Co- Directors of the M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

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Co- Directors of the M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Professional Services Specialist 3

(2) Part-time positions @ 17.5 hours per week



The primary responsibility of the Co-directors of the M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is to maintain a visible, active, and vibrant entity on the New Jersey City University campus.  The Co-directors of the Center are responsible for maintaining a review facility that offers a welcoming environment where visitors can review and read quality, current literature.  It is the co-directors' responsibility to institute and maintain an efficient and effective inventory system that allows visitors easy access to books they can  identify by copyright date, title, level, genre and location.


The Co-directors are responsible for determining the function of each of the Center’s facilities.  The Co-directors must ensure that all books are properly distributed and shelved in all facilities.


The Co -directors will establish an outreach program to ensure that the Weiss Center is utilized and accessed regularly by both the University community and the community at large.  Within the University and educational communities, the co-directors will establish and maintain the Weiss Center as a professional resource, providing detailed guidance on accessing and recognizing quality literature, and engaging visitors.


The Co-directors will be available to model lessons, provide professional development, support University classrooms and schools throughout New Jersey in an effort to promote the integration of literature across the curriculum.  The Co-directors will create and maintain Weiss Center Off-Campus satellites offering smaller, yet diverse collections for reading and reviewing.  The Co-directors will secure renowned authors for participation in the Weiss Center lecture series as warranted. The Co-directors will market and publicize all Center events to ensure significant attendance.  Procurement of books for sale at these events is also the responsibility of the Co-directors.


The Co-directors are expected to develop and offer programs for children and parents to promote literary engagement within the community.  The Co-directors will introduce current literature and model the selection of literature for quality within these programs.


The Co-directors must arrange for the distribution of the Center’s out-of-date, privately donated, and duplicate books to be donated as needed.  The Co-directors will identify, contact, and schedule delivery of books to non-profit organizations in need.


The Weiss Center Co-directors will continually oversee the Weiss Center website for upgrades.  The process for uploading reviews for easy access and use will be established and updated regularly based on user needs.  Educational resources will be created and/or compiled to support the use of literature in the classrooms and at home.  The Co-directors will ensure that users of the Center are informed through current and regular Facebook posts.  Contact with the University community and community at large will also be maintained through the use of Twitter.


The Weiss Center staff, volunteers, and work-study students report to the Co-directors.  The Co-directors will generate and disseminate orientation materials and programs to all staff, volunteers and work-study students.  All expectations and procedures will be clearly identified both verbally and in writing.  The Co-directors oversee all personnel and evaluate any full-time or part-time staff for job performance.


The Co-directors will work toward the Weiss Center’s sustainability through fund-raising endeavors.  The Co-directors will partner with the Development Office to develop and implement appeals and fund-raising ventures.




Education/Experience Requirements:




•    M.A in education or related education discipline


•    Minimum of 5 years experience in education


•    Minimum of 3 years of administrative experience


•    Experience using children’s and young adult literature






•    Knowledge of quality children’s and young adult literature


•    Knowledge of appropriate steps in reviewing literature


•    Knowledge of marketing and advertising plans that will increase Center’s presence


•    Strong management and organizational skills


•    Analytical and problem-solving skills


•    General business-level computer literacy skills (word processing, Excel spreadsheet, Microsoft Outlook e-mail functionality)


•    Sound verbal and written communication skills


•    Ability to carry out multiple tasks


•    Ability to sustain a high level of enthusiasm




Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2018


For full consideration, applicants should submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references to the NJCU website.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

New Jersey City University is an equal opportunity institution. Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.


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Posted: 6/13/2018
Application Due: 6/20/2018
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