LEAP After-school Leader: Part-time Temporary

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Literacy Enrichment After-school Program (LEAP) is hiring After-school Leaders (ASLs) for 2022-23. LEAP ASLs work with library staff to provide mentoring,interactive programming, technology support, and homework help for youth at libraries during the out-of-school time hours. This 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 expected to be up to $22.00 per hour, 20 hours per week, and the hours are generally 2pm - 6pm, Monday-Thursday, and 2pm-5pm on Fridays. If libraries are 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 serves as supervisory support for library staff managing LEAP.

Current openings for After-school Leader include Chestnut Hill, Kensington, and Welsh Road Libraries.

All LEAP After-school Leaders must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience working with school-aged children and teens

  • Ability to develop meaningful relationships with program participants, library staff, and colleagues

  • Knowledge of general literacy skills, child and adolescent development, informal learning environments, and interest-driven activities

  • Outstanding organizational skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to guide children and teens working on different assignments or activities

  • Ability and initiative to work both as part of a team and independently

  • Must be a resident of Philadelphia

  • 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

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be provided

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred, or 2+ years college with commensurate experience considered

  • One year of youth mentoring or informal learning experience preferred

  • Candidates considering a career in libraries are encouraged to apply

All After-School Leaders are expected to:

  • Create a welcoming out-of-school time environment for youth and their caregivers

  • Mentor LEAP youth and Teen Leadership Assistants (TLAs)

  • Implement fun learning activities daily that spark curiosity

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

  • Help youth engage in appropriate library behavior

  • Complete and submit reports on attendance, activities, and additional program measurements as directed

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

  • Check email daily and communicate with LEAP and library staff

  • Collaborate with the Library Supervisor or designee to develop and promote a LEAP calendar of events

  • Assist youth with using library computers and navigating electronic resources like Homework Help Online

  • Provide homework assistance to children and teens

  • Attend and participate in training sessions, both in-person and virtual, including LEAP ASL Orientation

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)

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

The Free Library of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage Black, Indigenous, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply. The organization is committed to building a community that is inclusive and equitable.