Community Outreach Librarian

Job description

Job location: Van Pelt Library


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-08-26
Req: JR00005047
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Community Outreach Librarian

Job Profile Title

Librarian C

Job Description Summary

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections, the Community Outreach Librarian oversees the Penn Libraries outreach efforts to advance children’s literacy and adult education in the city of Philadelphia and beyond. The position spearheads collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, Penn Libraries’ staff, Penn faculty and administrators, as well as campus and community organizations, including the Netter Center, the Greenfield Intercultural Center, the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC), Book a Day, and the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF).

Job Description

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections, the Community Outreach Librarian oversees the Penn Libraries outreach efforts to advance children’s literacy and adult education in the city of Philadelphia and beyond. The position spearheads collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, Penn Libraries’ staff, Penn faculty and administrators, as well as campus and community organizations, including the Netter Center, the Greenfield Intercultural Center, the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC), Book a Day, and the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF).

Responsibilities include:

  • Partnering with Penn faculty and administrators, as well as campus and community organizations to maximize the effectiveness and depth of support the university can provide to improve children’s literacy and promote family and adult education/literacy in Philadelphia.
  • Actively building and managing the library collection at selected schools, selecting and overseeing the delivery of new books, weeding the collection, and consulting with teachers on students’ interests and curricular needs. Organizing the effective cataloging of school library collections, including volunteer efforts by Penn staff.
  • Consulting with new schools on the opening of school libraries and train school staff and volunteers on running the library, cataloging, managing the collection, and use of an integrated library system. Through an extensible outreach model, sharing expertise with other universities and institutions looking to replicate the Penn Libraries’ community outreach program, locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Managing the internal onboarding, mentoring, training and education program for 20-30 work-study students working in the Philadelphia public school libraries and other community literacy initiatives.
  • Developing and organizing programming to introduce Philadelphia public school students to libraries and librarianship, including visits to the Penn Libraries and author visits.
  • In collaboration with the Libraries’ Advancement Office, creating effective stewardship relations with donors.

QUALIFICATIONS:

A graduate degree and one to three years of experience, or equivalent in theory, training, and practice, is required. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively within a collegial framework within and outside of the libraries with campus and community partners; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; strong analytical and decision-making skills. Successful candidates should have demonstrable leadership and skills in student management.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

University Library

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

 

 

 

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Posted: 8/29/2019
Application Due: 10/17/2019
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