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Library Program Coordinator (Early Literacy)-DC Public Library

  • 09 Feb 2021 3:28 PM
    Message # 10073101
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Position Title:

    Library Program Coordinator (Early Literacy)-DC Public Library

    Position Description:

    For the past decade, the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) system has been undergoing an aggressive transformation to modernize its facilities and set the strategic direction for 21st century public library services in the District of Columbia. DCPL’s physical campus includes 25 neighborhood libraries and the newly modernized Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (Central) Library.

    The Library Program Coordinator works with staff throughout the Library, vendors and outside organizations to implement programs and services that have system wide value and leads the library in a specialized subject area, reporting directly to a department head, director, or manager.

    DCPL is seeking a Library Program Coordinator (Early Literacy) in the Youth and Services Department. Under supervision of the Director of Youth and Family Services, the Library Program Coordinator is a key contributor to policies, procedures, and strategic initiatives related to programs and services for young children and their families, including identifying and recommending large-scale and long-term program initiatives and integrating them with overall library service plans. 

    Position Responsibilities:

    • Provides leadership in developing a youth services strategy, including establishing standards, training library staff, and lending support with the planning, execution, and evaluation of programs and services that support early literacy.
    • Serves as the system-wide expert on programming for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers, including story time standards.
    • Responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the summer reading program for children birth thru age 5.
    • Coordinate the Sing, Talk & Read early literacy program in collaboration with the library’s Communications Department. Serve as a central point of coordination for scheduling STAR workshops in target areas.
    • Partner with a number of DC government agencies, non-profit, and community-based organizations that work with young children and their parents, caregivers, and teachers, as well as library staff.
    • Assesses needs of children’s librarians at least annually with regard to their work with young children. Develops staff training modules in conjunction with the Training & Development Manager.
    • Carries out marketing campaigns, assisting in the development of promotional materials, public speaking and presentations, and media relations.
    • Uses both quantitative and qualitative information to guide them in their decision-making. Administers the financial operations of the program including development of the budget and monitors fiscal activities, develops required budget reports and prepares justifications for budget expenditures and grant management.
    • Stays current in the field of early literacy and early childhood development.


    The incumbent must possess a Master’s degree (a Master’s in Library Science preferred) plus a minimum of two (2) years of experience managing programs or projects or at least 1 year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level. 

    In addition, the following is required:

    • Skill in communicating, collaborating, and establishing effective working relationships with employees, volunteers, organizations, and the public.
    • Excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of early brain development and the ability to incorporate this knowledge into program content for children and adults.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of literature for children birth thru 5, and corresponding literature and studies on child development.
    • Skill in applying complex fact-finding, analytical and problem-solving methods, and techniques to identify interrelated program problems and draw conclusions.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to exercise sound judgment in the implementation of organization initiatives.
    • Ability to use workplace and other technology, including email, internet, databases, social media, and other software.
    • Proficient knowledge of the ILS, spreadsheets, web, and other computer applications
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, service-oriented environment.
    • Knowledge of training techniques in order to implement needs assessments, develop curriculum, to conduct training, to assist other staff in training sessions.

    Application Process:



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 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
P.O. Box 1653 Washington, DC 20002
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