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The New York Public Library Associate Manager, Young Adult Programming in New York, New York

Associate Manager, Young Adult Programming

Department: Branch Services & Programs

Employment Type: Full Time

Location: 39th Street Building

Reporting To: Caitlyn Colman-McGaw

Compensation: $65,000 - $70,000 / year



The New York Public Library is looking for a creative and highly organized Young Adult Services specialist who will support young adult programming in neighborhood branches across NYPL’s service areas.

Reporting to the Manager of Young Adult Programming, the Young Adult Programming Coordinator will work directly with Young Adult staff on the design and evaluation of their programs for young adults in all three boroughs, collaborate with the Young Adult Services team to provide ongoing support to staff, and design and run systemwide special events.

Additionally, the Coordinator will support the manager in program guideline design, staff training, peer meet-up facilitation, brokering of community connections, contributing to system-wide initiatives, leading logistical support, and hands-on support to Young Adult branch staff.

We are looking for someone we can count on to:

Own :

  • Mentoring and supporting Young Adult Staff in their work serving teens and programming.

  • Management of a variety of resources, professional development and partnerships.

  • Internal communication to Young Adult Staff and Library Managers.

Teach :

  • Best practices relating to both In-person and virtual programs for teens that center their individual interests.


  • The diverse needs of teens and Young Adult Staff across our service areas during different times of the year, and how our institution can better address those needs through programming and services.

Improve :

  • Internal communication and support to Young Adult Staff.

  • Programming support for branch staff.

Some expectations for this role are that within:

1 month , this person will:

  • Work with the Manager of Young Adult Programming and Young Adult Programming Coordinator to identify FY23 goals and priorities.

  • Get to know the Young Adult Services Department’s goals and initiatives.

3 months , this person will:

  • Meet with and get to know Young Adult Staff throughout the three service boroughs.

6 months and beyond , this person will:

  • Support Young Adult staff in weekly meetings.

  • Work collaboratively with Young Adult Services teammates to build out Teens 360 vision and corresponding services.


  • Manages relationships with and liaises with internal and external partners including Children’s Services, Adult Programming, Creative Services, Government Relations, Development, Strategy, and others.

  • Serves as a key point of contact with the Risk Management and Purchasing Dept and manages contracts & requisitions as related to the shepherding of partners and projects through complex procurement procedures.

  • Researches, develops, and evaluates new programs and practices that center the current needs of teens.

  • Develops robust relationships with vendors, vendors, authors, and organizational partners to support innovative programming.

  • Lead staff training, peer meetups, and ongoing coaching that helps to build community of practice among staff serving teens

  • Collaborates with the Young Adult Services team on a variety of teen-centered projects including high-profile, grant funded initiatives.

  • Manages scheduling, promotion, and facilitation of branch and systemwide programs, including providing technological support.

  • Represents Young Adult Services via leadership opportunities on a variety of internal committees and working groups such as the Summer Programming Group, DEIA Policy Review.

  • Performs related duties and works on special projects as required.

Required Education, Experience & Skills

Required Education & Certifications

Master’s Degree in Library Sciences or Education

Required Experience

  • Experience offering formal and informal activities, programs, and services to teens that are responsive to individual interests and needs in a school, library, or non-profit setting.

  • Experience facilitating programs, workshops, or activities across a range of topics, including mental wellbeing and civic engagement.

  • Minimum of three years’ experience facilitating training, workshops, or offering professional presentations to peers

  • Minimum of three years’ experience managing logistics heavy and complex administrative projects

Required Skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate, communicate ideas, generate support, negotiate and resolve conflict

  • Experience in conceptualizing and leading staff trainings, specifically geared towards building program development and community engagement skills

  • Ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, and perform detailed work accurately

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team

  • Confident with regular travel to library branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island

  • Knowledge of contemporary Young Adult literature

Managerial/Supervisory Responsibilities

Supports Young Adult staff throughout the system


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

  • Hybrid office

Physical Duties

  • Limited physical effort is required

  • Requires travel within NYC

Pre-Placement Physical Required?


Union/Non Union


FLSA Status



  • 35 hours per week

  • Regularly scheduled 7 hour shifts between the hours of 8:30am - 6 pm

  • Evenings and weekends as required

  • Schedule subject to change