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The New York Public Library Associate Director of School - Age Programs and Services - 39th Street Building in New York, New York

Associate Director of School - Age Programs and Services - 39th Street Building

Department: Branch Services & Programs

Employment Type: Full Time

Location: 39th Street Building

Reporting To: Alexandria Abenshon

Compensation: $105,000 - $110,000 / year



Reporting to the Director of Children’s Programs and Services, the Associate Director of School-Age Programs and Services is the leading member of the school-age team, which is responsible for programs and services for children 6-12 and their families. The Associate Director will lead this work through providing support to children’s staff at all 88 NYPL locations through programming, resources, professional development, and partnerships. The Associate Director will oversee the growth of NYPL’s school-age program areas to expand our reach in serving children 6-12 and their families and be responsible for managing current and future grants that support this work.

The Associate Director will be responsible for the design, communication and implementation of programs that support the Library’s strategic vision for Children’s services. The Associate Director works closely with the Director and Associate Director of Early Literacy Programs & Services to support the children’s services department, communicate regularly with internal and external stakeholders, establish partnerships with mission-aligned external organizations and work to grow and maintain an internal school-age support team.

We are looking for someone we can count on to:

Own :

  • Growth of school-age services that include a support structure that allows for increased program support and outreach opportunities.

  • Summer Learning initiative for Children’s Programming and Services

Teach :

  • Internal and external partners on how the library is a leader in serving children 6-12 and their families.

  • Importance of supporting middle childhood to reach the library's larger institutional goals.


  • The goals of the Children’s Services department and our philosophy for working with children.

  • The current needs of children 6-12 and their families across our service areas and how our institution can better address those needs through programming and services.

Improve :

  • Internal and external communication about school-age services at NYPL.

  • Strategic evaluation of school-age programs and services.

  • Vision of school-age services at NYPL that serves the strategic vision of children’s services to offer new and expanded programs for children and their families.

  • Collaboration around tween services with Young Adult Programs and Services

Some expectations for this role are that within:

1 month , this person will:

  • Work with the managers of school-age programming, After School programming, and multilingual access to gain understanding of their program plans, professional development ideas and areas for communication improvement.

  • Work with the Director of Children’s Services to identify key deliverables for school-age and how it supports the development of the Children’s Services strategic vision.

3 months , this person will:

  • Work with the Director of Children’s Services to revisit and revise the strategic vision and create a plan and goals for school-age to align with this vision.

  • Work with internal stakeholders including but not limited to STRAD, communications and development to develop a plan for sustainable growth and support.

  • Collaborate with support departments to launch the 2023 Best Books for Kids initiative as a key center piece to children’s programming.

6 months and beyond , this person will:

  • Expand school-age programs and services to best fit the needs of changing, diverse communities across Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx.

  • Support long term school-age community outreach plans.

  • Develop a long term plan to grow school-age support for children’s staff that aligns with the Children’s Services vision.


  • Supervise, create and grow existing school-age programs and services.

  • Work collaboratively and build strong working relationships with internal partners including Adult Outreach Services, Communications, STRAD, Development, Center for Schools and Educators. Finance and Young Adult Services.

  • Develop opportunities to exercise multigenerational collaborations across programmatic and support teams including other Children’s Programs and Services Teams and Young Adult Programs and Services.

  • Communicate regularly with internal and external partners.

  • Support collaboration and alignment within the Children’s Services Department as a team leader and thought partner.

  • Effectively manage the school-age budget and all grants that support and fund school-age services.

  • Represent the Library as an enthusiastic ambassador in professional organizations at the local, state and national level

Required Education, Experience & Skills

Required Education & Certifications

  • Master’s Degree in Library Sciences, Education or related field

Required Experience

  • At least 3-5 years experience in supervising and coaching staff.

  • At least 5-7 years experience designing, implementing, and scaling educational programs in a library or related setting that supports school-age children and their families.

  • Experience designing and leading a professional development plan.

Required Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills, including ability to communicate effectively with all levels of Library staff and external partners

  • Ability to delegate effectively

  • Team building and development

  • Excellent organizational skills and time management skills including ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously

  • Demonstrated accuracy, attention to detail, flexibility, and reliability

Managerial/Supervisory Responsibilities

  • 3 managers

  • Cost center manager of CHPRG


Please Note: Effective August 2, 2021, absent a qualifying exception for medical or religious reasons, newly hired employees of the New York Public Library must present proof of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination and may not begin employment at the Library until 14 days after their receipt of their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 14 days after their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Newly hired employees who need additional time to receive their vaccination prior to their start date may request an adjournment of their start date with their hiring manager. The Library will consider such requests on a case by case basis, depending upon the Library’s operational needs, among other factors. The Library will further consider exemptions for prospective employees who cannot become vaccinated due to a qualifying medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief or practice. Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment and who seek a medical or religious exemption to the Library’s vaccination policy will be provided with additional instructions at the time of the conditional offer.

Core Values

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

  • Be Welcoming and Inclusive

Work Environment

  • Office & Public Library setting

Physical Duties

  • N/A

Pre-Placement Physical Required?


Union/Non Union


FLSA Status



  • 35 hours to be scheduled between Monday-Friday