Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coordinator

Brooklyn Public Library Brooklyn, NY
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Overview


Brooklyn Public Library seeks an individual to run an innovative project-The Best Buy Teen Tech Center.  The Tech Center, established with the support of The Clubhouse Network, offers young people (ages 10 to 18) from inner-city neighborhoods the opportunity to work on projects they find meaningful to their lives, using computers and technology.  The program provides support and resources for young people to pursue their interests and build upon their talents.  In the Teen Tech Center, youth can design their own music, art, newsletters, robots, science simulations, computer games, and animation.  The Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coordinator is a full-time, non-union, exempt position.


Responsibilities



  • Provide community outreach to involve a diverse group of young people, parents, teachers, and community leaders in the program

  • Help Teen Tech Center members develop projects (e.g., help them come up with ideas, gather materials, get started, locate mentors to work with them, and support their ongoing work)

  • Recruit, train, and support volunteer mentors, ensuring they work effectively with youth

  • Work closely with the local Best Buy store to recruit Geek Squad Agents and Blue Shirt volunteers

  • Support youth in planning for the future, including pursuing academic and job opportunities that leverage their Teen Tech Center skills and experience

  • Provide basic computer maintenance, including file management, trouble-shooting, and technical support to Teen Tech Center youth and mentors

  • Provide administrative support for the Clubhouse program, including keeping records of participants and keeping the Tech Center space organized

  • Assist in fund-raising and publicity for the Best Buy Tech Center, communicating the Clubhouse learning philosophy, goals, and results to external sources

  • Participate in the The Clubhouse Network, attending Network meetings, sharing ideas and issues, and supporting collaborative projects across sites

  • Support other programs and activities of the "parent" organization with Teen Tech Center expertise and resources, as time permits

  • Leverage Best Buy National Partner relationships to expose members to skill development and media training


 


Qualifications



  • Bachelor‚Äôs degree is strongly preferred

  • Minimum 2 years work experience (including teaching experience, work with youth and/or experience coordinating an after-school program)

  • Proven track record working with youth, in particular young people from underserved neighborhoods

  • Work experience in an informal learning environment

  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Office

  • Experience with computers and interest in technology as a creative and empowering tool

  • Experience and interest in 3D printing, gaming, and coding, as well as basic troubleshooting

  • Demonstrated ability to reach out to youth, parents, educators, and community leaders

  • Interpersonal skills, including an ability to get along with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities and a talent for making people feel welcome and included

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Excellent verbal and written skills

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented

  • Ability to work evenings and Saturdays

  • Ability to work well under minimal supervision


 


 


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