Established in 1896, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is now one of the largest library systems in the nation, with 61 branches and 1,000 full-time staff. In every neighborhood across the borough, we welcome people from all walks of life into a safe, dignified and completely free public space and provide access to books, critical technology, and a vast array of high-quality programs in-person and online.
BPL seeks someone passionate about local community organizing to be our Community Engagement Coordinator. This role is part of BPL’s Government and Community Relations Department, which ensures our partners in government understand the role the library serves in Brooklyn and manages BPL’s relationships with elected officials, community leaders, community groups and library advocates.
The Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the Friends Groups at BPL. These volunteer groups play a vital role in advocating, volunteering and small-level fundraising for programs and services at neighborhood branches in Brooklyn neighborhoods. There are currently 30 active and forming Friends Groups at branches across Brooklyn.
Friends groups plan and execute projects and fundraisers to support BPL and their local branches, develop relationships with local businesses and residents in Brooklyn communities, raise positive public awareness, and generate opportunities for increased funding for BPL branches.
- Serve as principal liaison between Friends Groups and BPL staff (both Central Administration and branch staff)
- Implement a proactive community outreach strategy focused on Friends Groups and their fundraising, volunteer and advocacy initiatives
- Coordinate Friends Group activities and provide them with critical administrative support
- Reactivate inactive Friends Groups and proactively cultivate new Friends Group leadership
- Track metrics for success for Friends Groups and Friends leadership
- Develop and maintain strategic relationships with community leaders and key local stakeholders
- Represent the Library at public events
- Plan events, including trainings and thank you events for members of Friends Groups
- Attend Friends meetings across Brooklyn
- Assist with other activities in the Government and Community Relations Department
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a related field
- Strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal & written communications skills
- Experience as a leader, motivator and team builder
- Experience working with diverse groups of stakeholders; experience working with Brooklyn stakeholders a plus
- Experience in advocacy, community organizing, or strategic outreach
- Ability/willingness to attend frequent evening and weekend meetings and events