and guidance of the Youth Technology Manager
    • Creates and implements youth staff training modules on informal tech education programs
    • Coordinates tech-programming logistics including the purchasing, organization, distribution, and tracking of tech materials
    • Organizes community conversations and supports branch youth staff through phone calls, emails, video chats, in-person meetings, and branch visits
    • Visits tech clubs and drop-in workshops to provide pedagogical and technical guidance and support to staff
    • Liaises with internal stakeholders to support our programs including IT, Communications, and Purchasing
    • Related duties as required

    Minimum Qualifications

     

    • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, Master’s preferred
    • Minimum of three years’ experience teaching K–12 in a formal and/or informal setting
    • Enjoys using creative technology tools with children and teens
    • Experience writing curriculum for use by other staff
    • Experience working collaboratively on educational projects
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively across many different Library departments
    • Ability to coordinate work with many different external constituencies
    • Ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines and wear many different hats
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including the ability to serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for the Library
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Commitment to diversity and inclusion

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience teaching technology skills to youth or adults (programming, computer basics, digital media production, engineering, or web)
    • Experience running training for fellow educators
    • Experience with program and project management

    All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

    • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
    • Be Resourceful in solving problems
    • Be Curious in all aspects of your work

    Work Environment

    Branch libraries and 39th street office space

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union

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