Program Assistant — Red Hook Public Library

Program Assistant

Red Hook Public Library

About Red Hook Library:
Red Hook Public Library has been serving the community of Red Hook and its need for lifelong learning since 1898. In 1935, the library made its home in a mid-nineteenth century octagonal building based on the designs of Orson Squire Fowler. Since 2013, it has been designated a five-star library by Library Journal, and in 2015 was a finalist for the Best Small Library in America Award, given by Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015 it was awarded the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award. The library is known for quality programming and community events.

About the Position:
* Assist in promoting library use, especially programs and special services, for all ages.
* Establish positive working relationships with staff and patrons as well as community organizations and community residents and visitors.
* Respect diverse cultures and experiences.
* Exhibit flexibility and a willingness to work in a dynamic, busy, and changing environment.
* Work with Program Coordinator and administration to develop and present programming for adults.

  1. Conceive, develop, and market programming in innovative ways.
  2. Create flyers, press releases, and talking points to promote programs.
  3. Present programming outside the library and in partnership with schools and other organizations.
  4. Prepare program plans, supplies, and materials in a timely manner.
  5. Set up, facilitate, clean up, and evaluate programs.
  6. Develop programming with a very limited budget in mind.

* Develop, present, or help with programs for children and teens as needed.
* Coordinate the Homebound Delivery Service, services for the visually impaired, and other special services as required.
* Participate in continuing education opportunities, attending trainings, seminars, committees and other professional development activities; reading professional literature; attending and participating in staff, system, and regional discussions.
* Follow oral and written instructions.
* Communicate effectively in both oral, written, phone and email forms.
* Expect to work a variety of hours including occasional weekends and evenings.
* Administer and implement applicable grants.
* Work at the desk, including all duties of a library clerk.

Minimum Experience, Education, and Training:
Bachelor’s degree preferred. Must possess prior professional experience working with youth and adults in group settings. Excellent verbal and written communication skills needed. Working knowledge of computers and the internet required.

Saraly & Schedule:
This is a non-competitive civil service position. It starts at $12/hour for 12-20 hours per week and includes weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays. There are no benefits.  

To Apply:
Resume and meaningful cover letter may be sent to