• Teen Technology Specialist

    Posted Date 1 week ago(11/9/2018 3:23 PM)
    Req ID
    2018-15642
    Dept
    Boston Public Library
    Position
    Regular Full-Time
    Location
    BPL Young Adults
    Salary Min
    52,091.42
    Salary Max
    70,267.14
    Union
    PSA
    Openings
    1
    Contact Email
    adavis@bpl.org
  • Overview:

    Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):

     

    Position Overview

     

    Supports technology-based programming for teens in Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square.  Assists in the implementation of innovative, educational, technology-driven programs for teens, supporting the concepts of creativity and literacy. 

     

    Reports to:

    Central Teen Services Team Leader or ranking staff member

     

    Supervises:

    As assigned, professional and support staff

    Responsibilities:

    Scope of Responsibility

     

    1. Assists in the development, coordination, and implementation of cutting edge programming and projects for the Teen Lab that promote digital literacy to teens.
    2. Participates in teen councils and teen focus groups to elicit direct feedback from teens with regard to technology programming.
    3. Together with other Teen Central staff, assists in the development of digital content for display and interactive installations in Teen Central.
    4. Assists in researching and selecting software and hardware for Teen Central, and implements programs to demonstrate their use to both staff and the public.
    5. Works closely with the Youth Technology Coordinator, and Youth Services Librarians at the Central Library in Copley Square to incorporate appropriate technology into programming for children and teens.
    6. Assists in the training of Central Youth Services staff with new and existing technologies.
    7. Covers public services desk in Teen Central as assigned.
    8. Participates in outreach to teens both to inform potential users of resources at the Library, and to remotely deliver services to populations that are unable or unwilling to come to Teen Central.
    9. Develops and implements technology programming at remote locations for underserved populations.
    10. Develops, implements, and oversees the teen technology mentor programs.
    11. Recommends and/or assists in planning changes in technology programming for teens at the Central Library. Works with appropriate Children’s Library staff in planning changes in technology programming for children at the Central Library.
    12. Assists with the creation and delivery of teen patron-focused services through the use of focus groups and user experience testing for the Teen Lab.
    13. Provides instruction to increase teens’ knowledge of technology in the Central Library. Works with appropriate Children’s Library staff in providing instruction to increase children’s knowledge of technology in the Central Library.
    14. Keeps the Manager of Youth Services and the Central Teen Services Team Leader aware of major trends and issues in technology.
    15. Performs other related and comparable duties as assigned.

     

     

    Competencies

     

    • Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
    • Ability to identify, plan and prioritize job responsibilities and tasks.
    • Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills, including public speaking ability.
    • Ability to recognize and set priorities and to use initiative and independent decision-making skills.
    • Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to adapt to change.
    • Ability to collaborate with library staff, external partners and resources.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
    • Familiarity with graphic design, audio and video editing, and podcasting software such as Adobe Photoshop, Premier Pro, Audition and Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, and Audacity.
    • Proficiency in current trends and developments in the field of digital services, technology, user experience and online tools. Principles and practices in digital technology, user experience, mobile devices and service and testing. Computer devices and software, including desktop systems, mobile computing (including tablets, phones and other devices) and emerging technologies.
    • Willingness and ability to develop strong community relationships.
    • Willingness to assume responsibility and carry out assignments independently.
    • Ability to use current and emerging electronic and print resources.
    • Ability to work well with staff and public.

    Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

    Qualifications

     

    1. Education – Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university and a master's degree in library and information science from an ALA accredited library school.  In exceptional instances, specialized education, training and/or experience may be substituted for part or all of the educational requirements. 
    1. Experience – Two years of professional library experience including substantial experience in youth services. Knowledge of broad-based library, school, or museum programming practices, including current trends in youth services. Knowledge of digital media development software and web development tools. Knowledge of trends in print and digital library resources for teen patrons.

     

    Requirements

    1. Some evening and weekend hours.
    2. Weekly schedule varies based on scheduled programs and events. 
    3. Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
    4. Residency - Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
    5. CORI - Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.

       

    Terms

     

    Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA / P / 2

    Hours per week: 35 

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