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 the Arlington or New Lots libraries.

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 or Associates degree preferred.  Current college students are welcomed to apply.
  • 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.


Stipend: $25 per hour, 2 hours, twice a week.

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

Brooklyn Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer