LEAP Afterschool Leader: ASL Part-time Temporary

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP) is hiring Afterschool Leaders (ASLs) for 2021-22 . LEAP ASLs will work onsite to provide mentoring, technology support, and homework help for youth during the out-of-school time hours. Additionally, ASLs are expected to lead activities and programs that align with LEAP’s goal of supporting students with social emotional learning and wellness; literacy; and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). The position is part-time, seasonal temporary work, beginning in late August and running through May or early June as funding permits. Hiring will be ongoing until all positions are filled. The pay rate is $17.00 per hour, 20 hours per week, Monday-Thursday, 2pm-6pm, and Fridays, 3pm-5pm; remaining hours will be for attending training or completing program statistics. Should the libraries be able to provide Saturday service, this schedule may be modified based on the needs of the community. The LEAP ASL reports to the Library Supervisor and/or Children’s Librarian. The Out-of-School Time Program Manager will serve as a co-supervisor.


All LEAP Afterschool Leaders must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, Associate’s degree and/or equivalent experience considered

  • Minimum 1 year experience working directly with youth as an informal educator and/or mentor

  • Willing to work with Library and program staff, and to serve the public, especially youth

  • Experience in establishing meaningful, appropriate relationships with children and teens 

  • Excellent customer service, public speaking, and presentation skills

  • Available to work the advertised program hours

  • Able to attend training sessions both in person and virtually

  • Proven ability to organize and maintain detailed records, complete necessary reports, and meet deadlines

  • Able to perform several tasks concurrently and possess time management and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated experience in an out-of-school time program with an emphasis on mentoring teens and children, especially those in grades 4 through 8

  • Must not currently hold a position as a City of Philadelphia employee, nor as a School District of Philadelphia employee, nor with the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation

  • Current Pennsylvania State Child Abuse Clearance, FBI Fingerprint Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Criminal Background Clearance are required - must be for employment, volunteer-only not accepted, dated within a year prior to start date.


All Afterschool Leaders are expected to:

  • Provide personalized mentoring to and conduct weekly meetings with Teen Leadership Assistants (TLAs) 

  • Support the TLAs in their college and career exploration, providing appropriate feedback and guidance

  • Model appropriate, professional behavior for children and teen participants at your library

  • Plan and facilitate daily activities that align with the goals of LEAP

  • Assist with creating and revising new and existing LEAP curricula throughout the year

  • Submit prompt, accurate monthly reports on LEAP attendance and programming via employee intranet

  • Register participants, take attendance, and enter statistical data weekly using proprietary software

  • Check email daily and communicate concerns, successes, and supply requests in a timely fashion

  • Collaborate with the Library Supervisor or designee to develop and promote a LEAP calendar of events, and share this calendar with LEAP HQ each month

  • Provide technology assistance to children and teens, including using library computers and electronic resources like Homework Help Online

  • Demonstrate knowledge of traditional and emerging library resources

  • Provide homework assistance to children and teens as needed

  • Participate in mandatory orientation and other professional development sessions.

  • Adhere to all Free Library of Philadelphia policies, including Standards of Acceptable Behavior, Personal Appearance, Sexual Harassment, and Electronic Use Policy.

To apply: send cover letter and résumé (PDF preferred) to: LEAPhiring@freelibrary.org. Hiring will continue until all positions are filled.

Send resume and cover letter to:

Youth Services and Programs
1901 Vine Street, Room 5, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-686-5372
Email: leaphiring@freelibrary.org (Attachments in Microsoft Word, please)

The Free Library of Philadelphia is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Minorities and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.