• Manager, School-Age Children’s Programming

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    CHPRG Children's Programming
  • Overview

    The NYPL’s Youth Education Department creates program models and curricula that it trains and supports branch staff to provide throughout its neighborhood branches, contracts with outside providers to offer cultural and other programming that is deployed to its neighborhood branches, and serves as general informational, training and coaching support for all staff interfacing with children and youth.

    Principal Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Associate Director of Branch Youth Education, the Manager of School Age Children’s Programming will:

    • Manage the system-wide Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 0-18, in collaboration with the Early Literacy and Young Adult Managers.
    • Develop and implement cross-disciplinary collections and exhibitions-based workshop program series in neighborhood branches.
    • Develop and implement monthly high profile author programming in the branches.
    • Direct oversight of paid and unpaid vendor school-age children’s programming unit.
    • Reinforce a uniform vision of innovative children’s programming throughout the branch system and online that integrates the Library’s special collections and exhibitions, including the new Children’s Library at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL).
    • Develop and implement system-wide staff led children’s programming guidelines and policies, in collaboration with other programming managers and support departments.
    • With the Manager of Early Literacy, responsible for leading the children’s librarian community of practice including the daily work of the google group, three times a year network meetings, and twice a year systemwide meetings.
    • Partner with HR to develop training that is designed and delivered to support librarians' programming skills for this age group in age specialty training and for staff to lead specific programs and series
    • Liaise with the NYPL’s Associate Directors, library managers and branch staff to identify current and emerging engagement needs of children’s populations, including multicultural groups and immigrant populations.
    • Supervise and develop a Children’s Educational Programming Coordinator and Page.
    • Oversee the preparation of print and web program publicity.
    • Develop and cultivate collaborative partnerships with City and State government officials, CBOs, prospective donors and other library systems to promote the library system and generate support for funding.
    • Work with the Associate Director of Branch Youth Education and the Development Office to develop funding proposals and administer grant funding.
    • Attend professional meetings; maintain active membership in state and national library associations; participate in activities of professional organizations; keep informed on current trends and developments affecting libraries.
    • Perform related duties as required.

    Required Education & Experience

    • MLS and at least three years’ experience designing and delivering educational programs for children aged 6-12.
    • Experience working with, advocating for and serving diverse populations
    • Must include a minimum of one year of supervisory experience and prior experience with project management, and budget/grant management.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Spanish or Chinese language skills preferred
    • Experience with vendor and contract process

    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

    • Office setting
    • Public library setting

    Physical Duties

    • Limited physical effort is required
    • Light lifting may be required
    • Will require travel within NYC
    • Will require semi-annual travel nationally to conferences


    35 hours per week

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union


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