Hennepin County Library is seeking one full-time and one part-time Youth Program Associates to fulfill the role of Assistant Coordinators of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Minneapolis Central Library. Best Buy Teen Tech Center (BBTTC) is an interactive, drop-in, place where teens are using a “learn by design” approach. The space is designed for teens to collaborate and experiment with technology.
The Assistant Coordinators will assist youth ages 12-19 by fostering project-driven learning around teens’ interests and passions. The BBTTC provides support and resources for young people to pursue their interests and build upon their talents. In the BBTTC, youth can create their own music, digital art, robots, computer games, crafts, and animation using professional level technology. Working in conjunction with the BBTTC Coordinator and a dedicated team of library staff and volunteer mentors, the Youth Program Associate will be a primary contact for youth after school and during evening hours. Schedule will vary and will include daytime, evening, and weekend hours.
Location and hours:
These positions are performed at Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Work hours are generally Monday through Friday. Schedule will vary and will include daytime, evening, and weekend hours.
About these positions type:
These positions are internally classified as Librarian, Associate.
These positions are part-time and full-time. Both positions are benefit-earning. Click here to view the job classification specification.
In these positions, you will:
· Manage an informal, drop-in learning environment; support youth working on projects, mentor and build a relationship with youth, and troubleshoot professional level technology.
· Maintain proactively a welcoming and safe environment by managing youth behavior and working with colleagues including security staff as necessary to address challenges.
· Collaborate with colleagues and community partners to connect youth with resources, including social services, jobs, creative opportunities, and educational resources.
· Promote teambuilding and cultivate leadership skills among youth employees and volunteers to support programming and service needs.
· Continue to learn about and demonstrate skill in the use of evolving and emerging technology used by youth including:
o Adobe Creative Suite
o Recording studio, using Logic Pro and Protools, Midi keyboards, and traditional instruments
o Glowforge Laser engraver and cutter
o Digital Cameras, Videography, and professional photo printers
o Makerbot 3D Printer
o Scratch and coding languages
o Sewing machines and T-Shirt heat press
· Provide administrative support for the BBTTC, including keeping records of participants and keeping the BBTTC space organized.
o Two years of post-secondary education in library or information science, English, history, education, sociology, or a related field, and two years of customer service experience.
o Bachelor's degree in library or information science, English, history, education, sociology or a field related to the position.
· Availability to work variable hours, including daytimes, evenings, and weekends.
Nice to have:
o Working in a library setting.
o Serving, mentoring, or leading youth in underserved communities.
o Creating a welcoming and safe environment for customers/clients/patrons.
o Working with music technology and audio recording.
· Ability to:
o Work with youth from a wide range of backgrounds and socio-economic statuses.
o Handle the demands of a constantly changing work environment and workload.
About the department:
Hennepin County Library works to nourish minds, transform lives, and build community together. Our digital and physical collections seek to preserve the past, inform the present, and inspire the future. We support the public good with responsive programs and services that aid and enrich the lives of every resident. All are welcome here.About Hennepin County:Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (select Guest). Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here. This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.
Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience.
Final candidates may be required to complete a background check.