Director, Center for Educators & Schools

The New York Public Library

Posted: 3/26/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Education

City: New York

Postal code: 10016

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at

Position Details:

Job Description:


The New York Public Library is an essential learning institution to the children, teens, families and educators that it serves. With its extensive research and circulating collections, welcoming spaces and trusted librarians and educators, NYPL is well positioned to offer both direct programming to patrons and rigorous professional development and supportive learning materials to educators that helps build reading engagement, raise literacy levels and instill a love of learning.


NYPL has a robust School Support initiative that focuses on helping educators improve their daily instruction through the integration of quality learning materials and the building of information and digital literacy skills. To create and execute the vision for the future NYPL is looking for a visionary, strategic leader with earned credibility supporting the professional learning and growth of educators at all levels. They will exhibit both instinct and savviness to expertly weave a network of resources from throughout the library to offer a comprehensive suite of professional learning opportunities to educators. They will also have demonstrated experience creating and launching new programs, and forming new and high performing teams.

Principal Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Director, the Director, Center for Educators and Schools will focus on key  areas of activity designed to support schools, higher educational organizations and professionals. 


Responsibilities include:


  • Establish first-ever comprehensive education and teacher support department for NYPL, harnessing the “best of” practices from existing work.
  • Direct and manage a cohesive team of innovative leaders; small to start, and growing capacity over time to include curriculum writing, professional development, and connecting teachers to NYPL’s research exhibitions such as the new Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures.
  • With peers, especially in NYPL’s world-class research centers, help set annual goals for education and learning efforts across NYPL, with specific insight on those efforts that benefit educators, including public school K-12 teachers and educators in the higher education space.
  • Establish performance and programmatic expectations for NYPL staff who are responsible for maintaining a high standard of educator support services for the library.
  • Prioritize and realize team development to meet emerging needs across the library, and within the community, to better serve emerging educator learning needs. 
  • Establish and manage internal and external partnerships with the potential to elevate NYPL’s profile and impact in providing innovative and high quality professional learning opportunities for educators.
  • Facilitate the creation of digital learning materials using NYPL’s rich digital collections and create modular learning materials, that can easily be integrated into standard curriculum topics and provide resources representing alternate perspectives that support a more equitable and multi-cultural approach to learning.
  • Manages overall operations of MyLibraryNYC as well as strategically plans and manages the expansion of the initiative. This includes project management with relevant managers in charge of collections development, web site build out, book delivery logistics, marketing materials and contract/budget negotiations.
  • Supervises the development and delivery of professional development by school outreach staff as well as other education staff within the Education Department.
  • Supervises the education staff who curate and develop digital and physical learning materials based on NYPL research collections.
  • Supervises any additional staff hired to conduct exhibition and collections field trips at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.


Required Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science, Education, or other relevant field
  • Demonstrated successful experience in a strategic planning role 
  • Demonstrated successful experience in large scale project management, preferably in the delivery of school services.
  • Demonstrated experience making strategic decisions to promote diversity, equity and inclusion

Minimum Qualifications
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills, as well as experience conducting research
  • Strong organizational/project management skills, including demonstrated ability to work well collaboratively or independently.
  • Creative, out of the box thinking for responsive community outreach 
  • Able to create community and actively seek out opportunities for partnerships between branches, schools, and other partnering community agencies 
  • Strong knowledge / interest in library service for entire scope of Youth Services (PreK-12) 
  • Strong knowledge / interest in working with educators in both school and college settings
  • Strong knowledge / interest in trends and developments in the field of education
  • Produces clear, persuasive and concisely written presentations and delivers them effectively to all levels of management.
  • Coordinates cross functional teams in the development and successful completion of small through large scale initiatives throughout the entire project lifecycle

Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working in or serving a public school, or academic learning environment.
  • Skills in the following relevant areas: teacher resource development, collections, public outreach, database maintenance, budgeting

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

Work Environment

Office Environment & Libraries

Physical Duties

  • Limited physical effort is required
  • May require travel within NYC


Monday - Friday 9-5; nights and weekends as required


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

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