Applications are solicited ASAP for BPL’s Afterschool Educator position serving students grades Pre-k through High School. The Afterschool Educators will provide homework/reading support and educational activities/games in designated branches of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) beginning September 2017, on a fee-for-service basis. These Afterschool Educators will be placed at Arlington, Cypress Hills, or New Lots libraries.

All educators must also attend a paid training session scheduled on April 11th form 10:30am to 12:30pm at the New Lots Branch.   Each Afterschool Educator must be willing to travel to their assigned branch, and be available to provide homework/reading support and educational activities/games on the branches’ assigned days and times.  A two-hour commitment is required for each session. Educators are asked to make a commitment to this program until the end of the school year in June.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assists students (pre-K through high school) one-on-one and in small groups with assignments in reading, math, science, social studies, and other topics, providing direction, clarity, and understanding.
  • Instructs children in the use of directories, indexes, and other reference materials.
  • Promote the use of library resources by referring children to an on-staff specialist, when appropriate.
  • Provides informal reading support and assistance to students in the library.
  • Assists students finding and reading “Just Right” books at the library to promote independent reading.
  • Creates and leads engaging games with students that promote skills in literacy and math.
  • Develops or implements creative and fun learning activities for students that use technology, such as tablets, PCs, and other devices available.
  • Communicates regularly with East New York Reads Library Coordinator and tracks data, such as number of participants and participant’s homework needs/inquiries.
  • Reports any problems to East New York Reads Library Coordinator and library staff overseeing the program. 
  • Sets-up and cleans-up program materials. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Enrollment in or completion of a graduate library or education program desirable but not essential.
  • Knowledge of the common core and best practices in teaching for grades Pre-k through High School in math and literacy.
  • Knowledge of methods of instruction used in NYC schools, such as balanced literacy, Fountas and Pinnel reading levels, sight words (Dolch), Fry's List, and the Common Core.
  • Ability to create and lead fun learning games/activities with manipulatives and other learning tools.
  • Ability to multitask and oversee multiple students in busy, informal afterschool environment.
  • Familiarity with technology and educational programs used to support student learning.
  • Receptive to guidance and instruction by library staff.
  • Experience working with various age groups and diverse ethnicities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel.
  • Fluency in Spanish or Bengali a plus. 
  • Ability to bend, reach, sit and stand as needed
  • All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check, & physical exam.

Stipend: $25 per hour, 2 hours, twice a week & $100 to attend the training session.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to:

Brooklyn Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer