Manager, School Outreach

Job ID
# of Openings Remaining
Full-Time Regular
SSP School Support



One of the most important education initiatives of the New York Public Library is the MyLibraryNYC project, launched in September 2011. Through its partnership with the New York City Public Schools, the NYPL, along with the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library, acts as an extension of school libraries by providing to students and teachers fine-free library cards with special borrowing privileges and on-site book delivery. Now serving about 500 schools across the City, the program continues to expand in scope and size.


The Manager supervises a team of outreach librarians who both conduct outreach directly to MyLibraryNYC schools and support branches in their broader outreach activities to all surrounding schools.


Principal Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Educational Programs, the Program Manager of MyLibraryNYC:



  • Manages the day-to-day operations of MyLibraryNYC as well as strategically plans and manages the expansion of the initiative
  • Develops and proactively manages project plans specifying goals, strategy, scheduling, identification of risks, and allocation of available resources for both MyLibraryNYC and systemwide school outreach
  • Supervises network-based outreach librarians who conduct outreach to MyLibraryNYC schools as well as support branch staff in their other school outreach activities
  • Supervises the training of school librarians in program usage
  • Works with the Logistics team to manage book delivery to the current and future participating schools
  • Works with the Collections Development team to order and build book sets that address the curricular needs of school librarians and teachers
  • Works with the NYPL Technology Group to manage all technical aspects of the program, including MyLibraryNYC webpage maintenance, catalog interface and data transfer
  • Supervises the creation and implementation of marketing and outreach to participating schools
  • Produces clear, persuasive and concisely written presentations and delivers them effectively to all levels of management
  • Coordinates cross functional teams in the development and successful completion of small through large scale initiatives throughout the entire project lifecycle
  • Performs related duties as required

Managerial/ Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science or other relevant field
  • Demonstrated successful experience in strategic planning role
  • Demonstrated successful experience in large scale project management, preferably in the delivery of school services.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in managing technical projects
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and facilitation skills
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills, as well as experience conducting research
  • Good at multi-tasking.
  • Strong organizational/project management skills, including demonstrated ability to work well collaboratively or independently.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills, able to lead and collaborate with staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Sound judgment
  • Demonstrated leadership skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years experience working in or serving a public, school or academic library
  • Skills in the following relevant areas: circulation, collections development, public outreach, database maintenance, budgeting
  • Creative, out of the box thinking for responsive community outreach
  • Able to create community creations and actively seek out opportunities for outreach partnerships between branches, schools, and other partnering community agencies
  • Strong knowledge / interest in library service for entire scope of Youth Services (PreK-12)
  • Strong knowledge / interest in working with Adult Services (largest group that School Outreach works with / trains are adult learners - i.e. educators at MyLibraryNYC schools)

Union / Non Union

Non Union


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